Pages: 242 pages
Published: March 29, 2021
Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Cozy Mystery
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…
Epiphany Bloom returns again with her family of cats in a new mystery that deals with a piece of Hollywood history, fashion and murder
I have been reading many hardcore mystery/thriller novels. Reading contemporary cozy mysteries was just the ticket that needed me to jump into spring reading. Just like with the first book, The Kensington Kidnap, the writing style was still engaging, a delightful and engaging plot and tied with an entertaining mystery. I was afraid that this cozy mystery would miss its mark, which occurs when I read a sequel. However, this one again surprised me. I had a hard time tearing myself away from this quirky and absorbing novel, with its funny and realistic characters.
Pip again brings her A-game when she makes her amateur deductions. You forget that she is an amateur. She seems to have this detective thing on track. Her personable but flawed personality is what makes people gravitate towards her. She is also the type of detective that can hide under the radar. Her inconspicuous nature lets her fly under the radar. Not a lot of detectives have that trait, so that is a plus! Some of the circumstances that she encounters may be a little farfetched but not too much to prevent the reader from not enjoying the book.
Here we are gifted with another fun cozy! When I feel a little gloomy, Pip Bloom is just the medicine that needs to bring the uplifting sunshine in my reading life. These books are a series that is on track of not being a disappointment, so I highly suggest mystery fans give this one a try!
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.