Secrets and Scandals has a small town feel and lots of mysteries to solve as Emily's life has the potential to head in another direction. Is there enough good in Gilman to entice her?


About The Book

The Gilman Gazette Cozy Mystery: Book 1
Publication Date: May 17, 2022

Emily Delaney, a reporter for one of Hollywood’s hottest gossip magazines, has her world turned upside down when her former journalism mentor dies, and she is called back to the hometown she thought she’d left for good.

Emily is quickly surrounded by small town intrigue, including a desperate effort to save the town’s failing newspaper, unraveling an unsolved mystery, and clearing the name of her beloved mentor who is suspected of murder. All the while trying to avoid memories of the terrible mistake she made in high school that forced her to leave town in the first place. Not so easy to do, especially when her ex-high school sweetheart is now a handsome local detective blocking her every turn.

Secrets and Scandalz is the first book in the Gilman Gazette cozy mystery series. If you like page-turning mysteries filled with fun characters, humor and sweet romance, then you will love the first installment of Piper Glendale’s engaging series.



The Review

Secrets and Scandals by Piper Glendale is the first book in the Gilman Gazette Cozy Mystery series. Initially, it was slow going, and I felt the author thought we knew the characters instead of introducing them. Once I got past the first several chapters and figured out the characters, their relationships, and their motivations, the story flew.

Emily Delaney has a life in LA but returns after leaving several years prior in disgrace. While others in the town have forgiven her, she couldn’t forgive herself until now—perhaps. There were crimes to solve and a cold case to put to rest.

Once I got into it, the story had a good flow, and there were so many connected stories.  There are several clues, an amateur sleuth, possible romantic interests, lots of memories—good and bad—and friendships renewed. There were many surprises throughout, and I couldn’t figure out whodunit and why for several of the cases, but of course, Emily ties up everything quite neatly with a bow. The ending really surprised me since it didn’t end with solving the crimes.

Secrets and Scandals has a small town feel and lots of mysteries to solve as Emily’s life has the potential to head in another direction. Is there enough good in Gilman to entice her?Buy Links

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About The AuthorPiper Glendale is the pen name of author Stacey Auer. Stacey lives with her handsome husband and lively twins in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not writing she can be found walking her hound dog or recycling.


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JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for - and which is on hiatus. Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


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Secrets and Scandals has a small town feel and lots of mysteries to solve as Emily's life has the potential to head in another direction. Is there enough good in Gilman to entice her?4-STAR REVIEW: SECRETS AND SCANDALS by Piper Glendale