Welcome to Rock Creek Village
Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Rock Creek Village is the small town in which Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Callie Cassidy grew up--the place she fled for big city life as soon as she graduated high school.
Now, twenty-five years later and under inauspicious circumstances, she has returned. Though Callie can be a bit of a recluse, you’re likely to meet her at some point during your visit. If you book a cabin at Shamrock Villas, the resort property owned by her parents Maggie and Butch, she will be your neighbor. Perhaps you’ll even cross paths on one of the trails that lead into the mountains, where she and her golden retriever Woody enjoy a daily hike. Stop for a moment and scratch behind Woody’s ears and he’ll be your friend for life.
After your hike, it’s time to take a stroll down Evergreen Way, lined with quaint shops. Indulge your sweet tooth at The Fudge Factory, and then work off the calories at Yoga Delight, where you might spot the eccentric Mrs. Finney twisted into a downward dog. Purchase some souvenirs at Tabitha’s Treasures—unless you’re here in the winter, when Tabitha shutters her shop and heads off to a Florida beach.
Still hungry? Savor a salty order of ChipMunch at Snow Plow Chow, the café owned by Callie’s former—or is it current?—boyfriend Sam Petrie. Perhaps Callie will be sitting in one of the armchairs near the fire drinking hot chocolate and reading The Rock Creek Tribune, the local newspaper edited by her best friend Tonya Stephens. Pull up a chair; she will be glad to share the sports section with you.
Yes, welcome to Rock Creek Village. The people here are friendly and kind—for the most part. It’s an idyllic hamlet with hardly any crime to speak of.
Well, unless you count murder…
An Instant Out of Time
Callie Cassidy is no stranger to dead bodies.
Her time as a photojournalist landed her face to face with so many of them that her colleagues once dubbed her Queen of the Dead.
Now, having resigned in disgrace from her prestigious career, Callie believes her days of hanging out with corpses are behind her. She has returned to the mountainside village of her youth to seclude herself in a cabin on her parents’ resort property near the Rocky Mountains. With her golden retriever Woody as a companion, she spends her days drinking wine and licking her wounds, determined to avoid everyone she ever knew.
But when a loathed former classmate is killed—and Callie discovers the body—she can’t help getting involved in the investigation. After all, detective Raul Sanchez seems to believe Callie might be a suspect. And unless she and a quirky group of villagers can solve the mystery, the real killer might just get away with murder.