Publication Date: 03/03/2015
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
(Received for an honest review from Berkley Prime Crime)
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Excerpt from A First Date With Death, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature
Reality TV meets murder in the first in a new mystery series from the author of the Maternal Instincts Mysteries and co-author the New York Times bestselling Scrapbooking Mysteries.
When brokenhearted Georgia Thornton goes looking for romance on reality TV, she has nothing to lose—apart from a good man, a cash prize, and maybe her life…
What was Georgia thinking? Sure, some cad ditched her at the altar, but can she really find love on TV? Her best friend—and producer of the reality show Love or Money—thinks so. Ten men. Ten adventure-filled dates. What can go wrong? For starters, a faulty bungee cord that hurls Georgia’s first date into a tragic spiral off the Golden Gate Bridge.
He’s replaced by Paul Sanders, Georgia’s former fiancé. But the cop isn’t looking for a TV gig. Suspecting that the lover’s leap was no accident, Paul’s going undercover. When another bachelor gets a fatal kiss-off, the reality is that someone has killer new plans for the show—and for Georgia herself. Now, under the threat of permanent cancellation, Georgia fears that the only man on the set she can trust is the one man she just can’t count on…
Diana Orgain takes reality TV into overdrive with the first book in the Love or Money series, A First Date with Death. With a unique premise and an interesting new cozy heroine, readers will be both satisfied and wanting more. This book is like The Bachelorette on steroids! Throw some murder into the mix and that completely changes the dynamic of the game. Orgain's sense of simplicity with her clues and suspects will leave the reader grasping at straws and trying to put the puzzle together. A great start to a new series.
I loved the premise for this one. You have ten men who want to date our heroine, Georgia. Five of them really want to find love, but the other half is only interested in the money. Who will she choose? Will she get the chance to choose anybody, when the bachelor's start dropping like flies. This was very intriguing. I felt like Orgain gave me something creative and different. With cozies authors have a hard time coming up with something unique, but Orgain really hits it on the head with this idea.
Georgia is a great new cozy heroine. She isn't desperate, but she does want to find true love. She turns to reality tv to find it. She was smart and sassy and very capable of investigating what happened to some of her bachelors. I was sorry she had to deal with Paul, since he had been such a jerk to her in the past, but she did need backup and that added a whole new layer to the story. What does the future hold when it comes to these two? Too early to tell, but the author certainly has me wondering.
I liked the setting and how Orgain was able to transport her readers to the place and time she wanted. Some authors struggle with being able to get in all the setting and background information necessary to set up a series, while still giving the readers a good mystery the first time out. Orgain proves you can have that perfect balance even if it's the first book in the series. I was impressed with her plotting and character introductions and look forward to see where we go next.
This looks to be a good start to a new series. It has a killer premise that satisfied my love of The Bachelor and Bachelorette reality tv shows, but was still unique and creative. Georgia has so many good qualities in a heroine and I think Orgain did a great job with both set up and balance in this one. It's great to get in on a series at the beginning and I think this is definitely one to watch.
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I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Diana Orgain is the author of the Maternal Instincts Mysteries and coauthor of Gilt Trip with Laura Childs in the New York Times bestselling Scrapbooking Mysteries. She holds an MFA and BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University with a minor in Acting. Diana’s plays have been produced at San Francisco State University, GreenHouses Productions, and PlayGround in San Francisco. She lives in the city with her husband and their children.
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