Board president Mercer Whitty introduces Cleo to his new flamboyant "Inno-brarian" Belle Beauchamp. Belle's ideas for the library include removing old books, painting the rooms shocking colors and replacing Cleo's trusty bookmobile with Belle's flashier one with fewer books. Cleo is incensed and tries to appeal to the good sense of the board.
In the meantime her nemesis Dixie Huddleston has teased Cleo about an overdue book for nearly 40 years. It seems Dixie has been holding on to a book entitled Luck and Lore, but now, Dixie claims the signs are pointing to an unlucky ending to her life and she wants to make amends. Cleo, unsure this isn't another trick, drives to Dixie's house and finds Dixie locked in her pantry and dead from bee stings. The epi pen she'd tried to use had been filled with sugar water instead of epinephrine.
Also on the scene is Dixie's eccentric son Jefferson and his wife Jacquelyn who hope to open a mime school in Dixie's backyard cottage. At the same time, Dixie's long-estranged daughter Amy-Ray appears claiming she is the rightful heir to the main house. Suddenly people around town are receiving paper coffins threatening their demise.
When Chief Culpepper accuses Cleo of killing Dixie, she knows she has to prove she didn't murder her because of an overdue book or for any reason, especially since the overdue book was not found during the police search of Dixie's house.
There are plenty of suspects as Dixie was not the most loved person in town and Cleo needs to clear her name before murder strikes again.
The first in an engaging new series.