Series: Pinnacle Hotel Mystery #1
Author: S.K. Golden
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Released: October 11, 2022
Received: Own (Aardvark Books)
The year is 1958, and Evelyn Elizabeth Grace Murphy is living her best life. Her father owns the Pinnacle Hotel, and that means Evelyn gets to live in the best room in the place. This is grand, as it means the whole hotel fits inside her comfort bubble.
You see, Evelyn is afraid of leaving the hotel, being agoraphobic. Her past is more than enough reason for her to feel this way. Yet she can’t resist a good mystery – so when a murder occurs on the premises, Evelyn is determined to get to the bottom of it. Clearing the hotel’s name is a bonus in her mind.
So I went into The Socialite’s Guide to Murder with high expectations. Also, I needed a new cozy mystery series, so I had my fingers crossed that this would be it. While I did like the book, I can’t pretend to have been head-over-heels for it.
Evelyn is good at getting to the center of things – attention, media frenzies, romantic triangles, and murder investigations. There are times when she comes off as alarmingly competent (such as knowing how to manipulate the media to her best interests), and times she is painfully naive. It’s an odd combination for a detective.
The murder mystery was pretty solid; all things said and done. Little truthful details are sprinkled throughout the book, waiting for readers to spot them. It was the right balance, as it didn’t make the truth obvious, but it could still be found. Better yet, it enabled the final revelation to feel sound and satisfying.
- Historical Fiction
- Cozy Mystery
- 1950s Mystery
- Agatha Christie Hat-Tips
- Cute Dog
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