Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott

Description (from cover):

'In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared--making headlines across the world--only to show up eleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play?

Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a place to live. She's back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit-card stealing ex and pending grad school loans.

Enter the perfect job, a research position the includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There's just one problem: her employer Vera Van Alst--the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.

Jordan's first assignment is to track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. It seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is still someone out there wiling to murder to keep the play out of Vera's hands. Jordan's new job is good...but is it worth her life?'

My thoughts:

I absolutely adored this book. It was a delightful little cozy mystery that was perfect in every single way. I love the book collecting angle and the characters were well-developed and the plot was suspenseful until the very last page. There were a slew of suspicious characters and clues that had you thinking you had the mystery solved. Of course not. That would be too easy. I loved the plot twists and turns and I absolutely cannot wait for the next one to be released. Looks like we won't have to wait all that long as the next one in this series is due to be released December 3, 2013.

Jordan Kelly has just returned to her hometown of Harrison Falls, New York, after grad school and she is looking for a job and a place to live. Lady Luck is with her when the perfect job lands in her lap. She has to find a play that no one is sure even exists. Her boss, Vera Van Alst, keeps Jordan in the dark about her predecessor and what he was able to learn about this mysterious supposed play. Jordan is shocked to learn that he was killed and she suspects that it has something to do with the missing manuscript. Jordan must use her wits and her resourceful somewhat-criminal uncles to solve the case before she becomes the next homicide victim.

I highly recommend that lovers of cozy mysteries pick this book up today. This was probably one of the best debut cozy mysteries in a new series that I have read in a very long time. Lately the cozies have been somewhat mediocre, but this one nails it right on the head. A perfect novel to while away a rainy afternoon and get lost in a great mystery. Pick this one up, I am positive that you will love it as much as I did.



Overall Rating: 5+

Title:  The Christie Curse
Author:  Victoria Abbott
Series:  Book Collector Mystery #1
Publisher:  Berkley
Publication Date:  March 5, 2013
Pages:  304
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was selected from the library by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

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