Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Sazerac, Sleuth & Slay - A Guest Post & Giveaway

I'm pleased to let Andi Anna Jones take over Cozy Up With Kathy today. You can find Andi on the pages of the Andi Anna Jones Mystery series by Mary Cunningham. Sazerac, Sleuth & Slay is the second book in the series and was released yesterday!

A few words from main character, Andi Anna Jones

I don’t usually write, but my author insisted I give it a try, so here goes.

I run a travel agency, although my right hand, Ellie, should, take credit for the success of Graves Travel.

Oh, in case you’re wondering. No, I don’t love to travel. That’s a misconception when it comes to agents, is that we all love to pack suitcases, run to the airport, and sleep in strange rooms. In fact, I’m so tired of hearing customer complaints, personal travel is about the last thing I want to do! Crowded airplanes (I’m a severe claustrophobe!), airports, and lost luggage? Forget it! Another fallacy is that we travel in luxury. Ha! I have to beg for a comped room or plane ticket. Even then, luxury is nowhere to be seen.

My life would’ve gone in a completely different direction if Graves Travel hadn’t been dumped in my lap by a well-meaning neighbor. Why I was a benefactor in his will, remains a mystery. In college, I thought I wanted to be an archeologist. Or a lawyer, although my inability to speak coherently in front of an audience would beg to differ. I also have a strong sense of justice, so defending an obviously guilty client would be against my principles.

Private detective was a more realistic dream since I’ve always loved solving mysteries. I watched Matlock, Murder She Wrote, and Colombo reruns with my dad while other kids my age were glued to cartoons. Little did I suspect then, that I’d be required to put that experience to work when a high-profile client disappeared during a trip to New Orleans. It didn’t help that, months before, I’d sent her husband to the wrong airport, oh, and the wrong state. I jumped into action, not only to search for my client, but also to lessen the opportunity for her husband to sue me and the agency for more than it’s worth!

When I’m not tearing my hair out trying to build the agency into a money-making career, I love cruising A1A in South Florida in my vintage Mustang convertible. Feeling the wind in my hair and smelling the salt air rejuvenates my spirit after a tough day dealing with unhappy clients. Being a Florida native (one of the few), I’m also a beach gal. My unruly hair and mass of freckles proves it.

So, that’s about it. Andi Anna Jones and her not-so-interesting life. Stay tuned, though. My writer has a devious mind when it comes to plot twists and turns. I never know what changes are in store.

Oh, and don’t forget to book your next trip with Graves Travel! Ellie will be happy to help.

Andi Anna Jones 


 Sazerac, Sleuth & Slay (An Andi Anna Jones Mystery) by Mary Cunningham

About Sazerac, Sleuth & Slay

Sazerac, Sleuth & Slay (An Andi Anna Jones Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Setting - In, and around, New Orleans
The Wild Rose Press, Inc (February 27, 2023)
Paperback: ‎ 260 pages

It’s gonna be a great day! Or, so she thought.

Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent, amateur sleuth, doesn’t suspect her least favorite client, Stewart (The Pain) Payne, will set off circumstances that lead to disappearance and death.

After his wife is a no-show for a convention in New Orleans, his threat to sue Graves Travel for “ten times more than it’s worth”, and Andi’s wish to honor one of her late dad's requests, leads her to The Big Easy in search of Grace Payne.

Five unsolved murders, a body caught in a crawfish cage, and a mysterious candle, magic, and incense shop, takes Andi deep into the bayou on a hunt for clues.

Will another victim be added to a serial killer’s list, or is the main suspect closer to Andi than she thinks?

About Mary Cunningham

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 imagination and love of a well-spun “yarn”.

Through the author’s horrifying stint as a travel agent, protagonist Andi Anna Jones, travel agent and amateur sleuth, sprang to life. The adult/mystery series gives extra meaning to the phrase, “Write what you know.”

Cunningham also has a published biography depicting a military brat, college and professional basketball player, along with a five-book, middle-grade fantasy series.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime, Atlanta Chapter, International Thriller Writers, Inc., 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.

Author Links: 

Website: http://www.marycunninghambooks.com  

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cynthiasattic/  

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MaryCunningham  

Amazon Author Page: Amazon.com: Mary Cunningham: books, biography, latest update  

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/author/show/367223.Mary_Cunningham  

Instagram: Author Mary Cunningham (@marycunningham2604) • Instagram photos and videos  

Purchase Links: Amazon - B&N

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  1. Thanks for the interview with Andi Anna! I try to keep her in line, but it's a struggle.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! And trying to keep Andi Anna in line! lol

  2. This sounds really good. I've learned that the idea of traveling is usually much better than the actual trip.

    1. Thanks, Riley! Andi finds that out, quickly! Hope you'll check out the series! Thanks for stopping by!