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    Great 1930's Cozy Mystery

    Peg Cochran's smooth, touch is still apparent in the second book of the series. The Plot is good with strong characters, and I love the touches of 1930's vocabulary and clothes. Beverly Gray, Reporter has nothing on Biz (Elizabeth) Adams as she follows her hunches and helps the Reporter Kaminski...track down a Murderer before he kills again. The bodies are piling up and they are running out of time. I am so glad I found this series and have been enjoying it immensely. It is a current day 1930's version of some of the best that became movies and books out of that Era. What a setting to go with... a storm has washed away buildings and bodies are stacked in chairs at the Country Club. That has to get your attention. But watch out... one of those bodies has a stab wound and not the bloated look of drowning. Lots of interesting characters and a plot that is worthy of The Thin Man -makes Peg Cochran's Book Two of the Murder She Reported Series a sure-fire Winner. I am giving this five stars. My thanks to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group- Alibi
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    Lively humor

    Murder, She Uncovered is an action packed historical cozy mystery. Biz Adams is a socialite who wants a different type of life for herself. Despite her mother’s attempts to marry her off, Biz is still single and thrilled at being promoted to crime photographer. It also allows her to interact with Detective Sal Marino to whom Biz is attracted, but she does not see how it could work out between them with their differing backgrounds. When an Irish maid is murdered, Biz and Kaminsky are assigned the case. They want to discover who killed Noeleen Donovan and scoop the other papers. I like that the investigation is actively pursued throughout the book. They question a variety of people in their search for the truth. There are a couple of side stories as well. Ralph Kaminsky is the perfect partner for Elizabeth “Biz” Adams. They have different perspectives thanks to their diverse backgrounds. Kaminsky has a nose for news plus he has knowledge of the common man and Biz helps him navigate the upper class crowd courtesy of her upbringing. I also enjoyed getting know more about Biz’s family and her best friend, Irene Nowack. I like that we are learning more about Kaminsky a little at a time (he may be crotchety, but he has a good heart). There is great dialogue in Murder, She Uncovered (book is heavy in dialogue which I like) and Peg Cochran captured the lingo used in the 1930s. There are delightful descriptions that allow me to visualize the characters and the setting. I especially enjoy reading about Biz’s clothing and her cute hats. I appreciated the references to various books and movies like Rebecca and Bringing Up Baby. It was interesting to learn that Katharine Hepburn and her family were caught at the summer home during the hurricane. I can tell that the author did her research for the series. There are some great scenes with Biz having new experiences like eating hot dogs from a street cart and consuming pizza without silverware. Murder, She Uncovered is well-written with good pacing. I appreciated the author’s writing style which made the book a pleasure to read. While Murder, She Uncovered is the second book in the Murder, She Reported series, it can be read as a standalone. One of my favorite lines from the book comes from Kaminsky when he told Biz “It’s your life. Live it your way.” I am eager to read Murder, She Encountered when it comes out later this year. Murder, She Uncovered has snappy dialogue, an intriguing mystery, developed characters, a sweet ending and lively humor.
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    Fun Cozy Romp Back in the 30s

    This is book 2 of the Murder, She Reported historical cozy mystery series, but I had no problem reading as a standalone. Elizabeth Adams, seeking some independence from her well-to-do Manhattan lifestyle, went to work for a local newspaper and landed the crime photographer position for seasoned partner, Ralph Kaminsky. Following a hurricane on Long Island in 1938, she and her partner are sent to cover the mysterious death of a young maid for one of the resident's wealthy homeowners. While there was certainly death and destruction due to the hurricane, the young woman exhibits a wound that could not have been caused by the deadly storm. Unfortunately, she is also found to have been pregnant. The character of Kaminsky is classic; chain smoker, sweating getting the next scoop to keep his job. Elizabeth (Biz) exhibits the characteristics of the wealthy class who survived the Great Depression. It also means she's a bit on the sheltered side, naive, innocent to the world out there, and even worse--working in a male-dominated world. The era is an examination of the social mores then dividing class and a country confronting issues never dreamed about ten years previous. It's a fun romp in the time and tide of the country when women were just awakening to the opportunities that extended beyond the kitchen and babies. Elizabeth is a great character, still dodging her family and their judgment and discovering she is capable and can decide for herself whether or not the (wealthy) man groomed for her would be her choice (or not). And that was my only niggle--the comfort in her lifestyle, money, meals, and domestic help. It's still too easy for her to slip back into that monied position. I was given this download by the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. The cozy is a unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience and I'm looking forward to seeing more in this series. Recommended for those who read cozies, but would prefer one with a distinctive premise in a different time and culture. 4.5/5 stars
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