Peppermint Cream Die

Animated cover by Morgan Wright. Original design by Scott Book and Melissa Vail Coffman for Camel Press.

Peppermint Cream Die is the first book in The HSP Mysteries. Protagonist Kayla Jeffries is a home bakery owner and an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person).

When home bakery owner Kayla Jeffries discovers her elderly friend has been strangled, she draws upon her strengths as an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) to help solve the murder and restore peace to her quiet oceanside community.


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Peppermint Cream Die (The HSP Mysteries #1) by Carol E. Ayer is a quaint whodunit depicting a person employing the aspects of a sometimes problematic trait to their advantage while sleuthing. With fascinating characters and a suspenseful and intricate plot, this book is a riveting read. Kayla’s character is admirable as she acknowledges and accepts her sensitive nature, working to create an environment that is beneficial for her…Filled with suspense, it is a delightful amateur sleuth mystery…that will thrill everyone who enjoys mystery novels filled with twisted plots and unique protagonists. – Susan Sewell for Readers’ Favorite

…a terrific entrance to a new cozy series that offers a little romance and a whole lot of enjoyment, not to mention, [a] well written mystery. – I Read What You Write!

This is a well written cozy that makes you feel like you are there with its relatable characters that really bring the town to life. A great read for cozy fans and I look forward to more in the series. – Books a Plenty Book Reviews

In a lot of series the first book is fairly good but each book seems to get better and better. This author is gonna have a bit of work ahead to pull off writing book two to exceed book 1. This one was great.  The locale, the cozy home baker with some yummy sounding tidbits.  I wanted to step into the pages. – My Reading Journeys

…I loved the ending. It was amazing with a grand finale and confrontation. It had me rooting for Kayla and her friends. Peppermint Cream Die is a great holiday read. – Nadaness in Motion

The setting of Peppermint Cream Die is lovely. I would love to live by the ocean even if the water is too cold to swim in where Kayla lives. Like Kayla, I find it very calming. – Christy’s Cozy Corners

I guarantee your mouth will be watering as you read this delicious, very cozy mystery. I look forward to the next book in this fun, tummy-growling, and interesting mystery series – Here’s How It Happened

Peppermint Cream Die is a charming cozy mystery with a bevy of baking, a cute cat, scrumptious peppermint pie, a steady suitor, a bellicose killer, and a Merry Christmas – The Avid Reader

PEPPERMINT CREAM DIE has all the cozy beach town charm you’d expect with a fresh, new kind of heroine. Kayla Jeffries owns an ocean-themed baking business, but that’s not what sets her apart. Kayla is an HSP – a highly sensitive person – a trait I didn’t know much about before finding this series. Due to her HSP nature, Kayla has to make sure she doesn’t become overstimulated by the outside world. She prefers the company of animals or being alone. She doesn’t like loud noises or big groups of people. She’d rather be at home than at a party. I found myself relating to her a great deal because of this. Rarely does a cozy feature an introvert, so Kayla was a refreshing change. I also learned a great deal about a topic I wasn’t familiar with! – Author Sarah E. Burr

There’s something wonderful about getting to know multiple characters as well as I did, especially when their personality quirks began to affect the folks around them in all sorts of unexpected ways…Peppermint Cream Die was a satisfying read. Anyone who has a sweet tooth should check it out. – Long and Short Reviews


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