by Jennifer Nicole Dienst | December 01, 2007

Murder at the Universe cover
Here, F&B means
fingerprints and blood.

Write what you know. It works for Daniel Edward Craig, vice president of Opus Hotels and general manager of the Opus Vancouver, whose first novel, Murder at the Universe (Midnight Ink), debuted this fall. “My characters are inspired by the colorful personalities and bizarre situations I have encountered in my career,” Craig says.

The plot centers around the death of a hotel owner during a conference and a pushy planner who exploits the incident to gain media coverage for her event.

“She is a parody of a bad planner,” Craig explains. “Fortunately, in my 12 years of working in hotels, I’ve worked with all kinds of meeting planners, but none like her.”

Murder at the Universe is the first in a projected series of mysteries; a sequel is scheduled to be published in June 2008. For a daily dose of hotel drama, log onto Craig’s blog at