Title: Murder Most Lovely (Lacetown Murder Mysteries: Case One)
Author: Hank Edwards, Deanna Wadsworth
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 30th 2019
Page Count: 239 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Lacetown Murder Mysteries: Case One
A killer at a small-town literary festival. Bumbling drug dealers. A kidnapped cat. Starting a romance among all this chaos might be the death of them.
Michael Fleishman is excited to meet his favorite mystery writer, Russell Withingham, at Lacetown’s Literary Fest. He is not expecting to cross paths with sexy hairdresser Jasper “Jazz” Dilworth—or become embroiled in a real-life mystery. As Lacetown’s only mortician and the county coroner, Michael is called to his first murder scene and is shocked to recognize the victim—Russell’s young lover.
Jazz only wanted to confront his ex, Russell, over his cheating. Instead, he meets the adorably awkward Michael and becomes a murder suspect. Soon Jazz is teaming up with Michael to clear his name. Along the way, they are helped and hindered by Michael’s sassy assistant, Kitty, the grumpy Sheriff Musgrave, Russell’s creepy PR rep, Norbert, and Michael’s lothario grandfather, who likes his Manhattans strong and his women saucy. And of course, Mr. Pickles Furryton the Third…
Third person with Multiple POVs, very hot sex, humor, interestingly twisty mystery, some sigh inducing romance, and a happy for now ending.
Murder Most Lovely is the beginning of the new “Lacetown Murder Mysteries” series and it’s a strong start, but not without its issues (the multiple POVs were sometimes confusing, and there was a subplot that wasn’t really, well, good).
There were parts of this I enjoyed (Jazz, the snark, the humor, the sexy times) and I’m bumping my rating up a full star simply because I did not figure out the bad guy until the moment of reveal.
I’m very interested to see how the authors end up constructing the series. I certainly hope Michael and Jazz continue to be the main couple, but because Murder Most Lovely has a HFN ending, it could end up being a different couple as there are a few supporting characters that could end up being the focus, but I’m hoping they return. So I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for Lacetown Murder Mysteries: Case Two and seeing Michael and Jazz grow as a couple.
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