Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent and amateur sleuth, puts aside her resentment of her father's widow and books a sixtieth birthday cruise to Cancun for Ruby and three friends. Never does Andi imagine the cruise will include the murder of a has-been lounge singer—or that Ruby might be the main suspect.
Flirting with more than danger after arriving in Mexico, Andi connects with charming local sheriff, Manual Gonzales. An embarrassing night involving the sheriff, too many margaritas, and a Mariachi band, can't quell her determination to clear the name of her ex-stepmother.
While gathering clues and interviewing witnesses, however, she suspects dear old step-mom isn't the only one in jeopardy.
A Writer’s Life – Author, Mary Cunningham
I've written most my life, but until the ripe old age of fifty, I'd never ventured beyond family memoirs and very bad poetry. Then five crazy women got together and formed WOOF: Women Only Over Fifty. All of us had reached that magical milestone, or were about to, and weren't all that thrilled with the ramifications. Hormones, hot flashes, hair loss, and weight gain were just a few of the complaints. We decided to become proactive and write a book that not only made light of our fate, but would honor our love of dogs, too. We embarked on the WOOF adventure.
From there, I moved on to middle-grade fantasy. Huh? Not a natural transition you say? When you have a recurring dream about a friend's attic that served as your clubhouse on rainy days, you have to write about it. Write? Er...right? Cynthia's Attic Series features best friends, ancestors, family stories, and time travel.
I've now jumped into a totally different genre: A cozy mystery series about an inept travel agent whose real talent is amateur sleuthing. So, how, you ask, does that tie into me? One of the first “writerly” pieces of advice I got was “Write what you know.” Since I was that inept travel agent in North Miami Beach years ago, (Won’t mention the agency in case there are pending lawsuits against me), I jumped right into creating the series with tons of material. Seriously, I was awful. And hated it. I hope Andi Anna Jones Mysteries will give me some sense of redemption and exorcise a ghost or two.
Andi Anna Jones (to find out how she got her unusual name you’ll just have to read the book!) never suspected the promise to “watch over” her late father’s wife, would involve a cruise ship murder. When her dad said he’d met a “Firecracker Redhead” at the Hialeah Bingo Palace, she should've known they were all in for trouble.
If you have as much fun reading Margaritas, Mayhem, & Murder: An Andi Anna Jones Mystery (# 1) as I had writing it, we'll all be winners! Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Book 2, Sazerac, Sleuth & Slay, is scheduled for release in early 2023.
About the Author
Through the author's horrifying stint as a travel agent, Andi Anna Jones sprang to life. The adult/mystery series gives extra meaning to the phrase, "Write what you know." Cunningham has several books published, including Cynthia's Attic, a five-book middle-grade fantasy, women’s lifestyle/humor book, WOOF: Women Only Over Fifty, Ebooks, Christmas With Daisy and Ghost Light. A biography of an army brat, turned UConn and WNBA basketball player, will be published in the spring of 2022.
She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Sisters In Crime-Atlanta Chapter, International Thriller Writers, Inc., and the Carrollton Writers Guild.
When she gives her fingers a break from the keyboard, Mary enjoys golf, swimming, and exploring the mountains of West Georgia where she makes her home with her husband and adopted, four-legged, furry daughter, Lucy.
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