Bestselling author Sharon Linnéa, of Warwick, fell in love with Lake Placid, NY when her son attended college nearby.
“Not only does it have spectacular views of mountains and lakes, it has everything an author could want. A past that includes Old Hollywood, two Winter Olympics, stirring abolitionist history, great restaurants and bars, Adirondack lore, interesting locals and an ever-changing roster of visitors,” said Linnéa.
In fact, she figured, all it needed to be the backdrop of a continuing series of murder mysteries was a century-old Scottish-themed inn and a few more fictional murders.
“Death in Tranquility,” the first in the new The Bartender’s Guide to Murder Series, introduces Avalon Nash, a young woman on the run from her old life in Los Angeles. While changing trains in Tranquility, NY, a town based on Lake Placid, she stops for lunch, just in time to find the body of the freshly-murdered bartender at the Scottish pub The Battened Hatch.
Linnéa is a trained bartender herself, and during subsequent visits she found kinship with several of Lake Placid’s female bartenders. Linnéa first bonded with Jamielyn Brydalski over a strawberry-rhubarb concoction. Fast-forward several years and Brydalski and Linnéa have added dozens of original recipes to the first two murder mysteries as well as providing “how to” videos for concoctions such as “the Bloody Handprint,” available online at BartendersGuidetoMurder.com. Linnéa’s books are available on www.Amazon.com, www.BN.com, and wherever books are sold.
Author Sharon Linnéa (left) is pictured with bartender Jamielyn Brydalski.