When an old family friend, Poppy Wilson, returns to Lawrenceton, not everyone is happy.
Ever since she got a sizable inheritance from an acquaintance, Aurora has wanted to buy a house.
Her mother, Aida Teagarden, is her real estate agent.
Meanwhile, since John moved away to be closer to his grandchildren, Aida gets friendly with the movie director.
Another subplot has Martin preoccupied by the disappearance of his CIA partner, Rex, and leaves for South America at the end of the film to look for him.
As Aurora begins digging into the murder, her house is broken into and someone mysteriously leaves her flowers and then a kitten.