Deadly Reception by Karen Randau

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Deadly Reception by Karen Randau
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries
Self-published • April 16, 2018

A severed head. A philandering husband. A skeleton in the basement. This was not the perfect wedding Rita Avery planned for her daughter Zoe!

Rita Avery and her detective husband Cliff arrive at New Jersey’s Tawnee Mountain Resort prepared to greet Zoe’s wedding guests in just three hours. Who would have expected to find a man’s torso in their closet?

Things explode into high gear when the victim’s head shows up at the golf equipment shack. A good look at his social media makes Rita wonder if a wife murdered her husband as revenge for infidelity. Or did a secret admirer decide to liberate the wife from her scoundrel husband?

Worse, is Zoe in life-threatening danger . . . again?

And will Rita and Cliff escape the trap in which the murderer snares them?

Murder and a passel of twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Zoe’s wedding is the most exciting you’ll attend!

Deadly Reception is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort.

Deadly Reception features characters from Karen Randau’s Rim Country Mysteries series.

Each book in this multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the series can be read in any order. Click here to check out the series!

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My Thoughts

Deadly Reception is the first book I’ve read by author Karen Randau. Even though it is novella-length, and I wasn’t familiar with the characters when I started, I was quickly able to lose myself in the story. This felt more like a straight mystery to me rather than a cozy mystery. While not particularly gruesome, there were some unsettling descriptions at the beginning, and the book involves a serial killer (which is something you do not see in a cozy mystery). The story quickly unfolded and the author managed to pack a lot of story into this novella. I would read other books by this author, and I would also check out the other books in the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series.

About the Author

Karen Randau is the author of the Rim Country Mystery series. Her fast-paced novels include Deadly Deceit, Deadly Inheritance, and Deadly Choices, each with intricate plots and lots of action and told from the point of view of protagonist Rita Avery.

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