Winter Haven: Bobcat in the Trees


Fiction - Mystery - Murder
312 Pages
Reviewed on 04/18/2022
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Author Biography

Charlie Avera is an avid skier living outside of Denver, Colorado. His skiing experiences provided the inspiration for the first novel in the Winter Haven series, Bobcat in the Trees. Throughout his career, Charlie wrote boring technical program documentation. Now he enjoys writing for a different audience, and has published a short book about learning to ski later in life, perseverance, and other events that helped shape his adult life. His book is called Miles on the Mountain: Skiing at Sixty-Four and Other Adventures. Winter Haven: Bobcat in the Trees is his first full-length work.

Pam Shanahan is a life-long mystery reader and lover. She has read hundreds of cozy murder mysteries and understands what makes these novels a good read or a snoozer. Having spent forty years working as a respiratory therapist, business analyst, and software programmer, she has a keen knack for finding subtle mistakes in manuscripts and plots. Now that she is retired, she enjoys cooking, creating custom greeting cards, and teaching water aerobics. She also has a thirst for developing mystery plots and dreams of traveling to exotic places.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

After spending twenty dangerous years with the Philadelphia Police Department, the iconic Detective Brad Sanders needed a break. He wanted to work in a safe and relaxed environment, and the Winter Haven Police Department was perfect. Does trouble follow him everywhere? Winter Haven was about to see some action like never before, and Brad would put on his detective hat once again after three years. Russell Anderson, a big shot at Bixby Manufacturing, and his family visited Winter Haven for the Christmas holidays. He went skiing with his son Michael, and the following news was of his death. Russell had scores to settle with many people, and his death was suspicious. Christmas was over for Brad Sanders and others as they brought their A-game to this case in Winter Haven by Charlie Avera and Pam Shanahan.

Winter Haven: Bobcat in the Trees by Charlie Avera and Pam Shanahan is the first installment in the Winter Haven Mystery Series. This fast-paced novel revolves around two notable families. One comprised a low-achieving, unambitious patriarch who failed at everything but loved his family to bits. The second family was dysfunctional but wealthy. The patriarch was successful and ambitious yet had dark secrets and was cruel. If asked to choose, which would you pick? Could anyone have it all? I loved everything about this novel because the plot was airtight. The authors also carefully developed the storyline and characters, and the editing was flawless. Pam and Charlie are imaginative, as the suspense and unpredictability captured my attention. If only Tom told TJ the truth, maybe... Brad deserves a holiday after that showdown, but I think the peace he sought just eluded him. Thank you for a beautiful book!