Fortunately her mother, Jilly, left for parts unknown just three days after Avery was born. Avery was raised by her grandmother Lola and her aunt Carrie. The three generations of females lived quietly and modestly in a two-story frame house on Barnett Street just two blocks from the city square in Sheldon Beach, Florida. The atmosphere on Barnett Street was vastly different after Jilly left home. The household, which had once been in a constant uproar, was now peaceful. Carrie even learned to laugh again, and for five wonderful years, life was very nearly idyllic.
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Talent agent Carrie Salvetti has been given a free vacation at Utopia, an upscale spa in Aspen. Anyone so much as opens a window and they all die. She has some vacation time coming to her and agrees to join her Aunt Carrie at Utopia, only to arrive and find her reservation cancelled and her aunt missing. The situation becomes more puzzling when John Paul Renard shows up looking for Carrie, claiming the credit card used to book the spa stay is owned by a known hitman named Monk.
Avery believes him because she had a voice mail message from her aunt talking about a chauffeur named Monk supposedly sent by Utopia to pick up spa guests from the airport.
Soon Avery and John Paul are in a race against time to find Carrie and on the run for their lives. To say anything more about the plot would spoil the fun. Best of all, she plays fair with the reader: all the evidence is there and when you get to the end the threads add up, no red herrings, no explanations pulled from thin air. Avery is an optimist and John Paul a consummate cynic, which leads to a lot of witty banter between them. There is a scene towards the end of the book between these two where they really talk to each other about their pasts and their motivations.
That talk between Avery and John Paul was the emotional payoff that writers so often deny readers. Those who have read Mercy will be most surprised at the change in the hitman, Monk: apparently even sociopaths have the ability to be fools for love. It is not necessary to have read Mercy to enjoy Killjoy, which more than stands on its own. Buy Killjoy by Julie Garwood:.
Desert Isle Keeper
Abandoned by her rapacious, conniving mother when she was only three days old, Avery was raised by her grandmother and beloved aunt Carolyn. Miraculously she survived. The man responsible is serving time in a Florida prison. This traumatic experience propels Avery into a life of law and order. Her razor-sharp mind and ability to gather data and decipher evidence has made Avery an expert crime analyst for the FBI. But soon she will have to use every one of her adroit skills on a case that hits painfully close to home.
Killjoy (Buchanan-Renard #3)
About Killjoy In this breathless new novel, Julie Garwood has written her most electrifying thriller to date. Avery Delaney has always tried to put the past far behind her. Abandoned by her rapacious, conniving mother when she was only three days old, Avery was raised by her grandmother and beloved aunt Carolyn. Miraculously she survived. The man responsible is serving time in a Florida prison. This traumatic experience propels Avery into a life of law and order.