Cozy Mystery

A Perfect Manhattan Murder – Tracy Kiely

I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

4 Stars

A Perfect Manhattan Murder was a fun read. I’m not familiar with the other books in the series, but I didn’t need to be to enjoy APMM.

The plot was built skillfully, with lots of possible suspects and respective motives. By the time the murder finally occurs (about 25% through the book) the author has built such an air of repugnance around a particular character that as a reader I was hoping for his death and loudly exclaimed “Oh thank GOD!” when his death was revealed. Because the character is so abhorrent to everyone around him I wasn’t sad to see him go, and the author had created a lovely stable of potential murderers – all with fairly reasonable motives.

From that point on, the novel ticks right along to a satisfying conclusion. Paced well, not slow but not an unrelenting pounding some mysteries offer APMM was a good read. I didn’t put the book down until I was finished.

APMM is a great option for a vacation read. It’s not too heavy, easy to follow and fun. I particularly enjoyed the addition of the cocktail recipes at the end – delightful!

A Perfect Manhattan Murder is the third in the Nic and Nigel Mystery series.

This review originally published on Goodreads on April 14, 2017.


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