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I'm a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native but have lived in Maryland since college. RESORT TO MURDER, originally published by Avalon, is set in Maryland, as are my Craft Corner mysteries, (published by Berkley Prime Crime) WREATH OF DECEPTION, STRING OF LIES, AND PAPER-THIN ALIBI.
I love tennis, both playing and watching, and enjoyed writing the scenes on the tennis courts in RESORT TO MURDER. My books are cozy mysteries and appropriate for all ages. I hope you'll enjoy them.
on June 14, 2017 :
Maggie Olensky was a high school maths teacher and had a week’s vacation booked at a mountain resort in Maryland called Highview Inn. It had been recommended by a colleague and she was looking forward to a restful week by herself, instead of the usual time with her well-meaning family.
She quickly became friendly with the vibrant Dyna while hitting a ball around the tennis court, both laughing at their style – or lack of it – and when Maggie lobbed a ball into the nearby woods, she set off to retrieve it. Imagine her horror when she came upon the body of a young woman, lying in the undergrowth and quite obviously dead.
It also turned out that as well as being an employee of Highview, Maggie had also taught Lori in her class when she was younger. Maggie was devastated. And so began a few days of intrigue and danger; investigation and worry. Should Maggie leave as she’d been advised to? No – she needed to find the murderer to give Lori’s family peace of mind…
Resort to Murder by Mary Ellen Hughes is the 1st in the Maggie Olensky series and I’ve had it on my kindle for over 5 years! I thoroughly enjoyed Maggie’s story and though I wish I’d read it earlier, I’m glad to have read it now. The mystery and intrigue was well done; Maggie is a great character, well-rounded and independent; determined but not silly. A great start to the series and hopefully it won’t take me as long to get to book two!! Highly recommended.
(reviewed 6 years after purchase)
on March 08, 2013 :
I enjoyed this light cozy mystery. The main character was interesting and liked her relationship to numbers but she did make a few questionable decisions. It was a quick read. Enjoy
(reviewed 13 months after purchase)