Synopsis: When Alexandra Anderson is invited to a work place reunion at the television station where she formerly worked, she’s excited to catch up with old friends. And the theme of the reunion is a Murder Mystery Party, so that should be fun, right? Wrong! Alexandra’s first horror is coming face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend and his brand new, gorgeous wife. Second, the party happens to coincide with one of the worst storms of the season, knocking out utility lines and cell service. And when her less-than-beloved ex-boss becomes the Murder Party’s fake victim, Alexandra and her “team” are tasked with solving the fake murder before anyone else. The only bright spot? The sexy cameraman on Alex’s team with the sparkling blue eyes and soft, full lips.
But what starts out as a game becomes all too real when Alexandra stumbles upon the actual dead body of her ex’s new wife. Did someone take the game too seriously? Is there a real murderer among the party-goers? Can following the clues to a fake murder help Alex solve a real one? Trapped by the storm, with “players” disappearing and time running out, Alex finds herself in the middle of a deadly game of cat and mouse… where not everyone will make it out alive!
My thoughts: *double whistle* Beth Prentice has crafted an extremely addictive, edge-of-your-seat, splendidly layered, suspense-filled page-turner with the brilliantly written Invitation to Murder.
Wow! Invitation to Murder is a mystery aficionado’s buttercream-frosting-cherries-on-top decadent treat kinda read. Prentice is unequivocally a prose bombshell. Which makes this a must read for summer on the beach, on the shore, on a boat, at the cabin, on the lake, on your patio, on the lawn, on your couch, on a recliner, in bed, on a plane, train or bus…you get my drift.
Prentice’s storytelling skills are smokin’ hot! As the mystery unfolds, readers will wonder what on earth is going to happen next with Alex, as they feverishly flip pages. Please note, “whilst” in the process of devouring Alex’s adventure, readers may even forget to exhale as they experience the tightly woven mystery Prentice has proficiently designed unfold.
The secondary players are as three-dimensionally sketched as the protagonist and that is a mark of not only a noteworthy writer, but a remarkable reader who delivers the goods she likes to receive in her reading excursions.
Prentice’s Invitation to Murder is an invitation to one of the most delectable mystery jaunts you will encounter in your life! Pssst- remember to breathe!
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Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco
Review first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.