Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Last Dinner Party by Carly M. Duncan

The Last Dinner PartyBook Description:
When Jeanie D'Alisa is found murdered in her bedroom after hosting a dinner party in her home, detectives Anna Cole and Kristy Hicks are called to investigate the crime. Known within her community for her generous, yet unpredictable nature, Jeanie's secrets unfold as family, friends and neighbors become suspects. Anna and Kristy discover stamped passport pages revealing travels unknown and a curious relationship between Jeanie and the charming salesman who frequents the apartment building. Meryl, Jeanie's devoted and needy friend, further complicates the investigation when she phones Jeanie's sister who is studying abroad and lies to her about the cause of death. Through a muddied pool of misdirection and betrayal, will Anna and Kristy be able to assemble the clues in order to bring Jeanie's killer to justice? The path to solving the mystery becomes tangled with faces of loved ones who are revealed to be foes in this story about the lengths people will go to in order to save themselves.

My Thoughts:
This one may just surprise you.  Jeanie is found murdered after a dinner party.  She seems to be loved by everyone, or is that just an act?  Anna and Kristy are brought in to investigate and they have plenty of suspects.  The investigation throws them curve balls and misdirection is everywhere.  
I really liked Anna and Kristy and their dynamic but they weren't without their issues.  I thought the mix of characters was interesting.  I wasn't certain who the murderer was but there were some characters that were just rotten.  The story flowed pretty well and I can honestly say I got invested in the story and was ready to know exactly what happened.
It was a 4/5 for me.  I enjoyed the mystery and author's writing style.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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