In “Murder, She Encountered,” the third book of the “Murder, She Reported” mystery series, reporter Elizabeth Adams, (“Biz”) heads to the 1939 World’s Fair to report on a robbery for her newspaper and ends up investigating a murder.
Pre-WWII is such a great time for historical fiction. With war on the horizon, changing cultural norms, and the redefining of a woman’s place in society. Biz Adams is a wonderful example of the changing times; smart, resourceful and very independent. The World’s Fair with its many innovations and introductions is a magnificent background on which to place this story and the author does a beautiful job in its depiction, the sights and sounds and smells were almost as real as being there.
The mystery is well written and even-paced with plenty of suspects, even the kind you love to hate, and lots of clues and secrets to be revealed. The characters are as technicolor as the setting. All in all, this was an enjoyable way to spend an evening and I look forward to new adventures for Biz and her friends.
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I received a complimentary copy of the book via Netgalley. All opinions and insights are my own.
About The Book:
Murder, She Encountered (Murder, She Reported Series Book 3 ) by Peg Cochran
A gutsy Manhattan socialite encounters murder and corruption at the World’s Fair in this captivating historical cozy mystery for readers of Victoria Thompson, Susan Elia MacNeal, and Rhys Bowen.
New York City, 1939. A rising star at the Daily Trumpet, Elizabeth “Biz” Adams has been sent to the World’s Fair—billed as the “World of Tomorrow,” a look toward a brighter future even as the drumbeats of war grow louder—to cover a robbery. What she stumbles upon instead is a dead woman, dumped into the Aquacade’s pool with a nylon stocking wrapped around her neck.
Elizabeth snaps a photo as the police arrest Joey Dorman, a gentle young hot dog vendor who made no secret of his obsession with the murder victim. Even though she’s thrilled that her photo makes the front page, the fear and confusion evident on Joey’s face are haunting. So Elizabeth vows to prove his innocence—or his guilt—with her partner at the Daily Trumpet, Ralph Kaminsky. Meanwhile, her romance with Detective Sal Marino is heating up, and Elizabeth is more determined than ever to follow her heart.
But when Kaminsky’s efforts to expose the real killer land him in the hospital, Elizabeth is forced to continue the investigation on her own. And as she tries to narrow down the long list of suspects, she discovers a dark secret running through the Fair—a secret some would kill to protect.
Look for all of Peg Cochran’s delightful mysteries featuring Elizabeth Adams, which can be read together or separately:
MURDER, SHE REPORTED
MURDER, SHE UNCOVERED
MURDER, SHE ENCOUNTERED
About The Author:
Mystery writing lets Peg indulge her curiosity under the guise of “work” (aka research). As a kid, she read the entire set of children’s encyclopedias her parents gave her and has been known to read the dictionary. She put pen to paper at age seven when she wrote plays and forced her cousins to perform them at Christmas dinner. She switched to mysteries when she discovered the perfect hiding place for a body down the street from her house.
When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, cooking, spoiling her granddaughter and checking her books’ stats on Amazon.
A former Jersey girl, Peg now resides in Michigan with her husband and Westhighland white terrier, Reg. She is the author of the Sweet Nothings Lingerie series (written as Meg London), the Gourmet De-Lite series, the Lucille series, the Cranberry Cove series, and the Farmer’s Daughter series.
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