Carmel Conundrum is a cozy mystery that's sometimes dark but has depth and lots of clues spread throughout kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. 


The Description

A Liz Adams Mystery: Book 2
Publication Date: December 11, 2022

Stolen identities, a cult, a kidnapping, an attempted murder, and a budding romance . . .

Join Private Investigator Liz Adams, and her lie-detecting Labrador, Duke, in the scenic town of Carmel By-the-Sea, as the pair investigate the mystery of stolen identities. Complications arise when Liz becomes romantically entangled with her hot new client, Brad.

Enter Apollo, a charismatic cult leader, whose mission to save the homeless has a dark twist. Why does he continue to trespass on Liz’s property? She’s compelled to uncover the answer.

Tensions mount, as the stakes become a matter of life and death. Will Liz and Duke solve both mysteries before the damage is irreparable?

Travel with Liz from Charleston, SC to Carmel, CA, and back to discover the astounding truth.

The Review

Carmel Conundrum is the second book in the Liz Adams Mystery series by Stacy Wilder and the first one I’ve read in the series. I was able to piece together some of what happened in Charleston Conundrum, the first book, which I hope to read to get the details I missed not having read it.

Carmel Conundrum s Liz and Brad’s story, which takes place in Carmel By-the-Sea on the coast of California. Liz’s home base is Charleston, and she flies back and forth a few times, so we get to meet her neighbors and friends from there. 

Liz is in California to check out the property she inherited from her friend after she was murdered, and Peg plays a part in this book as well. Liz and Brad are finding their way as love interests, something their friend Peg was hoping for.

The story started off slowly and gave me some unease with the prologue, but we realize its importance as we get into the heart of the story. 

Liz is a private investigator, and she offers her services to Brad when it’s uncovered that something is not right at his security company which protects people’s information. 

I liked the main characters as well as her dog, Duke, who seems to have a special talent that she tries to keep under wraps, and the sheriff, Sam, who adds the police presence needed. Those involved in the cult with Apollo leave a lot to be desired and add tension, mystery, and layers to the story. 

There are a lot of twists and turns along with secrets, evil, drugs, attacks, clues, injuries, family and friends, competitors, beautiful scenic descriptions, food, romance, loving, and love. 

Several storylines are being woven together, and I liked the inclusion of several pets in addition to Duke. There are some loose ends as we reach the conclusion, which I hope will be addressed in the next book. The ending was rewarding as the crimes were solved, as well as some personal dilemmas. I love the cover, and there are several easy-to-follow recipes at the back of the book.

Carmel Conundrum is a cozy mystery that’s sometimes dark but has depth and lots of clues spread throughout kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. Buy Links

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About The Author

Stacy Wilder has traveled to six out of seven continents Books have shaped her life and her travels. Her love of mysteries began with Nancy Drew.

Carmel Conundrum is the second book in the riveting Liz Adams Mystery series. In addition to mysteries, Stacy writes children’s stories, short stories, and poetry. She and her husband live in Houston, Texas, with a totally spoiled Labrador retriever, Eve.


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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - and Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!



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Carmel Conundrum is a cozy mystery that's sometimes dark but has depth and lots of clues spread throughout kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. 4-STAR REVIEW: CARMEL CONUNDRUM by Stacy Wilder