Murder, She Uncovered
(Murder, She Reported Series)
by Peg Cochran
About the Book
Murder, She Uncovered (Murder, She Reported Series)
2nd in Series
Alibi (May 28, 2019)
Print Length ~230 Pages
Digital ASIN: B07H1X2RT9
An intrepid 1930s Manhattan socialite uncovers deadly secrets during an assignment to the Hamptons in this riveting historical cozy mystery for readers of Victoria Thompson, Anne Perry, and Rhys Bowen.
Westhampton, 1938. To the dismay of her well-to-do family, Elizabeth “Biz” Adams is quickly establishing herself as a seasoned photographer over at the Daily Trumpet. Growing more confident in her decision to pursue a career, Elizabeth is thrilled when she and her reporter sidekick, Ralph Kaminsky, are sent to Long Island to cover the story of a young maid found dead in one of the glamourous summer homes in the devastating aftermath of the Great New England Hurricane—also known as the Long Island Express.
At first it’s assumed that the young woman was caught in the terrible storm, but when a suspicious wound is found on the side of her head, the police suspect murder. The maid’s death becomes even more tragic when it’s discovered she was pregnant, and with Elizabeth and Kaminsky at the scene of the crime, the Daily Trumpet scoops all the other papers in town.
The young woman’s boyfriend emerges as the likeliest suspect. But as Elizabeth follows the story, she begins to wonder whether someone in the household of the maid’s employers might be responsible—someone who’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth about the baby’s paternity hidden. . . .
Other than a Miss Marple story, I suspect this might be the first historical Cozy that I’ve read. I wouldn’t swear on it but it’s possible. What I would swear is that, Murder She Uncoveredwon’t be my last historical cozy. I loved this book.
Peg Cochran easily transports readers to another time, New York of the late 1930s, to be precise. The descriptions of fashions, events, even buildings and people are all worked seamlessly into the narrative and paint the most vivid picture for readers to enjoy. Dialogues and even conversation topics are also perfectly suited to the time period and also lend a touch of authenticity to the tale.
This is Book 2 in the Murder, She Reported series and works perfectly fine as a stand-alone. I haven’t read Book one and had no trouble falling into the story. A few hints as to events in the previous book were dropped but it was just sufficient to bring the reader up to speed on relevant details.
Elizabeth ‘Biz’ Adams is a woman clearly far ahead of her times but she would not have been an unlikely lady to come across. After all, if it wasn’t for the forward thinking women of the past, where would we be today?! I liked that for all her determination and bravery, she still hesitates to step out from all that she knows. This makes her character seem even more believable and adds an intriguing complexity to a wonderful cozy heroine.
The only issue I came across relates to the secondary character, Kaminsky, who is Elizabeth’s partner-in-crime, so to speak. He’s a rough-and-tumble, seasoned journalist who recognises and respects the young lady’s talents for solving a mystery. One thing I found a bit out of character was Kaminsky’s not so subtle revelation of abuse when he was an altar boy. I realize it was actually a handy plot device to move an area of the mystery along, but the how and where of that very personal revelation didn’t seem in keeping with the rest of the picture painted of this character.
The murder mystery itself is very well-plotted. There are several varied suspects. The motive, means and opportunities for each of these suspects are valid. The potential culprits are quite well-fleshed out and I found myself hoping for the innocence of a couple and rooting for the guilt of others.
Overall, this was my first foray into Peg Cochran’s work but I strongly suspect it won’t be my last! I look forward to the next instalment. I give Murder, She Uncovered 4/5 camera-ready espresso shots.
Disclaimer: I received and eARC of this book courtesy the author and Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour. All opinions expressed are my own.
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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