Resort to Murder series goes to New Mexico by Avery Daniels
One piece of writing advice I received early on was to write in whatever genre I read, and I read a lot of cozy and amateur sleuth books. I like how justice is served; the villain is caught, and for a few hours I am on the trail of a killer. The vicarious thrills in the safety of my locked home appeal to me, so of course I started writing a cozy mystery series.
I often hear the advice to write what you know. I grew up in a town with a historic five-star resort. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, I would go to the resort and walk around their man-made lake and feed the ducks. I celebrated special occasions at their exquisite restaurant, my employers held holiday parties there, and I won tickets to and attended a LPGA golf tournament at the resort. So it was easy to make the setting for my cozy series this resort with the idea to have every other book at a resort my sleuth is visiting. I have also volunteered over the years and helped plan and facilitate events, from retirement luncheons to signature fund-raising events with silent auctions. I have worked with hotel staff from soup to nuts on events, so I knew a good bit of what goes into Julienne’s task in that vein of her job.
After I settled on the resort as a backdrop, Julienne solidified as the lead character. Julienne is a young professional who skipped college for a manager-in-training program at the local five-star resort. Her dream is to manage resorts around the world to satisfy her wanderlust and desire to experience other cultures.
In the first book Julienne finds her sleuthing legs when she is the prime suspect in the murder and we are in her historic “home” resort inspired by the Broadmoor. For book two, Nailed, the resort was a luxury Bavarian themed ski resort in Vail, Colorado inspired by Sonnenalp. The third book, Spiked, was back at Julienne’s home resort. This fourth book, Arrowed, is the first to venture out of Colorado.
In Arrowed, a cutthroat venture capitalist grabs Julienne by the ankle and with his dying breath says “the curse got me.” The Enchantment Canyon Resort, where this occurs, is entirely fictional. It is a combination of resorts and ideas I merged for the story. I wanted the feel of a Mexican villa merged with a world class health and wellness resort. I love Santa Fe and its unique mixing of Mexican and Native American cultures and foods and thus I wanted a resort that reflected the rich cultural heritage.
I had terrible timing on Arrowed, though. Here I am writing a cozy mystery set in Santa Fe, only a five-hour drive for me (and one of my favorite places to visit), and Covid made it impossible to do any personal research. Fortunately, I have been several times and have many fond memories to rely on and supplement with internet research. Just a tip: any trip to Santa Fe means you should plan on eating and drinking some of the best food in your life. The food is one highlight of any trip there for me, along with the Margarita Trail!
If you have been to Santa Fe, or New Mexico, what are your favorite memories?
It all began when a dying man with an arrow in his chest grabs her ankle.
During a heat wave at a Santa Fe resort, Julienne has the resort owner pressuring her to solve the murder. The victim is a high profile business man who made enemies rather than friends, leaving Julienne with a roster of suspects. She was supposed to be training the staff and spending quality time with Mason rather than investigating a murder. The heat turns up when an old girlfriend of Mason’s checks in and is determined to get back together.
Arrowed is the fourth book in Avery Daniel’s Resort to Murder series and is an exciting contemporary cozy mystery. If you like Cleo Coyle, Maddy Hunter, Duffy Brown, Lynn Cahoon, and Annette Dashofy, then you’ll love this series with a strong intelligent sleuth, lavish settings, and tantalizing mysteries.
Buy this spunky clean cozy mystery and start enjoying Julienne’s adventures today!
Youtube book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-svubHiLbDE
B&N Nook: https://tinyurl.com/4rew7h83
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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.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Daniels/e/B0719JXY83/
5 thoughts on “Guest Blogger – Avery Daniels”
Setting a mystery series in a resort is a fantastic idea–victims and suspects might come from anywhere! And I love the artsy vibes of Santa Fe and Taos, the New Mexican food, and the nearby mountains where I used to backpack nearly every year when I still lived in Oklahoma.
Wonderful article. I must check your books out. Thanks!
I like your description of how you developed your series–you can take your sleuth anywhere. Yes, Covid has been a problem for writers but we seem to manage. I have friends in New Mexico so I look forward to reading your newest title.
First off, I LOVE your logo! Your series sounds wonderful. I like how you brought in what you know and I’m sure it shows in your writing. Guess I’ll find out when I read your book. 😉 Thank you for being a guest at Ladies of Mystery.
Sounds amazing. Daggone Covid has spoiled way too many things. Best of luck with the new series
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