Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria Series

Patti Benning

Eleanora Pacelli takes over her late grandfather’s pizzeria in a small New England town, and soon finds herself mired in mysteries. These delicious tales will have you reaching for another slice of murder and mayhem!

Classic Crust Murder

With the pizzeria thriving and old friendships rekindled, Eleanora Pacelli is finally beginning to settle into a quiet life in the small town of Kittiport, Maine, but her quiet contentment doesn’t last long. Ellie’s whole world is turned upside down when her best friend, covered in blood, terrified, and babbling about a masked assailant, shows up at her back door in the middle of the night, to lead her to a gruesome murder scene.

As the police close in, Ellie works hard to prove that her friend is innocent, but when the questions begin to pile up, even she starts to have her doubts. Just who was this masked assailant? Why was Shannon meeting a strange man in the woods at night? Is her friend really as innocent as she claims?

Very Veggie Murder

After months of stressful planning, it’s finally time for Eleanora Pacelli to open her new restaurant. Leaving Maine behind, she and her friends fly to Florida for the grand opening of her second Papa Pacelli’s Pizzeria location. At first an overwhelming success, her new restaurant is soon crippled by disaster when a customer is found dead.

Ellie can only hope that the murderer isn’t one of her new employees, as she struggles to solve the crime before the pizzeria’s reputation is wrecked. While she races against the clock to find a killer, she also has to come to terms with a permanent change in her personal life when she says a tearful goodbye to a member of her own family.

Pall BEARERS AND PeppERONI

Newly jobless and recently dumped by her fiancé, Eleanora Pacelli moves back to her childhood hometown to take care of her grandmother after her grandfather’s unexpected death. What was supposed to be a temporary stay becomes permanent when she takes over her grandparents’ old pizzeria. Determined to turn her life around, Ellie sets out to bring the old restaurant to life while also putting the pieces of her own life back together. Things seem to be going well until a body is found outside the pizzeria, under very suspicious circumstances. Ellie has to work against the clock to find out who the killer is in order to keep from losing everything that she’s worked to rebuild.

Bacon Cheddar Murder

With the pizzeria thriving and old friendships rekindled, Eleanora Pacelli is finally beginning to settle into a quiet life in the small town ofKittiport, Maine, but her quiet contentment doesn’t last long. Ellie’s whole world is turned upside down when her best friend, covered in blood, terrified, and babbling about a masked assailant, shows up at her back door in the middle of the night, to lead her to a gruesome murder scene.

As the police close in, Ellie works hard to prove that her friend is innocent, but when the questions begin to pile up, even she starts to have her doubts.Just who was this masked assailant? Why was Shannon meeting a strange man in the woods at night? Is her friend really as innocent as she claims?

Asheville MeadowsCozy Mysteries

Patti Benning

Becoming a chef at an innocent-seeming little nursing home isn’t quite as idyllic as it may look on the outside, and Autumn Roth quickly finds herself drawn into a world of intrigue, mystery, and murder.

Food, Family And Murder

Autumn Roth is finally getting comfortable with her new job and her new relationship. In fact, things have never been better between her and Nicholas Holt, the attractive and charming guy who runs the local nursing home. When he invites her to a family reunion, she sees it as the next step in their relationship and is both excited and nervous at the prospect of meeting his family. Things don’t go exactly as planned when disaster strikes at the family reunion, leaving one person dead and a handful of murder suspects, who just happen to be related to the man with whom Autumn is falling in love. She finds herself getting drawn into the investigation despite her best efforts, and can only hope that their relationship survives the family secrets that she discovers.

Small Town Murder

Autumn Roth has a good job and a long-term boyfriend,whom she hopes will become her fiancé before the year is out. When she loses both in the space of a weekend, she is convinced that her life can’t get any worse…until she witnesses an innocent man’s death while visiting her aunt and uncle at their assisted living home.

Trying to maintain her holiday cheer is difficult, especially when Autumn becomes the killer’s next target. With only weeks to go before Christmas, she struggles to deal with the new direction her life is taking… and to catch a killer before someone else gets hurt.

Murder on Aisle Three

Autumn Roth is still recovering from the craziest Christmas that she’s ever had when she is hit with another loss; this time, the murder of someone close to her. She’s determined to figure out who the killer is, but when the clues seem to point toward someone she believes is innocent, she knows that something is deeply wrong.

With the help of her aunt, uncle, and friends at Asheville Meadows, she has to dig deep to find thekiller before an innocent man takes the fall.

The Heart of Murder

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, Asheville Meadows Retirement Home looks like Cupid has moved in—there are pink hearts and frills everywhere, and romance is in the air. Autumn Roth is certain that she’s the only one there without holiday plans, and the man she’s been dating since Christmas doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to make any.

It’s only after Autumn comes home one evening, to find out that her house has been burglarized, that her romantic woes begin to seem small. The thief didn’t take much, but he left behind something that will change Autumn forever – a corpse. Shaken to the core, she struggles to put together the pieces of the puzzle and solve the case, but what she doesn’t realize is that the killer is much closer than she could ever have imagined.

The Darling DeliSeries

Patti Benning

Moira Darling, a single mother, who owns and operates a very popular deli, finds herself repeatedly being drawn in to solving mysteries in her small town. Filled with delicious dishes and super sleuthing, the Darling Deli series is sure to please!

Suger Coated Murder

Spring is in full swing in the small town of Maple Creek, Michigan, and Mother’s Day is just days away. Moira Darling is looking forward to spending a relaxing weekend with her daughter, but her plans get thrown out the window when a body falls into their laps.

At first assumed to be an accidental death, the clues begin to point toward something darker, when a mysterious message appears on the ruins of the old candy shop, warning Candice to leave town… or else. Moira will stop at nothing to protect her daughter, and launches her own investigation to keep Candice safe.

Pastrami Murder

The shores of Lake Michigan form the backdrop for smart and sassy Moira Darling’s thriving deli shop. Moira’s small town world is turned upside down when one of her cross-town rivals is found murdered. See what happens when her young daughter, a handsome and clever detective, and a handful of not-so-helpful townsfolk are thrown into the mix in this delicious first book of the Darling Deli Series.

Corned Beef Murder

Darling’s DELIcious Delights is busier than ever, but this time Moira Darling’s concerns lie uncomfortably closer to home. A friend from the past reaches out to her for help, but by the time Moira arrives, it’s far too late.

Stunned by the sudden death of someone that she knew well, Moira is consumed by the need to find out who was responsible for the senseless act of murder. In a close-knit town like Maple Creek, everyone knows everyone, and the whole community is rattled, thinking that danger is lurking around every corner. With the help of a local P.I. and a little luck, Moira just might be able to solve the crime before the killer strikes again.

Cold Cut Murder

The Winter Festival is in full swing as the town of Maple Creek prepares for Valentine’s Day. Moira is chilled to the bone after discovering a body in her shop, and a frosty relationship develops between the deli owner and a new competitor in town, whose husband has a roving eye.

Killer CookieCozy Mysteries

Patti Benning

Small town Alabama gal, Lilah Fallon, acts on her dreams and opens a delightful cookie shop in an empty storefront along Main Street. Thinking that life couldn’t possibly be any sweeter, Lilah is dismayed to find herself caught up in an endless cycle of crime-solving adventures.

Killer Valentine Cookies

Lilah Fallon is celebrating the one year anniversary of The Casual Cookie, but her business is the only thing that seems to be going well. Her personal life is a mess, and her father is in the hospital. She’s beginning to wonder if she’ll have anything to celebrate this holiday season.

When a customer receives an injury in her shop, Lilah is horrified. Things go from bad to worse when the man is found the next day – dead. Is it her fault that he died? Will this spell the end of The Casual Cookie and everything she’s worked for?

Killer Caramel Cookies

Lilah Fallon has been bouncing from job to job ever since she left a cushy position at her father’s company. Recently fired from a voice-over job, she’s still on the hunt for a perfect career, where she can use her talents and abilities and still have room to live and breathe. When she sees an ad in the paper about an opening at the local salon, she jumps on it, certain that she has found her path, but what seems at first like a dream job, soon turns into a nightmare, and things go from bad to worse when a client is found dead. There are several potentialmurder suspects in the small town of Vista, Alabama, and unfortunately Lilah finds herself included in that group. Eager to prove her innocence, she enlists the help of friends to try to find the killer before it’s too late.

Killer Halloween Cookies

Lilah Fallon is continuing her search to find happiness, meaning, and most importantly, a job. When a friend mentions a seasonal position at a local farm, she jumps at the chance to try something different. Things start out well, but Lilah finds herself caught in the grip of terror when a man is murdered by someone in a mummy costume, merely a few feet from her. Consumed with guilt over having witnessed the atrocious act without doing anything to stop it, she embarks upon a quest to figure out who the killer might be, calling on friends both old and new for help. There sheer number of possible suspects is daunting, and Lilah finds herself feeling that she’s been taken on a wild goose chase, until the stunning truth begins to reveal itself…but will she be too late?

Killer Maple Cookies

Lilah Fallon is beyond excited at the prospect of opening her own cookie store, with the help of her neighbor, Margie. She already has her first major order, due the day before Thanksgiving, and is frantically searching for the perfect space in which to put her shop. Finding the perfect building for sale, she’s ready to jump in feet first and put a payment down before someone else snatches it up, but when the owner is found dead, hours after she last saw him, her plans are derailed.

Once again faced with a mysterious death, Lilah begins having second thoughts about opening her store. As Thanksgiving draws near and she struggles to finish the huge cookie order on time, she finds herself overwhelmed and on the verge of giving up, wondering if her dreams of owning a cookies store will be just another failed venture.

Whiskers and WitchesCozy Mysteries

Patti Benning

Series Description

Mystical Murder

Tess Quinn is a normal woman with a normal job in the rural town of Elk Hill, Wisconsin. Her life is turned upside down on her thirtieth birthday with the arrival of her estranged aunt, Loretta. When unusual occurrences begin happening it doesn’t take Tess long to realize that she is the cause. Her family’s unusual history has caught up with her at last; Tess discovers that she is part of a long line of witches.

Magic isn’t the only mysterious thing happening in the snowy streets of Elk Hill. When a man is found murdered late one night, the new witch feels driven to solve the crime using her newfound powers, despite warnings from her aunt. By the time Tess realizes that magic creates more problems than it solves, she’s in a tight spot between a rock and a hard place. She’ll need luck on her side to charm her way out of this one.