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Blogging is Murder: A Jade Blackwell Mystery (Volume 1) Paperback – February 20, 2017
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"One new mystery writer, Gilian Baker, is challenging reader's preconceived notions of how the genre should be with her new book, Blogging is Murder. An exciting thrill ride from the first page, to the last."~Buzzfeed
"Blogging, a slow cooker, and two cats; what could go wrong? In Gillian Baker's debut cozy, Blogging is Murder, plenty can go wrong, including murder. When Jade's blogging buddy is hacked and stalked by a crazed fan, the police can do little to help. When the stalker turns up dead, the police arrest Jade's friend. Knowing her fellow blogger is a writer not a killer, Jade sets out to find the real culprit, risking her life and sacrificing a chocolate cake in the process. Blogging is Murder is the perfect weekend getaway read cozy fans will enjoy."
~Jenna Harte, author of The Valentine Mysteries
"Blogging is Murder is a very good debut cozy mystery. The pace is lively and the characters likeable. The twist at the end was unexpected but plausible. I'm looking forward to reading more of Jade's adventures and getting to know the residents of Aspen Falls, Wyoming."
~Kassandra Lamb, author of The Kate Huntington mystery series
"This book could have been written just for me. Blogging and a love of mysteries made this the perfect scenario to call to me. Jade Blackwell is a fun character... This is a fun first novel. I look forward to the next one."
~Sojourner McConnell, author of The Path of the Child
"The book kept me guessing until the end... a pleasant read!"
~Janice J. Richardson, author of Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery Series
About the Author
Gilian Baker is a former writing and literature professor who finally threw in the towel and decided to just show ‘em how it’s done. She has gone on to forge a life outside of academia by adding blogger & ghostwriter to her CV. She currently uses her geeky superpowers only for good to entertain cozy mystery readers the world over. When she’s not plotting murder, you can find her puttering in her vegetable garden, knitting in front of the fire, snuggled up with her husband watching British mysteries or discussing literary theory with her daughter. In her next life, she fervently hopes to come back as a cat, though she understands that would be going down the karmic ladder. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her family and their three pampered felines.
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Top Customer Reviews
The set-up is solid- Jade is friends with Liz, who has a fairly ruthless Internet stalker on her heels… and when that stalker is murdered, Liz becomes the chief suspect, though this is partially due to actions on the victim’s part that I cannot see her as having motivation to do.
Similarly with the victims of the murder victim: one of them had a “secret” in her past that, honestly, would have made her a minor celebrity nowadays, what with the resurgence of burlesque. The murder victim had apparently a vast number of such essentially minor secrets, and it makes no sense that no one had said to her “publish and be damned” rather than being systematically impoverished.
The eventual solution made sense, pretty much, but I did not find it especially satisfying.
The characterization was in general good- people, including secondary characters, were clearly and vividly drawn and mostly did not act as mere tools of the plot.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder figures strongly in the plot, but- while this is of the moment- the appearances in the plot seem more sociopathic to me. NPD is arguably on a spectrum with sociopathy and psychopathy, but there are important differences! Blackmail and murder seem to me to be more in the sociopathic than the narcissistic area. Plus, I don’t really see a narcissist intentionally wearing cheap clothing because more expensive might blow their cover; they are not generally that in touch with what others think of them- that is, in fact, the whole basis of that diagnosis.
Anyway, it was a very gripping and twisty tale, and I enjoyed it.