Saturday, May 13, 2023

A Contest To Kill For (The Hopgood Hall Murder Mysteries, Book 2) by E.V. Hunter @wendyswriter @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #Review #CozyMystery

A Contest to Kill For

The competition is fierce….

Desperate to try and rebuild the reputation of Hopgood Hall, owners Alexi Ellis and Cheryl and Drew Hopgood agree to host a realty TV baking show, spearheaded by their arrogant but enigmatic head chef Marcel Gasquet. Hopefully the ratings will bring in bookings to the struggling hotel and Cosmo, Alexi's antisocial feral cat, is hoping to get a starring role too!

The temperature is high…

Fiery and hot-headed, Marcel’s antics makes for brilliant television, but off-screen trouble is brewing. One of the contestants, femme fatale Juliette Hammond, makes it clear that she will do anything to secure the winning prize – even if it means sweetening up the prima donna chef.

The results are deadly!

So when Juliette is found dead, all eyes turn to Marcel. Has his fiery French temper got the better of him or has someone else fallen victim to Juliette’s devious ways?

With the reputation of the hotel in tatters and Marcel's liberty on the line, Alexi needs answers and fast. And the only person she can turn to for help is her old friend and private eye Jack Maddox. Jack's working his own case, but he can't refuse Alexi and he knows more than anyone that this murder could cost them everything!

My Review:

A Contest to Kill For is the second book in the Hopgood Hall Murder Mystery series. I've not read the first book yet, but will be circling back around to it soon. This book was an engaging murder mystery with a baking contest backdrop. When one of the cutthroat contestants is later found dead, Alexi enlists the help of a friend, because a murder on the set of a cooking show is a disaster. Their head chef implicated in said murder could ruin everything.

This book is perfectly paced. The author wove together a tale that was neither to fast nor too slow. I was pulled in from the very beginning and found myself completely immersed in the plot. A Contest to Kill For was exciting, suspenseful, and full of twists, turns, and red herrings. I enjoyed trying to figure out who was responsible.

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Meet the Author:

Evie Hunter has written a great many successful regency romances as Wendy Soliman and is now redirecting her talents to produce dark gritty thrillers for Boldwood. For the past twenty years she has lived the life of a nomad, roaming the world on interesting forms of transport, but has now settled back in the UK.

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