When Daisy McDare goes to Vancouver for the weekend to attend the launch party of her old friend Chloe Wilson’s latest book, she expects revelry to be in the air. Instead, the party devolves into a series of in-fights and blowups between the publishing company’s staff. So, when the egotistical editor-in-chief publishing Chloe’s book turns up dead the next morning, and Chloe is named as one of the suspects in the murder, Daisy jumps into action to exonerate her old friend by finding the real killer.
I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Daisy McDare & the Deadly Secret Affair is a novella with a listening time of about 2 1/2 hours. It’s the seventh book in the Daisy McDare cozy mystery series. I’ve listened to 5 of the first 6 books in the series, and I felt like the last one had a little more to it than the previous ones. Unfortunately, this one is back to being solved by Daisy super fast without much sleuthing at all.
Daisy is an interior decorator, but it seems that every time she turns around, she’s solving a murder instead. It’s not something she really wants to do, but she feels like she can’t just leave it to the police to try to solve a murder. The last time she tried going on vacation, she ended up solving a murder. This time she’s going to a book launch for her friend’s mystery novel, and she’s hoping she can go out of town without having to solve a murder.
At the book launch, there aren’t many people but that doesn’t stop a disagreement from ruining the evening that had already been a disappointment for Daisy’s friend. The editor-in-chief turns up dead the next morning, so Daisy ends up on the case again and solves the murder in record time.
The narrator, Donna Soto, was okay. Her timing is good, but in this story the voices weren’t as distinct as I’d like. Many of the characters had the same voices. It would have been easier to listen to if she’d just used the same voice throughout the story.
I recommend Daisy McDare & the Deadly Secret Affair to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and quick reads. I think I’d prefer the e-book of these novellas though. I’m looking forward to more of the Daisy McDare series, especially since the last one had some meat to it.
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K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.
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