February 13, 2020

#BookReview: Cherry Slice by Jennifer Stone


Synopsis: Reality TV turns deadly in Cherry Hinton’s first case

When Kenny Thorpe, a contestant on Expose TV’s Big Blubber, the hot new celebrity weight-loss show, is murdered on live television in front of 3 million viewers, the case seems pretty watertight. After all, everyone saw Martin do it – didn’t they?

Cherry Hinton knows there’s more to this than meets the eye. As an investigative reporter, she went undercover on dating show Caravan of Love… but after getting in too deep with one of the other contestants, she was caught knickerless in front of the nation. Humiliated, fired and heartbroken, she has fled to Brentwood, where she opens a cake shop, and tries to forget all about Expose.

Until Kenny Thorpe’s sister walks into her shop with a letter that turns Cherry’s world upside down. Is Martin innocent? How is infamous gangster Leon Solent involved? Is Expose to blame, and is there a killer still on the loose?

Cherry is the only one in a position to find out.
 


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Rating: ★★★★
My Review: This was a cute murder mystery. I loved the blend of murder and the live tv show it made for a fast paced plot and very funny show.  Although this isn't your normal cozy mystery it was one I won't soon forget.  I enjoyed the story and the characters and the twists and turns.  I can not wait to read more from this author! 






Written in the first-person point of view, this fun murder mystery is a very clever modern interpretation of the classic locked room/remote house traditional mystery.
Instead of a country house, the murder location is a celebrity TV game show called Big Blubbers when a contestant Kenny is found dead on the show. Kenny is a former friend of two Essex girls, Cherry and Kelsey.
Two years later, Cherry is a tabloid-style undercover journalist investigating vote-rigging on popular TV reality shows – until she is sacked and opens an unprofitable novelty cake shop next to Kelsey’s nail bar.
Then Kenny’s sister turns up and begs Cherry to find out more about Kenny’s death – she does not believe that the man sentenced for the murder is guilty – and she will pay her some of the money the TV gave her to shut her up.
Cherry reluctantly agrees. How hard can it be?
Absolutely up to the minute, fun, moving and packed with memorable and very real characters. This may not be a traditional cozy mystery, but it hit all of the cozy mystery story beats, even up to the final denouement by our sleuth – in front of the assembled suspects in front of a live TV audience.
Smart, fun and a real page turner. 5 Stars. 
I look forward to reading more from Jennifer Stone.

I truly enjoyed the book the setting,the writing style was amazing, the plot, the plot twists and the characters in the book were amazing. I would Gladly reread this again.











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