Review of Plateful of Murder

March 22, 2016 Book Reviews 4

Review of Plateful of Murder

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

Plateful of Murder (Terrified Detective Mystery, #1) by Carole Fowkes
Genres: Cozy, Mystery
Published by Ink Lion Books on January 8th 2016
Pages: 213
Format: eARC
Source: Great Escape Tours

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Claire DeNardo is scared of a lot of things. Ordinary objects like roller coasters and men's hairpieces make her knees knock loud enough to be a band's rhythm section. Unfortunately, the only job Claire can find is working for her Uncle Gino in his seedy detective agency. Until now, her cases have all be middle-aged men with trophy wives who needed watching. But when Gino retires and leaves her in charge, Claire gets swept up in a murder case despite her fears. Both the client who hired her and the handsome police detective want her off the case. When the wrong person is charged, it's up to the terrified detective to summon all the courage she can to find the true killer.

First Line

Michael Adler had no idea when he first walked into my cramped, West Side of Cleveland office that the only investigating I’d done involved getting the goods on cheating spouses

What I thought of this book

Claire took over her Uncle’s PI business, but just doing the surveillance type stuff like spying on unfaithful spouses. She never meant to do anything scarier because she gets scared at pretty much everything, then Michael walked in needing a PI to find out who was after his sister.

Then his sister is murdered and she is wrapped up in a murder case and someone is wanting to scare her off the case with some frightening phone calls. The detective on the case doesn’t want her involved and especially now that she is getting threats, then another person who is tied into everything dies and the stakes get higher.

If Claire can contain her fears she might be able to just solve this case.

This was a fun read and a nice twist to PI cozies as the private investigator is scared of being a PI, or at least the kind that takes dangers cases. She prefers staying out of site and getting paid for it. Between trying to keep her little business alive and working for her Aunt she has her hands full. As much as she would like to drop Michael’s case she needs the money more.

Claire was a fun character that I can enjoy and I really liked her nosy Aunt, cause there just has to be one of those characters. 🙂 I wasn’t sure about the detective at first but he grew on me as time went on. I am curious to read another one to see how Claire handles herself.

If you like cozies then you might enjoy this one as well. 🙂

Reading Challenge

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Blogger Shame Challenge 2016
  • Cloak and Dagger 2016
  • Craving the Cozies 2016
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