Dangerous Delays

Dangerous Delays

by Joyce T Strand

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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.

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BN ID: 2940161951293
Publisher: McCloughan and Schmeltz Publisher
Publication date: 11/03/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 247,284
File size: 581 KB

About the Author

Joyce T. Strand writes contemporary and historical who-done-it mysteries that typically involve a murder or two, often a touch of romance, and always a few red herrings.
Jillian Hillcrest, a public relations executive at a Silicon Valley biotechnology company; Brynn Bancroft, chief financial executive turned winemaker in the Sonoma valley; and Emily Lazzaro, manager of a B&B in the southern California town of Ramona—solve her contemporary mysteries. They are each the protagonist in three standalone mysteries.
Her novel, The Judge's Story, is her first historical mystery. Set in a small California town (Ventura) in 1939, the story features a California Superior Court Judge. Her second historical mystery, The Reporter's Story, is set in 1912 San Francisco and features a female reporter who pushes to become an investigative reporter in a male-dominated environment.
Although fiction, the Jillian Hillcrest, Brynn Bancroft, and Emily Lazzaro mysteries are inspired by real California cases. The character of the judge in The Judge's Story, also fiction, is based on the memoir of a California Superior Court Judge (1941). The reporter in The Reporter's Story was inspired by a front-page reporter of the time.
Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California's Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. She currently lives with her collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and enjoys exploring and writing about the up and coming wine region in the Ramona Valley near San Diego.

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Dangerous Delays 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 of Emily’s and for a brief moment, I forgot I read the first book. Fortunately, I was quickly reminded that I had read it and loved it as much as I love the second book. (And while the first book was great and did provide insight and background for book 2; you should do okay without having read it if you want to read this one first!) I quickly recall my love for Harry and Jackson and the romance that bloomed in all places Harry and Jackson gave me the warms. They both deserve happiness and the relationships are the icing to the cake of this mystery read. I love that the story line has more than just one mystery behind it and gives a cast of who’s and what’s. While I had someone pegged for something; I was definitely blind sided by what happened; but that is my favorite part of mysteries. I love not being able to figure out the ins and the outs before it’s revealed. To me, that’s what makes a great mystery. The movement of the story continuously flows and I find this to be a quicker than I like read (if only I could put it down, it may not have gone by so quickly but I enjoyed it too much to do that!) I cannot wait for more stories of Emily to see how her life in Ramona and at The Mane Stay are shaping up!
sleepygirl More than 1 year ago
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I read Dangerous Changes a while back and liked it so I was happy to read Dangerous Delays. Emily Lazzaro has finally found her dream job in Ramona, the small town she'd decided was the perfect place for her to live. She is going to run a B&B but first it has to be renovated. There is one delay after another, which is to be expected in a renovation, but these aren't your typical delays. The first big delay is when the body of a woman is found on the property, and she may be an American Indian so representatives from the local tribe and an archaeologist must be brought in. Then drug paraphernalia is found so law enforcement has to be brought in as well. That's just the beginning of her troubles.  The author weaves a tale that keeps you on your toes. Emily knows she can trust her friend Jackson but is there anyone else she can trust? Once you think you have things figured out, something else happens that puts you back to square one. And the ending was still a surprise. In the first book, I thought there was hope for Emily and Jackson to eventually get together. That hope is still there but for now they remain just good friends. I'll have to read the next book in the series to find out if their relationship ever gets closer.x
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
I became a fan of Joyce T. Strand when I had the chance to read book 1. Book 2 is just as good as the first one. But don't be concerned if you haven't read Dangerous Changes. Each book in this series is written as a standalone so you can jump in with either one. But be warned you'll be reading both! This series is just filled with some great characters, great plot and edge of the seat suspense that will have you turning the pages unable to put it down. I expect the next one to be just as good! I received a complimentary copy.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
When good deeds ruined by greediness This book is full of mystery and unselfish love. It twists your mind and thought you figured out the mystery but you are wrong. When good deeds ruined by greediness and dangerous delays happen for Emily. This main character has bad luck you can imagine. The setting is just beautiful. Beach, wine and friendship makes this book a sweet but mysterious read. I enjoyed reading this book and looking forward for the main character happy ending with her man.
hobbisl38 More than 1 year ago
This is my second Joyce T. Strand mystery, the first being Overcast Sunset, one of the three Brynn Bancroft Mysteries. All of her novels are inspired by actual events and/or real people, although they are definitely fictionalized. I particularly enjoy Strand’s straight to the point explanations and her obvious knowledge of police procedure. These give an added realism to her writing. Dangerous Delays is an equally engrossing murder mystery where all the characters have something to hide and we are left guessing what is going to happen next with a sense of foreboding. Strand is adept at building the tension and creating an atmosphere of impending danger whilst teasing the reader with clues and plenty of red herrings. When a body of a young woman is accidentally unearthed on the site of a b&b restoration in Ramona, she is thought to be of Native American descent. But is she? Or is she a missing festival organiser? What other secrets does the site have to reveal and who exactly is the dubious event planner who suddenly appears from the Mid West? There are plenty of plot twists and a burgeoning romance for Emily with a will-they, won’t-they storyline to add a little more character development to the story but the main focus is the unearthed corpse and who is responsible. I found Dangerous Delays to be gripping, highly enjoyable and I am looking forward to the next instalment. I received this book in return for an honest review.
TraveltoRecovery More than 1 year ago
This is my first book in the Emily Lazzaro mystery series and I enjoyed reading the book and will definitely keep an eye out for more. I had not read the previous book Dangerous Changes and there were a few references to it in this book but it did not ruin this story, in fact it has made me want to read it to find out what happened before this. It was a good suspense book with a few twists and turns where you think you have sussed the story and then another twist pops out of nowhere. I wanted to keep reading to find out who the corpse they foudn was and came from. I liked the characters and the fact that there were a few different relationships to grasp onto and I wanted everything to end happily for all involved.
ebookaddictsuk More than 1 year ago
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!
Liliyana More than 1 year ago
I swear I just want to shake Emily and Jackson! Other than that I absolutely love this book. It's a great new addition to the Emily Lazzaro series. A mysterious body, drugs, romance...Dangerous Delays has it all. Full of heartwarming moments and mystery, you won't want to set it down for a moment. If you love sweet mysteries, you'll love this book! Received as a gift
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
Emily's life in Ramona settled down at the end of Dangerous Changes; but now she's facing a whole new chain of events that make her feel uneasy and questioning if she's at fault. While overseeing the renovations of a former drug house/mansion into a horse-centered bed & breakfast, a body is unearthed. Several characters feel like the drawing of the skeleton found looks familiar but no one can quite place the young woman. Accidents begin to happen all around Emily so she turns to her friend Jackson for support. While both feel that there is a deeper connection beyond friendship, they both have reservations that keep them from pursuing more. As a lover of romance, I wanted more; however, I think Strand has a plan for everything -- including these two! In addition to trying to keep the B&B on a manageable schedule, Emily is working with toward a cook-off and music event to draw attention. Something is off but she can't figure out if it's simply the madness around her that is making her feel uneasy -- or if there is someone pulling strings behind the scenes to delay her.  Emily shows how strong she is by making the best of the time she has that isn't filled with setbacks. I love the building of relationships between all of the characters during these times. The dangerous delays began to connect in my mind and when I became certain that I had it figured out, Strand hit me with an unexpected twist time and time again.  I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Jenthomason1109 More than 1 year ago
This novel contains a series of very unfortunate events as Emily is trying to manage the opening of a B & B for her friend/employer, Diane. As renovations are going on, excavation uncovers a woman buried in the yard, but that's only the beginning. One thing after the other happens while Emily is trying to get their grand opening on track, handling a million little details, and also, falling for her friend Jackson. Let me begin by saying that there is a previous Emily Lazzaro mystery, Dangerous Changes, that unfortunately, I have not read. Although I would love to read it and learn more about Emily, it in no way impacted my enjoyment of Dangerous Delays. I was thinking to myself as I started this novel that I don't read nearly as many mysteries as I would like, and quickly found myself spellbound by the events occurring after the body was found buried at the B & B. Because of the Native American artifacts discovered along with the body, several factors came into play regarding the crime scene. Especially the fact that several people and authorities felt that drugs were still on the property courtesy of the owner Diane's deceased brother. While Emily and the contractor Gabe (along with all of his employees) twiddled their thumbs waiting to continue on the project, there seemed to be one mishap and problem after the other. However, the downtime also afforded her the pleasure of spending more time with her friend and upcoming chef Jackson, as well as, Jackson's wonderful brother Harry who suffered brain damage as a result of a car accident several years prior. Although Strand interweaved several happy and humorous moments in the story, the mystery surrounding the body was the primary issue in Dangerous Delays. This novel did the thing that I love best about mysteries - it kept me guessing until the resolution. The author created fabulous suspicion in my mind about several characters during the story, resulting in my surprise and shock when everything was revealed. The people that I suspected were innocent. Those that were not so innocent had not been prominent on my radar while reading... All of this equaled a fantastic and suspenseful read that had me burning up the pages to figure everything out. The only criticism I can possibly think of regarding the novel is the flat affect of Emily, and perhaps, Jackson. I wish there would have been more emotion from each of them, but as I write this, I also think maybe it's intentional to go along with the "typical" main characters in a mystery series. They both seemed to open up and were more expressive towards the conclusion of the novel but I found myself puzzled several times over their lack of emotion. Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed Dangerous Delays and not only do I want to read the first book, but I am also beyond excited about the next Emily Lazzaro mystery to be released in the fall of 2019. Joyce Strand has definitely earned a new fan and I commend her on her writing of such a wonderful mystery!
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
Emily Lazarro is a woman I could be best friends with. In Dangerous Delays, Emily is set to use her hospitality degree to run a newly renovated bed and breakfast in Ramona, California. The problem with renovations - even if you are having them done professionally - is that things seldom go as planned. This is the case in the bed and breakfast renovations. Emily has planned a great opening event to get people to the bed and breakfast - a chef's cook off using local foods that will decide on the menu for the B&B. Her friend Jackson is organizing it. The problem is a date is needed and the finding of a dead body on the property is delaying the renovations, and ultimate opening, of the B&B. There are more twists and turns in this mystery than I could have come up with. It is not just the dead body. There are many more but you need to pick up a copy to find out the rest. Take some time during these busy holiday times to read Dangerous Delays by Joyce T Strand. It will be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of holiday times. I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
This book continues the story from Dangerous Changes. I do have to say that either can be read as a stand alone. Emily got a job renovating an old house. She was making it into a B&B. But you know Murphy's Law--If anything can go wrong it will-at the worst possible time! There was to be a stable and as the men were digging they found a body. Of couurse the work had to be stopped until archeologists and various others could check it all out. The men started to work inside the house instead--someone broke in and destroyed a lot of what had been done. Emily was starting to worry they never would get the B&B ready for the Recipe cook off that was scheduled! Meanwhile a women showed up and tried to convince everyone they should have a music festival as well--Kathy didn't trust her--but she got her funding from Kathy's friend and boss Diane. There is a wedding--unexpected but a very happy occasion and gave Emily hope that just maybe the groom's brother would start to take a serious look at her! There were numerous twists and turns in this book before it is revealed who the murderer was. I honestly did not guess this one.
hbrown83 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. Emily is a really fun character who keeps getting thrown into these crazy situations. This time while renovating the B&B she manages they find a body, but can not figure out who it is. This stops construction of course and causes delays. Then more problems arise in the form of the owners brothers drug dealing friends. So much is going on at once, you wonder if everything is connected or if these poor people are just magnets for bad things to happen. Really though the book is fun to read, has a lot of mystery and little bit of romance as well.