Death In Tranquility
by Sharon Linnéa
February 1-28, 2021 Tour
Avalon is on the run from her life in Los Angeles. Having a drink while waiting to change trains in the former Olympic town of Tranquility, New York, she discovers the freshly murdered bartender at MacTavish’s. A bartender herself, she’s offered the position with the warning he wasn’t the first MacTavish’s bartender to meet a violent end.
Avalon’s superpower is collecting people’s stories, and she’s soon embroiled in the lives of artists, politicians, ghost hunters and descendants of Old Hollywood.
Can Avalon outrun the ghosts of her past, catch the ghosts of Tranquility’s past and outsmart a murderer?
The first book in the Bartender’s Guide to Murder series offers chills, laughs, and 30 of the best drink recipes ever imbibed.
I enjoyed this mystery with a reluctant heroine, Avalon. I like how the stage is set when a stop to change trains lands Avalon in the midst of a murder. I like how Avalon's character is developed. She has a tenacity to find out who killed the bartender she'd only just met.
There are some interesting side issues to the murder plot. There is the Hollywood angle with more than one character escaping that culture. There is an interesting distinction of how people experience life. There are collectors, like the bartender Avalon who collects stories. There are expressers, like the painter Phillip who tells stories through art.
This book was a delight to read. Linnea has a great writing style with clever dialogue and a good pace to the plot. And, while I do not drink alcohol, the drink recipes look delicious. I'll be looking for the next in the series, hoping to find out a little more of Avalon's back story.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Arundel Publishing
Publication Date: September 29th 2020
Number of Pages: 323
ISBN: 9781933608 (ISBN13: 9781933608150)
Series: Bartender’s Guide to Murder, 1 (Click here to check out other books in the series!)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Bookstore Plus | Goodreads
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.
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