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Dangerous Delays – A Book Review

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Finding a corpse buried with Native American artifacts wasn’t 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 isn’t possible due to his commitment to care for his brain-injured brother.

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About Emily Lazzaro
Emily Lazzaro is the daughter of Wayne Lazzaro, the winemaker for the Hilltop Sunset winery in the previously published three Brynn Bancroft mysteries. She moved with her fiancé to Ramona, Calif., a rural community near San Diego, following graduation from college with a degree in hospitality. Her fiancé was eager to purchase a vineyard and develop a winery in the up and coming Ramona wine region, which suited Emily’s goals.
However, after moving to Ramona, it becomes apparent to Emily that she is not a good match for her fiancé. She discovers that he does not respect her opinions and insists on making decisions without her input. So she breaks off the engagement.
She decides to remain in Ramona despite her fiancé living there with his new vineyard. She appreciates the unique rocky terrain and proximity to the ocean and San Diego, along with the mixture of fine wineries, artists, and equestrian activities.  She makes her living doing people’s taxes, and when Dangerous Changes opens, we discover she is looking to make a career change.


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Dangerous Changes (An Emily Lazzaro Mystery)
A series of events rattle Emily Lazzaro: a near-death encounter with a pickup 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? 
 
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About the Author
Joyce T. Strand is the author of contemporary and historical who-done-it mysteries.

She is the author of the Jillian Hillcrest Mysteries, ON MESSAGE, OPEN MEETINGS, and FAIR DISCLOSURE; the Brynn Bancroft Mysteries, HILLTOP SUNSET, and LANDSCAPE FOR MURDER; the Emily Lazzaro Mysteries, DANGEROUS CHANGES, and the latest release DANGEROUS DELAYS; and a historical mystery, THE JUDGE’S STORY.
Much like Jillian, Joyce headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California’s Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. She focused on writing by-lined articles, press releases, white papers, and brochures to publicize her companies.
Joyce has been a mystery fan since she read her first Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy stories as a teenager. She has always enjoyed the challenge of following clues to solve a mystery before it is revealed. Therefore Joyce relished the transition from writing press releases to writing fiction.
Today she writes and publishes a blog (http://strandssimplytips.blogspot.com), contributes articles to a regional wine magazine, and continues to pen mysteries. She lives with her two cats and her collection of cow statuary in Southern California near San Diego. She enjoys seeing Broadway musicals, eating at gourmet restaurants, and tasting fine wine—in addition to reading mysteries, of course.
Joyce received her Ph.D. from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. specializing in international relations and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA specializing in political science.

 

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Emily Lazarro is a woman I could be best friends with. In Dangerous Delays, Emily is set to use her hospitality degree to run a newly renovated bed and breakfast in Ramona, California. The problem with renovations – even if you are having them done professionally – is that things seldom go as planned. This is the case in the bed and breakfast renovations.
Emily has planned a great opening event to get people to the bed and breakfast – a chef’s cook off using local foods that will decide on the menu for the B&B. Her friend Jackson is organizing it. The problem is a date is needed and the finding of a dead body on the property is delaying the renovations, and ultimate opening, of the B&B.
There are more twists and turns in this mystery than I could have come up with. It is not just the dead body. There are many more but you need to pick up a copy to find out the rest.
Take some time during these busy holiday times to read Dangerous Delays by Joyce T Strand. It will be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of holiday times. I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
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One thought on “Dangerous Delays – A Book Review

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my latest mystery DANGEROUS DELAYS. I really appreciate it. And you’re so right about reading a fun mystery to get away from the “hustle and bustle” of this time of year.

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