Friday, February 18, 2022

Death in Disguise (Adam and Eve Mystery #1)

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Death in Disguise is the first book in a new British cozy series by Emma Davies. Released 9th Feb 2022, it's 326 pages and is available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

It's always fun to find new cozy series, and this one is off to a promising start. The author is experienced at her craft and quite adept at plotting and characterization. The mystery itself is well engineered and the clues are all "fair-play" and revealed slowly throughout the narrative. I was really engaged from the start with caterer Fran (her surname is Eve), and her erstwhile sidekick/young friend Adam, the socially awkward son of a catering client. I found it charming and refreshing that they *are* friends and there's zero romance and never a hint of hanky-panky between Adam (he's 23) and Fran (who's 40 and happily married).

The language is clean (PG rated) and the violence is off-scene. It's perfectly safe for work/commute reading and the resolution and denouement are well written and satisfying. I'm looking forward to what comes next for Fran & co. 

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.  

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