About Chachkis and Chicken Wings: The Case of the Oakton Falls Burglar by Ellen Pleasant
“When a string of break-ins rock the small town of Oakton Falls, Ohio, Police Chief Wyatt Ronson is at a loss for what to do. The perpetrator is crafty and the stolen goods are anything but normal. He has a list of missing items, most recently a miniature baby Jesus collectible stolen from a nativity scene. With robbery turned murder, Ronson is left with a dead body and another cold trail of clues. His loving wife, Maria, suggests that he bring in a friend of hers to consult on the case. The problem? This friend is another one of the paranormal practitioners his wife has been spending a small fortune on and Ronson isn’t convinced they aren’t all charlatans. Maria insists that this guy is the real deal and reluctantly, he agrees to hire Seymour Masterson, a thirty-something with a sweet tooth and an eye for finely tailored clothes. Ronson’s disbelief in the paranormal and Masterson’s own misgivings about small-town police work make the pair mix together like oil and water.
Armed with a dead man’s cane and an over-inflated ego from his time working in Los Angeles, Seymour sets off to find the killer and prove to the Chief that there is something to all of this medium business. That is, if Ronson will ever let him talk to a suspect alone. After several plates of vanilla wafers, legendary chicken wings, a collision with some lawn ornaments and a first date with Beatrice, the Chief’s secretary who he may or may not be marrying, Seymour is realizing that working for the OFPD is exhausting. He is surprised to find out that Ronson isn’t as dumb as he looks and Seymour might just need his help after all. Similarly, Ronson is beginning to see the benefits of having a big name medium working in his department. The two men bumble their way through their first case together and work to find a common ground. But can they put their differences aside to catch a murderer and solve the case of the Oakton Falls burglar?
Chachkis and Chicken Wings has everything a good cozy mystery needs — an elusive criminal, a quirky small town, and a splash of the supernatural. Follow Seymour Masterson and Chief Ronson through their investigation and fall in love with the quirky residents of Oakton Falls along the way. Grab a cup of tea and start reading today!”
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Ellen Pleasant grew up living in the suburbs of a metropolis and spending her vacations in a small Midwestern town. Her love of writing began as a child during those long, summer car rides. She’d pack a bag full of books, blank journals and assorted colors of pens. Her hobby of crafting short stories was long forgotten by the end of her teen years, but the trips to the quaint small town where her grandmother lived perpetuated into adulthood. Ellen rediscovered writing as an outlet for the stresses of day-to-day life. Through it, she revisited those magical summers as a child. Pleasant’s works are equal parts quirky characters, hijinks and paranormal drama. It’s all painted on the backdrop of the friendly heartland lifestyle that Ellen Pleasant fell in love when she was young. She’ll have you in tears laughing and falling in love with her characters who are as relatable as they are otherworldly.