Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Resort to Murder by Annie McEwen

 Resort to Murder


About Resort to Murder


Resort to Murder (Northwoods Mysteries) 

1st in Series 

Setting - Wisconsin 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gemma Halliday Publishing 

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 225 pages 

When Emmy Cooper’s life in Chicago is turned upside down, the young interior designer retreats to her family’s lake cottage resort in the beautiful Wisconsin Northwoods for a much-needed break. Hoping to clear her mind and gain a fresh perspective, she looks forward to enjoying the slower pace and the crisp, clean pine air at her beloved Cooper’s Cove Resort with her family, dogs, and her best friend, Whitney. Unfortunately, her homecoming isn't as calm as she'd hoped when Emmy finds out a ruthless development company is relentlessly pressuring Lake Covington property owners, including Emmy's family, to sell their land so they can build an extravagant, modern resort that would ruin the quaint esthetic of the area. And things only get worse when Emmy finds the dead body of one of the developers floating in the lake—murdered! Suddenly the police are involved, and since Emmy's father was leading the fight to stop the shady development from getting approval, he's quickly painted as the prime suspect. Now it's up to Emmy to prove her father’s innocence, save the reputation of Cooper’s Cove, and find out who would resort to murder.

About Annie McEwen

Annie McEwen is the author of the Northwoods Mysteries Series, set amongst the tall pines and sparkling lakes of northern Wisconsin, where she spent vacations as a kid. Annie and her husband are empty nesters living in their rural Indiana home, but their married children and two toddler grandsons fortunately live close by. Being grandparents is definitely the best gig ever! They also have four fur babies, one of whom is a very important character in her books. When Annie isn’t writing, playing with her grandsons, or tackling trash-to-treasure projects, she works as a radiological technologist. As a former farm kid, she still loves to dig in the dirt and garden. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and loves attending mystery conventions.

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My Thoughts

Resort to Murder by Annie McEwen transports readers to the beautiful Wisconsin Northwoods where the Cooper’s Cove Resort resides with her descriptive writing.  I enjoyed getting to know Emmy Cooper and her parents as well as Emmy’s closest friends, Whitney and Marcus (with the mullet).  The death of the developer has Emmy’s father at the top of suspense list. Emmy teams up with Whitney and Marcus to prove her father’s innocence.  They ask questions and search for clues. They even set up a murder board in Whitney’s apartment to keep track of their suspects and clues.  Trouble finds the threesome as they search for the truth. The reveal left me with a lingering question or two.  

Emmy has one character trait that made me cringe.   She seems to have bladder issues when she is excited, nervous, or upset.  I believe it is supposed to be funny, but I found it unpleasant (sorry, but I did not enjoy reading about a woman peeing herself).   Emmy finds a certain officer appealing and cannot help blushing bright red every time she encounters him.  I like the close-knit town where gossip flows faster than maple syrup on a hot stack of pancakes.  I am amazed at how much the characters can accomplish in one day.  It made me wonder if the days were longer in Wisconsin (If so, I need to move there).  Resort to Murder is a Wisconsin whodunit with a determined developer, a cozy campfire, firm friends, good food, gossip galore, park avenue pink lipstick, and dithering over a decision.

Resort to Murder can be purchased from Amazon, B&N, Apple, and Kobo.  The next Northwoods Mystery is Dead, White, and Blue which comes out July 2. Would you like to win a paperback copy of Resort to Murder along with a bookmark and some stickers (Sorry, but US Only)?  You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below.  Leave a comment on my blog for an extra entry.  Good Luck!  Thank you for popping by today.  I will return tomorrow with my thoughts on The Proposal Plot by Kathleen Fuller.  It is the second An Amish Marigold Novel.  I hope that you have a joyful day. Do not forget to enter the giveaway before you depart. Take care and Happy Reading!


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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading.