Today I am reviewing on its publication day Death in Disguise by Emma Davies, published by Bookouture.
Francesca Eve thought she was prepared for anything at the events she caters for in her pretty little Shropshire village. Missing canapes? No problem. Burnt brownies? A piece of cake… But a dead body? Now that’s a recipe for disaster.
Francesca is nervous about catering her first ever murder mystery party, but it’s clear from the clink of champagne flutes and piles of empty plates that the evening is a roaring success. The guests look spectacular in their disguises, whispering and giggling as they try to identify who killed beautiful young Becky. But days later the game takes a sinister turn when Becky is found poisoned, and all the signs point to the culprit being a party guest.
From the woman having an affair to the guest hiding her true identity, everyone had a secret – and it turns out that Becky knew them all. As Fran finds herself centre-stage in a real-life murder mystery, the finger of suspicion points at each guest in turn. And Fran starts to wonder, were any of these secrets dangerous enough to kill for?
Then the body of a second guest is found, and it becomes clear a deranged killer is going off-script. It seems anyone who was involved in the game that night is in their sights, even Fran. Can she unmask the murderer before the final curtain falls?
A page-turning cozy mystery packed with twists. If you love Clare Chase, M.C. Beaton and The Thursday Murder Club you’ll absolutely adore this unputdownable whodunnit.
I am big fan of Emma Davies women’s fiction books so when I saw she was releasing a new cozy mystery series, I was so thrilled. Death in Disguise is a fantastic opener to it and is one where the pages just turned themselves.
A murder mystery game sets things in motion when one of the guests is killed just days after the event. The unlikely pairing of Francesca and Adam works really well as they come together to solve the crime and I really enjoyed their banter and friendship which I am sure will continue to grow as the series progresses.
The mystery plays out well, with a host of suspects to keep you on your toes and as always Davies writing is so engaging and just draws you in to the story. All round this is a very enjoyable and entertaining read and I look forward to the next instalment.
Thank you to Emma Davies, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Death in Disguise, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Emma Davies
After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.