Carmel Conundrum


Carmel Conundrum: A Liz Adams Mystery
by Stacy Wilder

About Carmel Conundrum

Carmel Conundrum: A Liz Adams Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – California
Wild Hawk Press (December 10, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 226 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985426625
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BPQXHL7Y

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.

About Stacy Wilder

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.

Q&A With the Author

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 

I had a lot of fun with the characters in this book. Peanut and Sam are two of my favorites. 

With Camel Conundrum, I also took a bit of a creative risk. I wrote Charleston Conundrum from the main character, Liz Adams’ point of view. In Carmel Conundrum, I alternate between Liz’s point of view and the third person point of view. For me, it was the only way I knew how to incorporate the details about Apollo, the cult leader, and his compound. I was worried that switching back and forth might annoy the reader, but so far, the feedback has been very positive. 

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?

Yes, currently working on Cayman Conundrum, the third book in the series. I’d like to tell you more, but I’m afraid I might reveal too much about the ending of Carmel. 

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?

Colorado Conundrum will follow Cayman Conundrum. I have rough outlines for both stories, and I’ve started writing Cayman. Ideas are percolating around how the series will evolve. One day I hope to publish some children’s stories that have been years in the making. Samples are on my website: (illustrator inquiries are welcome).

How long have you been writing?

I’ve always been an avid reader. While doing some early spring-cleaning (I live in Texas), I discovered my baby book. I guess I’ve always been a storyteller too (according to my mom)! I didn’t actively start writing until about twenty years ago. Charleston Conundrum was fifteen years in the making. Carmel Conundrum only took nine months. Honing and developing my writing skills has been a lot of fun.

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I love to hear from readers, and I absolutely love interacting with book clubs. If you have writing aspirations, I’m happy to pass along what I’ve learned. I’ve found the author community to be very supportive, and I hope to pay it forward.

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  1. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  2. I'm going to assume that it is the author's dog on the cover.

  3. Beautiful cover! Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading.


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