Murder in Plein Air by Karen Leigh Charles is the debut of A Becca Flynn Mysteries. Becca Flynn is a private investigator, photographer, and artist. Her best friend, Treasure aka Pix has opened a lingerie boutique in Bayleys Landing which has turned out to be controversial. Lingerie Exposed has come to town to shoot an episode featuring Pix’s shop, Treasure’s Trove of Lingerie. Pix has dinner with the handsome cameraman, Nick Rizzo who ends up dead the next day. Pix ends up n the suspect list as well as her admirer, Chuck. Pix asks Becca to use her PI skills to uncover the truth.
I had mixed feelings about Murder in Plein Air. I found it easy to read with good pacing. The dialogue could be a bit much at times. The author is a descriptive writer which allows readers to visualize the scenes, but I felt that there were times when the descriptions were a little too detailed. The mystery was straightforward. There was a limited suspect pool. It is easy to identify the killer (might as well be a neon arrow pointing at the person). It is a cinch to deduce why the person committed the crime. It was mentioned quite a few times. I was not a fan of Detective Daniel James Daily with his inappropriate comments. The excuse provided for them is not acceptable. I had mixed feelings about Pix. I enjoyed her enthusiasm for vintage lingerie (some of them are exquisite with handmade lace and embroidery). She sees nothing wrong with flirting with every male near her age. There is mild foul language. I was not sure what to think about the ghost element. Becca’s cats were adorable. I can tell the author is a cat lover. I enjoyed the descriptions of Bayleys Landing with its charming Victorian buildings. Murder in Plein Air is a colorful cozy with pretty paintings, enflaming lingerie, a killed cameraman, contented cats, a gentle ghost, and a prying PI.
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The Avid Reader
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