Fran Finch Cozy Mystery Book 1
MURDER IN THE PARK BY IVY MCALLISTER:
Fran, aspiring party planner, acquires her first job planning a birthday party for the ultra rich in the Little Hamptons. A very lucrative job; Fran’s hired to plan and execute a birthday party for multi-billionaire, Byron Stratford’s daughter. Fran’s friend, Emily and nanny to Waverly, recommended her for the job. The Stratford’s also employ, Anna, as a dog walker; Fran, Emily, and Anna become good friends.
Planning a party any little girl would love’s a joy for Fran. This is her big break; everything’s going great from the food to the games. That is until Byron’s murdered during a game of murder in the park. The prime suspect’s Emily; Fran with Anna’s help must find the real killer and set Emily free. With a multitude of suspects, all with good motives, Fran might be in over her head with a murder investigation and her first party as a planner. My cozy mystery book reviews of Murder In The Park follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
As everyone knows, I love cozy mysteries and love to review them; my reviews are always easy to craft for cozies. McAllister fed my hunger for cozies with Murder In The Park. With a variety of suspects, from the B&B owner, a male model, and the ultra rich, McAllister set the stage for a fine murder mystery. Adding in a police officer who’s single-minded and hard to like, added much to this tale of murder and secrets. Including dogs and Fran’s cat, Percy, added an extra element to the story. I love story-lines with animals; after all who doesn’t love dogs and cats.
Fran has a world of insecurities she will have to resolve to be successful in her new job; McAllister matured Fran throughout the story into a competent career girl. Fran found confidence and her niche in life. With well-developed characters and many plot threads, McAllister wove an entertaining story. The story line’s fast paced and her scenes transition smoothly and flow well. I found her writing descriptive and vivid as she described the mansions and scenery.
McAllister held the killer close and did not reveal the identity until the last possible moment. Amazed when the identity of the killer’s revealed and the reasons for the murder, I did not suspect this person. Secrets came to light and the revelations surprised me. McAllister plotted Murder In The Park with skill, holding my attention from the first page to the last. An easy book to read with clear clean writing, I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend. I look forward to reading and creating more book reviews for this series. A perfect book for a lazy afternoon in your favorite chair and a beverage by your side; relax and enjoy Murder In The Park.
MURDER IN THE PARK RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE
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