Double Review of Death in Advertising & 30 Second Death

August 22, 2017 Book Reviews 9

Double Review of Death in Advertising & 30 Second Death

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Death in Advertising by Laura Bradford
Published by Lyrical Underground Pages: 206
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.   Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”   But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars.

Also by this author: Éclair and Present Danger, Silence of the Flans, And Death Goes To . . . , Hearse and Buggy, Assaulted Pretzel

               

 

Here is what I thought

Though I have heard of this author I don’t believe I have read any of her work but after this one it really makes me want to look up more. 🙂 All I can think is why haven’t I read this author before!!

Tobi Tobias is not having a great time of it, she is trying to get her little advertising business going but with no clients it’s kind of hard to pay the bills. She eats a lot of Coco Puffs and Chocolate and even works weekends at a pet store to buy a few things that she has.

Things are about to turn around for Tobi though when the Zander brothers walk into her advertising agency needing a slogan and fast. They have a company called Zander’s Closet Company and are unhappy with the large firm they hired first. Tobi comes up with a zinger of a slogan ‘When we are done even your skeletons with have a place’, and it’s like she is an overnight success until a murder takes place and the body is found in…you guessed it the closet. There is a thing as bad publicity when everyone now things your slogans are predictions to what could happen, so now she needs to find a killer to save her reputation.

Death in Advertising is so much fun! I enjoyed the mystery even though I kind of had it pegged, well at least he was one of my suspects though I kind of thought it would have been one of my others more…lol.

Tobi Tobias is a hoot and I loved her! She is just so much fun and I think I want to be her BFF. 🙂 She is down on her luck but she doesn’t really let it get her to down because she has some great friends to help her out. She has known that she wanted to make ads since she was a kid she just needs that one break and boy did she get it…lol. I am hoping we see more of Andy Zander as he just sounds adorable and I love his new roommate. 🙂 Her friends are a blast, her grandpa is so funny, and I love Rudder the parrot!

If you like cozies then you really need to try this one!

 

Double Review of Death in Advertising & 30 Second Death

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

30 Second Death by Laura Bradford
Published by Lyrical Underground Pages: 222
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .
When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.
To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.

Also by this author: Éclair and Present Danger, Silence of the Flans, And Death Goes To . . . , Hearse and Buggy, Assaulted Pretzel

Tobi’s business has picked up since her success with the Zander Closet Company despite the murder investigation from the previous book.

The only thing not going so well is her relationship with Andy because his ex-girlfriend has come back into the picture and Tobi is not sure what to do. He wanted to marry her at one point but then she moved of to pursue her career and broke his heart. Every keeps telling her things will work out but she is not so sure and she is trying to not feel hurt herself.

Her friend Carter needs help and she thought she was doing him a favor by hiring his nemesis at the theater, Fiona, for her commercial but things don’t go so well. So instead of helping him she puts him in the middle of a murder as person of interest in Fiona’s death because he couldn’t stand her and it was his hair dye that kills her. You wonder how hair dye can kill, well you will have to read and find out…lol.

Trying to figure out whodonit sort of takes her mind of of things with Andy but not a lot, then her Grandpa Stu shows up to help. I love Grandpa Stu! Tobi is freaking out about his involvement with her nemesis, Mrs. Rapple, her next door neighbor. Poor Tobi.

Fiona was a force all unto her own and I am surprised there wasn’t a huge list of people who wanted to killer her but there was a few like everyone who worked on the commercial set. Fiona was so rude and down right mean! I can’t even really feel sorry for her death, but I did feel sorry for poor Carter who was trying so hard to not think about how bad he would look in orange.

This series has a great cast of characters and a great mystery and I didn’t figure it out until a little bit before Tobi. I totally thought it was someone else!

If you like cozies you will love this series!

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