Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Murder, She Uncovered by Peg Cochran

Murder, She Uncovered

(Murder, She Reported Series)
by Peg Cochran

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Alibi (May 28, 2019)
Print Length ~230 Pages
Digital ASIN: B07H1X2RT9

An intrepid 1930s Manhattan socialite uncovers deadly secrets during an assignment to the Hamptons in this riveting historical cozy mystery for readers of Victoria Thompson, Anne Perry, and Rhys Bowen.

Westhampton, 1938. To the dismay of her well-to-do family, Elizabeth “Biz” Adams is quickly establishing herself as a seasoned photographer over at the Daily Trumpet. Growing more confident in her decision to pursue a career, Elizabeth is thrilled when she and her reporter sidekick, Ralph Kaminsky, are sent to Long Island to cover the story of a young maid found dead in one of the glamourous summer homes in the devastating aftermath of the Great New England Hurricane—also known as the Long Island Express.

At first it’s assumed that the young woman was caught in the terrible storm, but when a suspicious wound is found on the side of her head, the police suspect murder. The maid’s death becomes even more tragic when it’s discovered she was pregnant, and with Elizabeth and Kaminsky at the scene of the crime, the Daily Trumpet scoops all the other papers in town.

The young woman’s boyfriend emerges as the likeliest suspect. But as Elizabeth follows the story, she begins to wonder whether someone in the household of the maid’s employers might be responsible—someone who’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth about the baby’s paternity hidden. . . .

About the Author

Mystery writing lets Peg indulge her curiosity under the guise of “work” (aka research). As a kid, she read the entire set of children’s encyclopedias her parents gave her and has been known to read the dictionary. She put pen to paper at age seven when she wrote plays and forced her cousins to perform them at Christmas dinner. She switched to mysteries when she discovered the perfect hiding place for a body down the street from her house.

When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, cooking, spoiling her granddaughter and checking her books’ stats on Amazon.  A former Jersey girl, Peg now resides in Michigan with her husband and Westhighland white terrier, Reg. She is the author of Sweet Nothings Lingerie Mystery Series (written as Meg London), A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery seriesA Lucille Mystery seriesA Cranberry Cove Mystery series, and A Farmer's Daughter Mystery series
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My Summary

Murder, She Uncovered by Peg Cochran has readers going back to September 21, 1938 in New York City.  Elizabeth “Biz” Adams has just been promoted to crime photographer at the Daily Trumpet which means no more Gal Friday duties.  The Great New England Hurricane hits the area unexpectedly leaving devastation in its wake.  A week later, Ralph Kaminsky and Biz are sent to Westhampton where a maid was found dead in one of the devastated summer homes.  Noeleen Donovan worked for Edith and Frederick Post who summered on Long Island and left the maid behind to close up the house.  The young woman was stabbed in the back and the coroner discovers that Noeleen had been pregnant.  Kaminsky feels this could be a big story, and he could use one with rumors floating around about reporter layoffs.  Biz likes Kaminsky, especially since he took a chance on her when no one else would, so she decides to pursue a lead that could end up a headlining story.  The duo wonder who would want to harm the Irish maid who went to mass every day and spent most of her time in her room.  But everyone has secrets and someone silenced Noeleen to keep theirs hidden.  Join Biz Adams and Kaminsky as they search for answers and attempt to scoop the other papers in Murder, She Uncovered.
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My Thoughts

Murder, She Uncovered is an action packed historical cozy mystery.  Biz Adams is a socialite who wants a different type of life for herself.  Despite her mother’s attempts to marry her off, Biz is still single and thrilled at being promoted to crime photographer.  It also allows her to interact with Detective Sal Marino to whom Biz is attracted, but she does not see how it could work out between them with their differing backgrounds.  When an Irish maid is murdered, Biz and Kaminsky are assigned the case.  They want to discover who killed Noeleen Donovan and scoop the other papers.  I like that the investigation is actively pursued throughout the book.  They question a variety of people in their search for the truth.  There are a couple of side stories as well.  Ralph Kaminsky is the perfect partner for Elizabeth “Biz” Adams.  They have different perspectives thanks to their diverse backgrounds.  Kaminsky has a nose for news plus he has knowledge of the common man and Biz helps him navigate the upper class crowd courtesy of her upbringing.  I also enjoyed getting know more about Biz’s family and her best friend, Irene Nowack.  I like that we are learning more about Kaminsky a little at a time (he may be crotchety, but he has a good heart).  There is great dialogue in Murder, She Uncovered (book is heavy in dialogue which I like) and Peg Cochran captured the lingo used in the 1930s.  There are delightful descriptions that allow me to visualize the characters and the setting.  I especially enjoy reading about Biz’s clothing and her cute hats.  I appreciated the references to various books and movies like Rebecca and Bringing Up Baby.  It was interesting to learn that Katharine Hepburn and her family were caught at the summer home during the hurricane.  I can tell that the author did her research for the series. There are some great scenes with Biz having new experiences like eating hot dogs from a street cart and consuming pizza without silverware.  Murder, She Uncovered is well-written with good pacing.  I appreciated the author’s writing style which made the book a pleasure to read.  While Murder, She Uncovered is the second book in the Murder, She Reported series, it can be read as a standalone.  One of my favorite lines from the book comes from Kaminsky when he told Biz “It’s your life.  Live it your way.”  I am eager to read Murder, She Encountered when it comes out later this year.  Murder, She Uncovered has snappy dialogue, an intriguing mystery, developed characters, a sweet ending and lively humor.
Murder, She Encountered (Murder, She Reported Series Book 3) by [Cochran, Peg]
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#SummerUnderTheStars Katharine Hepburn searching through the debris of her Fenwick home after the #Hurricane of 1938.

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