"Resort to Murder" By Annie McEwen: Review/Giveaway

Review by Tracy Condie 

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The Northwoods Mystery series is off to a great start. Situated in Covington Wisconsin, this story has all the classic cozy goodness and a relatable sleuth named Emmerlyne “Emmy” Cooper. A couple of interesting things about Emmy is that she is adopted, and her name is made up of a combination of her parent’s middle names.

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The story begins with Emmy’s returning home to her family’s modest cabin-style resort, Coopers Cove, for a vacation. At least that is what she is telling everyone, while at the same time she is sending out resumes in search of a new residential architectural job. Things at home are not all that calm either as the local resort owners brace for a fight with a development company that is trying to buy up existing properties to put a bigger and “better” luxury resort on the lake.

The last thing Emmy expected while back home was to find the body of the arrogant resort developer on her parent’s property. She also didn’t expect to run into her life-long crush, Dean Erickson, also known as police officer Erickson. Her father may be at the top of the suspect list because of a very heated and public argument with the victim. There is some local gossip circulating as to her father’s possible guilt which spurs Emmy into action––it is a small-town cozy after all. She knows that there are plenty of other suspects to choose from. The developer’s wife, Donna, doesn’t seem particularly sad that she is now a widow. His business partner, Jeff, had been seen arguing with him. An unlikely source has information indicating that the city land management board director Norman Palmer, who is giving approval for the development project, has been seen at the local casino with the victim. Emmy and her friends Whitney and Marcus start looking for clues and asking questions. Emmy starts asking so many questions, good questions, that someone gets nervous and runs her off the road.

The first of a new series, Resort to Murder can be read as a stand-alone with a multi-layered plot and great character development. The characters are engaging, and the plot build keeps you turning pages to see what Emmy is going to learn next or how she is going to handle her interactions with Dean. I look forward to reading the next Northwoods mystery as soon as possible because we are left with a little bit of a cliffhanger. A thoroughly enjoyable cozy.

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Tracy Condie is a paralegal by day and cozy armchair sleuth by night. When she is not working or reading, she enjoys preparing the recipes found in culinary cozies or researching recipes of meal items described therein and sharing reviews of both books and food on Instagram and on KRL. She lives in Corona, California with her husband and dog Zoolie, and looks forward to visiting with their grown sons when their time permits.

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