Review: A Plus One for Murder
Title: A Plus One for Murder
Series: Friend for Hire #1
Author: Laura Bradford
Release Date: 12/7/21
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Find it here: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads: Entrepreneur Emma Westlake is reinventing herself as a hired friend when murder gets in the way in this exciting new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Laura Bradford.
Emma Westlake has always wanted to be in business for herself. As a kid, she had her own successful lemonade stand and dog-walking business. And when she entered adulthood, Emma sunk all her cash into her dream job of travel planning. But as her customers became more and more internet savvy, the need for her services declined. At a loss for what to do next, she turns to an elderly friend who suggests she try to get paid for doing something she's really good at--being a paid companion. Emma thinks it's a crazy idea until requests start pouring in. Big Max from down the block wants her to act as his wingman at the local senior center's upcoming dance, nurse practitioner Stephanie needs a workout partner, and writer Brian Hill asks Emma to be his cheering section at an open mic night.
Brian will be reading from his latest work and wants to know someone will clap for him when he's done. When Emma balks at the notion that people wouldn't, he tells her the room will be filled with people he's invited--most of whom will likely want him dead by the time he's done reading. Assuming he's joking, she laughs. But when Brian steps up to the mic and clears his throat to speak, he promptly drops dead. Emma is one of the last people to see him alive, and so she becomes an immediate suspect. Now she'll have to cozy up to a killer to save her skin and her new business
My Review: This was a great start to a new cozy mystery series! I really liked the main character and though I found the business idea a little silly in the beginning it made more sense as I got further into the book. A few of the character were a little over the top and a bit ridiculous which I didn't love but the rest of the book made up for it. The writing was great and the mystery was a good one. I look forward to the rest of the series.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*