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A Very Lively Murder (Three Dahlias Mysteries Book 2)

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Before the three friends can solve the mystery, a death occurs leading the Dahlias to also start their own murder investigation. Truth be told, Nina would not have fitted either, as she was pregnant, so why would she risk it all revenging something that happened 8 years ago now, when she is happy and about to have a baby, which she is excited about. I enjoyed the writing style - the book is a classic "whodunnit", featuring a locked room, hidden staircase and a shoal of red herrings!

The second instalment in Katy Watson's magnificent Three Dahlias series is just as wonderful as the first. The friendship that has formed despite the initial professional rivalry between the three leads is something that we need more of in not only literature but in life. It taps into that love we have of the locked room mystery, and that well known detective that we love in all it’s reincarnations. An affectionate homage to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and a wry nod to our continuing fascination with it.The Three Dahlias refers to Dahlia Lively a fictional lady detective and the three different actresses who have played her over the years.

But filming must continue, nothing can stop it until there is a victim, a wild storm that strands them all and the possibility of another murder about to take place. You will need to have read the first in this series to understand what lead them to Wales for filming. 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.An absolute treat of a read with all the ingredients of a vintage murder mystery: a country house, mysterious dead bodies and three actresses all keen to catch the killer. It was lovely to see Posy really coming into her own and being the leading Dahlia in the story as well Especially, because in the last two chapters, they build up Nina as being the perfect suspect with a very valid motive, but then Watson decides that she wants to dabble with twists and throw in one that doesn't make sense, so it's revealed that it was Tristan all along (The charismatic young actor, who is good looking to the level where he even seduces the wife of the Inn owner) And why?

A must for fans of classic mysteries' Frances Brody'An affectionate homage to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and a wry nod to our continuing fascination with it. I couldn’t put the book down, I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who was the murderer before the shocking reveal. However, I think that the author provides enough explanation that this one can be read as a stand alone.

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One of the plot points was a little hard to believe: that an actor could just change their name and no one would recognize them for years even though they had continued to act.

The supporting characters are a mixed bag of film actors and locals at the local pub where the film stars are staying. Rosalind receiving death threats, a missing Casting Director and a hit-and-run death of one of the film's stars prompts another Three Dahlias investigation, to discover whether the events are connected and who is to blame. This is a jolly romp of a murder mystery that looks at how generations can work together and draw strength from each other under the premise of one some might say weak connection – that they have all played a fictional detective.

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