Review: All Dressed Up by Jilly Gagnon

Author: Jilly Gagnon
Publisher: Bantam
Released: September 6, 2022
Received: NetGalley

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Is it just me, or is there something so iconic about a bold red and black cover? Naturally, I was immediately drawn in by the artwork on All Dressed Up‘s cover, but it was more than that. All Dressed Up, written by Jilly Gagnon, is a mystery thriller set in a grand manor – making for an intriguing foundation for this tale.

Can one amazing getaway cure heartache? Becca isn’t convinced that anything will help her get over her husband’s betrayal. But she’s ready to let him spend all the money he wants on trying to earn her forgiveness.

The expensive trip? A weekend in a manor hotel, which happens to host a murder mystery game with a distinct 1920s vibe. Already keyed into the idea of a mystery, Becca will find herself quickly catching on to a real mystery occurring on the grounds.

I feel like many readers have fantasized about a weekend getaway. Maybe fewer readers hoped to combine that getaway with a murder/mystery-themed hotel stay, but you’ve got to admit that it sounds like fun!

I’m trying to say that this was a fascinating foundation for All Dressed Up. It immediately caught my attention. I’m almost tempted to say that we didn’t need the personal drama to get me invested.

Actually – I am going to say that. Becca’s emotional state was downright distracting at times, and not in a good way. It was like there were two huge plots vying for center stage, and Becca kept drop-kicking the murder/mystery plot. It was frustrating! I just wanted to explore that bit of the plot for a moment.

I would advise going into All Dressed Up expecting more of an emotional read, as Becca has a lot to work through. The hotel and the mystery are more supporting characters than actual focal points. If you adjust your expectations accordingly (and don’t make the same mistake I did), I can see this book being enjoyable.

Thanks to Bantam and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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