Author: Laura Bradford
Series: A Tobi Tobias Mystery #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Description: It’s an honor just to be nominated. But, let's get real, Tobi wants to win. The St. Louis Advertising Awards are like the Oscars for her field, and Tobi is up for its most prestigious prize, Best Overall Ad Campaign. The competition is always fierce, but this year it’s killer . . .
Despite her high hopes, Tobi isn't exactly shocked when she doesn’t win. But she is shocked when the winner, Deidre Ryan, takes the stage only to plummet to her death as a platform suddenly gives way. After the police discover foul play, Tobi's Grandpa Stu wastes no time in nominating suspects. But was Deidre the intended victim—or was someone else meant to take the fatal fall? Now it’s a race to catch a killer in the spotlight, before another nominee gets the booby prize and Tobi gets trapped in a no-win situation.
This is the third installment in what is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one and read it over the course of two days. This series hits all the buttons I look for in a cozy and is written by the talented Ms. Bradford.
There are so many reasons to love this series and this book but one of the major selling points for me is the characters. Tobi Tobias is one of those characters that has me engaged from the opening page until I turn the last page and finish the book. She is well crafted, multi-layered and dimensional. She is written to feel very real and authentic with some snark and humor that I very much appreciated. That said, she is not perfect as we see in this installment. The story is rounded out with a diverse, rich cast of secondary characters that stand on their own. I liked the emotional growth we saw from Tobi in how she deals with her grandfather dating her nemesis.
The mystery is well plotted and is woven throughout the story. Ms. Bradford does a nice job of peppering clues throughout while intertwining them with plenty of twists and turns. The victim was unexpected and her death is a bit shocking. The killer's identity was a bit of a surprise but once all the clues are revealed it makes sense.
This is a fun series and when I finish one book it is always hard to wait for the next one. It is a highly entertaining series with great characters and story lines/mysteries that are well plotted and keep the reader engaged and guessing. If you haven't given this series a try I would encourage you to pick up the first book in the series. I don't think you will be disappointed.
I voluntarily read an advance reader copy provided to me by Lyrical Underground, the publisher, through Netgalley.