#review Dangerous Delays (An Emily Lazzaro Mystery) by @joycetstrand
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.
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.
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?
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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Following on from the events in Dangerous Changes, we find things have calmed down for Emily and she has settled in to her life in Ramona and that things are getting underway with the renovations of the B&B that she is overseeing, and will be eventually working in once completed. And just when she thinks that things are on the up a body is discovered during excavation around the stables that are being built.
This brings everything to a grinding halt, and also a series of very unfortunate events for Emily. There seemed to be so much going on but I found it to be quite slow paced in getting to the point, and boy does Emily frustrate me when it comes to her relationship with Jackson – they both seem a little flat with each other yet it is clear they like each other, possibly more in fact but they seem awkward about it all their lack of emotion was just weird to me. When Jackson’s brother Harry gets married it opens up the opportunity for Jackson to be with Emily so I hope going forward they are a bit more comfortable with potentially being in a relationship with each other!
When things look like they can get moving again with the renovations, Strand throws another spanner in the works, making poor Emily suffer even more.
We have a dead body, a B&B that seems like it will never get finished not to mention a festival promoter – who like Emily, I felt there is something off with them from the get go, a cook-off, a wedding and people sabotaging the B&B makes this a recipe for a ton of twists and also leave you guessing as to who the murderer was – I didn’t see it coming this time that’s for sure!
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