Book Review: The Kensington Kidnap by Katie Gayle

Format: E-book

Pages: 238 pages

Published: December 2, 2020

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Cozy Mystery


Out of the way Miss Marple and Poirot, there is a new amateur detective in town, and her name is Epiphany Bloom!

Epiphany is really down on her luck. Her mother has cut her off, meaning that she can barely afford her rent or afford to buy cat food for her three-legged cat. That’s why it is vital she makes sure that this latest temp job at a private investigation firm goes off without a hitch. But as soon as she meets her new boss, she is mistaken for a missing persons expert and is charged in finding Matty Price, the teenage son of two A-list celebrities. He has mysteriously disappeared from his Kensington home. Most people would be quick to fix the confusion, but for Pip, she sees this is an opportunity. She’s always had a curious mind, and this case is a great chance to show what she’s capable of doing. But as Pip starts investigating, she is diving into the world full of self-centred celebrities. She starts to wonder if she will not only find Matty, but if she will make it out of this case alive.

I’m not always a big fan of contemporary cozy mysteries. I find the writing style and the plot lacking the drive to keep me engage with the story. But if cozy mysteries were like “The Kensington Kidnap”, then I will be reading more of them in the future. This one surprised me, and I’m not just talking about the reveal of the mystery. I found this to be highly enjoyable and intricately engrossing compared to thick book mysteries. Not only is the title is quirky and innovative, but the realistic characters and relatable dialogue will intrigue readers of the mystery genre with this hidden gem from beginning to end.

Epiphany Bloom (nickname Pip) is an excellent addition to the league of amateur literary detectives. Her personable but flawed personality is what makes her a believable heroine. She would remind me a lot of the classic teenage detective, Nancy Drew, if she were grown up. She may not be perfect compared to Nancy Drew, but that doesn’t mean you should count Pip out! Her flawed personality is what makes her a realistic character. Her personable attitude is a characteristic that helps her get to the truth. It would help if you had a detective who can be personable to the suspects but also hard-hitting when they need to be. There are also many Agatha Christie references (even a favorite aspect of mine). I will say that Pip resembles a modern-day Miss Marple, a busybody but provides insight and intelligence that mainstream detectives cannot offer.

So if you are looking for a book to cozy up by the fireplace this winter season, then look no further than “The Kensington Kidnap”. Mystery lovers and Agatha Christie fans alike will love this new series and be a massive hit with them. Epiphany Bloom is a new detective that will leave an excellent reputation in her midst. I can’t wait to read more books in this series!


Author Bio:

Katie Gayle is the writing partnership of best-selling South African writers, Kate Sidley and Gail Schimmel. Kate and Gail have, between them, written over ten books of various genres, but with Katie Gayle, they both make their debut in the cozy mystery genre. Both Gail and Kate live in Johannesburg, with husbands, children, dogs and cats. Unlike their sleuth Epiphany Bloom, neither of them have ever stolen a cat from the vet. Follow them on Twitter.

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