Review of A Plus One for Murder

Posted January 6, 2022 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Review of A Plus One for Murder

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.

A Plus One for Murder by Laura Bradford
Series: A Friend for Hire Mystery #1
Genres: Mystery, Cozy
Published by Berkley on December 7, 2021
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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Entrepreneur Emma Westlake is reinventing herself as a hired friend when murder gets in the way in this exciting new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Laura Bradford.
Emma Westlake has always wanted to be in business for herself. As a kid, she had her own successful lemonade stand and dog-walking business. And when she entered adulthood, Emma sunk all her cash into her dream job of travel planning. But as her customers became more and more internet savvy, the need for her services declined. At a loss for what to do next, she turns to an elderly friend who suggests she try to get paid for doing something she's really good at--being a paid companion. Emma thinks it's a crazy idea until requests start pouring in. Big Max from down the block wants her to act as his wingman at the local senior center's upcoming dance, nurse practitioner Stephanie needs a workout partner, and writer Brian Hill asks Emma to be his cheering section at an open mic night.
Brian will be reading from his latest work and wants to know someone will clap for him when he's done. When Emma balks at the notion that people wouldn't, he tells her the room will be filled with people he's invited--most of whom will likely want him dead by the time he's done reading. Assuming he's joking, she laughs. But when Brian steps up to the mic and clears his throat to speak, he promptly drops dead. Emma is one of the last people to see him alive, and so she becomes an immediate suspect. Now she'll have to cozy up to a killer to save her skin and her new business.

Also by this author: Death in Advertising, 30 Second Death, Éclair and Present Danger, Silence of the Flans, And Death Goes To . . . , Hearse and Buggy, Assaulted Pretzel

 

Here is what I thought

Emma is having a bit of bad luck with her travel agency as nobody is booking. She has a small gig with an elderly lady as sort of a friend who once a week comes over and has tea and biscuts with her. Dottie tells her that she should do this for a living as there are all sorts of people who need that extra plus one for events. Emma doesn’t believe her but then gets two calls right off from people Dottie knows.

Stephanie needs a work out buddy to help keep her accountable and make going to the gym seem like less of a chore. Big Max needs a date to the seniors dance as he is trying to catch the eye of one of the ladies there and thinks having a younger woman on his arm might let her know what she is missing.  So Emma thinks maybe there could be something in this and makes a virtual flyer and gets a hit pretty quick. This guy needs her to be his plus one to an event at an open mic night as he wants someone there to clap for him. She thinks it’s  strange request but after checking him out online decides to do it. He gives her a paper with  four photos on it of people he thinks wants him dead, then he drops dead as he is delivering his poem with those four in the audience.

So she plans to just pretty much ignore what happened as she had nothing to do with it even though she has a paper with suspects on it that she didn’t give the police. When Stephanie and Dottie find out they want to slueth and find out who killed him but Emma doesn’t want too at least not much.

So I really love the characters but I would say I liked the side characters more than the main character because I am not a fan of a reluctant sleuth apparently…lol. It drove me crazy how Emma just chose to ignore things even after she found out he was murdered and seemed clueless when Dottie or Stephanie talked about things. I really liked the cop in this one as he seemed very easy going and even talked to Emma about things without being mean. I am sure I will warm up to Emma as the series progresses but Dottie, Stephanie, and Big Jake really made this book so much fun!

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