Dastardly deeds, daring deceptions and a dress to die for… Epiphany Bloom is back on the case!
Epiphany ‘Pip’ Bloom, would-be detective and London’s unluckiest woman, finds herself in a real costume drama when she unearths a theft at a fashion museum.
The missing dress is a proper piece of Hollywood history, worth a fortune. And as Pip investigates, she finds the museum staff all had reasons to want the garment gone. From fancy boutiques to sketchy back alleys, Pip discovers the fashion world is not all glitz and glamour as she hunts down her prize.
As if she doesn’t have enough on her plate, Pip also has her growing feelings for her housemate Tim to contend with, a family of cats to feed and her mother keeps phoning about a shipment of llamas arriving any day now from South America.
But there’s no time for distractions because Pip’s not the only one after the dress. And for the most dedicated collectors, a piece like this is worth any price – even murder…
What I Thought:
The sun is out, the clocks have gone forward, and yet it’s still just chilly enough to appreciate a cozy mystery of an evening. The duo behind The Kensington Kidnap, starring Epiphany ‘Pip’ Bloom is back with another great addition to what, I hope, will be a series that runs and runs!
The Museum Murder sees Pip tumbling very quickly downwards form the high we left her on at the end of her last adventure as it turns out Detective agencies are not too forgiving when it comes to spelling mistakes… Nevertheless, opportunity quickly falls in Pip’s lap as she becomes embroiled in the case of a missing dress – not just any dress I might add, but the very one worn by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman!!
Suspects are everywhere as Pip stumbles along on the tail of the thief and as she brushes with suspicious deaths along the way.
This book is an excellent follow up to The Kensington Kidnap. I am very much a fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum and, although the settings could not be more different, I get the same feel from the Epiphany Bloom books. In both series, there is a healthy dose of comedy, but the mystery plots are no less clever than in your more gritty crime thriller.
The supporting cast is back, and causing problems for Pip yet again with a blogging/vlogging sister who is so hot right now and a llama-purchasing mother who is conveniently out of the country, but there is help from the two men in Pip’s life, either one of which may or may not turn into an eager love interest…we shall see…
As I said, this book is just my cup of tea at the moment – they describe it as ‘cozy crime’, and cozy works for me!
The Museum Murder is published by Bookouture.
Katie Gayle is the writing team of Kate Sidley and Gail Schimmel. You can catch up with ‘Katie’ on Twitter.
This post is part of a blog tour to celebrate the publication on The Museum Murder, the second on the Epiphany Bloom series. Why not check out some of the other blogs taking part, below:
Please note: I was sent a copy of this book via Netgalley for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.