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Makeup & Murder: A romantic, cozy mystery: Beauty Secrets Mystery Book 1 Kindle Edition
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It was hard to get into at first, hard to connect with Ziva. It got better later on though.
I’m not a makeup person myself, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like reading about it. But this book comes across as a bit shallow, even juvenile. Just a little!
A lighthearted read. Normally I like lighthearted. I read to relax and a good cozy mystery can give me that relaxation. But this was too light.
There were a few mistakes/inconsistencies. Example: one of her brides was supposed to have a makeup trial run on Thursday. Thursday came and went without ever mentioning the appointment… I don’t like things like that. And I knew who did it at about a quarter of the book… A pity because I like the guessing game and there wasn’t much guessing left…
There is this whole rivalry thing with her arch nemesis that I didn’t like. I don’t think the story needed another villain besides the murderer.
Even though this is not the best cozy I’ve ever read, I WAS curious as to how the case would develop. I did want to read on. The mystery part of the story was a bit slow, but it WAS suspenseful. Pleasant enough, easy enough, but not memorable. All in all, it was in between like and OK.
The main character, Ziva, a beauty consultant, is very likeable and the different people in her life seem to blend together seamlessly. This cozy mystery has murder as well as other crimes with some romance. Ziva's bff is Aria, a widow with a young son. There is also Mrs. J, a customer of Ziva that seems live vicariously through not only Ziva but the others in her lives. And, of course, Ziva's nemesis is Justine, a rival beauty consultant that has been a thorn in Ziva's side since the fourth grade. Luckily she is only in a few chapters.
The book opens with the summer issue, Beauty Secrets, being delivered to Ziva. This is an issue that all of Ziva's clients look forward to seeing. Ziva starts by delivering the magazine to her Aria, who has a "sweet spot" for nail polish. Next, she goes to Mrs. J, a very interesting character. Next to Ziva's, Mrs. J is my favorite. Mrs. J loves gossip and baking. And Ziva, who has a sweet tooth, loves her cakes, etc.
The third client Ziva is Marion, a married woman that is one of Ziva's best customer. Marion is not home when Ziva comes by, but Ziva and Marion have made arrangements where Ziva was to leave Marion's order if Marion was not home. Ziva let's herself in and when she goes to the kitchen to get a bottle of water, she stumbles, literally, into the murder mystery that dominates the rest of the book.
You have to read the book to find that out the rest of the storyline and find out how Ziva helps the police investigates the murder. I can't wait to read the rest of the books. And there are five at the time of this review.
I had gotten my copy of the ebook late last year from Amazon for free. Last week I got a complimentary Audible of the book to listen to and leave an honest review, which this is. The review is for both the Audible and the ebook. So far this is the only Audible. Hopefully there will be Audible's of the next five books, too.
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Perfectly narrated by Tonia Blake, our heroine, Ziva, initially seems . . . young.Read more
The audiobook Makeup & Murder: Beauty Secrets, Book 1 by Stephanie Damore, narrated by Tonia Blake is such a fun book...Read more