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Friday, April 12, 2019

Staging is Murder

Paperback, 262 pages
Published April 30th 19 by Henery Press

Goodreads synopsis:
Laura Bishop just nabbed her first decorating commission—staging for sale a 19th century mansion that hasn’t been updated for decades. But when a body falls from a laundry chute and lands at Laura’s feet, removing flowered wallpaper becomes the least of her duties. 

To clear her young assistant of the murder and save her fledgling business, Laura’s determined to find the killer. Turns out it’s not as easy as renovating a manor home, especially with two handsome men complicating her mission: the police detective assigned to the case and the real estate agent trying to save the manse from foreclosure.

Worse still, the meddling of a horoscope-guided friend, a determined grandmother, and the local funeral director could get them all killed before Laura props the first pillow.


4.5 Stars

This is a new author for me, and she did not disappoint. The mystery was well-crafted. Red herrings were well placed and a smooth flow of text rounded out a great book.

I have not seen a book centered around house staging before, although I had heard of the practice. I am not sure I would have stayed on staging the place after the murder. Heck, the fingerprint dust mess alone would have sent me running,

This book was un-put-downable. And the only thing I felt a tad lacking was the pacing.

I look forward to more books from Topping, and am glad this is the first book in a new series. So, yay!

Cozy mystery fans, definitely check this one out!

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank Edelweiss, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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