Saturday, 12 February 2022

Book Review & Giveaway: Murder Most Fancy by Kellie McCourt

Murder Most Fancy
by
Kellie McCourt 
 
She really didn't mean to become a detective....
 
 
Imprint: HQ Fiction
 
Publication date: 5th January 2022 

Series: Indigo #2
 
Genre: Mystery
 
Pages: 464
 
RRP: $29.99 AUD
 
Format read: Uncorrected Advanced Copy
 
Source: Courtesy of the publisher
 
My review
 
Socialite turned unwilling sleuth Indigo-Daisy-Violet-Amber Hasluck-Royce-Jones-Bomberg is back again in this madcap murder mystery.
In Murder Most Fancy Indigo literally falls over a body in her grandmother's garden. The man by all appearances looks to be homeless and Grandmother's neighbour, Dame Elizabeth Holly, asks Indigo and her personal assistant Esmerelda to unearth the man's identity so she can give him a decent burial. As the pair use their unconventional means of investigation the mystery thickens, and could someone be trying to kill them?
 
I haven't read the first book in this series, Heiress on Fire and I didn't feel like I had missed anything, so I would say this reads well as a standalone.
Murder Most Fancy is a fun read filled with humour and wry wit. A diverse cast of characters combine to deliver a story that's not all about high society and name dropping. Indigo is well portrayed as the overindulgent rich girl. However, she is perfectly offset with her sidekick Esmerelda, who is laid-back and unassuming. 
I found it hard to get a hold on Esmerelda's character. She was a whole bunch of contradictions. She quite often had no idea what was going on around her but she was street wise, tech savvy and intelligent. I think Kellie McCourt has done a wonderful job of writing such a complex character and I am sure she will be the favourite of many readers.
 
I loved the way each character had a partnering character with an opposite personality; Indigo and Esmerelda, also the two grandmothers, with Indigo's grandmother firm and no nonsense whilst Dame Elizabeth was softer and manipulated with kindness, showing opposites can get along and make lasting friendships.

At times I found the story was a bit too wordy however this could be easily overlooked when the wordiness was so funny.
Murder Most Fancy is an addictive murder mystery filled with a diverse cast of likeable characters and shenanigans that will have you laughing out loud.

My rating 4 / 5  ⭐⭐⭐⭐




About the author

Credit: Harper Collins
 Kellie McCourt has worked as a national and international television anchor, scriptwriter, producer and reporter. Kellie is also an experienced print journalist and magazine editor.

She has a double BA in Journalism and Creative Writing from Curtin University, studied journalism in SE Asia and completed a postgrad scholarship program at UNSW. Alas, her mother is still waiting for her to 'get a real job', like a lawyer. Or an accountant.

Kellie had a misspent youth as a wayward socialite, and loves shoes, friends, reading, shoes and baked goods.

Kellie is passionate about creating entertaining, gender empowering stories. She lives in Sydney with her two amazing young daughters, and two poodles. 
 
Giveaway
 
I have two copies of Murder Most Fancy to give away to two lucky readers.
Entry is open to Australian addresses only and close at midnight on 19th February 2022.
Entry via the form below. 
 
This giveaway is now closed and the winners were announced HERE
 
 

18 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the first bpok. Found it fun to read

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  2. This sounds like a fun read! 😊😊😊

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  3. Looks like an interesting read!

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  4. Can't wait to read this one!

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  5. Plot sounds very entertaining

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  6. My favourite genre. I'd love to win a copy to read.

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  7. Would love to read. Sounds fantastic.

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  8. Grateful to have a chance at this giveawa as this book sounds right up my alley and like it would be hard to put down.

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  9. Loved the first book, can't wait to read this one for more antics.

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  10. Loved the first book and this one sounds great!

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  11. This looks fantastic, can't wait to read it

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  12. sounds like what we need now to have a good laugh

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  13. I've read Heiress on Fire, loved it and are keen to see what Indigo and Esmeralda, "the surfing geisha" get up to in this book.

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  14. This book sounds a very enjoyable murder mystery.

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  15. I'd love to read this Looks like a hoot!

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