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Spiked By Avery Daniels: Review/Giveaway

IN THE January 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
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by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of Spiked, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

They May “Resort to Murder”!
In 2017 Iced by Avery Daniels, a personal favorite, was introduced. Fans were introduced to Julienne LaMere, an event coordinator and manager-in-training at an upscale Colorado Springs resort. Unfortunately, she finds herself on the bad end of a #MeToo experience with a renowned celebrity pastor, and her brilliant “knee” defense only puts her at the top of a short suspect list when he’s found impaled by a pointy ice sculpture. After garnering rave four/five star reviews, Avery followed up with Nailed in 2018 that also garnered high praise. Julienne is thrilled about going to a management conference at a prestigious ski resort in Vail, but a major snowstorm hits stranding guest, and an obnoxious guest is found murdered…not again!

Spiked: A Resort to Murder earns 5/5 Bridal Bouquets…Clever and Engaging!

mysteryWhat’s the worse thing to happen to a romance-challenged event planner? Well, being told by her boss that she’s planning the “happy” day for someone else! Julienne LeMere, resort management trainee for an upscale Colorado Springs resort, is assigned to manage the plans for a large-scale wedding including the rehearsal, dinner, wedding, and reception. Although it’s the bride’s special day, her soon-to-be father-in-law is definitely in charge. Add the bride’s deliciously handsome brother to the festivities, and Julienne knows this is “Trouble with a capital T,” but it turns out more like “Murder with a capital M.” Julienne’s nemesis, Detective Lawrence, growls that a driver, who caused a major road accident, had been poisoned, and Julienne’s name was found in his pocket. The detective’s not thrilled at her connection, she’s not thrilled at his innuendo, and no one’s thrilled the resort is linked to another murder. This time Chad, her often cantankerous and demanding boss, encourages her to investigate and clear the resort of any complicity…that’s a first!

What a way to start off! Avery Daniels has penned a very engaging third book with the murder victim as a private investigator who pushes the envelope to uncover cold and current secrets with his stalking and telephoto lens. So, of course, everyone has Karma-worthy secrets putting them on a suspect list involving several lines of questioning and lots of twist and turns. Avery’s writing style includes a first-person perspective which lays out well the clever plot through sharing Julienne’s inner thoughts and painted with vivid descriptions. Quite the page-turner keeping the “I didn’t see that coming!” ending to the…end. Newbies can easily join here since there are enough references to background and character connections, even though a few ongoing issues come to temporary resolutions. Readers are entertained with wedding prep, hotel issues, personal ups and downs along with a plethora of rich characters supporting Julienne’s amateur investigations, not-so-smooth romantic entanglements, and some perilous moments. Julienne is proving to be a favorite “cozy” character. However, don’t miss out going back and enjoying Iced and Nailed…Alert! Arrowed is next to be the next released.

Become a Big Avery Daniels Fan!
Facebook – Avery Daniels Author
Website – Avery Daniels

To enter to win an ebook copy of Spiked, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “spiked,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 26, 2019. If entering via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Also check our our new mystery podcast!

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dianne Casey January 19, 2019 at 3:34pm

Great review. Sounds like a book I would like to read.


Twitter: @schnappy2
January 20, 2019 at 4:17am

Looks like a great read! Love the cover! JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com


3 Jill White January 20, 2019 at 8:38am

Curious about this series! Jwhite410@yahoo.com


4 Debbie Erickson
Twitter: @debbi_erickson
January 20, 2019 at 12:05pm

This sounds good. Love finding new authors.


5 Carolyn Theriot January 21, 2019 at 6:04am

Thank you for this chance. I would love to read this! 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com


6 Anne
Twitter: @anne
January 21, 2019 at 11:18am

Spiked sounds enthralling and intriguing. Thanks.


7 Annette N January 22, 2019 at 10:09am

You have written a good review which introduces me to a new to me author. Thanks for the opportunity.


8 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
February 4, 2019 at 12:56pm

We have a winner!


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