Book Title: Killer Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 232 pages
Genre: Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: April 23, 2020
Audiobook release date: August 5, 2020
Content Rating: G. This is a true cozy mystery. No sex. No on-stage violence. No swearing. Just good clean fun!
"This book is a wonderful read to pick up at the end of a long day. It truly is a "cozy murder mystery." I promise, it'll draw you in right from page one and keep you turning the pages until you reach the very last page. I can't wait for the second book in this series." - Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn
When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.
But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?
With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes.
I rarely read cozy mysteries. My usual genres are historical, time-slip, Christian, and women’s fiction, but every now and then I stretch into something different. In this case I’m glad I did, and I hope to delve into more fun-to-read cozy mysteries in the near future.
Nikki is an interesting personality and is easy to connect with. But I must admit, Elmo (the dog) and Ryan stole the show for me. :) Pine Grove is a wonderful setting and I feel like I've now been there.
Audio Narration: Anita Alger, the narrator, has a pleasant voice and inflection fluctuates nicely with the various characters. Her voice is feminine, soft and lilting, so initially it was a tiny bit off-putting when she spoke her male voice interpretations, but soon the story flowed seamlessly, and I didn't pay any more attention to it. She did a wonderful job of making Nikki come to life.
Audio Production Quality: The production quality of this audio book is clear with no distracting noises or music.
Overall Opinion: Overall, this story is pure clean fun! I enjoyed the setting, the characters, the adventure, the mystery, and certainly the humor. I'm so happy this is the first book in the series, and plan to visit Pine Grove again!
I received a complimentary copy of this book via iRead Book Tours.
Meet the Author:
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Killer Deadline marks Lauren's first venture into mystery's purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist.
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.
A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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