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A Very Lively Murder (Three Dahlias Mysteries Book 2)

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I've read an interview where the author said she wrote this in 2020, but it was released only in 2022. I fairly zoomed through this one, clever, a little bit of old school murder and detection and a very satisfying conclusion. 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.

The way she is described in the first book and until the page where they visit Brigitte in London, that lady never touched a biscuit - if anything, Caro would be the one hoping for biscuits with tea. The Three Dahlias are back in this winning and absolute gift of a mystery that evokes perfectly the classic stories of Agatha Christie with the wit and imagination of Anthony Horowitz and the clever and sinister. Rosalind stared out of the front windows of Tŷ Gwyn, frowning, and Posy knew she wasn't seeing the wet, Welsh weather raging. Not only did I enjoy spending time with these characters again but I loved the respect that Watson has for the genre. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.When a prop weapon is replaced with the real thing, fellow Dahlia, Rosalind King is at the sharp end, with almost fatal consequences. The present cast includes some famous male actors, Kit Lewis, a black actor who is cast as DI Johnnie Swain, and Tristan Haworth, an aristocratic type, who Dahlia's wealthy Uncle Sol would love her to marry, which Dahlia has no intention of doing.

The second instalment in Katy Watson's magnificent Three Dahlias series is just as wonderful as the first. The supporting characters are a mixed bag of film actors and locals at the local pub where the film stars are staying. This a great cosy murder mystery very much in the vain of Agatha Christie which i have always loved and now have a new favourite with Katy Watson. 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.Each of the three leads is given narrative focus at different points in the novel and Watson moves between these with ease, really building a remarkable amount of intrigue and tension.

But things take a nightmare turn when a prop weapon is replaced with the real thing – with almost fatal consequences for her fellow Dahlia, Rosalind King.I do like the trio of narrators it's a good way to move the story along but this time it just didn't move on fast enough. Maybe that's why I didn't like this one as much as the first, none of the characters stood out to me, not even the Three Dahlias. Rosalind is coming to terms with now being reduced to cameo roles and Caro is thinking about a future outside of acting. Following on from last year's "The Three Dahlias" (an absolutely outstanding introduction to the world of our three heroines Rosalind, Caro and Posy), the sophomore entry "A Very Lively Murder" picks things up on the set of the new Dahlia Lively film, the events of the previous novel still hanging over proceedings. However, I think that the author provides enough explanation that this one can be read as a stand alone.

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