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Lake Tahoe

Rachele Baker

Mystery Author


Veterinarian Rylie Sunderland thought her future was comfortably mapped out until everything in her life implodes and she becomes a suspect in a murder investigation.


32-year-old veterinarian Rylie Sunderland is in trouble. After the veterinary hospital where she worked burns to the ground, Rylie takes a summer job as a part-time caretaker at an old Tahoe estate turned B & B called Whitaker Cottages while she tries to figure out what to do next with her life.


Then, just a few days after she arrives in Lake Tahoe, handsome Tahoe City bakery owner Colin Matthews is found dead in a secret tunnel that runs under the cottages. Detective Mark Felton informs Rylie that they found a note in Colin’s pocket with her name and cell phone number on it.


Rylie’s shocked. She’d only just met Colin. Why and how did he get her cell phone number? Is she now considered a suspect?


With her loving golden retriever Bella by her side and the help of friends both old and new, Rylie works to find the evidence needed to clear her name. As her search continues, she discovers clues to the mystery in unlikely locations around the lake and the list of suspects grows. Will she be able to find the answers she needs before she has to trade in her scrubs for prison garb?



Rachele Baker

Rachele is the author of the Rylie Sunderland cozy mystery series featuring 32-year-old veterinarian Rylie Sunderland and her loving golden retriever Bella. The first book in that series, Tragedy in Tahoe (Rylie Sunderland Mysteries Book 1), will be published soon.


Rachele lives in northern California close to Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley wine country where this series takes place. She drew on her many years of experience as a practicing veterinarian to develop the main character for this series, Rylie Sunderland. And her own golden retriever, Savanna, was the inspiration for Rylie’s golden retriever, Bella.

In her free time, Rachele enjoys exploring northern California wine country, Lake Tahoe, and areas along the California coast like Mendocino, Monterey, and Big Sur. Some of her favorite things include freshly brewed coffee in the morning, big juicy hamburgers, and, of course, golden retrievers.

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