Multi-volume author, M. K. Graff, introduces us to the second volume of her cozy murder series, Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, Book 2, Death at the Dakota:
Nurse Trudy Genova is making plans to take her relationship with NYPD detective Ned O'Malley to the next level when she lands a gig as medical consultant on a film shoot at the famed Dakota apartment building in Manhattan, which John Lennon once called home. Then star Monica Kiley goes missing, a cast member turns up dead, and it appears Trudy might be next. Meanwhile Ned tackles a mysterious murder case in which the victim is burned beyond recognition. When his investigations lead him back to the Dakota, Trudy finds herself wondering: how can she fall in love if she can't even survive?
Cozy murder mysteries are climbing up my list of favorite genres, definitely in the top ten, maybe one of the top five. This book is one of the reasons for that change.
“Death at the Dakota” is such a fun book to read, using first person point of view for the protagonist, Trudy Genova, nurse and third person POV for her detective boyfriend, the story is revealed clue by clue.
The author has a nice touch with word choice, her descriptions are just right, not too long and not too short. Scene setting is very good also, she has a good eye for architectural details and the makeup of a room. Action is delightful also, benefiting from an economy of words, the story moves along at a good pace.
All of that contributes so much to excellent reading. But the thing that really makes this story shine for me is the dialogue. I laughed and giggled so much, the conversations were appropriate and contributed a great deal to my overall enjoyment of the story.
I award a score of 4.8 stars to “Death at the Dakota”! The score would have been higher except for the handful of spelling errors I found.
Here is a nice touch. If you buy the book from Bridle Path Press you can request an autographed copy of the book. The link is below.
The author has told me the spelling errors are corrected.
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Tags: amateur sleuth, police procedural, women sleuths, cat, action, mystery, murder
I have reviewed another book from a different series written by Marni Graff "The Golden Hour", here is the link: www.wordrefiner.com/book-reviews/the-golden-hour-by-marni-graff
I have reviewed "The Evening's Amethyst" also: https://www.wordrefiner.com/book-reviews/the-evenings-amethyst
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