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
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?
Justice is Served by Avery Daniels
Mysteries and romance are perennial best sellers. Everybody enjoys a story were love wins the day, but mysteries take a bit more to understand their everlasting appeal. Here are a few of my thoughts.
A factor in mystery’s enduring status, I think, is how they always deliver justice. Yes, there are those few novels that don’t deliver on this, and I consider them turncoats to the genre and rare. In a world with Bernie Madoff, AIG, Bear Stearns, and Enron pillaging the average person, turning to a fictional world where justice is the goal of the tale is important. No matter how close the “bad guy” is to pulling off the perfect murder or crime, he is exposed and carted away when all is said and done. That is encouraging and renews our faith in karma or fairness. That just feels good and for a few moments the world is functioning properly again.
This sense of justice is just as important as finding love. You can see why I write mysteries, can’t you! I would like to add, a healthy sense of justice maintains our hope. Of course hope is what helps us face each day. So, in their own little ways, mystery novels contribute to a sense of hope.
Other aspects of mystery story I suspect sustains the genre’s popularity is flirting with danger – safely, one person can and does make a difference, and the main character typically is strong – not a victim.
In my newly published book, ICED, I feel I delivered a fun mystery for you to flex your own sleuthing muscles. I also believe I’ve developed a 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? What is your favorite aspect?
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Audio book is due shortly through Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.
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.
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