The Undermining of Twyla and Frank

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By Megan Bannen

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From the author of The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy comes a heartwarming fantasy with a best friends-to-lovers rom com twist set in the delightful demigod and donut-filled world of Tanria.

The entire town of Eternity was shocked when widowed, middle-aged Twyla Banneker partnered up with her neighbor and best friend, Frank Ellis, to join the Tanrian Marshals. Eight years later, Twyla’s rewarding career patrolling the strange land of Tanria remains a welcome change from the domestic grind of mom life, despite the misgivings of her grown children.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) a recent decrease in on-the-job peril has made Twyla and Frank's job a lot safer … and a lot less exciting. So when they discover the body of one of their fellow marshals near an enormous footprint—and Frank finds himself the inadvertent foster dad to a baby dragon—they are grateful to be back in action.
Soon, the friends wind up ensnared in a nefarious plot that goes far deeper than any lucrative Tanrian mineshaft. But as danger closes in and Twyla and Frank's investigation becomes more complicated, so does their easy friendship. And Twyla starts to realize that her true soul mate might be the person who has lived next door all along…


  • “One of the coziest, most whimsical fantasy reads I’ve ever come across! Megan Bannen has created a world that you’ll never want to leave and characters that will carve a spot into your heart. This series is playfully unique, delightfully steamy, utterly romantic, and overall unmissable!”
    Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis
  • "Bannen manages to seamlessly blend fantasy, romance, and modern family dynamics, all while making you laugh until you (literally) cry. Not only is it sweet without being saccharine, it’s also jam packed with whimsy around the kindest, biggest heart. I love this book so much that I would bury bodies for Twyla and Frank so deep no one would ever find them." 
    Lish McBride, author of the Uncanny Romance series
  • “Megan Bannen’s writing is deeply adorable and heartbreakingly hilarious. Life is hard. Do yourself a favor and read The Undermining of Twyla and Frank. It’s a bear hug of a book full of wonders and pink dragons.” 
    Jayci Lee, author of Nine Tailed and That Prince is Mine
  • "A charming romantasy full of humor and adventure."
    Library Journal
  • "Bannen’s witty prose and skillful genre blending shine as she seamlessly weaves together elements of romance, mystery, and adventure. The mature protagonists, particularly the wonderfully complex Twyla, offer a refreshing perspective on love and self-discovery in midlife. Bannen’s heartfelt exploration of second chances and the transformative power of friendship resonates. Perfect for fans of T.J. Klune and Alix E. Harrow, this cozy, humor-filled romp celebrates the enduring magic of love at any age." 
    Publishers Weekly
  • "A delightful story worth every minute of your time. Fans of cozy fantasy will find a lot to love here, from glitter-breathing, poodle-esque dragons to a down-to-earth romance between two middle-aged heroes on the brink of retirement. Seriously, the dragons breathe glitter. What more could you want?" 
  • "Romance, fantasy, and humor blend together in a mature yet whimsically romantic story." 
  • "Truly outstanding romantic fantasy."
    India Holton on The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy
  • "An unabashedly offbeat adventure."
    Freya Marske on The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy
  • "I cried twice and smiled plenty."
    Olivia Atwater on The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy
  • "A little sweet, a little spicy, a little sharp and entirely moreish!"
    Davinia Evans on The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy
  • "I showed up for the fantastic, fun fantasy setting but it was Hart and Mercy that kept me reading."
    Ruby Dixon on The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy

On Sale
Jul 2, 2024
Page Count
416 pages

Megan Bannen

Megan Bannen

About the Author

Megan Bannen is a former public librarian whose YA debut The Bird and the Blade was an Indies Introduce pick for 2018, a Kids Indie Next Fall 2018 List pick, a Kirkus Best YA of 2018, and recently was named by Stephenie Meyer as the most recent book that made her cry. In her spare time, she collects graduate degrees from Kansas colleges and universities. While most of her professional career has been spent in public libraries, she has also sold luggage, written grants, and taught English at home and abroad. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and their two sons. 

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