Title: Murder Most Lovely
Author: Hank Edwards and Deanna Wadsworth
Series/Number: Lacetown Murder Mysteries #1
Genre: Mystery, Romance
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Publisher: Dreamspinner Pres
Themes: Coroner, Mortician, Murder, Crime, Graphic Descriptions of autopsy and death, MM Romance, Suspense,
A killer at a small-town literary festival. Bumbling drug dealers. A kidnapped cat. Starting a romance among all this chaos might be the death of them.
Michael Fleishman is excited to meet his favorite mystery writer, Russell Withingham, at Lacetown’s Literary Fest. He is not expecting to cross paths with sexy hairdresser Jasper “Jazz” Dilworth—or become embroiled in a real-life mystery. As Lacetown’s only mortician and the county coroner, Michael is called to his first murder scene and is shocked to recognize the victim—Russell’s young lover.
Jazz only wanted to confront his ex, Russell, over his cheating. Instead, he meets the adorably awkward Michael and becomes a murder suspect. Soon Jazz is teaming up with Michael to clear his name. Along the way, they are helped and hindered by Michael’s sassy assistant, Kitty, the grumpy Sheriff Musgrave, Russell’s creepy PR rep, Norbert, and Michael’s lothario grandfather, who likes his manhattans strong and his women saucy. And of course, Mr. Pickles Furryton the Third….
Thank you so much to GayRomanceReviews and the authors for an ecopy of this book.
One thing I absolutely loved about this book is that Michael is the coroner for his small town. The reason I liked this is because it felt like a legitimate reason for Michael to be involved in the investigation. I also liked that Jazz is a suspect in the murder, so again it felt like a reason for him to be involved in the investigation. I sometimes struggle with mysteries when there isn’t a justifiable reason that the protagnoist is getting involved in the investigation, so it was really refreshing to have a different storyline there.
I really liked seeing Michael and Jazz get to know each other. I think at times their relationship moved quickly, but in all honestly, that’s probably just a me thing and not a story thing. I really liked that Michael and Jazz were opposites, but had a lot of similar interests to bond over.
Something I really enjoyed about this book was that I wasn’t able to guess who the murderer was or what the motive was. There were a lot of red herrings and little moments of information given that made me think I knew what was happening and who the murderer was, but I definitely did not see the reveal coming. I liked that there were so many different potential suspects and motives that it made it difficult to figure it out.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was fast-paced, fun, thrilling, and I loved Michael and Jazz.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars