ICED: A Resort to Murder Mystery by Avery Daniels, review, character interview, & giveaway

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

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?

My thoughts

Julienne has a run in with the celebrity pastor and when he is found dead detective Lawrence doesn’t want to look any further he thinks she is totally guilty. She decides to get her friends an one sexy neighbor , Mason to help clear her name.

While this is all going on she is fighting her dad for her independence.  Her family thinks she should be married and having kids. Worse her boy friend thinks she knows what is best.  I loved when Julienne puts her foot down.

A great read and looking forward to more.

Character Interview

Hello, I’m Julienne.  First I want to thank you for having me here today.  You have a great blog.

BBB: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Not much to tell, I’m your typical young professional trying to get my career moving.  I’m in the on-the-job management training position for a luxury resort in Colorado Springs.  I have always wanted to travel the world and I plan on managing resorts around the world – if everything goes to plan.

Of course that murder of Pastor Tom during a luncheon event I coordinated threw a gargantuan wrench in my plans.  Anyway.  I had a steady boyfriend too.  I’ve known Brandon most of my life since he’s the best friend of my cousin Loring.  But Brandon and I were apparently on different pages about the future and the murder brought that all to a boil.  I don’t mean to over-share here, but suffice to say that my life changed significantly the day Pastor Tom was killed.


BBB: Tell us about your job?

I started working at the resort in Guest Relations, which means I checked people in and out of the hotel and handled the front desk.  I worked my way up to managing the front desk, grumpy complaints and all. But, when I applied and got the Manager-in-Training job is when I felt I’d won the lottery. I’ll be learning different aspects of the business, but currently I’m the Events Coordinator.  I coordinate all the needs of an event from tables, linens, centerpieces, catering, audio/video requirements, special requests and so on.  It is busy and demanding…challenging.  Most people don’t know what they really want and I try to somehow determine the details before the day of the event.  No small task in some cases.


BBB: What do you like about the resort?

Oh, I love the Colorado Springs Resort.  It’s a member of Historic Hotels of America of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and just a beautiful place.  It sits at the base of a stunning mountain and the entire complex of buildings and small lake take up about 1 square mile.

It’s like the grand hotels on the Mediterranean coast, with architecture of the Italian Renaissance style with pink stucco. The original hotel building was built in 1918 and continually grew.  It has nearly 800 rooms, some in the original and some in the newer building.  It has everything you could want within its complex.  The decor is European luxury and I feel totally spoiled working in such beauty.  But not only do I work among such lovely surroundings, I meet a wide variety of people from locals to celebrities, heads of state, sports figures (we have a championship golf course), to successful people in business.


BBB: Where you surprised about the pastor?

Yes, absolutely.  I never thought of him as a big deal since he started in his garage.  Everyone in town knows him as just Pastor Tom.  I know he grew his congregation over several years until it had a membership of over ten thousand.  But, I never expected him to be drunk let alone grab my…butt.  Then, during my trying to clear my name I found out about his weakness for teen girls.  Thanks to a neighbor I was tipped off about his swinger activities.  That was a shock all right.

BBB: How did the swingers club go for the investigation?

I was very careful about that.  I tried researching online, eventually I got a contact to somebody from a local swingers group that would talk to me.  But the guy kept thinking I was shopping for a group for my husband and I to join.  I have to tell you, I was plenty embarrassed before the swingers investigation was all over.

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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.


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