Thank you to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ for organising this blog tour and to Elizabeth Mundy and Constable for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
The only way is murder…
Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, is forced to brush up on her detective skills for a third time when her cousin Sarika is plunged into danger.
Sarika and her reality TV star boyfriend Terry both receive threatening notes. When Terry stops calling, Lena assumes he’s lost interest. Until he turns up. Dead. Lena knows she must act fast to keep her cousin from the same fate.
Scrubbing her way through the grubby world of reality television, online dating and betrayed lovers, Lena finds it harder than she thought to discern what’s real – and what’s just for the cameras.
I’m almost embarrassed to admit this is my first adventure with Elizabeth Mundy and Lena however, I am a new fan and will be off to check out book one and two. Despite being book 3 in a series though I can guarantee it works as a stand alone novel.
A Messy affair is a quirky, often hilarious and completely refreshing mystery novel and absolutely enjoyed every minute of reading it.
Lena is such a feisty and hilarious character that I just want to be her best friend/sidekick. She is intelligent and witty and throughout the novel we get a perfect balance of her personal life and the investigation.
Using her connections as a cleaner, Lena is able to work her way into the investigation by offering tea and sympathy to suspects and those affected. Such a clever premise and it works so well!
It’s so difficult not to become involved in the story. For me, a sign of a good mystery novel is when I become part of the book, like an extra character. I found myself working through the clues and information, constantly guessing then re-evaluating my decisions. Using reality TV as a base setting for the murder is such a modern and clever idea too.
A light and fun cosy mystery – thoroughly enjoyable.
Author Bio – Elizabeth Mundy
Elizabeth Mundy’s grandmother was a Hungarian immigrant to America who raised five children on a chicken farm in Indiana. Elizabeth is a marketing director for an investment firm and lives in London with her messy husband and two young children. She writes the Lena Szarka Mysteries, featuring a Hungarian cleaner as detective.
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