Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder

Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder

by Mary Cunningham

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Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder by Mary Cunningham

An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella

Andi’s step-mother is a real piece of work! But is Ruby a murderer?

Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent/amateur sleuth, puts aside her resentment of her father’s widow and books a 60th birthday cruise to Cancun for Ruby and three friends. Never does Andi imagine the cruise will lead to the murder of a has-been lounge singer—or that Ruby will be the main suspect.

Flirting with more than danger after arriving in Mexico, Andi connects with the charming local sheriff, Manuel Rodriquez. After an embarrassing night involving the sheriff, too many margaritas, and a Mariachi band, a chance to check out an eyewitness to the murder leads her to Las Vegas.

In Vegas, a mysterious meeting in the Bodies Exhibition, a body preserving in the prep-room, and an evasive owner of a dance studio, give Andi clues to help Ruby. But when Andi is mercilessly drugged and locked in a storage room, she realizes dear old step-mom isn’t the only one in jeopardy.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154608838
Publisher: Imajin Books
Publication date: 11/30/2017
Series: Andi Anna Jones Mystery
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 612,702
File size: 707 KB

About the Author

Author Mary Cunningham grew up on the northern side of the Ohio River in Corydon, Indiana. Her first memories are of her dad’s original bedtime stories that no doubt inspired her imagination and love of a well-spun “yarn.” Childhood experiences, and a recurring dream about a mysterious attic, inspired characters, Cynthia and Augusta Lee, for Cunningham’s award-winning middle-grade series, Cynthia's Attic. Through a horrifying stint as a travel agent and more rewarding experience teaching travel and tourism, Andi Anna Jones, travel agent/amateur sleuth, sprang to life. Cunningham is currently writing another middle-grade series, The Adventures of Max and Maddie; an adult mystery, For the Life of Claire’; and the biography of an army brat/star basketball star. Cunningham is a member of The Georgia Reading Association and the Carrollton Writers Guild. When she gives her fingers a break from the keyboard, she enjoys golf, swimming and exploring the mountains of West Georgia where she makes her home with her husband. Together they've raised three creative children, have 2 granddaughters, a grandson, a great grandson, and an adopted, four-legged, furry daughter, Lucy.

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Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SherryF 6 months ago
Everything about the book made me want to read it. I love margaritas, murder and mayhem, plus it takes place on a cruise ship heading for Cancun and a side trip to Vegas. Been there, done that. I laughed my way through this fun-filled tale of a travel agent, Andi Anna, and her eccentric stepmother. Andi Anna gets a phone call, and hops on a plane, zips to Cancun and is picked up at the airport by the most deliciously gorgeous hunk of a man, Sheriff Gonzalez. Even the sexual tension reeks of humor by the lightness of Mary Cunningham’s writing style. I laughed out loud at her experience on the plane to Vegas. And I too have felt the moisture being sucked from my body in Vegas’ super dry climate. I highly recommend sitting down with a margarita as you read along with Andi and Ruby, who is a fabulous character that kept me entertained from beginning to end. This humorous, lighthearted, funfilled, cozy mystery gets my recommendation. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of Margarits, Mayhem & Murder by Mary Cunningham.
Crystal61 6 months ago
This story was full of some really fun characters. Andi stumbled into a mystery to help her stepmother. With the help of Manny, the sheriff in town. This story had some humorous moments, and I enjoyed Andi's curiosity and determination throughout. The mystery was not straightforward and the twists were intriguing. I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
Margaritas, Mayhem, and Murder by Mary Cunningham is such a fun read !! It is a GREAT start to the Andi Anna Jones Mystery series. Margaritas, Mayhem, and Murder jumps right into the frying pan...of trouble !! Andi gets a call in the middle of the night from her ex-step-mother , Ruby, who is on a cruise to Mexico for her birthday .... saying that she was arrested for murder !! And Andi who made a promise to her dying father to take care of Ruby ends up flying to Mexico to help. While trying to keep her head clear from margaritas, and the sexy local sheriff, Andi takes it upon herself to investigate the crime. This involves her sneaking around the cruise ship where the lounge singer her aunt is accused of killer was performing, flying to Las Vegas following up on a "lead", being drugged and left for dead...... Cunningham's writing is so ....colorful !!! She opens up your imagination and boy is there a lot of color.....from the outfits everyone wears to the casinos and hotels and even the color of the eyes of the sheriff and his friend !!! Not to mention that Andi is a travel agent and you know that Margaritas, Mayhem, and Murder is just the beginning of a long, fun road trip !!! I cannot wait for the next installment of this series to see where Andi and her ex-step-mother end up going and the trouble that lies ahead......
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Imajin Qwickies brings us the first Andi Anna Jones mystery. A quick mystery that packs a punch. Travel agent Andi Anna Jones has sent her stepmother, Ruby, on a cruise for her 60th birthday hoping for a few quiet days for herself. Instead, she receives a middle of the night phone call telling her the woman is in jail held on suspicion of murder. Andi Anna thinks for a moment of just going back to sleep and letting Ruby fend for herself, but then she remembers her father and books a flight to Cancun. The eye candy, I mean sheriff, that meets her at the airport almost makes her forget what she is there for and a few margaritas leave her wondering what kind of evening the two of them shared. But, getting back to getting her stepmom out of jail, she calls a lawyer and starts her own investigation that puts her on another plane to Vegas. If she survives the trip she just may find the real killer. A lot happens within the 188 pages. Plenty of action and drama and a fair bit of romance. With the “qwickie” format the story developed quickly and for me, everything happened a bit too fast. The romance between sheriff Manual Rodriquez and Andi was truly “love at first sight”. The mystery has Andi in Cancun, then at the cruise ship, then in Las Vegas. The girl hardly had time to catch her breath. Aside from the rushed pace, this was a good mystery. There were twists and turns and Andi did uncover more suspects. The motive was surprising and made the ending very exciting. I did enjoy these characters and do want to get to know them better. Ruby is quite a woman, she is enjoying life and driving Andi crazy. Andi also has an assistant at her travel agency and I would like to get to know her better too. She seems to be the brains behind that business. I had vacationed in Cancun several years ago and I would have liked to spend more time there will Andi. Hopefully, she will be returning there in a future story. This was a fun, fast read and an enjoyable getaway.