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Dead-End Detective by Amanda Flower {Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 


USA Today bestselling author and Agatha Award winner Amanda Flower brings charm and intrigue to her first cozy mystery for Hallmark.

They were the Two Girls Detective Agency. Now, one of them is dead, and the other is suspected of murder.

Darby Piper is in shock. Samantha Porter―her mentor and business partner at Two Girls Detective Agency―has died in a car crash, and it doesn’t look like an accident. In fact, evidence is pointing toward Darby.

Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of the agency, but Samantha had recently changed the will to leave it to Tate Porter, her nephew, who returns to town.

Tate is no P.I. He’s a veteran, a world traveler, and something of a mystery himself. But as he helps Darby delve into secret histories and real estate development plans, he does seem to have a knack for the job. Will the agency have a future…even if Darby can prove her innocence in time?

This cozy mystery includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Berry Trifle.

Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she'd found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel and her children's mysteries, Andi Unexpected and Andi Under Pressure, were an Agatha Award Nominees for Best Children's/YA Novel. Andi Unstoppable won the Agatha Award for Best Children's/YA Novel 2015. Amanda is a former librarian living in northeast Ohio. Visit her at www.amandaflower.com

One of the things that I love most about sitting down with a Hallmark mystery novel is that I always know exactly what I'm going to get--- a good, clean cozy mystery with or without hints of romance too. In other words, just what I get when I sit down to watch one of their mysteries too. Dead End Detective was no exception.

In Dead End Detective, we meet Darby Piper, a private investigator whose partner has just been killed in a car accident. Except it doesn't look like an accident at all... and all clues point to Darby as the main suspect. It's up to her (and her partner's nephew) to figure out who the real culprit is in time. Sounds great, right? I could not stop reading thanks to the fun back and forth dialogue and the great cast of characters introduced throughout this story. While I must admit, I did figure out the culprit correctly fairly early on, it didn't impact my enjoyment at all. The hints that led me to that guess were in fact quite subtle and definitely easy to overlook. I enjoyed these characters, and was so happy to see that this was book one in the new series. I will definitely be looking forward to more!

Because I typically tend to review Christian novels, I do feel like it is important to note that this book is not one of them. It is still very clean, and suitable for most audiences as I feel like all Hallmark books are, but there is some VERY mild swearing and a same sex couple is introduced. They are not a huge part of the story and didn't personally affect my enjoyment of the story overall, but should definitely be noted for more conservative readers.

Overall, this was an entertaining read and one that fans of cozy mysteries are sure to enjoy! 

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