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Cheryl is a USA Today bestselling author from beautiful Auckland, New Zealand with two alter egos: C.A. Phipps who writes cozy mysteries and sweet romance, and Cheryl Phipps who writes contemporary romance and Women’s Fiction. 

She loves stories filled with feisty heroines, suave heroes, and wonderful small towns, and crafting her own heart-warming tales of strong family ties, mixed in with a little romance, humor, and delicious baking!

The Maple Lane Mysteries are light, cozy mysteries featuring a quirky cat-loving bakery owner who discovers she’s a talented amateur sleuth.

No swearing, gore or graphic scenes.

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Apple Pie and Arsenic (Maple Lane Mysteries Book 1)Apple Pie and Arsenic (Maple Lane Mysteries Book 1) $0.99

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Deadly pies!

Spring Festival and murder.

Can Maddie clear her name?

Finding the body was a shock. Accused of putting it there pushes Maddie over the edge and into the Sheriff’s path. Her ex-flame is as confused as she is when the mystery heats up with another batch of clues.

Danger threatens at every turn, and when Maddie ends up on her own, scared and out of her depth, it seems that even an award-winning baker isn’t safe from Maple Falls’ first serial killer. As the timer ticks down in the race to find the murderer before Maddie’s put in jail or the body count climbs, she enlists the help of her friends.

If only solving murder were as easy as apple pie!

Do you love Murder She Wrote? Then you’ll enjoy Maddie’s style because she’s not taking no for an answer either.


Bagels and Blackmail (Maple Lane Mysteries Book 2)Bagels and Blackmail (Maple Lane Mysteries Book 2) $3.99

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Catnapping and more!

Who stole Maddie’s cat?

More than a pet…

… so much more. And, Big Red’s not the only one taken.

It’s a catastrophe for the owners who, like Maddie, considers them family members. While the Sheriff, who happens to be her ex-boyfriend, is doing what he can to solve the mystery, Maddie can’t sit by and wait. Going against her darling Gran’s wishes, she once again decides to do her own detective work—with a little help from her friends.

If you love your pet, this cozy mystery will have you cheering for Maddie, because she won’t give in until every animal is home!

5* Review by Alisha
Bagels and Blackmail is the second book in the Maple Lane Cozy Series and it’s another great story.
Madeline has decided to bring on extra help in the bakery, she’s decided to try making bagels as another baked good to sell at the bakery, and pets have started disappearing in Maple Falls. Unfortunately, Big Red Maddie’s 11-year-old Maine Coon cat is one of the animals that’s disappeared. Will Maddie see Big Red again?

5* Review by Bernadette
The Maple Lane cozy mystery series continues with this story about the disappearance of several pets - including Bid Red! Add in blackmail and murder for an exciting story with Maddie, Gran, the Girlz, and Ethan. The characters are well developed. The plot will keep you engrossed until the last page.

5* by Robin
I really liked this book. It’s the second in the series. This is a feel-good mystery. All of the town's pets have gone missing including Maddie’s cat big red. I will definitely be continuing with the series. 


Cookies and Chaos (Maple Lane Mysteries Book 3)Cookies and Chaos (Maple Lane Mysteries Book 3) $3.99

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Maple Falls - home of delicious treats.Of yard sales and a sense of community. 
And now . . . Murder! 
Using her bakery and expertise, Madeline Flynn's keen to help a pair of young locals with their cookie sales. But strange things are happening at the community center and it might be no place for children just now.
Once again, Maddie is whisked up in an investigation that will take all her sleuthing skills.
Along with the handsome Sheriff, Gran, a posse of girlfriends, and her faithful Maine Coon, they're wading through clues as thick as cookie dough, hoping that the timer won't go off on another murder. 
Have they taken on more than they can chew?

Delicious Cozy Mysteries with free recipes.

5* Review This is a compelling mystery with fabulous characters. I love the recipes as well as Madeline. This book is well-written with plenty of twists to keep me guessing to the end. I am looking forward to the next book by this author.

5* Review Another wonderful installment to the Maple Lane Bakery Series.
Maddie, Ethan, Big Red, Gran, and the Girlz are back for another mystery in their small town. It's a fast paced story to keep you reading until the end. Also things are heating up between Maddie and Sheriff Tanner that you don't want to miss!


Doughnuts and Disaster (Maple Lane Mysteries Book 4)Doughnuts and Disaster (Maple Lane Mysteries Book 4)$3.99

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Cozy Mysteries with delicious free recipes!

The threat is real.

Her best friend could die…Can Maddie save her in time?

A killer on the loose makes Angel lose her appetite and when we’re talking a batch of her favourite jelly doughnuts, this means war!

When a man who was part of Angel’s past comes to town wanting to make amends, in theory it sounds like a positive thing, but that’s when things begin a slippery slope into disaster and an ugly murder.

Maddie, the Sheriff, Big Red - her faithful Maine Coon cat—and the Girlz and are back in action as they aim to protect Angel from the mysterious stranger. 

You’ll love the clues aplenty in this cozy mystery because everyone enjoys figuring out the riddles.

5* Review This is a compelling mystery with fabulous characters. I love the recipes as well as Madeline. This book is well-written with plenty of twists to keep me guessing to the end. I am looking forward to the next book by this author.

5* Review Another wonderful installment to the Maple Lane Bakery Series.
Maddie, Ethan, Big Red, Gran, and the Girlz are back for another mystery in their small town. It’s a fast paced story to keep you reading until the end. Also things are heating up between Maddie and Sheriff Tanner that you don’t want to miss!


Eclairs and Extortion (Maple Lane Mysteries Book 5)Eclairs and Extortion (Maple Lane Mysteries Book 5) $3.99

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Marriage, Menace, and Murder!

A body in the park. 

Maddie’s mom arrives in Maple Falls. 

Coincidence?

When a relative comes home after many years, it should be a time of happiness and celebration. But family is not always what they seem and no matter what you wish, you don’t get to choose your kin.

Preparations for a surprise seventieth birthday celebration for Gran are jeopardized when Maddie’s mom shows up unannounced. Devoted to her grandmother, Maddie won't allow her mom to ruin things like she usually does.

This could be easier said than done, because what about that body?

Thankfully, there are friends who’ll pitch in when the going gets rough. Friends who feel like family. And lets’ not forget the handsome sheriff and a crazy maine coon cat.

With three generations at logger-heads, a murderer to find, and a party to organize, life is about to get crazy.

If you love your eclairs with a side of mystery, get your copy today!

5* Review Definitely a delight. It leaves you wanting more and asking your self will Maddie and Ethan get married? How about Angel, will she find love? How about Laura? Come on, let us know.

5* Review Family is important. Maddie knows this, yet having her mom suddenly show up, well, totally throws her off. Then to find out that she now has a step father...that’s a lot to take in. Plus, there’s Gran’s birthday surprise party to plan. Finding a dead body doesn’t help matters.
These characters are so close with each other. It’s so heartwarming. I love how this story progressed and turned out.