Book launch, cherry pie bake-off celebrate Howell author’s new mystery series

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A combination book launch and cherry pie bake-off will celebrate the launch of the Very Cherry Mystery Series by Howell author Darci Hannah.

The unique event is on tap for 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Howell Carnegie District Library in downtown Howell. Hannah will give an author talk, sign books, and lead the hunt for the best cherry pie in Howell.

The free event takes place in the reference magazine area of the library, and copies of Hannah’s book, “Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies,” will be available for purchase.

Anyone interested in entering the bake-off is asked to contact Brandi Tambasco at (517) 546-0720, ext. 131, or email events@howelllibrary.org by Thursday, June 7.

In “Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies,” cherry enthusiast Whitney Bloom is furiously baking her way into the heart of Chicago with her fabulous cherry pies when she receives a desperate call from her mother: It seems the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Cherry Cove, Wisc., has just kicked off at the Cherry Orchard Inn, and the manager of the Bloom family orchard has been found dead beneath the cherry blossoms. All evidence points to Whitney’s father as the killer. After racing home to help, things really land in the pits for Whitney when she discovers that her old high school nemesis, Jack MacLaren, is Cherry Cove’s only police officer.

Whitney matches wits against Jack, but does she have what it takes to clear her father’s name and sift out the real Cherry Cove killer?

You’ll have to read Hannah’s book to find out.

The debut novel of her new mystery series isn’t Hannah’s first published work. She is the author of two works of historical fiction: “The Exile of Sara Stevenson” was published by Ballantine Books in 2010, and “Angel of Blythe Hall” was published in 2011.

Hannah, who has lived in Howell since 2002 and is a staffer at the Howell Carnegie District Library, was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She and her husband have three teenaged sons. You can learn more about her and her books at her website.

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