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Sedona is witty, smart, and seemingly fearless in the face of danger...I recommend if you like mystery, humor, and believable characters...You may think you know whodunit...but you may just be surprised. --Working Girl Reviews

...a world of kooky characters involved in a sinister plot. Each character has a well developed personality of their own...Humor and mystery are mixed together to form this fun and fast-paced read. --Socrates' Book Reviews --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

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Maria is the author of the Sedona O'Hala mystery series, the Moon Shadow urban fantasy series and several short stories, including two anthologies for Kindle. She has published stories in Coyote Wild Magazine, TownDrunkMag.com and "Over My Dead Body."  Her latest novel is a fantasy adventure:  Dragons of Wendal.

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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Bear Mountain Books (April 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615448747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615448749
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,207,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in New Mexico where the desert environment inspired me to embellish the landscape with my imagination. After working in the computer industry for twelve years, I decided technology moved too slowly and again put my imagination to work, creating messes and then inventing characters to handle all the clean up. If only that worked on the dinner dishes!

I currently reside near Austin, Texas with my husband. My partners in crime are two cats, Leo and Junior. They can be found causing trouble any time of day or night!


For more information about Maria visit: www.BearMountainBooks.com or find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maria.schneider.3382

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on November 21, 2009
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Maria E. Schneider has a winner in "Executive Lunch," and hopefully this is just the first of a series of novels featuring the heroine Sedona O'Hala. In "Executive Lunch," Sedona is a "lab rat" at Strandfrost, a big technology company that is experiencing a baffling series of embezzlements and thefts of expensive equipment. Promoted to a management position and ordered to work with Steve Huntington, a mysterious new board member for Strandfrost, Sedona does her best to solve the mystery. There are plenty of potential culprits, including company insiders as well as some very dangerous criminals, and Sedona has her hands full trying to solve the case and stay alive.

Sedona O'Hala is a marvelous character. She's smart, fearless, and funny, and she's like a bloodhound once she's on the trail of the bad guys. She's a great character to build a series around, and I'm looking forward to seeing her in future novels where, hopefully, we'll learn more about her background and her family. Sedona's oldest brother Sean is an important character in "Executive Lunch," and her parents make a brief appearance, but there's plenty more to learn about Sedona's family. There's plenty of room for romance too. In "Executive Lunch," there's enough sexual tension between Sedona and Strandfrost board member Steve Huntington to heat things up and hint of future relationships, but it's clear that any man will have his hands full with the saucy Sedona.

Having read one of Ms. Schneider's previous works, "Sage: Tales from a Magical Kingdom," I thought she might be strictly a fantasy writer, so I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that she knows how to write a cracking good whodunit.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Old Granny on November 18, 2009
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Have you ever worked in an office where the layout "...ensured that everyone was equally deprived of a window office with the exception of the managers"? Then you'll feel right at home at Strandfrost, the realistically exaggerated corporation at the center of Maria E. Schneider's delightful new mystery, Executive Lunch (A Sedona O'Hala Mystery). Schneider brings the reader face to face, and sometimes fist to nose, with a cast of diverse and interesting characters. The action starts inside the corporate corridors and soon spins excitingly into other equally bizarre venues. Even while you're chuckling, you'll realize you care what happens to the heroine, self described "lab rat" Sedona O'Hala. Whether it's fast moving action or dealing with a brother who threatens to rat Sedona out to their parents, Schneider writes skillfully and retains her sense of humor. This is Schneider at her best - funny, insightful, and exciting.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LuvMyKindle on December 5, 2009
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I enjoyed reading this cozy mystery. It was a light-hearted, fast read with elements of action, mystery, and witty, dry humor. The story moved at a very good pace; I never felt it drag on at any time. Sedona is likeable and funny, and a believable, fairly well-defined, down-to-earth main character. A lot of characters were introduced throughout the story, and while not all were necessary to the "whodunit," part of the story, some of their interactions were highly entertaining and will have you laughing out loud -- especially Sedona's family dinner and the "scene" that takes place in the limousine. If this is the start of a series, I will enjoy reading more "Sedona adventures" and, hopefully, seeing her and you-know-who (don't want to give spoilers) in a romantic relationship.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Annie B VINE VOICE on March 8, 2010
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If you're in the mood for a light, fun mystery, then this is the book for you! EXECUTIVE LUNCH offers a likable (even lovable) character and well-paced story that will have you laughing out loud at times.
A genuine five-star read you'll be sorry to see come to an end. Hopefully, we'll see Sedona again very, very soon.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. McDonald on June 24, 2010
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This delightfully lighthearted mystery started with a kick and kept on running! I enjoyed it very much.
Sedona is a great character, and her attempt to help Marilyn try to regain control of her life is an interesting side story, and I thought a fairly realistic view of how getting out of an abusive situation is not as easy as one might think. Sedona comes to realize that it is more a matter of self-esteem rather than just walking away.
Her adventures in ladder-climbing politics and the 'good-old-boy' system, will leave you laughing out loud.
I am looking forward to reading the next Sedona O'Hala adventure Executive Retention (A Sedona O'Hala Mystery)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen on November 23, 2010
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I LOVE Sedona O'Hala! She had me laughing out loud on nearly every page. Others here have done a good job of recapping the story, so I'll just say that if you enjoy humorous mysteries with a really fun, quirky and endearing protagonist, check this one out now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RDL on November 10, 2010
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I like that Sedona O'Halla's life is portrayed in progress. You get to see how she gets sucked into solving crimes, even though that isn't her initial intent. This book is very much a start to a story that will continue through the series. Sedona starts to discover her ability to take care of herself and solve crimes, she becomes more independent from her family, her career gets bumped up, and there whispers of a love interest to be explored. I like that she isn't instantly good at everything, and that she doesn't magically solve the crime on her own. It makes me want to read the next one to see how much more she grows and where things go with the other characters.
I liked the interactions with her family and her best friend. Those sections were humorous, but also gave a sense of Sedona's character. The only drawback to the book was editing. If a few typos are going to get your panties in a bunch and make you decide something is poorly written this isn't the book for you.
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