Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book Review: And Death Goes To... by Laura Bradford (Tobi Tobias #3)

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Strong characters, twisty mystery
Cons: Strong sub-plot takes over at times
The Bottom Line:
Award show murder
Mystery is filled with great twists
Characters you’ll love

Award Winning Fall

You’ve heard of deadly competition, of course, but that’s usually just a figure of speech.  However, things really do turn deadly at an awards show in And Death Goes To…, the third Tobi Tobias Mystery.

For those who haven’t met Tobi yet, she runs her own ad agency in St. Louis, and this year, she’s thrilled to be nominated for the Golden Storyboard at the St. Louis Advertising Awards.  This is the biggest and best award she could be nominated for.  She doesn’t think she will actually win – yet.  But some year, she hopes to snag the award for herself.

However, the evening ends horribly when a platform under one of the winners collapses, and the winner dies.  Despite vowing to stay out of it, Tobi is shaken when she realizes it could have been her, so she starts poking around.  What really happened that night?

Author Laura Bradford is wonderful at creating characters we love, and this series is no exception.  I couldn’t wait to revisit Tobi and her friends and family, and everyone is present and accounted for and at their charming best.  Naturally, we get to know the suspects over the course of the book as well, and they are strong enough to keep us confused until the end.

It’s a good thing I love the series regulars as much as I do because there is a strong storyline involving a couple of them that hijacks the mystery at times.  I was fully invested in this part of the book, don’t misunderstand, but I honestly felt that Tobi was a bit slow to figure things out.  That really frustrated me as things went on.

And this isn’t to take away from the mystery.  There were some wonderful twists to the story, and the suspenseful climax came as a surprise to me.

It’s no mystery to me why I keep coming back to Laura Bradford’s books because her characters are so much fun to spend time around.  If you haven’t tried any of her stories yet, And Death Goes To… is a great place to change that.

NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your kind words, Mark. Really glad you enjoyed your time with Tobi and the gang!