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  • An entertaining read!

    This is the second book in the Epiphany Bloom series and I’m glad to say it doesn’t disappoint..If you haven’t read the first in the series you can still read this book as a stand-alone there is enough back story to get to know the characters. Epiphany ( Pip) is a bit of a disaster where employment is concerned, but she does make a great investigator .Flis her sister is a successful blogger albeit with hilarious vocabulary issues. Pip is once again unemployed but manages to get a job at a vintage museum , whilst there she finds out the iconic dress from the film Pretty Woman is missing. So Pip starts to investigate and to try and reunite the missing dress with the museum. The writing is free flowing and I like the characters I found Pip to be less farcical than in the first book, Pip has marginally matured and it suits her. The story was easy to read and an enjoyable cosy mystery. I look forward to the next in the series and to see how the characters progress. Highly recommended! Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this arc copy

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  • A delightful urban cosy mystery!

    {Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for gifting me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.} Epiphany Bloom is a walking disaster. She has trouble keeping a job because she keeps making mistakes she justifies by saying they could have happened to anyone. She was successful in her previous job at a firm of private investigators, until she made a crucial spelling mistake on a background check, which got her fired. When she arrives at a job interview at a fashion museum specializing in film, television, and celebrity items, she notices that the centrepiece of the exhibition, the red dress worn by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, is a fake. Because of her experience as a private investigator, she is hired to find the real dress before the owner returns and learns it is missing. This book is completely delightful. I usually associate cosy mysteries with small villages, not bustling cities like London, but this has all the trappings of a true cosy mystery: the quirky cast of characters, the bloodless murder, and the amateur detective. The tone is one of heightened realism, where the people and events are just a bit too eccentric to be quite real, which is one of the greatest charms of the book. Epiphany “Pip” Bloom is a great main character. It is hard to describe her because she is a grown woman (I think the story says she is thirty-five), and from hints she drops here and there she has led quite the eventful life, but in many ways she has the guilelessness of a twelve-year-old. She reminded me strongly of Alexis Rose of Schitt’s Creek, especially the way in that she’s always saying (thinking) “when this thing happened” followed by some outlandish detail, yet the story is never mentioned again. The secondary characters who form the pool of suspects are endearing, I’m almost sad that if there is another book in this series Pip will likely have lost this job and we will not see them again. The mystery is pretty straightforward, but there are enough red herrings and twists to keep things interesting, not to mention the death that Pip suspects was a murder, which ups the stakes considerably. There is a hint of romance, but that portion of the plot is not resolved in this book, so it is likely to be a very slow burn across multiple books. The Museum Murder was the second book in this series, it is very likely that I will go back and read the first one, and I am very interested in reading the next adventure of Epiphany Bloom.

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  • I loved it

    My mum recommended I give Katie Gayle’s Ephiphany Bloom series a try and so I began with her recently released book two “The Museum Murder”. Our leading lady, and unintentional detective, is a delight from the start. The book has witticisms throughout and a happy playful atmosphere. Set in a fashion museum, Pip has to try a locate a dress which has been stolen whilst familiarising herself with her new job…and her mother’s llamas. The mystery unfolds gently but in an interesting way, I enjoyed the journey and the ending was most satisfying! I am certainly looking forward to the next instalment in the series as well as picking up the first book! I followed along happily without having read it but will enjoy getting to know Pip and her family better. If you are looking for a light, modern-day cosy mystery, well-written and entertaining, this is one for you! It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale, P.S. I love that Katie Gayle (who is in fact two authors) are South African! And appreciated the Trevor Noah reference!

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  • Oh to be Pip Bloom

    The second entry in this series is just as much fun as the first. Oh to live the life of Pip Bloom where she makes her way through life trying to do her best and hold down a job while lucking out, or unlocking out, along the way. A fun series focused on London based Epiphany Bloom. Daughter of a comfortable family that has been forced to work to avoid her Mother’s lectures on handouts and financial assistance from the Bank of Mom. It’s a great escape from any day, but especially during the Pandemic…a great way to travel to London for a bit.

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  • Unique & Amusing

    I am so pleased that I was given the opportunity to read The Museum Murder, the second instalment in Katie Gayle's Epiphany Bloom Mysteries series as it was a truly tremendous cozy mystery and it did not disappoint! The pacing moved along at a fair rate of knots and I loved the exciting plotline. Epiphany ‘Pip’ Bloom, a temp, is skint and can barely afford to feed her three-legged cat, called Most and the kittens. Pip is no longer working for a PI company but she needs some dosh coming in to pay the rent on the flat she shares with Tim, her landlord and her flatmate. Whilst out looking for a job she accompanies her sister Flis to an exhibition at the Museum of Movie Memorabilia and Vintage Costumes. Pip is into vintage costumes and she spots the red dress Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman. Flis persuades the museum manager, Arabella Buchanan, to consider taking Pip on as a buyer of vintage clothing and when she returns for the interview, Pip discovers that the red Pretty Woman dress is a fake. She mentions this at her interview and is offered the job, tasked with finding the real dress. Full of thrills and totally addictive, it held my attention from the very first chapter. Pip has her work cut out as she attempts to locate the dress and realising that it is most likely an inside job, Pip begins to interview staff members, and is soon jetting around following the trail of the frock in the shady and hostile world of the collectors and memorabilia market. Pip is a great narrator; a likeable central character with ingenuity and plenty of grit. Katie Gayle's clever writing meant I didn't want to put this book down and there were moments of danger as well as the harebrained frivolity. This brilliant story with its unique plot set in and around London was masterfully executed by the author, with a great reveal that caught me unawares. Filled with drama and action The Museum Murder is pure escapism and I shall be looking out for the next instalment in this series by Katie Gayle who clearly has talent. I recommend The Museum Murder as a hugely worthwhile and excellent read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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