Tom McNutt, a wealthy owner of the Northernmost Winery on the Old Mission Peninsula, north of Traverse City, Michigan, and the Grand Marshal of the Cherry Festival Parade is shot in the Parade set-up area. The community is stunned, but the parade and the Festival continue. Lou Searing and Jack Kelly are invited to work with the Traverse City Police to solve the crime. A number of suspects are identified and the investigation ensues. Murder at the Cherry Festival delivers another mystery with Baldwins trademarks; interesting characters, exciting scenes including a significant threat on Lous life.