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When Tig Alden, former teen detective on TV's Private Eye High, returns to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for her mom's funeral, she's shocked to discover that her mother, Professor Caroline Riggs-Alden, was apparently the victim of not just the accidental fall that took her life, but also of theft. The distinctive black opal ring that Caroline had always worn—the ring that she had promised to leave to Tig's fifteen-year-old daughter, Paige—isn't on her finger when they open the coffin.
But who could have taken Caroline's ring? Was it the funeral director? Or perhaps the college student who found Caroline's body at the foot of the stairs in the science building? Tig is determined to find the opal and to sort out the odd behavior of her mother's cat, the aptly-named Attila. Her detective skills are a little rusty, however, and this time, there are no writers to tell her whodunit. She'll have to rely on her wits—and maybe a bit of help from the cat.
ROMEO, ROMEO, WHEREFORE ART THOU?Acting jobs are scarce now for former TV teen detective Antigone Alden. So when a teaching position opens up at Southern Coastal University, Tig packs up her teenage daughter and heads home to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.The house she inherited from her mother isn't entirely empty, however. Her mom seems stuck between this life and the next, and now Tig is a local reporter's prime suspect in the murder of the former theater professor. Given his reputation as ladies' man, there are plenty of people with a motive. Tig isn't a detective. She just played one on TV. Will that be enough to help her find the killer?
A QUESO MISTAKEN IDENTITY?
Tig Alden's neighbor is a royal pain. Rebecca Whitley has managed to annoy pretty much everyone she's met since she followed her youngest son to Southern Coastal University two years ago. Whitley's little dog, Leo, doesn't respect boundaries. She delights in leaving scathing reviews online trashing local restaurants, the latest play at the university, and even the town's veterinarian. When Mrs. Whitley turns up dead in her backyard pool, there's no question that it was murder. Evidence points toward the owners of the local taco shop--the same people she accused of trying to kill her precious little Leo. Tig thinks the couple is innocent, but with so many people who hated Mrs. Whitley, finding her real killer won't be easy.