A series of events rattle Emily Lazzaro: a near-death encounter with a pickup truck on a narrow mountain road, the murder of a would-be client, and an ex-fiancé who won’t let go. Can she survive a police investigation, pressure from her ex’s company, and the suspicions of a possible new love-interest—so that she can make the changes to create a meaningful new life in a special town in southern California?
Finding a corpse buried with Native American artifacts was not the first delay of the renovation Emily faced. But she was not prepared for what followed. A murder investigation, excavation to uncover more artifacts, and drug dealers looking for missing product further delay the mansion's restoration into an iconic B&B. While facing these setbacks, Emily is also realizing her growing attraction to a local chef, a man who believes a relationship is not possible due to his commitment to care for his brain-injured brother.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it contemporary and historical mysteries set in San Francisco, the Napa-Sonoma wine regions of California, and in Ventura and Ramona, California.
Her contemporary novels, written as stand-alone trilogies, feature protagonists Jillian Hillcrest, a publicist in Silicon Valley; Brynn Bancroft, a financial guru in transition to winemaker from corporate executive, who was Jillian's boss in the Jillian Hillcrest mysteries trilogy; and Emily Lazzaro, the daughter of the winemaker in the Brynn Bancroft trilogy, who has moved to a small California town and become the manager of a bed and breakfast.
None of these sleuths goes looking for crimes to solve, but they are all drawn in when they confront murder, burglaries, and fraud.
All of her novels are inspired by actual events and/or real people, although they are definitely fictionalized.
Light refreshments will be served.
Join us Saturday
to welcome local author
Joyce T. Strand
as she signs her two thrillers set in Ramona!