Soon to be divorced Julia South never expected to be caught up in solving a murder, until she discovered the body of her cafe's most awkward customer. With a new smug Detective Inspector in town who underestimates her every move, Julia makes it her mission to discover the real murderer, before her village friends are dragged into the frame, and more bodies are discovered.
Julia’s fears that somebody is trying to kill Barker are confirmed when a dead body with a striking resemblance to him is found on his doorstep the very next day, just as their romance is deepening. Barker might be on temporary suspension from his role as Detective Inspector at the village police station, but that doesn’t mean he’s short of enemies in Peridale, especially when a dark face from his past arrives in the small village to stir up painful memories.
On the night before Halloween, the people of Scarlet Cove annually gather at the castle on the hill in hopes of spotting the headless spirits that are rumoured to stalk the grounds. What starts off as a silly legend for ex-detective Liz Jones soon becomes all too real when she discovers a severed head. Her hopes of settling into her new home on the coast are once again hampered when she is dragged into another murder investigation.
When Liz retires as a detective and moves to sleepy Scarlet Cove, the murder and lies of the big city, soon follow. Days after starting her new life, she finds the body of a fisherman. What appears to be an accident soon reveals itself to be something worse: poison! With her new life on the line, Liz vows to discover the truth and restore tranquillity to Scarlet Cove.
When the entire village is invited to a garden party for a mysterious announcement, nobody expects it to end with a man being thrown to his death. In a race against the clock, Julia must juggle her blossoming romance with DI Brown whilst interpreting her lodger's strange behaviour to uncover the truth behind the untimely death. With members of her family in the frame, will Julia like what she discovers?
When Julia discovers that homeless people are dying suspiciously and the police aren't investigating, she can't sit back and do nothing. She dives headfirst into the case, aided by her new Detective Inspector boyfriend, Barker. Convinced that there is a killer preying on the vulnerable residents of an old burnout warehouse, Julia must solve the mystery...but can she crack the case before more bodies turn up?