Dangerous Questions: An Emily Lazzaro Mystery

Dangerous Questions: An Emily Lazzaro Mystery

by Joyce T. Strand

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Overview

Murder or deception? Despite repeated warnings to back off, Emily Lazzaro asks some dangerous questions about the disappearance of her employee from the Mane Stay B&B that she manages. When a body is discovered at a new winery opened by a friend, she fears the worst. Her single-mindedness turns into a compulsion and threatens her relationship with her love interest. Nonetheless, she vows to get answers.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940160758206
Publisher: McCloughan and Schmeltz Publisher
Publication date: 10/27/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 906,128
File size: 498 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 Calif. 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 twenty-five years. She currently lives with her two cats, Holmes and Watson, and 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 Questions: An Emily Lazzaro Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
sleepygirl 3 months ago
I read Dangerous Changes and Dangerous Delays and I’ve been looking forward to the next book in the Emily Lazzaro series. Emily has her dream job running a B&B and things are going well until an employee goes missing. When she finds out she was murdered, Emily becomes obsessed with finding her killer. Everyone close to her is concerned that she’s going to bring danger to her and her loved ones. All of a sudden, Emily has a lot on her plate. Along with one of her employees being murdered, she has a group of guests staying at the B&B for at least two weeks and some of them seem a little shady to her. Her good friend that runs the winery nearby is acting stranger and stranger and then she goes missing. I was impressed with how well Emily was able to deal with everything. Emily and her boyfriend Jackson continue to get closer but he doesn’t handle her obsession well. I love the relationship that his brother Harry has with his new wife Linda. Although Harry has some mental problems from an accident years ago, he and Linda work together to communicate and overcome any issues. Dangerous Questions is a page-turner with each chapter seeming to bring a new obstacle for Emily to overcome. Even though this is the third book in the series, it does stand on its own.
wifetoalineman02 4 months ago
Bad deeds never succeed People will do anything to be successful. Some people that used bad deeds never be successful. Immigrants need the right to do stuff like typical Americans with hard work and good heart but some people are crooks that they hold that privilege which sadly happened to one of the characters. This book is a sweet but suspense read. Tyler is my little hero in this story. What he did is remarkable to save lives.
ebookaddictsuk 4 months ago
Emily Lazzaro is back, she is enjoying working at the Mane Stay B&B her relationship with Jackson is grown and life is going good. That is until Kendal one of her employees at the B&B goes missing, the agency that supplied her said that it happens all the time with the workers they move on without telling anyone, but this didn't sit well Emily, she knew deep down that Kendal wasn't the type of person to do that, and she got increasingly frustrated with the agency and the police who didn't seem to want to know. But all that changed when a body is discovered and is identified as being Kendal. From here Emily decided to investigate, she is sure that there is something going on with the South African business men who are staying at the B&B and she tried her best to find out the connection between them and Kendal's murder, putting her life and relationship on the line by doing so. She gets herself into some situations by asking dangerous questions and it made this a great read in the series. Dangerous Questions can be read as a stand alone but I recommend you reading from the start, this is certainly a thrilling read that keeps you intrigued and reading. 4 stars
dewer421 4 months ago
This book is a great addition to the Emily Lazzaro series! Emily is living her life, enjoying running the B&B and making friends in the Ramona area, when a trusted employee disappears and a body is discovered locally. As always, Emily is driven to figure out what happened, even after being warned off by multiple people, some of which are looking out for her, and some of whom are threatening her. Emily is used to putting herself in danger to find out the truth, but is she willing to put friends and loved ones in danger? This book has lots of twists and turns, as I'd expect from one of Ms. Strand's books, but it also had a lot of emotions and an understanding of what it's like to be satisfied with your life. While this book can be read alone, I definitely recommend going back and reading the other two, to truly get the whole story of Emily's life. I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
LynchburgMama 4 months ago
Emily is naturally curious and doesn't hold back much. She could've easily uprooted and changed her entire life; but she stayed in Ramona -- where trouble can't seem to but pull her in! Her connection to those around her is strong and she doesn't hesitate to inquire about the disappearance of her employee/friend. Emily doesn't believe anyone is taking the situation as serious as they should, so she begins an investigation of her own - not concerned about the dangerous questions she's asking! It puts her relationship and life at risk -- but to her, it's worth every moment. Her obsession becomes her own twist of fate that tangles her into a web that she may not be able to get out of. Strand really brought me back full-circle with Emily in this book of the series. I was hesitant to fully-like Emily. There was something I wasn't quite connecting with; but then her dedication to her task pulled her back onto my good side. Sometimes the dangerous questions have to be asked -- and I'm glad Emily could take that risk! I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
lifeasleels 4 months ago
Oh Emily. She always seems to find herself in some sort of trouble! I guess this time, she has a friend to accompany her with the trouble? (Totally said in sarcasm!) I have read previous Emily Lazzaro mysteries and enjoyed them – Dangerous Questions did not disappoint. I have loved Emily since I first met her and love Jackson, Harry and Linda as well so I love that all of them are together again in another mystery… or should I say mysteries because it was definitely more than one. While Emily can never seem to mind her own, her continuous digging into the disappearance and murder of her missing employee and friend puts her life in danger (again) but there is also the side where her friend gets involved in another sticky situation. Is it all entwined? The story and cast of shady characters definitely keeps you intrigued and reading – flipping pages as fast as my eyes can take in the words – because you feel like you are right there with Emily. While everyone else is trying to keep her safe and stop her from her digging; I was right next to her pushing on trying to get to the bottom of our intuition. (And as a mom, I have learned to always trust my gut feeling!) Joyce’s books have never disappointed. They are great mystery reads that give you just enough mystery to keep you entertained and guessing.
BookwormNM 4 months ago
This was my second book by this author and in this exciting series (although they are all stand alone reads) I enjoyed every page, not wanting to put the book down. It is exciting and fun (despite the murder) and very descriptive with characters you will enjoy getting to know and a story you will not want to end! I highly recommended Dangerous Questions and Joyce T. Strand!
BookMomto6 4 months ago
Emily Lazarro runs a bed and breakfast in Ramona, California. And Ramona seems to have turned into a hot bed of all kinds of activity as Emily is always getting involved in some mystery or other. Dangerous Questions is not different. Emily has hired some help at the B&B. She went through a recommended temp agency and found Kendal. Kendal and Emily have become great friends. Then, Kendal disappears. Of course, Emily wants to be a good friend and wants to be sure the local sheriff's office is doing all they can to find Kendal. In the meantime, Emily's own life changes drastically when her chef and close friend Jackson asks her a very important question. Will Emily ruin her future trying to find what happened to Kendal? Will Jackson decide this is just a part of Emily and he can adapt to it? I loved finding the answers to my own not-so-dangerous questions. Pick up a copy of Dangerous Questions and find your own answers. I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
MikiHope 4 months ago
When an employee of the B&B suddenly disappears Emily just can not let it go. She had befriended this emplyee and just could not believe that she would take off without a word. Meanwhile a group of businessmen has descended on the B&B. The leader of the group was attempting to either buy up or become partners with several of the wineries and the B&B. The owners were not about to sell--but since her friend has disappeared after seeing one of these gentlemen. Emily decided to play along. Ultimately,Margaret, who took care of the winery and her son got involved and were kidnapped. Margaret's son plays a vital role in all this-and like any 7 year old--well you all know what they can be like!! Emily almost lost her boyfriend over this whole mess--and then she got kidnapped!! This book will keep you guessing and wondering--there is a lot going on--And somehow or another international politics and their terrorists get involved! This is a very fast read that will keep you intrigued.