About The Hiker's Guide to Murder
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Independently Published (February 1, 2021)
Print length: ~200 pages Digital ASIN: B08D28ZCMB
Hiking the Kindling National Forest is a birthday tradition for the Sullivan siblings—pitching camp, roasting s’mores… a dead body? Not exactly the fun party outdoor guide Andie Sullivan planned for her brother, Kyle. Welp.
When the body is identified as a local who worked at the parks department, Andie decides to put her clue-solving skills to use. Winter tourism is at stake, and if word gets out that Bushwhack has another killer on the loose, she can kiss that sweet revenue goodbye.
Easier said than done. Meanwhile, Sheriff Zac Mars is neck and neck with her on uncovering clues, proving solving the latest murder in town is harder than powering through a mountain bike tour on an energy bar breakfast. Racing against the clock, Andie must uncover evidence to make her mountain community safe for ski bunnies. But as one new plot twist turns into another dead body, Andie learns not everyone likes meddling civilian sleuths. If she’s not fast enough, the killer may find her before she finds them.🌄🏕🥾⛺🌄🏕🥾⛺
I want to go on the record saying this: Okay, fine, Andie Sullivan babysat me “at eleven” because I had overprotective parents, but we’re both in our thirties now, and the past is just that—the past.
Well Andie, aka owner of Sullivan’s Adventure Tours, makes it a point to mention our age difference at every turn. She believes because she babysat me for a few summers in our youth, and fine, taught me how to drive, I should remember her invisible line of “DO NOT CROSS.” Side note: Andie never learned to parallel park. It cracks me up every time I see her Bronco a mile from the curb outside the library.
But I’m getting off topic. What were we discussing? Oh, yeah— “the line”, the one that makes no sense. See, I’ve considered this topic of hers many times, and arguably am against it. If Andie finds it necessary to nose around my crime cases (Sheriff Mars here! See that shiny badge), then she really doesn’t want to stick to some imaginary line floating around somewhere in the ether.
Not that I’m complaining. I enjoy our little tit for tat case discussions. Andie brings a lot to the table. Things I wouldn’t discovers otherwise. She’s not really ruler follower. If you catch my drift. And sure, talking case shop awards me time with her, and I’m not about to close the door on that, even if I give her a hard time. We’ve been best friends for years. She claims I’m Kyle, her brother, best friend, but we both know we’re just as close.
And our friendship is the reason I can’t allow anything to happen to her. The reason I stuck around town and pinned the sheriff badge to my chest, even though my anthem for years was “Zac Mars is high tailing it out of Bushwhack after high school graduation never to return”, and I almost stuck to this pledge. But fate had different plans. And I couldn’t be happier. I’m right where I’m supposed to be. With my friends, the only people I can truly call family.
So stick around. I did. In THE HIKER’S GUIDE TO MURDER you and I might get our Andie answers resolved—or we might just solve a crime.
About Jodi Linton