Thursday, March 14, 2019

REVIEW for A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 12th 2019 by Minotaur Books

From Christi Daugherty, author of The Echo Killing, comes another pulse-pounding suspenseful thriller featuring crime reporter Harper McClain.

A woman is killed in the heart of Savannah's downtown district. Only twenty-four years old, Naomi Scott's life ended in the dead of night at the hands of an unseen gunman. There are no witnesses to the crime. The police have three suspects: Scott’s boyfriend, who has a criminal past he claims he’s put behind him, her boss, who stalked another young bartender two years ago, and the district attorney’s son, who Naomi dated until their relationship ended in acrimony. All three men claim to love her. Could one of them be her killer?

With the whole city demanding answers, Harper unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy. But the pressures on her go beyond the murder. The newspaper is facing more layoffs. Her boss fears both their jobs are on the line. And Harper begins to realize that someone is watching her every move. Someone familiar and very dangerous. 

My Thoughts…

A Beautiful Corpse is amazing.    The thriller story with the police aspect and the reporter aspect mixed together pulled me from the first page making it so I never wanted to stop reading.     I love that Harper knew Naomi, that she was on outs with the police, and that she was so persistent in her need to know what happen that she didn’t let any of that slow her down.    She took the fact that she knew Naomi to push her to solve the crime.    The fact that the cops were blackballing all her inquiries made her stand up for herself and demand fair treatment.   Harper went beyond what a reporter should do, pushed where no one else was pushing, and didn’t let the fact that the killer was still out there deter her from following the facts as she learned them. 

I have not read the first book in this series and while this book is a standalone, I feel like I should go back and read it.   There are characters that I’d love to know the history of, relationships that I want to know how they started, and storylines that I feel I would have enjoyed more knowing their backstories.   

I will be looking for more from Christi Daugherty and her Harper McClain series.     The storyline flows perfectly, the characters are strong and realistic, and the mysteries are fun to try to solve.   

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**Thank you Allison Ziegler at Minotaur Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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