I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Socialite's Guide to Murder by S. K. Golden
Series: Pinnacle Hotel Mystery #1
Published by Crooked Lane Books on October 11, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Format: ARC, eBook
The hotel was her refuge, but scandal is afoot—and a killer stalks the halls in this charming series debut perfect for fans of Rhys Bowen and Ashley Weaver.
It’s 1958 and Evelyn Elizabeth Grace Murphy has not left the Pinnacle Hotel in fourteen months. She suffers from agoraphobia, and what’s more, it’s her father’s hotel, and everything she needs is there. Evelyn’s always been good at finding things, she discovered her mother dead in a Manhattan alleyway fifteen years earlier. Now she’s finding trouble inside her sanctuary. At a party for artist Billie Bell, his newest work is stolen, and Evelyn’s fake boyfriend (and real best friend), movie star Henry Fox, is accused of the theft. But just as Evelyn sets out to prove Henry’s innocence, she finds Billie Bell dead.
The murder weapon links the crime to the hotel’s chief of security. But why would he use a knife with his initials on the handle? With her beloved home in disarray, Evelyn joins up with hotel employee (and her secret crush) Mac Cooper to get to the bottom of the case.
As Mac picks locks and Evelyn snoops around the hotel, they discover the walls around them contain more secrets than they previously knew. Now, Evelyn must force herself to leave the hotel to follow the clues—but when she and Mac set off to chase a lead, their car crashes and they barely escape with their lives. Someone snipped Evelyn’s brake lines, and now the stakes have become dangerously high.
Evelyn’s knack for sleuthing—and her playful imagination—are always hard at work, and she throws an elaborate party at the hotel where every guest is a suspect. But will the killer emerge from the glamorous lineup? If not, Evelyn just might find herself…next in line for murder.
I don’t usually read historical fiction etc etc I know nothing about this time period besides the fact that it’s the year both my parents were born. This mystery book, which reads like a cozy mystery without the puns, features a character with agoraphobia. This agoraphobia mostly functions like a video game’s invisible fences; ie, it’s never particularly inconvenient for the plot, but if the plot calls for her not to go into a place or situation, suddenly she remembers she has agoraphobia. It has a good and puzzling mystery at its heart! Three stars for likable characters; would have been four stars if not for the “invisible fence” of agoraphobia.