Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author Ava Mallory writes inclusive mysteries, romances, and humorous nonfiction. Her fictional characters are based on the people she knew and loved in her native Spain and the many U.S. locations she lived in after moving to the States in the late 1980s. They are feisty, fun-loving, and full of life... unless they're not. (She writes mysteries after all.)
AVA is best known for her Mercy Mares traveling nurse cozy mysteries that feature a middle-aged Latina nurse who is a champion of patients and a magnet for trouble. Mercy's sidekicks are the who's who of quirky characters with big hearts - like the people Ava grew up with.
AVA holds a Bachelor in Psychology and a B.S. in Nursing with a certification in geriatric/Alzheimer's care. She lives minutes from Chicago with three of her four children (The oldest left the nest & Ava's not been the same since.) and their Dorkie dog named Chacha, the actual Queen of Ava Mallory's castle.
Beatrice “Bea” Montoya loves Christmas. She loves the sparkling lights, the music, the time with loved ones, and the snow, but there’s one thing she doesn’t like… being guilted into helping with the annual Christmas Festival. She hoped this year would be different, but she never expected it would turn out like this. During the holidays, no less.
When she and her best friend make a gruesome discovery in a box of donated Christmas decorations, she is thrust into the middle of a baffling mystery. Her instincts tell her there’s more to the story than meets the eye. But when she stumbles upon the truth, it’s even worse than she imagined. Now she has to find out why. When her efforts prove futile, she’s forced to rely on the one thing she’s never told anyone outside of the family.
Will the reluctant witch find the answers she seeks without revealing her true identity and before the Christmas Festival is in full swing?