The Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series is 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.
Each book in this multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the series can be read in any order.
Leona's Last Resort
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 1
by Karen M. Bryson
Genre: Mystery / Suspense
A small-town mystery novella with a dash of romance and a few ghosts.
When Max Elliot invites Izzy Grant to a fancy Ivy League alumni reception at the Tawnee Mountain Resort, the ghost hunters anticipate a romantic weekend getaway at the premier ski and golf destination. But when wealthy hotelier Leona Hutton is murdered, and her ghost asks Izzy to find her killer, she and Max decide to investigate.
Will Izzy and Max solve the case before more alumni end up dead, or the killer turns the tables and decides to hunt the ghost hunters?
Leona's Last Resort 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.
Leona's Last Resort features ghost hunters, Izzy Grant and Max Elliot, from the Izzy & Max Paranormal Mystery series.
Each book in this multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the series can be
read in any order.
Dark Side of the Mountain
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 2
by R.J. Rosatte
Katie Douglas thinks doing a mechanical inspection job at the Tawnee Mountain Resort is going to be a working vacation. But that’s before three young mountain bikers go missing while riding the trails of the mountain and a ransom note is delivered.
Partnering with a charming guest of the resort, novelist Casey Malone, Katie soon discovers there is a twisting plot possibly involving the missing men’s girlfriends and perhaps even the FBI.
When their investigation is complicated by the discovery of bomb making material in a cave on the mountain and the threat of an approaching hurricane, Katie and Casey go into overdrive to find the missing men and prevent what could be a devastating attack on an unknown target.
As Hurricane Patrick pays a rare visit to inland New Jersey, the story reaches an explosive climax as they and the staff of Tawnee Mountain Resort deal with both of these threats.
Dark Side of the Mountain 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.
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 3
by Karen Randau
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.
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 4
by Laurie Fagen
KWLF-FM crime reporter Lisa Powers’ boss sends her to a radio news conference in New Jersey, in the dead of winter, and far away from her beloved crime beat in Arizona. She goes to the Tawnee Mountain Resort begrudgingly, afraid she’s going to miss a big story.
But at the convention, where she is up for an excellence in reporting award, an unknown stalker torments her for several days. When she takes the stage to learn the winner, the stalker antes up the stakes – with deadly force.
Deadly Misfire 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 Misfire features characters from Laurie Fagen’s Behind the Mic Mysteries series.
Cassidy's Deadly Exit
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 5
by Marla J. Hayes
Broadway actress Cassidy Quinn finally wins a long coveted Tony award, but the words in her acceptance speech stir up a new problem - a previously low-key fan ramps up online rhetoric to the point where her usual security categorizes this unidentified person as an avidly persistent stalker.
Cassidy takes control of her career and her safety, while doing her best not to disappoint her most devoted fans - she travels to the Tawnee Mountain Resort to attend her first fan convention, a small gathering of her super fans. After all, what could happen to her when she's surrounded by devoted admirers, trusted employees, and the security precautions of a resort that has hosted large scale political gatherings without a single reported incident?
When events at the gathering turn deadly, Cassidy must figure out who among her fans and her staff wants to kill her, and her career.
Cassidy's Deadly Exit 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.
Black Diamond Graves
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 6
by Wendy Fallon
Cali May attends an Artists' Retreat at Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf Resort in North Jersey. She's appalled to see a figure fall from the Black Diamond ski lift as she and the other attendees ride the lift to a small lodge on the first day. She finds herself stranded at the top of the mountain with several creative souls both dead and alive, and must uncover a murderer before she too becomes a target.
The Quinnipiac Disappearance
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 7
by Lee Tidball
“Down in South Jersey, you got your Jersey Devil and the Pine Barrens. Up here, we got E.T.s and Quinnipiac.”
So says Alan Riddiak, NSA field agent Jake Farrister’s friend, as they rent kayaks at Quinnipiac Reservoir, site of what locals say was the most credible mass sighting of a UFO in human history, and just miles from the swanky Tawnee Mountain Resort, where Alan’s boss, revered Senator Grant Bilson of New Jersey, is on an August recess retreat.
“Ok…” smirks Jake.
But smirks turn to shock when two bizarre disappearances and an attempted murder suck the rest out of the retreat, and Senator Bilson commissions Jake to solve the mysteries.
Jake finds nothing but frustration, though, until he finally concedes what quirky new friend Nikki Hayes has told him all along; when it comes to Quinnipiac, the only explanations are inexplicable, the only believable witnesses are unbelievable, and in order to stop the world-shattering plot at the heart of the mysteries, Jake must do what he thought was unthinkable—and hope he’s not too late.
KAREN M. BRYSONwrites romantic mystery and suspense stories. She is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry as well as the RWA Lone Star Writing Contest.
Karen is also an award-winning/optioned screenwriter.
When she's not at her computer creating new stories, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.
Karen previously wrote contemporary romance under the pen names SAVANNAH YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON, REN MONTERREY and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DAKOTA MADISON.
R.J. Rosatteis a native of Prince Edward County, Ontario, his careers have included being an infantry officer in the Canadian Army Reserves, economics teacher at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, a long-haul truck driver and businessman.
He has travelled all forty-eight lower US states, eight Canadian provinces, Italy, Mexico and most of the Caribbean. He currently resides in Bayside, Quinte West, Ontario with his wife, Wendy, and their Westie, Molly.
A native of the southwestern U.S., Karen Randauhas been writing and telling stories since elementary school. She holds a degree in journalism/public relations from The University of Texas at Austin and has enjoyed a long career in marketing communications.
After a short stint working in a psychiatric hospital, when she wrote three self-help books, Karen joined an international relief and development organization to use her skills to help people struggling with extreme poverty. She has traveled to numerous developing countries, witnessing famines, violence, and hopeful people working to overcome a generational cycle of poverty.
She loves to read and write fast-paced mysteries and thrillers, especially those with intricate plots, lots of action, and rollercoaster-like twists and turns.
Laurie Fagenis a "writer by habit" who has enjoyed writing for a variety of mediums, including radio, commercial and cable television, film, newspapers and magazines.
Fagen, a member of Sisters in Crime (SinC), is also is an artist and jazz singer, and the former publisher of the SanTan Sun News, a community newspaper in the Phoenix, AZ area.
Marla J. Hayes, a produced screenwriter and occasional actress, graduated with a Master Screenwriter Certificate from ScreenwritingU in October 2017 -- check out her film Biz credentials on imdb.com. Now add novelist to her screenplay stories!
Her articles (and photographs) have been published in American and Canadian magazines and newspapers. She was a featured columnist in COLLECTIBLES CANADA magazine for over 10 years. Short fiction pieces have appeared in Canadian elementary school reading program textbooks and public school libraries continue to carry her picture book, HOW A CAROUSEL CAME TO NORTH BAY, published by Scholastic Canada.
Marla lives in northeastern Ontario, Canada.
Wendy Fallon -By day I am a technical writer, and by night and on weekends I am an artist and creative writer. Having lived in Phoenix, AZ for 20+ years with my husband Tim, I found the urban wilderness to be endlessly fascinating. Our home was tucked up against South Mountain, the largest city park in the U.S. The canal that ran across the base of the mountain provided inspiration for painting, drawing, and writing with sitings of wild coyotes, skittering fluffs of newborn quail, lizards, constant change…and stories of life and death. In December 2017, we moved to a beach in Florida, which is whole ‘nother story!
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Excerpt from Dark Side of the Mountain
Katie Douglas looked through the windshield of her Chevy Silverado as she drove toward the Tawnee Mountain Resort. The gorgeous colors of fall were in full swing and the crisp autumn air made everything stand out in sharp relief.
As she had driven through sleepy Old Town, New Jersey, she had seen signs of new development, no doubt a spin-off benefit from the world-class resort that lay ahead.
“A working vacation, they said,” she whispered aloud. “Go up there and do your job, but, hey! Take some time off and enjoy! Kick back and relax. You’ll love it!”
She smiled to herself as she thought of the expense report she would write at the end of this job.
After parking in the area reserved for check-ins, she collected her suitcase and duffel bag from the rear seat of her truck and made her way through the wood-framed glass doors and into the lobby. She dipped her sunglasses and casually looked around.
So, this is where they come to play. Must be nice, she thought. High glass windows overlooked Tawnee Mountain. Huge wooden posts and beams and a cozy fireplace with chairs all around gave the place a rustic if upscale feel.
“May I help you?” The question came from a young, blonde woman behind the reception counter. Katie smiled and dragged her luggage toward her.
“Katie Douglas, Douglas Mechanical,” she replied. “I’m here to inspect the ski-lifts. There should be a room reserved for three days for me.” The receptionist nodded and turned to her computer screen. A few taps later she found what she was looking for.
“Yes, we have you here for three days,” the young woman replied. Then a small smile crept over her face. “Would you like a free upgrade? We have cabins available, fireplace and hot tub included!”
“Did you say free?” Katie asked. She loved free.
“Absolutely. It will also put you closer to the ski-lifts and cable cars, but still very close to the main building for the restaurants and lounges.”
“Where do I sign?” Katie grinned, slapping her company Mastercard on the counter.
Across the lobby from the reception desk, Casey Malone was relaxing in a leather armchair in the Fireplace Lounge. He looked up from his notebook and lowered his reading glasses to study the tall figure in blue jeans, red plaid shirt over a white T-shirt, with her long chestnut-brown hair flowing loosely around her shoulders.
Quite a change from the usual 5th Avenue togs one sees around here, he thought as he watched Katie Douglas collect her luggage and stride out of sight down the hallway. He picked up his glass of bourbon and water and took a sip. With an appreciative sigh he placed the glass on the side table and went back to his notes.
Gales of laughter interrupted his thoughts as a group of twenty-somethings approached the reception desk. He watched as three young couples signed in and overheard the words ‘mountain biking’.
“Must be nice to be young,” he muttered, thinking of the strenuous exercise of tearing up and down over the trails that paralleled the ski runs up on Tawnee Mountain.
The sun had gone down on the resort and was no longer streaming in through the high lobby windows when Casey heard someone enter the lounge and sit in the armchair across from him. He glanced up and smiled easily as Miss Plaid Shirt set her wine glass on the center table separating them.
“Chardonnay,” Casey quipped. A quizzical look came over Katie’s face.
“How do you know?” she asked.
“The color,” Casey responded. “Chardonnay is the only white wine with sufficient body to be aged in oak, hence the golden color. If you look at other white wines, they are straw colored and very pale in comparison.”
Smart-ass, Katie thought, taking in the boyish smile and charm of the forty-something guy sitting opposite. His dark, wavy hair with touches of grey gave him a sophisticated look.
“Katie Douglas,” she offered in introduction. Casey smiled.
“Casey Malone. Pleased to meet you.”
Katie nodded in response. “Casey. Must be a nick-name?”
“Actually, yes. It is,” Casey responded, setting his notebook down. “How did you know?” Katie smiled and pointed to the briefcase by his feet.
“K.C. Malone, in gold letters.”
“Maybe Casey is my middle name.”
“Touché, madame,” Casey raised his glass to her. Katie raised hers in response.
“And it’s mademoiselle, monsieur,” she responded.
“Kenneth Charles. I hated Kenneth because I only heard it when my mom was pissed at me. And Charles always became Chuck. So, I went with K.C., which eventually became Casey.
“Busy place,” Katie remarked.
“Yeah, for the time of year. I came up for some peace and quiet, figuring it would be the shoulder season, golfers back to work, no snow yet for skiers,” he replied. “But, if you got enough money, play time is any time.”
“You’re not part of the jet set?” she asked, his Tweed smokers jacket complete with leather elbow patches and white collared shirt making him seem at home.
“Hardly,” he said. “I’m a writer. A novelist. I was hoping a little R and R would loosen up the creative juices.”
“What have you written?”
“Nothing yet,” he responded.
“Gotta love a successful man,” she ribbed, sipping her wine with a playful smile.
“Call it a career change,” he answered. “Me and the army didn’t get along.”
“Ah! A military man.”
“Ex-military man. One who didn’t get along with superiors who kept getting people killed. But, that’s another story.” He took a long pull on his drink and set it down. Katie nodded her head with a thoughtful look.
“And you?” he continued. “What’s your story?”
“I’m here on company business. We inspect and certify ski-lifts and cable cars. I thought I would add a few days and kick back for a while.”
“Sounds like heavy work. And you’re qualified to do this?” he asked.
She ignored the needle. “I have a Masters Degree in both mechanical and electrical engineering, so, yeah, I’m qualified,” she said with a satisfied smile.
“Besides, this place should be a piece of cake,” she offered. “It’s practically brand new and the owner is a zillionaire, so I doubt he cut corners, considering the clientele.”
Casey nodded with a smile as he sipped his drink. He noticed her fingers were devoid of rings. Interesting lady, he thought.
Katie finished her wine and stood up, offering her hand. “It’s been nice chatting with you Mr. Malone. I’m gonna go to my cabin and wash off some trail dust. Maybe see you later?”
“Looking forward to it, Ms. Douglas,” Casey jumped to his feet and accepted her hand with a slight squeeze. He watched as her tall, athletic figure turned the corner and walked out of sight.
Casey sat down and lifted his glass to take another sip. The fine Kentucky Bourbon was smooth as silk. A slight smile came over his face as he realized that maybe this short vacation could get interesting.