Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Strong cast of characters in a strong mystery
Cons: No cons to advertise
The Bottom Line:
Killer ad slogan
Starts promising new series
Don’t Advertise the Body in the Closet
It is always a delight to see a new series come out from a favorite author. I didn’t need to know anything about Death in Advertising other than the fact that it was written by Laura Bradford to know I had to give it a try. And the fact that I loved it wasn’t really a surprise either.
This book introduces us to Tobi Tobias who is trying to open her own advertising agency in the St. Louis area. She’s having just one pesky little problem – lack of clients. That’s why she is working at a friend’s pet shop part time so she can try to pay her bills. Naturally, she is ecstatic when a potential new client walks into her office. The Zander brothers own a closet company, and they are looking for a slogan and a campaign that will stick out since they are already at the bottom of any alphabetical listings. Tobi comes up with a real winner, and it catches the city by storm. It’s looking like a win for Zander Closet Company and Tobi’s agency as well.
Then the unthinkable happens. While shooting a closet for the brochure, a dead body falls out of a storage space. The media immediately connects it to Tobi’s slogan, and what looked like a win suddenly turns into a nightmare. Now, Tobi has to find the real killer to save her business. Can she do it?
As motives for an amateur getting involved in a murder investigation, this one is a winner. Naturally, as Tobi begins poking around, she finds out secrets and motives, but she also finds that the victim was a sympathetic man. The author walked a fine line in making us like the victim without making the book too sad, and I appreciated that. Naturally, things come together for a logical climax.
One thing you can count on in any of Laura’s books is a strong cast of characters who truly care for each other. Tobi has a wide and varied assortment of friends, neighbors, and family who all support her throughout this book. I already love this cast of characters and can’t wait to see them all again. The suspects are just as strong as the series regulars. And I wouldn’t mind if one or two of them popped up again in future books.
If you are already a fan of Laura Bradford’s books, don’t hesitate; you’ll love this new series, too. And if you haven’t read one of her books yet, Death in Advertising is the perfect way to fix that.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.
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