Dying At Honeymoon Inn

Judy Fitzwater
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Jennifer and Sam are going on their honeymoon! Sounds wonderful, except that Jennifer has no idea where Sam is taking her. It's the middle of winter, so it has to be someplace warm with plenty of sand and sun, right?

Imagine her surprise when she finds herself in the middle of a snowstorm in Pennsylvania in what's advertised as a "haunted" mansion for a murder mystery weekend. She's intrigued, especially by the amazing special effects created by the inn's owner, Rex Ferris.

But things seldom go smoothly for Jennifer, and when a fellow diner face plants into her coconut cream pie and dies from a seizure, Jennifer suspects murder. After all, the victim is on a girls' weekend with her frenemies from college. Who could possibly want her dead, except every one of them? And who else might be on Jennifer's suspect list? The only thing certain is the killer is still nearby, trapped by three-feet of snow and dangerous travel conditions.

Fans will be happy to see Mrs. Walker crash Jennifer's honeymoon to take over the murder investigation, so Jen and Sam can get back to their romantic activities. Fun and romance vie with an intriguing mystery that will keep the reader guessing to the very end.

Dying at Honeymoon Inn is the eighth in the delightful Jennifer Marsh Mystery Series.

"If you're a fan of Susan Isaacs or Olivia Goldsmith, you'll love Judy Fitzwater." --Janet Evanovich

"Jennifer Marsh is a delight--resourceful, funny, and impulsive." --Laura Lippman
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Judy Fitzwater hates cold weather, loves chocolate, and enjoys nothing better than a good book. She's never more content than snuggled under a soft throw near a warm fire with a cup of hot chocolate and a mystery, a thriller, or any sort of story that will take her on an adventure she's never experienced before.

Reared an Air Force brat, she discovered early that home is where your family is, and that family comes in many forms, both through blood and by choice. Her one calling in life, other than keeping her two children well, has been to write. Her first foray into the field was as a freelance columnist/feature writer for a small town newspaper. Soon she was asked to cover Superior Court proceedings where she learned a lot about human nature and the justice system.

As her family grew so did the manuscript of a mystery novel that, written in bits and pieces, she finally finished. But it wasn't until her husband was transferred to the Washington, D.C., area and she landed in what she describes as "a nest of writers" that she really learned what she needed to know about writing popular fiction and getting it published.

Her first book, DYING TO GET PUBLISHED, was plucked from the slush pile at Ballantine Books. She has since published 8 books in her JENNIFER MARSH MYSTERY SERIES, as well as two suspense novels, DROWNING IN AIR and NO SAFE PLACE, a ghostly romantic comedy, VACATIONING WITH THE DEAD, and a book on writing, THE ROCKY ROAD TO PUBLISHING: ADVICE ON WRITING. She hopes you'll enjoy her books as much as she's enjoyed writing them.

 

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Judy Fitzwater
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Published on
Apr 26, 2016
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Pages
220
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English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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Judy Fitzwater
Judy Fitzwater
Mary Ashton is convinced someone is going to murder her, and that there’s nothing she can do to stop it. But what she can do is hire unpublished mystery writer Jennifer Marsh to record her final days, so her killer won’t get away with it. Mary may seem a little loony, but she’s one of Macon’s leading socialites, or at least she was until the competency hearing. AND she’s offering Jennifer $1,000 a week to stay in her home, the historic Ashton mansion, reputed to be haunted by a Civil War heroine. The money’s too good to turn down, especially for a starving writer, so Jennifer agrees. And what’s the harm? Why would anyone want Mary Ashton dead? But the first night at the mansion, Jennifer’s awakened by blood curdling screams coming from Mary’s room, which is directly beneath her own. Trapped in her room, Jennifer is helpless. When she finally escapes, she finds a blood-soaked bed straight out of a horror movie but no sign of Mary’s body. Old family secrets and grudges, mysterious deaths, and ghostly lights that move about the mansion lead to a mystery fraught with danger and intrigue.

Jennifer’s writers’ group offers their usual comic relief as they continue their journey toward getting published. Jennifer’s sarcastic reporter boyfriend Sam is there to lend his assistance as well. And, of course, so is her greyhound Muffy.

“I was drawn in at the first page, and it was hard to put down once I started….This is a series worth discovering from the beginning.” Mystery News

“…this is the book in which Judy Fitzwater has totally found her rhythm….I loved Dying to Be Murdered and wish I had the next one already!” Mystery Book Reviews

“I was completely captivated…Dying to be Murdered is funny, entertaining and enjoyable. However, it is also compelling, suspenseful and thought provoking. The plot is a choreographed puzzle and it is up to Marsh to fit the pieces together, or risk becoming a victim.” The Charlotte Austin Review Ltd.

“If you’ve missed your Nancy Drew books, this is the next best thing, in an adult package. And looking very, very good.” The Book Report, Inc.
Judy Fitzwater
On the coldest day in Macon, Georgia’s recent history, Suzanne Gray dressed herself in white, tied a blue ribbon in her hair, gathered a bouquet of white roses, typed a suicide note, lay herself down on her lover’s grave, and froze to death. Or did she? Suzanne's niece doesn't think so.

Neither does mystery writer Jennifer Marsh. Not only was the note not signed, but, well, honestly the whole thing sounds fishy to Jennifer and she can't let it go. Sam Culpepper, the reporter on the case and Jennifer's boyfriend, not only appears to be hiding some of the details from Jennifer but seems more interested in taking their relationship to the next level than discussing work. So why, then, does an engagement announcement for Sam and his ex-girlfriend appear in the paper the next day?

Did Suzanne commit suicide or was she murdered? Did Suzanne’s lover really die from a slip on the stairs? Does Sam have another relationship that Jennifer knew nothing about? What will it take to solve these mysteries? When the bullets start to fly, Jennifer knows that she’d better figure out what's happening, or she'll be paying with more than her heart... she'll be paying with her life.

“Jennifer Marsh is a delight—resourceful, funny, and impulsive…” Laura Lippman

“…the solution to the mystery is a kicker…” The Mystery Review

“Bright and snappy, DYING O GET HER MAN is a fast-paced read.” Romantic Times

“DYING TO GET HER MAN…is as engaging and entertaining as any Agatha Christie mystery.” I Love a Mystery Newsletter
Judy Fitzwater
Readers will find ghosts, mayhem, and all out fun in Judy Fitzwater's romantic comedy, Vacationing with the Dead.

When Rex Ferris’s great, great Uncle Nate dies and makes Rex promise to take care of the Ferris Mansion and “everything in it,” Rex has no idea the “everything” includes ghosts. Now he’s stuck with four ghosts, all actors, who have no intention of moving into the “Light.” With maintenance costs rising at the huge, old mansion, and four bored spirits who want to act, Rex does the only thing he can think of. He turns the mansion into a murder mystery weekend destination with incredible special effects that aren’t really effects at all. But not content with his growing success, Rex makes one fateful decision: he advertises his new enterprise in The Traveler’s Companion, the nation’s premiere travel magazine.

Trapped in the basement of the Traveler’s Companion’s offices in Washington, D.C., dreaming of traveling the world and reviewing exotic resorts for the magazine, is Talia East. It’s her job to input and format ads for the magazine. But the closest she’s ever likely to see the world is gazing at the posters that line her tiny, gray cubicle….That is, until one strange ad comes across her desk which begins, “Vacation with the Dead.” It sounds ridiculous, even hokey, yet somehow intriguing. But maybe, just maybe, it could be her ticket out. IF she can write one knock-out article and IF the effects are even half as amazing as Rex Ferris promises, she might just land her dream job.

What she finds at the Ferris mansion will forever change her life and her understanding of true love. But the path won’t be easy. Mediums, spirit guides, cutthroat critics, interfering coworkers, and an old boyfriend are all on hand to complicate Talia and Rex’s quest.

Vacationing with the Dead is a funny, sweet romantic comedy in which true love is not just for the living, and its obstacles don’t end after death. It’s a fun romp filled with peril, mystery, unforgettable characters, and the adventure of finding everlasting love.
Judy Fitzwater

She never found love in life…Is it possible she’ll find love after death?

Something unexpected happens to Cindy Thomas during a mystery weekend at the Ferris Mansion. One second she’s enjoying a performance with astonishing special effects. The next, she’s dead, surrounded by a troupe of long dead actors who aren’t special effects at all. Harvey, her dream guy, is no longer a dream. He’s real—a real ghost.

Suddenly, this new existence is complicated and scary and amazing, leaving her wondering if she’s made the worst mistake of her life, her death, or whatever you want to call it. Cindy will have to decide…should she step through the gateway to Heaven, or is Heaven actually here on earth, in this handsome ghost’s arms?

Author’s Note:  When I wrote DYING AT HONEYMOON INN, I became fond of Cindy Thomas, the young woman I killed off before readers had a chance to get to know her. For those of you familiar with my other books, you know that in VACATIONING WITH THE DEAD, I populated the Ferris Mansion with a troupe of actors who just happen to be ghosts. I enjoyed writing that book so much, I wanted to revisit the characters. What better way than to have Cindy’s spirit encounter them upon her death? Adding her to the group presented a number of problems, but I really enjoyed writing Cindy and Harvey’s love story. Who’s to say love ends with death, or even the possibility of new love? That’s part of the joy of creation. In my world, it doesn’t have to.

Judy Fitzwater
Mary Ashton is convinced someone is going to murder her, and that there’s nothing she can do to stop it. But what she can do is hire unpublished mystery writer Jennifer Marsh to record her final days, so her killer won’t get away with it. Mary may seem a little loony, but she’s one of Macon’s leading socialites, or at least she was until the competency hearing. AND she’s offering Jennifer $1,000 a week to stay in her home, the historic Ashton mansion, reputed to be haunted by a Civil War heroine. The money’s too good to turn down, especially for a starving writer, so Jennifer agrees. And what’s the harm? Why would anyone want Mary Ashton dead? But the first night at the mansion, Jennifer’s awakened by blood curdling screams coming from Mary’s room, which is directly beneath her own. Trapped in her room, Jennifer is helpless. When she finally escapes, she finds a blood-soaked bed straight out of a horror movie but no sign of Mary’s body. Old family secrets and grudges, mysterious deaths, and ghostly lights that move about the mansion lead to a mystery fraught with danger and intrigue.

Jennifer’s writers’ group offers their usual comic relief as they continue their journey toward getting published. Jennifer’s sarcastic reporter boyfriend Sam is there to lend his assistance as well. And, of course, so is her greyhound Muffy.

“I was drawn in at the first page, and it was hard to put down once I started….This is a series worth discovering from the beginning.” Mystery News

“…this is the book in which Judy Fitzwater has totally found her rhythm….I loved Dying to Be Murdered and wish I had the next one already!” Mystery Book Reviews

“I was completely captivated…Dying to be Murdered is funny, entertaining and enjoyable. However, it is also compelling, suspenseful and thought provoking. The plot is a choreographed puzzle and it is up to Marsh to fit the pieces together, or risk becoming a victim.” The Charlotte Austin Review Ltd.

“If you’ve missed your Nancy Drew books, this is the next best thing, in an adult package. And looking very, very good.” The Book Report, Inc.
Judy Fitzwater
On the coldest day in Macon, Georgia’s recent history, Suzanne Gray dressed herself in white, tied a blue ribbon in her hair, gathered a bouquet of white roses, typed a suicide note, lay herself down on her lover’s grave, and froze to death. Or did she? Suzanne's niece doesn't think so.

Neither does mystery writer Jennifer Marsh. Not only was the note not signed, but, well, honestly the whole thing sounds fishy to Jennifer and she can't let it go. Sam Culpepper, the reporter on the case and Jennifer's boyfriend, not only appears to be hiding some of the details from Jennifer but seems more interested in taking their relationship to the next level than discussing work. So why, then, does an engagement announcement for Sam and his ex-girlfriend appear in the paper the next day?

Did Suzanne commit suicide or was she murdered? Did Suzanne’s lover really die from a slip on the stairs? Does Sam have another relationship that Jennifer knew nothing about? What will it take to solve these mysteries? When the bullets start to fly, Jennifer knows that she’d better figure out what's happening, or she'll be paying with more than her heart... she'll be paying with her life.

“Jennifer Marsh is a delight—resourceful, funny, and impulsive…” Laura Lippman

“…the solution to the mystery is a kicker…” The Mystery Review

“Bright and snappy, DYING O GET HER MAN is a fast-paced read.” Romantic Times

“DYING TO GET HER MAN…is as engaging and entertaining as any Agatha Christie mystery.” I Love a Mystery Newsletter
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