Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Murder, She Encountered by Peg Cochran: Review & Giveaway!

Murder, She Encountered 

Murder, She Reported Series

by Peg Cochran

About Murder, She Encountered

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Alibi (December 3, 2019)
Print Length ~230 Pages
A gutsy Manhattan socialite encounters murder and corruption at the World’s Fair in this captivating historical cozy mystery for readers of Victoria Thompson, Susan Elia MacNeal, and Rhys Bowen.

New York City, 1939. A rising star at the Daily Trumpet, Elizabeth “Biz” Adams has been sent to the World’s Fair—billed as the “World of Tomorrow,” a look toward a brighter future even as the drumbeats of war grow louder—to cover a robbery. What she stumbles upon instead is a dead woman, dumped into the Aquacade’s pool with a nylon stocking wrapped around her neck.

Elizabeth snaps a photo as the police arrest Joey Dorman, a gentle young hot dog vendor who made no secret of his obsession with the murder victim. Even though she’s thrilled that her photo makes the front page, the fear and confusion evident on Joey’s face are haunting. So Elizabeth vows to prove his innocence—or his guilt—with her partner at the Daily Trumpet, Ralph Kaminsky. Meanwhile, her romance with Detective Sal Marino is heating up, and Elizabeth is more determined than ever to follow her heart.

But when Kaminsky’s efforts to expose the real killer land him in the hospital, Elizabeth is forced to continue the investigation on her own. And as she tries to narrow down the long list of suspects, she discovers a dark secret running through the Fair—a secret some would kill to protect.

Look for all of Peg Cochran’s delightful mysteries featuring Elizabeth Adams, which can be read together or separately:

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 the A Sweet Nothings Lingerie Mystery series (written as Meg London), the A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery series, A Lucille Mystery seriesA Cranberry Cove Mystery series, and A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery series.

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Life Savers Candy parachute ride at the 1939 World's Fair.  Photo: Peter Campbell/Corbis Via Getty Images
Kaminsky dares Biz to go on the parachute drop

My Thoughts

Murder, She Encountered by Peg Cochran has Elizabeth “Biz” Adams visiting the New York World’s Fair with veteran crime reporter, Ralph Kaminsky when a woman is murdered.  The police arrest hot dog vender, Joey Dorman for the crime but things do not add up.  Ralph and Biz dig deeper into the case in the hopes of a big story.  When Ralph ends up in the hospital with bronchitis, Biz continues to investigate.  Unfortunately, someone is not happy with Biz’ questions and decides to help her cool off.  Someone has a secret that they will kill for which is evident when a second victim turns up at the fair.  Ralph springs himself from the hospital and rejoins Biz to get to the bottom of this perplexing case.    Murder, She Encountered is the third in the Murder She Reported Series.  It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series.  However, I have enjoyed reading the series in order which has allowed me to get to know Ralph Kaminsky and Elizabeth “Biz” Adams.  Elizabeth comes from a well-to-family, but she chafes at the endless rules and restrictions.  Her mother, Helen does not understand Elizabeth’s desire to work.  It is a good thing that Biz’ parents do not take the Daily Trumpet, or they would lock Elizabeth in her room.  Ralph Kaminsky is a veteran crime reporter who grabs Biz whenever he goes out on a story.  He is the gruff type with a heart of gold.  You can tell that he cares for Elizabeth.  Ralph and Elizabeth make a great team.  Detective Sal Marino is Elizabeth’s beau and she is falling for the handsome detective.  She can see a future with Marino, but Elizabeth cannot say the same for her mother.  I found Murder, She Encountered to be well-written with steady pacing.  I can tell that Peg Cochran has done her research.  I enjoyed her descriptions of the World’s Fair taking place in New York in 1939.  The lingo is accurate for the time period along with the clothing and types of conveyances.  We get to see what it was like to take the subway in 1939.  There are new inventions mentioned like nylon from Dupont and air conditioning.  Elizabeth shocks her mother by going out in trousers which were made popular by Katherine Hepburn.  Mr. & Mrs. Adams went out to view The Philadelphia Story and Kay Kyser’s “Three Little Fishes” was playing on the radio (FYI—Kay Kyser is a man).  The mystery was complex and there was active investigating throughout the story.  I like how all the pieces tied together.  The author really thought out this multifaceted whodunit.  The ending has me anxious for the next Murder She Reported novel.  Murder, She Encountered is an engrossing cozy mystery with a mystifying mystery, exciting exhibits, soaring temperatures, a poorly reporter, meddlesome models, and a probing photographer. 
Queens NY The Worlds Fair April 22, 1964
Murder, She Encountered is available at Amazon*, B&N, and KoboThe other two novels in the Murder She Reported Series are Murder, She Reported and Murder, She Uncovered.  In honor of the tour, there is a giveaway for two digital copies of Murder, She Encountered.  You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below.  Thank you for dropping in today.  I will be back tomorrow with my review of Christmas Sweets by Joanne Fluke, Leslie Meier, and Laura Levine.  I hope that you have a splendid day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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  1. Kristina, I should mention that the band leader Kay Keyser used to have a contest when he played in nightclubs called "Lead the band." He would let people from the audience try their hand at it and the band would follow along--usually too slowly or too quickly. My father was at the club once with some of his Army buddies, in uniform, and he got up to lead the band...and did it perfectly--he won the contest! They didn't want to give him the prize because they claimed he was a professional--he was in the Entertainment Corp in the Army!

    1. What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it with me. Stories from our father's will stay with us. Your father had a unique job in the army.

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