Hemlock Falls

18 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 91 ratings

A Taste for Murder Publisher's Summary

This is the first book in a delightful series featuring two sleuthing sisters.

Hemlock Falls is a pretty little town in upstate New York. Sarah Quilliam, with her talent for business, runs the Inn at Hemlock Falls, while her sister, Meg, keeps the guests happy with her culinary abilities. But when it comes to murder, the Quilliam sisters have to rely on other skills - spotting clues, solving crimes, and catching culprits.

The History Days festival is the highlight of the year in Hemlock Falls, and the reenactment of the 17th-century witch trials is the highlight of the festival. But this year the mock execution becomes all too real when a woman is crushed under a pile of stones. The victim has been identified as a guest at the inn, but the killer remains unknown - so far.

Claudia Bishop is the author of the popular Hemlock Falls mystery series as well as two novels in the Casebooks of Dr. McKenzie mysteries. Under the name Mary Stanton, she is also the author of an eight-volume children’s fantasy series, Unicorns of Balinor.

©1994 Mary Stanton (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • A Taste for Murder

    • By: Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 22

    Hemlock Falls is a pretty little town in upstate New York. Sarah Quilliam, with her talent for business, runs the Inn at Hemlock Falls, while her sister, Meg, keeps the guests happy with her culinary abilities. But when it comes to murder, the Quilliam sisters have to rely on other skills - spotting clues, solving crimes, and catching culprits. The History Days festival is the highlight of the year in Hemlock Falls, and the reenactment of the 17th-century witch trials is the highlight of the festival.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • I'm not sure about this one

    • By Beatrice on 11-23-14

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • A Dash of Death

    • The Hemlock Falls Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Helena Houndswood is the epitome of class - at least when the camera's rolling. Behind the scenes, the celebrated expert on stylish living is just a garden-variety snob with a heart of stone. She's furious to learn that a group of decidedly déclassé Hemlock Falls women has won the design contest sponsored by her television show, It's a Beautiful Life. Now one winner is missing and another is dead - but just how far would Helena go to avoid mixing with the unwashed? After all, murder is so tacky.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Twisty and fun plot

    • By Shirley Lafon Strand on 06-26-17

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  • Book 3

    • A Pinch of Poison

    • The Hemlock Falls Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Hemlock Falls is a pretty little town in upstate New York. Sarah Quilliam, with her talent for business, runs the Inn at Hemlock Falls, while her sister Meg keeps the guests happy with her culinary abilities. But when it comes to murder, the Quilliam sisters have to rely on other skills - spotting clues, solving crimes, and catching culprits.

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  • Book 4

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  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

    • A Steak in Murder

    • By: Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Hemlock Falls is a pretty little town in upstate New York. Sarah Quilliam, with her talent for business, now runs the Palate Restaurant, while her sister, Meg, keeps the patrons happy with her culinary abilities. But when it comes to murder, the Quilliam sisters have to rely on other skills - spotting clues, solving crimes, and catching culprits. The Quilliams have sold the Inn at Hemlock Falls, only to find that they miss the place - bills and all. Worse yet, the new owner has started turning a tidy profit playing host to big spenders.

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  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 10

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  • Book 11

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  • Book 12

    • Buried by Breakfast

    • Hemlock Falls Mysteries, Book 12
    • By: Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Hemlock Falls is a pretty little town in upstate New York. Sarah “Quill” Quilliam, with her talent for business, runs the Inn at Hemlock Falls, while her sister, Meg, keeps the guests happy with her culinary abilities. But when it comes to murder, the Quilliam sisters have to rely on other skills - spotting clues, solving crimes, and catching culprits. This year, March comes in like a lion, and it’s Meg and Quill who take the brunt of the bite. First, a notorious state supreme court justice has decided to sequester the jury of a high-profile case at their cozy inn.

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  • Book 13

    • A Dinner to Die For

    • Hemlock Falls Mysteries, Book 13
    • By: Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    The good ladies of Hemlock Falls are protesting a nudie bar, and the MacAvoy barn has just burned to a crisp - with someone inside. The Quilliam sisters have a feeling the two incidents are connected, but they have problems of their own.

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  • Book 14

    • Ground to a Halt

    • A Hemlock Falls Mystery, Book 14
    • By: Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Hemlock Falls is a pretty little town in upstate New York. Sarah "Quill" Quilliam, with her talent for business, runs the Inn at Hemlock Falls while her sister, Meg, keeps the patrons happy with her culinary abilities. But when it comes to murder, the Quilliam sisters have to rely on other skills - spotting clues, solving crimes, and catching culprits.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • fun and rewarding

    • By Diane on 09-10-13

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  • Book 15

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  • Book 16

    • Toast Mortem

    • A Hemlock Falls Mystery, Book 16
    • By: Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    The grouchiest chef in the world of haute cuisine, Bernard LeVasque, has opened a multimillion-dollar cooking school and made quite a splash in the quiet village of Hemlock Falls - even stealing customers from the Inn. Sisters Quill and Meg wished he would leave, but they never wished him dead - which is exactly what has happened, thanks to the knife in his neck. A mysterious scrap of a long-lost recipe found in his hands may hold clues to his killer, or maybe not....

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  • Book 17

    • Dread on Arrival

    • A Hemlock Falls Mystery, Book 17
    • By: Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    It's hate at first sight for two television antiques show personalities - an aristocratic Brit and a loud, foul-mouthed American - staying at the Hemlock Falls Inn. Their bitter rivalry heats up when they decide to have it out in a cooking contest. It's a good thing that inn owners Meg and Sarah Quilliam are experts at appraising motives for murder when one of them keels over on camera - because the suspects are piling up.

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  • Book 18

    • A Fete Worse Than Death

    • By: Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Sisters Meg and Sarah Quilliam make sure guests feel right at home when they visit the Inn at Hemlock Falls. Located in upstate New York, Hemlock Falls is a small town renowned for its scenic beauty - and scenes of crime. Disaster strikes a mere week before the Hemlock Falls Ladies’ Auxiliary hosts the annual Spring Fete when the festival’s chairwoman - the redoubtable Adela Henry - gives up her job in a huff. Who’s going to judge the justly renowned Jell-O architecture contest? Who will stop the members of the Craft Guild from sabotaging their rivals, the Crafty Ladies? More to the point, who’s got the tact, diplomacy, and iron will necessary to organize the booths and settle quarrels over the programming? Hemlock’s mayor hopes to assure the fete’s success when he recruits professional organizer Linda Connally and her staff to take over Adela’s duties. But when Connally’s body turns up in the trunk of a used car at Peterson’s Automotive, Meg and Sarah are back in the detecting business.

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