Saturday, October 20, 2018

A Beautiful Corpse: A Mystery by Christi Daugherty

Crime Reporter Harper McClain Has A Personal Reason For Solving This Crime

(Volume 2)

#NetGalley Available March 12, 2019

This is the second book in the Harper McClain series, the first being The Echo Killing. While I haven't read the first book, this one was very easy to pick up on the characters.

Naomi Scott, a law student who worked part-time as a bartender to help make ends meet, is found dead in the heart of an affluent district. Harper McClain, a crime reporter takes this case a little more personal since she knows Naomi.

Though Naomi is found dead in a busy section of town, there are no witnesses. Immediately, the police look to Naomi's boyfriend, even though Naomi's father totally vouches for his innocence, since he can't be located and has a criminal past. The police also consider Naomi's boss and the district attorney's son.

As the investigation progresses both by the police and Harper McClain, bits and parts of the first book, The Echo Killing are included in this book. We have a previous relationship that Harper is dealing with and the feeling that someone is watching her. Someone familiar, but dangerous.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: While it was not necessary at all for me to read the earlier book, I think it would have added a bit more to this story.

On the same note, while this is a stand-alone story, it does leave you with all ends not tied up neatly. If that will bother you, just realize you may have to keep reading this series to the end! (Which really wouldn't be a bad thing, since the writing is very good.)

What I Liked Most: For me, this book had some slower places and more exciting places. I would not classify it as a thriller or suspenseful. I would classify it as a good mystery with good characters. 

Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 12, 2019)

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