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Fan Mail: An Aspen Adams Novel of Suspense

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An adoring fan and a string of murders: a demented show of love that leaves no one safe . . .

Local celebrity news anchor Gloria Morning is used to receiving declarations of love and praise in her weekly fan letters, but when a Lake Tahoe doctor is murdered and she gets an anonymous note telling her it was done for her glory, her appreciation turns to panic. Uns
Published November 12th 2019 by Beyond the Page Publishing
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Fan Mail is the second novel in the Aspen Adams Suspense series by Daryl Wood Gerber. It was published in 2019, and I previously read the first book in the series over the summer. I was introduced to Gerber's work through a few of her cozy mystery series and wanted to read her latest release from a different genre. It's becoming a strong series that I highly recommend.

The books takes place in Lake Tahoe (which is not Colorado, despite my mind trying to insist on it — thanks Daryl!) a
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Long story with loads of minute details in this multiple murder mystery.
I really enjoyed the premise of the story. The author delivers an addicting story that has so many twists, it’s hard to keep them straight.

Fan Mail is book two in a series and it seemed like it would’ve been a good idea to read that first one to get some of the backstory of the characters. It was easy to keep up with what was going on, but it would’ve been nice to have a little bit more in-de
Janice Lombardo
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting read to say the least! Aspen has been working as a PI in Lake Tahoe, Nevada but has experience as a therapist, also. Also, she has been guardian for her niece, Candice, who is 14 years old.

Many possible suspects in this story! This book begins and ends with a lot of intrigue and twisty suspense!

Aspen is brought into a case by a popular TV news anchor, Gloria, with whom Aspen had been acquainted. She gets both assistance and a bit of interference from her boyfriend, Ni
Micky Cox
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series definitely needs to be on your TBR list! An intelligent, strong and stubborn female main character is surrounded by other strong, intelligent characters with realistic flaws to make them relatable. The type of characters that you would like for neighbors, friends and family to be. The plot line is strong and well written to keep you entertained and flipping pages to see what happens next. In this book, Aspen finds herself drawn into her friend's weird connection with a serial killing ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, mysteries
In this next book of the series Aspen and her niece are getting into a routine and all seems to be back to normal for the pair. Aspen is back to working cases at her Aunt's P.I. firm and she is happy to be dating Nick. When local news anchor Gloria Morning starts receiving some weird fan mail that seems to coincide with recent murders she asks Aspen to look into things for her. Aspen is on the job when another murder occurs and another note is sent. Aspen has little to go on and an abundance of ...more
Merry Chapman
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well written flowing suspense murder mystery that keeps you turning pages and second guessing yourself! Aspen Adams who used to practice child psychology moved to Tahoe and is a Private Eye in her aunts PI Firm while taking care of her 14 year old niece, Candice, who likes to put herself in the investigation with Aspen. She is too young to know so much Aspen feels and tries to keep her out of everything. When Aspen's doctor is found murdered she is beside herself since the doctor had some test ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fan Mail is the second book in the Aspen Adams Suspense series and is I think even better than the first book. Daryl Wood Gerber has a knack for keeping you on the edge of your seat with her spine tingling suspense in this book.

Aspen once again is thrust into the middle of an investigation with one right after another murder and her client Gloria is getting mysterious notes that are tied to the murders. How are they all tied together and can Aspen help Gloria find who is sending her
A.L. Goulden
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a solid thriller that builds some good suspense, has an interesting premise, and went between sympathetic characters in a way that forced me to keep reading later than planned each night.
I am unfamiliar with this author and didn't realize it was the 2nd book in a series but that did not make the story hard to follow. Gerber is clearly a talented writer and someone I will seek out in the future. I did feel that I was missing a little backstory, but that only made me want to find the
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was super excited to receive Fan Mail (An Aspen Adams Novel of Suspense Book 2) and read more about Aspen and was especially thrilled to see her niece, Candace, featured more prominently in Fan Mail. I enjoy Candace very much. She's a sensitive teenager who is an excellent side-kick to Aspen.

I like how Aspen attempts to navigate being a parent to Candace, and I chuckle at some of their typical parent-child dialogue and interactions.

Daryl Wood Gerber is crafty in setting
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Fan Mail is the second book in the Aspen Adams suspense series. This story had me totally captivated from the beginning to the very end. A real page turner!
Aspen and her teenage niece Candace have found their way to a routine giving them a normal life.
Aspen is still working PI cases at her Aunt Max’s Agency.
An intriguing story, twists and turns as the body count keeps rising.
I loved this book and hope there will be another in this series.

I received an ARC prior to publication and decid
Donna Page
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are a “Cozy Mystery” reader you are going to really enjoy this one. Aspin, the main character is written so well that you will be rooting for her. She and her niece Candace make an unusually unique team.
Aspin gets involved in not just one murder but several and she follows the clues until she get this right person for the crimes. She uses all of the skills she learned as a therapist and now as a detective to solve these mysteries and to help the victims survivors.
Because of t
Jacqueline  sharp
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Aspen Adams series, I haven’t read the first so these characters were all new to me. This can be read as a stand alone novel, as it is a completely new story, although there are a couple of references to the last book, or last case.

Aspen Adams is dating Nick Shaper, a Detective for the Placer County Sheriff Dept. Aspen is working as a PI for her aunt Maxine’s detective agency. Although keen, Aspen is still learning the ropes, going dumpster diving, not
Kay Garrett
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-read
FAN MAIL by Daryl Wood Gerber is the second book in the An Aspen Adams Novel of Suspense Book series. It’s the amazing and suspenseful story of a string murders that seem to all center around the local celebrity news anchor, Gloria Morning.

Aspen Adams is a former therapist turned private investigator working at her Aunt Max’s agency in Lake Tahoe. She has also become the guardian to Candance, her 14 year old niece, after her sister’s addiction to drugs and alcohol.

When gynecologist, Dr. Kristi
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Agatha Award-winning and national bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber returns with a dark new novel of su
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fan Mail by Daryl Wood Gerber is the second novel An Aspen Adams Novel of Suspense series. It can be read as a standalone for those who have not indulged in Desolate Shores. Fan Mail is a complex novel full of twists and surprises. Aspen Adams quit her job as a therapist to work for her aunt’s detective agency. Aspen has a long way to go before she gets her license, but she is learning the ropes. Then her gynecologist is killed after leaving Aspen two messages that were cut off. A local restaura ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the second book in the Aspen Adams series by Daryl Wood Gerber.

Aspen gets a message from her doctor telling her to call her back. She assumes it is because of her last appointment and suspects bad news. The bad news ends up being that her doctor has been murdered! Then a local news anchor, Gloria Morning, receives a note saying the woman was murdered in her name. Gloria then asks Aspen, a private investigator, to look into the death. Of course, this puts
Abby Fabian
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fan Mail is another solid suspense in this captivating new series. While there are many uncertainties throughout the book, one thing is certain: there is never a boring day in the life of Aspen Adams. This installment takes place roughly half of a year after the first book. In that time, Aspen has gained custody of her teenage niece and her relationship with Detective Sergeant Nick Shaper has progressed. She and Candace have also gotten an adorable dog named Cinder.

Aspen is one of those charac
Stanley McShane
This entry to the series finds Aspen slowly ascending the ladder of her aunt Max's private investigation office while juggling the niece she accepted into her home in Book 1. While it may not be necessary to begin with the first book, you might glean a bit more backstory for explanation into her current lifestyle. Candace, sister Rosie's daughter, is fourteen and alternately wise and intrusive, insightful and ignorant.

Gloria Morning is a local celebrity of some note and reaches out to Aspen for
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘Fan Mail’ is the second instalment in Daryl Wood Gerber’s Aspen Adams Suspense. This is my introduction to Daryl Gerber’s work and after reading this book I can confidently say I am now a fan.

This book follows Aspen, a former-child-psychologist-turned-private-investigator, as she deals with the sudden murder of her doctor. Things seem even stranger when another victim is found murdered soon after. Despite Nick’s attempts at stirring Aspen away from the murders, she finds herself bei
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, netgalley, arc
Fan Mail is the second novel in the Aspen Adams Suspense. It is not a cozy mystery. This is a nice departure from Ms. Gerber’s other mysteries. The story is set in Lake Tahoe, NV approximately six months after the last book.
Our protagonist is Aspen Adams, a local private investigator and previously a child psychologist. She works for her Aunt Max and is the guardian to her 14-year old niece, Candance.
A popular TV news anchor and acquaintance to Aspen, Gloria Morning asks Aspen to investig
Melanie Mckinney
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book #2 of the Aspen Adams Suspense series by Daryl Wood Gerber. I did not read book number one so at first, I was a bit confused about the characters and why they did certain things. But it wasn’t hard to get into the book and learn about the characters at all. The series takes place in Lake Tahoe, Nevada with Aspen working as a private investigator. Aspen’s boyfriend Nick is a detective with the county. Aspen’s doctor is found murdered at the very beginning of the book and Aspen is bes ...more
Liz Caldwell
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
This second in the Aspen Adams suspense series has Aspen and her niece finding their way into a new routine, as niece Candace is finishing the school year and Aspen is taking on more tasks at her aunt’s Investigation agency. When reporter-turned-TV anchor Gloria Morning starts getting notes tied to murders, she begs Aspen to look into it.
As the bodies pile up, Aspen is trying to sort through too many suspects. And her boyfriend Nick’s detectives are stretched thin, leaving him brusque with
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Fan Mail is an an Aspen Adams Novel of Suspense. I’ve read many books by author Daryl Wood Gerber and by her pseudonym, Avery Aames. This series is my favorite so far. The characters are complex and compelling and the mysteries are enthralling and unique. Fan Mail has suspense built in form the get-go as Aspen, a private investigator, anxiously awaits a call from her doctor on a very important medical mater. Instead, she receives a call from a local police detective. The doctor has been found de ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-review
Life has settled down for Aspen Adams and her niece Candace. Aspen is working had learning at her aunt's private investigator firm and Candace has a boyfriend! Well, things look good except for Aspen's little personal medical issue. So when Aspen's doctor calls her first thing one morning, she thinks it must be related to test results. Sadly, it isn't. I was not sold on Aspen's need to investigate at this point, but after Gloria Morning started getting letters, Aspen's involvement felt a lot mor ...more
Jill Kasper Krueger
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daryl Wood Gerber's latest series is a departure from the Cookbook Nook mysteries I've read in the past.

This series with its numerous characters has a sharper edge to it. With that being said, it was a nice departure from her previous books that I've read.

The main character, Aspen, is well developed. She's complex and tells the story in first person. At first I found it a bit hard to like her, but she grew on me as the book progressed (I had not read the 1st book in the s
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aspen Adams is working for her Aunt Max’s PI Agency and raising her teenage niece, Candace, in Lake Tahoe. Having given up her career as a therapist in the big city after a patient committed suicide and her divorce she’s doing her best to make a new life. When one of her new friends asks her to find out who is sending her letters claiming that recent murders were done to protect her, Aspen steps up to help, even if it means putting herself in harm’s way.

As the body count rises, Aspen
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
What a captivating story full of action and mystery, set in the picturesque Lake Tahoe area! Aspen, a private investigator trying to juggle her career and her new parental role with her teenage niece, is hired by a friend to investigate some weird fan letters and finds herself investigating so much more. With multiple victims, multiple suspects, and questionable motives and alibis, Aspen tries to find the letter writer and the murderer(s). I love how this book moves at the perfect pace and kept ...more
Christine Martin-resotko
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fan mail is supposed to be a nice thing, but when it comes attached to murders it is the worst thing ever.
Aspen Adams is back in this second installment from Daryl Wood Gerber. Aspen has been hired by her friend Gloria Morning to find out who is sending her creepy fan mail. When the notes start showing up at murder scenes, the danger keeps ramping up.
As always, Daryl's characters are great. Aspen and her friends are genuine people with realistic reactions to these situations. I love
Jacqui Huntley
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
There is a new genre out there - robust female lead but with attendant detective fiance/lover/boyfriend and
a child/teenager/dog who inevitably answers friend's plea to solve a murder because said friend is either a suspect, being blackmailed or targetted; she solves said murder/s in her own inimitable way, usually off-piste and against wishes of said detective.. 'Fan Mail' is definitely one of those. The story is well-written though and the murders not too gory, although are unpleasant. There
Lori Bonkoski
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second in this series and it does not disappoint. Aspen's doctor is murdered and then a local restaurant owner and her friend Gloria is getting notes about the murders. She tries to stay out of things, for Nick (her boyfriend), she is drawn in and encouraged by her aunt, the PI. Candace is out of school for the summer, so she tags along with Aspen and finds herself embroiled in figuring out the mystery. Teenage angst along with recurring calls from her Mom and Aspen's insecurity abou ...more
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Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the brand new French Bistro Mysteries as well as the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries.

As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. A DEADLY ÊCLAIR, the first French Bistro Mystery, comes out November 2017.

Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAY OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN.

Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared