Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Arrowed by Avery Daniels

Posted March 18, 2021 by meezcarrie in Avery Daniels, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, mystery/suspense / 2 Comments

Resort to Murder #4
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Blazing Sword Publishing
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2021
PAGES: 266

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.


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I had no idea what to expect with Arrowed as this is the first book I’ve read by this author & in the series. But this will definitely be a series I’m following from now on. I instantly liked Julienne and had no problems picking up with her adventures in book 4 instead of the beginning.

Julienne’s job in resort management has her in New Mexico in Arrowed, specifically training employees at a resort now under her employer’s ownership. This allows for a mix of new characters and even a bit of Native American legend to raise the stakes on a gruesome murder or two. As I said, I liked Julienne right off – she is engaging, smart, intuitive, and determined. I liked her swoony boyfriend Mason too. He seems like a really good guy who is clearly very much in love with her.

The mystery is creative and layered, with interesting elements like resort life, corporate gossip, and the ancient Native American legend I mentioned. It progresses at a steady pace and includes a host of suspects (any of whom you’d be happy if they were the culprit because they’re just that unlikable) to challenge the armchair sleuths among us.

Bottom Line: Arrowed by Avery Daniels is an enjoyable, fairly quick read, and I especially liked meeting the series heroine Julienne and her boyfriend Mason. The plot was well-developed with a cast of intriguing supporting characters and a cleverly layered murder mystery to solve. The setting added to the enjoyment of the book & I look forward to seeing where Daniels takes her intrepid heroine next!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / enjoyed it!

Reviewer’s Note: Readers may want to be aware that there are some suggestive implications in this book but it is definitely what I would consider a “clean read” (no cursing, etc.)

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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.

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