I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review
Published: October 17, 2016
Number of pages: 266
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Deadly Series #2
Synopsis:Why murder a dying man?
Olivia Denis is hesitant to help an old family friend get ready for her wedding outside London. The so-called friend is a master at using people. As a young widow trying to find her way through a new romantic relationship, Olivia would rather avoid the large party.
She definitely didn’t plan to find the bride’s grandfather stabbed to death. The cruel, enormously rich aristocrat had changed his will only the day before, angering all his children.
As Olivia is forced to investigate the murder, she’s called away by her employer, the owner of an influential London daily newspaper. She must carry out another secret assignment, one that will take her to Vienna, now part of Nazi Germany.
With war on the horizon and attacks on the old man’s family increasing, can Olivia find a way to save lives in two countries?
My thoughts:This is the second book in a series but it can be read as a stand alone book as I did not read the first one and I was not a bit lost. I have not read any other books by this author and I did enjoy reading this. The author did a good job in capturing the time and place in which the story takes place. Her characters were well developed and likeable. In this book we have two stories to follow - the murder of the bride's grandfather who so many people are angry with and then the secret assignment Oliva is doing for her employer. It was almost like having two stories in one. I liked how the author intertwined both and then keeps you guessing on the murder until the end. I thought Oliva was a strong woman who knew what she wanted and how to get it. She makes a great detective. I will be looking for more books in this series.
About the author:Kate Parker has wanted to travel to 1930s England since she read her mother’s Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers mysteries when she was a schoolgirl. After many years of studying science, she decided a time travel machine was out of the question so she found herself limited to reading about the period and visiting historic sites. Her love of this fascinating and challenging period led her to the research from which the Deadly series grew. Eventually, she found it necessary to spend several days in the British Library reading old newspapers, which meant another trip to England. Near Christmas. A sacrifice she’d gladly make every year.
The first story in the series is Deadly Scandal, released January 14, 2016.
Author Links:Website: www.KateParkerbooks.com
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