Murder in Real Time (Patience Price, Counselor at Large #3)
by Julie Anne Lindsey (Goodreads Author)
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published September 29th 2014 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2014)
Book three of The Patience Price Mysteries
Goodreads synopsis: With the chaos of summer tourists and fall birders out of town, counselor Patience Price is looking forward to the quiet life she remembers. She longs for some peace. And an apple fritter. But the calm is cut short when a reality show sets up camp to film a special about ghosts on her little island. Now fans, reporters and crew have flocked to sleepy Chincoteague. Who knew ghost hunters had an entourage?
When two cast members are killed in a room at the local B&B—a room usually occupied by Patience's FBI agent boyfriend, Sebastian—she finds herself on the case. Sebastian doesn't want Patience ruffling any feathers but, as always, she can't help herself.
Patience promises to let Sebastian handle the investigation—he is FBI, after all—but after a drive-by shooting, her wicked curiosity gets the best of her. And with the TV show forging ahead with filming, the list of suspects (and the line of food trucks) only grows. But has the shooter already flown the coop? And how do you find a killer when you don't know who the target is?
This is book three in a series and I am not sure how I always manage to read these things out of order, but I do.
I was excited to realize that this was by the same author who wrote the Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder series which I really loved. I can see a bit of a correlation between the two series based on how the author built the world. Same family dynamics. I love the whole new age parents aspect. But do not be dismayed each series does stand on its own. It is easy to distinguish one series from another.
Right out of the gate, dead bodies show up in her main beau’s bed. Sebastian Clark is an FBI superstar and he knows all the protocols on how to deal with such disturbances. Thank goodness for guys with special talents, right?
The bodies were of two popular reality television stars. I am not exactly sure how they ended up in the FBI guy’s bed. The house they were renting out belonged to Patience’s other friend, Adrian. The explanation of that aspect did seem a bit convoluted to me but that aspect is completely revealed at the end of the book.
Patience used to be in the human resources department at the FBI but somehow got fired or let go from her position. (Not sure why considering she is such a good worker.) Now she is a counselor working with many people in down. But the funny thing is, they don’t want to meet her in an office. They want their sessions while they are golfing, grocery shopping or just living their every day lives.
Patience spends most of the novel helping her best friend, Adrian run for mayor of their small town. But the appearance of The Watchers reality television series puts the whole city on the map when floods of tourists come to town.
This was a great book. It really kept my interest and I went out and purchased books one and two right away. I love me some Julie Ann Lindsey!
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from NetGalley in return for an honest review. I thank the publisher, the author and NetGalley for allowing me to read this title.