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Crown Court Killer

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Crown Court Killertitle: Crown Court Killer
author: Dahlia Donovan
series: London Podcast Mystery #3
published: 27 May 2022
publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
genre(s): romance, cozy mystery
pages: 214
source: client
format: eARC
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | BookBub | BookHype | Goodreads
rating: five-stars
series rating: four-stars


the blurb

Months after saving their flamboyant theatre friend from disaster, Dannel Ortea and Osian Garey are back with a thrilling murder investigation in the third London Podcast Mystery series novel.

Dannel and Osian's breakfast double date rapidly devolves into a murder mystery when a dead body is found in their solicitor friend’s car. Wayne is taken for questioning by police. He was last seen arguing with the deceased.

When Wayne’s tie is identified as the murder weapon, it’s hard to refute the growing evidence stacked against him.

Convinced of their friend’s innocence, Dannel and Osian throw themselves into the investigation. When Wayne’s boyfriend, Roland, finds himself suspended from the police, they realise powerful people are involved in the murder.

With a philandering crown court judge, two disgruntled wives, and an angry client as suspects, the clock is ticking for them to find the killer before Wayne winds up arrested—or dead.


my review

I love this series so much, and this installment didn’t disappoint! Much of my love for it lies at the feet of the two main characters, Dannel and Osian. The dynamic between them is beautiful, loving and supportive in every way. Their banter is witty, and I love that they maintain their sense of humor, even in the face of some rather precarious situations!

This book, and the entire series, is the epitome of the cozy mystery genre. Dannel and Osian continue to drive authorities insane as they find themselves sleuthing, often interfering in investigations. The situations they find themselves in are just as often comical as they are emotional or dangerous.

The characterization is terrific, from the main characters to the supporting cast. And the positive representation of autism is necessary, welcome, and wonderful.

About Dahlia Donovan

Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.

Rating Report
plot
five-stars
characters
five-stars
writing
four-half-stars
pacing
four-stars
cover
four-half-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

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