What could be better than a cozy mystery set around a reality TV show full of Savvy Socialites? Nikki Haverstock had me rolling around laughing with Lights, Camera, Murder (Reality TV Cozy Mysteries, #1).
Melissa McBallister is wants nothing more than to be a famous author just like her mom. When a reality TV show is looking for a new cast member Melissa jumps at the chance to put herself out there. Well maybe not jumps at the chance, there may have been a bit of cajoling from her sister.
Once she says yes, Melissa begins to doubt she has done the right thing. She has, even more, doubts when the woman she replaced on the show ends up dead and Melissa is a suspect. She will do whatever it takes to prove her innocence and find the real killer. But will that get Melissa killed before then end?
Ryan Sethi is the handsome producer for the reality TV show. He is smart, gorgeous, and loyal particularly to his sister Rebecca. Rebecca wants to break into the TV business with Savvy Socialites as her starting show. Ryan is not completely convinced this show will be a winner but he will do anything for his sister. Once Ryan meets Melissa he becomes more confident that this show will work if he can just convince her to be on it. Ryan is smitten by Melissa and things could get interesting between these two.
Melissa's family is divided about her doing the reality TV show. Some of her family think it is just not like Melissa to choose to be on the show because she is so introverted. Some of her family think the show would be great publicity for the family's new ski resort. Melissa thinks being on the show might give her the fodder she needs to write her first great literary work. Melissa adopts Bubbles the dog from an animal shelter and both become popular to fans of the reality TV show. Bubbles is a wonderful addition to the show.
Melissa is a great character. She is shy but also witty, smart, and gorgeous a great combination. She brought something extra to the show that was completely different to the other women. I am really looking forward to reading more about Melissa. I can see her character coming out of her shell more and more.
This cozy mystery had a bit of everything. It is lighthearted but still had a great thrilling mystery to it. There are great laugh out loud moments, some wonderful sweet moments, especially at the animal shelter, and there is even a hint of potential romance for future books. I really enjoyed the whole book and I am looking forward to more from this series. If you like Nikki Haverstock you may also like her Target Practice mysteries. They are a favourite of mine too.
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Elisa Hordon, reviewer. Elisa lives in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia where she spends her days reading, journaling, painting, cooking and homeschooling her daughter. She has always been an avid reader, Elisa loves reading many genres of books except horror; her favourite genres would be mystery, romance, and paranormal. Elisa also loves pursuing many creative outlets if she is not relaxing with a book she can be found writing, sketching, painting or cooking. Elisa loves to share her obsession with books especially with her family and friends. Reading and reviewing books is a favourite pastime of Elisa’s.
Available formats: ebook and print (228 pages)
Published: July 2016 Ranch Dog Entertainment, LLC
Genre: cozy mystery
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