A Very Lively Murder (Three Dahlias Mysteries Book 2)

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A Very Lively Murder (Three Dahlias Mysteries Book 2)

A Very Lively Murder (Three Dahlias Mysteries Book 2)

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Thank you to the publisher, Little Brown Book group for providing this book for review consideration via NetGalley. And this time, with a storm raging, the river flooded and the bridge washed out, there are no police to rely on so it's up to the three Dahlias to stop a murderer in their tracks. Soon there is the possible threat of murder, followed by a suspicious death, and then we are wrapped up in a wonderful Christie-esque murder mystery with just the right amount of modern spin. There wasn't a whole lot of character development with the Three Dahlias, although we learned a bit more about Rosalind. Especially, because in the last two chapters, they build up Nina as being the perfect suspect with a very valid motive, but then Watson decides that she wants to dabble with twists and throw in one that doesn't make sense, so it's revealed that it was Tristan all along (The charismatic young actor, who is good looking to the level where he even seduces the wife of the Inn owner) And why?

Just finished this book and I will need to rant - it will contain spoilers, so I'm hiding this post from existence.A famous model turned actress, Keira Reynolds-Yang, has just arrived and is receiving a great deal of attention. A Very Lively Murder is the second novel in the series and though it would work perfectly well as a standalone, where are many references to the events of the previous novel and I think it takes from the enjoyment somewhat if you are not aware of the whole history. The supporting characters are a mixed bag of film actors and locals at the local pub where the film stars are staying. One of the plot points was a little hard to believe: that an actor could just change their name and no one would recognize them for years even though they had continued to act.

I loved the little touches that showed the bond between the three Dahlias and that they genuinely care for each other.Rosalind, the original Dahlia, Caro whose Dahlia was the star of the successful TV series, and Posy who is bringing Dahlia to a new generation.

A good 100 pages pass when we get a second death, this time murder for sure, as one of the old actors has been stabbed. The book follows on from the first book in this series, The Three Dahlias and there are several references to the events in the previous book. The book has an underlying brooding feeling, aided and abetted by stormy weather and the setting in a country house in the Welsh landscape. Rosalind King has previously starred as Dahlia in the original movie series and now, young Posy Starling is taking the character back to the silver screen. The ending wasn't a surprise; we knew it had to be one of a fairly small group of people, most of them not all that likable.But when Rosalind suffers two almost fatal near misses on set it's clear that there is the sender of the notes means to do more than just upset her, and so when one of the cast members is killed it's time for the Dahlias to do what they do best (after acting of course) - find a killer. This was a fabulous read and just my cup of tea - a classic Christie style book with a modern feel and a plot that throws red herrings at you and keeps you guessing to the end. The plot is well concieved, and has several layers - and there is a good cast of characters (literally, as the action is centred around the filming of a movie).



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