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ICED: A Resort to Murder Mystery
by Avery Daniels

ICED: A Resort to Murder Mystery
Blazing Sword Publishing Ltd. (May 24, 2017)
Paperback: 284 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0999031803
E-Book ASIN: B071LFD6JV

Julienne has her ideal job as an event planner at a prestigious resort. During a luncheon event she coordinated, a renowned celebrity pastor is killed next to the buffet. All eyes turn to her as the suspect. If she wants to stay out of jail or even keep her job, Julienne needs all the help she can get to solve the crime.

She has her work cut out for her with a vengeful high school rival now reporter, the public demanding she be fired, plus family who knows what’s best for her, and a boyfriend who doesn’t understand her. She turns to friends and a new ally to uncover who wanted to put the pastor on ice.

Julienne goes undercover and investigates a local swingers group as she follows the trail of clues before they go cold. Can she gather enough suspects and motives to convince the police to widen their investigation? Can she do it before the killer sets his murderous sights on her? Will her personal life ever be as simple as unveiling a murderer?

 

Guest Post from the Author

The Enduring Attraction of Mysteries by Avery Daniels

 

Mysteries and romances are perennial best sellers.  Everybody enjoys a story were love wins the day, but mysteries take a bit more to understand.

 

A few aspects of the mystery story I suspect sustains the genre’s popularity is flirting with danger – safely, one person can and does make a difference, the main character typically is strong – not a victim.  But there are more obvious reasons that I believe are what draw people in and then help to keep them as fans.

 

One of the obvious aspects is how a mystery novel provides a puzzle to be solved. It allows the reader to match wits with the author in a non-competitive manner.  Multitudes of people file into work everyday and perform often-mindless jobs, repetitive or just down right boring work. You look forward to that brainteaser, that conundrum of whodunit and why or how. The extra challenge comes into play when situations and people are not as they might seem on the surface. How exhilarating. Bring it on!  Am I right?

 

A bonus, and perhaps another obvious appeal, is how mysteries lend themselves easily towards a series, possibly more than other genres and that is an advantage. When you find a series with a main character you like, a supporting cast that delights, and a writer whose style sparkles you have entered reader nirvana. For you have found friends that you are fond of and look forward to their company. These friends are always there when you need them and they don’t hang around past their welcome. Isn’t that nice?

 

In my newly published book, ICED, I feel I delivered a fun mystery for you flex your own sleuthing muscles.  I also believe I’ve developed zany crew of characters in the neighbors and family of our intrepid amateur investigator.  As an extra bit of delicious fun I threw in a little bit of romance.

 

And there you have it, my musings on why mysteries remain so popular. They provide us much more than mere escapism. Readers probably don’t consciously consider these elements when reading. I just know these elements are part of why I like mysteries – when I stop and consider it. How about you, why do you think mysteries are so popular and enduring?

 

Buy links

Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/ICED-Resort-Mystery-Avery-Daniels-ebook/dp/B071LFD6JV

Barnes and Noble   https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/iced-avery-daniels/1126467939

IndieBound    https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780999031803

Audio book is due shortly through Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.

 

Website: Avery-Daniels.com

 

 

About the Author

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 (plenty of fodder for stories there!). She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her loving 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 and history at the dinner table. Her first try at writing a fully developed story was as a teen was a tale of a girl trying to nurse a fawn back to health and then release it into the wild again. She is plotting her next Resort to Murder novel and struggling over which Colorado resort should be her setting.

 

Author Links

Web – Avery-Daniels.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AveryDanielsAuthor

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/Avery-Daniels;

Purchase Links

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1 Comment

  1. Jana Leah

    I agree. As much as I like reading mysteries for the escape from everyday life, I also like to use my brain while reading.

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