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A Very Lively Murder (Three Dahlias Mysteries Book 2)

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The author of the bestselling former Waterstones Thriller of the Month The Three Dahlias spins another fiendishly clever vintage mystery, as the three sleuthing actresses reunite to solve a murder on a movie set.

It gave nostalgia, it gave golden era detective sleuthing, and it gave anything an Agatha Christie fan would enjoy.Katy Watson has written another classic country house murder mystery, set in glorious North Wales with a quick trip to France thrown in for good measure. badges that one of the characters creates are inspired and I hope will soon be available in really life?

It's always a little nervewracking heading into the second book of a series when the first book set the standard so high but I needn't have worrried, we are. I couldn’t put the book down, I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who was the murderer before the shocking reveal. This is the second in the Dahlia Lively series and it follows on from the first, so I would recommend that you read that one prior to this to fully understand the characters. Let it marinate, let it sit for a bit so all the quirks can be ironed out and you don't lose your newly acquired fandom.There's celebrity drama, discussion of discrimination and abuse of women in the film industry and it culminates in a locked room murder mystery in atmospheric Tŷ Gwyn (the White House) during a storm. I enjoyed this book every bit as much as the first one and hope that we see the three dahlias again soon. The development of Posy as she learns to be worthy of the mantle of their beloved Dahlia Lively is captivating. And the plot is a light, quirky tale full of misdirection, deduction, clues, mishaps, drama, friendship, amateur sleuthing, red herrings, and murder. A good 100 pages pass when we get a second death, this time murder for sure, as one of the old actors has been stabbed.

I get that they broke the relationship off now, but nonetheless, the last book described Hugh as the love of her life, not mentioning a husband. As the body count rises a storm cuts off Ty Gwn leaving the cast stranded with a murderer amongst them. With all three ‘leading ladies’ assessing their lives, making the latest Dahlia Lively movie and of course solving a list of potentially related crimes, this is a fun and action packed read.But filming must continue, nothing can stop it until there is a victim, a wild storm that strands them all and the possibility of another murder about to take place.

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