Silence Says the Most

Silence Says the Most

The Olivia Penn Mystery Series BOOK TWO



Five days before Halloween, fall turns frightful in Apple Station when a child’s drawing entangles Olivia in a murder at a park lake.

Olivia’s hometown is gearing up for its annual Halloween festival, and pumpkins, corn mazes, and autumn vibes are everywhere. All is cozy in the crisp fall air as excitement builds for the costume parade on Friday. A casual Monday lakeside picnic lunch with her forever friend, though, sets off a chain of events that catches Olivia in the wrong place at the wrong time.

When a body is discovered amid an algae bloom under mysterious circumstances, everyone points fingers, but one among them is not telling the truth. The only apparent witness to the crime is a child who doesn’t speak. Motives abound, suspects are plenty, and it’s up to Olivia to discover why the child has implicated her as the key to solving the murder.

Can Olivia unmask the killer before the endangered evidence vanishes, and she becomes the next victim?

If you like small town, cozy mysteries with heart and humor, a charming cast of characters, and a twisty plot that celebrates the connections of friends and family, you’ll love Silence Says the Most, the second book in The Olivia Penn Mystery Series.


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“This enthralling small-town cozy abounds with suspense, surprise, and autumn atmosphere … Silence Says the Most also offers that crucial ingredient for the standout series cozy: a hero worth rooting for and capable of surprising readers … Bailey pulls readers in with charming descriptions and personalities … fans of small-town amateur detectives will be hooked from the start.”

– BookLife Reviews, Editor’s Pick for superlative book

Blooming Good! Kathleen Bailey’s second book in her Olivia Penn Mystery is another clever, engaging drama with a complex mystery … Kathleen’s writing style is very entertaining with sensory-laden description of the environment, the Halloween festivities, characters, and mood, and her banter illustrates well the emotional connections and multi-generational personalities … Complex mystery. Diverse characters. A nice bit of romance. A favorite in my book!”

– Kings River Life Magazine

“Silence Says the Most is well written, just like its predecessor, and I felt like I was at home again in the small town of Apple Station. Olivia is a fantastic main character who is smart, witty, and curious … I really enjoyed the easy flow of the story and the way the author connects the dots little by little … The witty banter between the characters is also light-hearted and a fun experience … Silence Says the Most has a great twist at the end of the book that I wasn’t able to guess, but that made complete and total sense … You just can’t beat a small town with its small-town mysteries and small-town characters!”

— San Francisco Book Review

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”