Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Spiked: A Resort to Murder Mystery

by Avery Daniels

Author: Avery Daniels
Publisher: Blazing Sword Publishing, LTD.
Pages: 230
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Julienne, a poisoned Private Investigator with her business card on his body, an MI5 agent taking a liking to her, and her heart on the line.

Julienne needs only three things: successfully pull of a last minute wedding relocated to her resort, work out things with her stubborn ex- boyfriend, and solve the murder of a private investigator found with her business card on his dead body. The wedding she can handle, but it comes with a flirtatious brother of the bride from Britain who manages to give Mason the idea she has moved on, and the dead PI was playing with fire before he was poisoned leaving a myriad of suspects. Two suspects are part of a scandal waiting to explode and nobody wants to be in the middle of the fallout.

Can Julienne wade through the various suspects while coordinating the wedding and dealing with a handsome amorous guest before her rival on the local paper exposes her connection and thus damages her and the resort's reputation? Will she and Mason find their way to each other?



"Detective Lawrence gave me a pointed look that he didn’t buy that cover story for a minute.  Chad changed to accommodating at the mention of the last minute wedding I was to ensure was perfection itself.
“Detective, Julienne is busy.  Perhaps I can be of assistance?”
“No, I need to know why Julienne’s name was on a hotel card in the pocket of a man who died of what I am guessing was poison just a few hours ago.  Amazing how you’re connected with another death.”  His beady little eyes watched me.  Well, they were menacing beady eyes to me in any case. 
I could feel the blood drain to my toes.  Not again."
Julienne LaMere doesn`t particularly like weddings. She does her best as an event planner, but because of her own rocky romantic past, helping someone she doesn`t even know plan the happiest day of her life is not high on the list of enjoyable assignments.
When almost immediately Julienne is revisited by a nightmare, in the form of a homicide detective, and discovers the bride`s brother has MI5 connections, she wonders if this event could get any worse. Spoiler alert ~ it can.

Although there are romantic elements to this book, the author delights us with tangled complications.
There is nothing standard or familiar here. Add in some quirky Resort Irregulars to help and a reality tv show about private investigators to up the competition and widen the suspect list, and Miss LaMere once again seems to be over her head, even with help. She does not quit and shows some growth in her sleuthing techniques.
You will even find reasons to smile as you read.
This is the third book in this different series but can be enjoyed as a stand alone mystery.

Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.



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