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by Susannah Hardy
2nd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (November 3, 2015)
About the Book:
The second Greek to Me Mystery from the author of Feta Attraction…
As manager of the Bonaparte House, a historic landmark and Greek restaurant in upstate New York, Georgie Nikolopatos knows her local legends—and her traditional Greek recipes are to die for.
Between her soon-to-be ex-husband Spiro coming out of the closet and her budding romance with Captain Jack Conway, Georgie’s life is beginning to feel like a soap opera. And that’s before a surprise visit from her estranged mother Shirley, better known as soap star Melanie Ashley. But the dramatic family reunion takes a chilling turn when another long-lost relative turns up dead.
Just outside Spiro’s new restaurant, Georgie and Melanie find the body of Doreen Webber—a cousin Georgie never knew she had. With Spiro’s partner Inky on the list of suspects, Georgie begins to wonder what else her mother may be hiding. Is the dead-broke diva capable of murder? She’d better find out before someone adds a new twist to the family plot.
Includes delicious Greek recipes!
My Review of Book 1, Feta Attraction be found on my blog here:
Alright Readers!! Get ready for a really wild ride that involves estranged parents, historical genealogy, theft, and, of course, murder. Olive and Let Die is the great second book in Susannah Hardy's Greek To Me Mystery series. The book begins with multiple storylines, including one that involves a whirlwind arrival of a famous soap actress, that seamlessly weave themselves together. It's amazing how authors can take so many very different things/situations/experiences and neatly tie them all up at the end of a book.....I'm in awe!
Georgie's world is suddenly turned on its head with the sudden appearance of a distinctly familiar soap diva, Melanie Ashley, and her socially awkward assistant, Caitlyn. Things become even stranger when Georgie and Melanie later find the body of a woman in an alley next to a building. This isn't just in any alley, however; the building is currently being renovated by her soon-to-be ex-husband, Spiro, and his boyfriend, Inky.
As the story progresses, more of Georgie's lineage is revealed that she really knew nothing about. She discovers that she had family nearby and didn't even know it until it was too late. As she tries to figure out why Doreen was murder, and by whom, she also has to figure out why on earth her mother is really back in town. She refuses to believe that Melanie murdered her own cousin but the nagging feeling that Melanie is somehow involved keeps bubbling back up to the surface of Georgie's mind. The sheer number of characters that could be involved will certainly keep the reader guessing, accusing, and dismissing them. Eventually, you'll see how all of the events fit together. I was surprised when everything was revealed.
The character and world building continues and is well done. From my previous review, I wasn't a big fan of Georgia's doormat personality. In Olive and Let Die, I was so happy that she was written a little stronger. She still has a good heart but she's not as wishy-washy and she was a little smarter when it came to the dos and don'ts of crime scene contamination and putting yourself in harm's way like an idiot. She's spunky, motivated, and mostly level-headed. I really enjoyed everything about her character in Book 2.
The entire story was fast-paced but not rushed. The development of the plot, characters, and mystery were well done. Olive and Let Die is a great cozy mystery that I was able to read over the weekend. It was almost impossible for me to put the book down at any point - I had to know what the heck was going on and why so many people and storylines were created. I can't wait to see what Susannah Hardy has in store for Georgie (and perhaps, Jack) in the next book.
Paperback review copy courtesy of the publisher, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.
Meet the Author:
Susannah Hardy thinks she has the best job in the world: making up stories and inventing recipes to go along with them. A native of northern New York, where she attended St. Lawrence University, Susannah now lives in Connecticut with her husband, teenaged son, and Elvira the Wonder Cat.
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