A former friend, a runaway mother, and a dead body threaten to spoil a middle-aged woman's plan for a low-key family Thanksgiving.
Cece Cavanaugh's latest job recommendation comes from a former friend-a woman who turned her back when Cece needed her friendship most. Cleaning a flooded school is a big job, and Cece needs money for Thanksgiving dinner.
But when she finds herself ankle-deep in mud, checking the pulse of her friend's ex-husband, the job takes an unexpected turn and ensures the arrival of hunky Detective Case Alder. With her divorce from her trust-fund husband just days away, Cece is determined to keep her emotions in check. That's hard when tensions are high, and Alder is determined to keep Cece out of harm's way.
As Cece cleans the school, she learns more about the suspects, teachers and staff present the day of the murder. As she gathers evidence, the killer closes in on his next target. To compound her problems, Cece's elderly mother arrives in Wickford-baggage in hand, and still Cece isn't ready for Thanksgiving dinner.
Despite a threatening note, a series of false leads, and wrangling her runaway mother, Cece narrows down the suspects, but will the killer seal her fate before Cece can solve the case?