SPIKED by Avery Daniels, Cozy Mystery, 230 pp., $12.99 (paperback) $2.99 (kindle)

Author: Avery Daniels
Publisher: Blazing Sword Publishing, LTD.
Pages: 230
Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Review
This is the second book I have read in this series. I read the first book and now this book. I have gone out of order. Yet, that is the nice thing about this series as the books can be read as stand alone novels. Therefore, out of chronological order.
As I pointed out from the first book that the reason that I liked Julienne is because I found her to be sensible. She is still sensible but slowly maturing. Her skills as an investigator are getting better. Although, it did not hurt that she had help in the form of her ex, Liam. Who is easy on the eyes. Between the two of them they worked well together.
My only issue is that I did struggle some in the beginning finding my bearing with the story as well as connecting as strongly on an emotional level with the characters in the story. Despite; this the pacing of the story did move somewhat quickly.
Fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy this book. There is no blood or gore. Just some good old fashion fun and a murder mystery to solve.
Julienne, a poisoned Private Investigator with her business card on his body, an MI5 agent taking a liking to her, and her heart on the line.

Julienne needs only three things: successfully pull of a last minute wedding relocated to her resort, work out things with her stubborn ex- boyfriend, and solve the murder of a private investigator found with her business card on his dead body. The wedding she can handle, but it comes with a flirtatious brother of the bride from Britain who manages to give Mason the idea she has moved on, and the dead PI was playing with fire before he was poisoned leaving a myriad of suspects. Two suspects are part of a scandal waiting to explode and nobody wants to be in the middle of the fallout.

Can Julienne wade through the various suspects while coordinating the wedding and dealing with a handsome amorous guest before her rival on the local paper exposes her connection and thus damages her and the resort’s reputation? Will she and Mason find their way to each other?



"Detective Lawrence gave me a pointed look that he didn’t buy that cover story for a minute.  Chad changed to accommodating at the mention of the last minute wedding I was to ensure was perfection itself.
“Detective, Julienne is busy.  Perhaps I can be of assistance?”
“No, I need to know why Julienne’s name was on a hotel card in the pocket of a man who died of what I am guessing was poison just a few hours ago.  Amazing how you’re connected with another death.”  His beady little eyes watched me.  Well, they were menacing beady eyes to me in any case. 
I could feel the blood drain to my toes.  Not again."

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.





Unknown said…
I love the series because of Julienne’s likeable sensibility. She isn’t going out looking for trouble, it just seems to find her. And the cozy genre is typically clean of blood and gore, but Julienne kind of reminds us that there is a bit of actual danger.

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