Cece Barton Mysteries

by Maddie Day


Cece Barton Mysteries


In the Cece Barton Mysteries, Cece Barton, is manages a wine bar fictional fictional Colinas in the Alexander Valley wine country north of San Francisco, California. The first book in the series released in the fall of 2023.

Christmas Mittens Murder novella cover

Deadly Crush

In Deadly Crush, it’s the beginning of a new year, and for widowed single mom and recent L.A. transplant to California wine country, Cece Barton, that means green hillsides, flowing streams from winter rains, pruned vineyards—and a murder to solve . . .

After a mostly stress-free Christmas with her college-age daughter, and despite enjoying a current budding romance with fellow newcomer, Benjamin Cohen, it’s time for Cece to focus on Vino y Vida, the Colinas wine bar she manages. Electrical work and an outdoor security camera are needed, and she’s hired local electrician Karl Meier to do the job, along with the help of his nephew Ian. But she regrets her choice when she witnesses Karl needlessy berating Ian in her presence. On top of that, Karl leers at her, then presents her with an inflated bill before the work is complete. Still, she’s shocked when she gets a call from Karl’s ex-wife, Josie, that she’s found Karl . . . crushed to death beneath the lift in her automotive shop.

Cece convinces Josie to call the police, even though Josie is terrified. After all, Karl was an abusive husband, was threatening her, and she has no alibi. With Josie’s future on the line, and maybe her own, Cece starts her own investigation. From the customers Karl cheated to the other women he harassed, she finds there’s no lack of suspects—other than the shelter kittens to whom he was an uncharacteristically sweet volunteer. With a bouquet of motives and unanswered questions, Cece is going to need the help of her twin, Allie, who owns a nearby B & B, as she dives into Karl’s past—before the killer catches up with her, and the lights go out for good . . .

Deadly Crush releases in November, 2024

Christmas Mittens Murder novella cover

Christmas Mittens Murder

A novella collection by Lee Hollis, Lynn Cahoon, and Maddie Day.

Maddie’s “Murderous Mittens” introduces Cece Barton in the wine region town of Colinas, where’s she’s visiting her twin sister for Christmas. At a Colinas wine bar, Pasadena resident Cece meets Massachusetts farmer Cam Flaherty (from the Local Foods Mysteries), who is on a jaunt west to study innovative farming techniques. But the next morning  Cece learns that the bar’s proprietor, who sells mittens in her spare time, has been found dead. With Cece’s horrified twin one of the main suspects, can Cece and Cam unmask the merry murderer before this becomes a holiday from hell? 

This first in the series released September 25, 2023

Murder Uncorked by Maddie Day book cover

Murder Uncorked

Meet Cece Barton… 

In a northern California wine bar the most popular vintage pairs nicely with murder. Released October 2023.

As the manager of Vino y Vida Wine Bar in Colinas, Cece Barton’s first Alexander Valley harvest is a whirlwind of activity. Her twin sister, Allie Halstead, who owns a nearby Victorian bed & breakfast, is accustomed to the hustle and bustle of peak tourist season. But Cece barely has a moment to enjoy her new home while juggling her responsibilities at the bar and navigating the sticky politics of the local wine association. Just when it seems things can’t grow any more intense, Colinas is rocked by a murder within the wine community . . . and Cece is identified as a possible suspect in Murder Uncorked.

With her reputation and her livelihood on the line—and the Sonoma County deputy sheriff breathing down her neck—Cece has no choice but to uncork her own murder investigation. Tensions are already high in the valley, as a massive wildfire creeps toward Colinas, threatening homes, vineyards, and the vital tourist trade. And now, with a murderer on the loose, and Cece’s sleuthing exposing the valley’s bitterest old rivalries and secret new alliances, Colinas feels ready to pop. But with Allie’s help, Cece is determined to catch the killer and clear her name before everything she’s worked so hard for goes up in flames.

Reviews of Maddie Day’s Cece Barton Mysteries:

“Maddie Day cleverly brings in a new character with a reliable familiar one…the perfect Christmas appetizer”

Cynthia Chow, Kings River Life Magazine

Dru Ann Love picked Murder Uncorked as one of only a dozen of her favorite cozy mysteries for 2023!

“This novella was a real treat. The plot is exquisite, and very clever!”

Luis on Goodreads

As usual, one can always count on Ms. Day to bring us spot-on characters and a puzzling plot to give us top of the line cozy entertainment!”

Wonder Woman Sixty