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January 15, 2023

Last Seen in Santorini by Vivian Conroy ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Atalanta Ashford recently inherited her grandfather's detective business along with some money. For the first time in her life she is free to do as she pleases and has decided to take a vacation. While visiting a small island she is approached by a woman who once knew her grandfather. She implores Atalanta to look into the death of a lady's companion on the nearby island of Santorini. Will Atalanta discover the culprit or will she be the next victim?

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book cover of cozy mystery Last Seen in Santorini by Vivian Conroy
January 2023;One More Chapter; 9780008549268
ebook (328 pages); cozy mystery

I've read several books by Vivian Conroy but I somehow missed that she had a new series. Last Seen in Santorini is book 2 in the Miss Ashford Investigates mystery series. 

It was an enjoyable read but I can't say it is my favorite book by her (that would be the Merriweather and Royston series). 

I'm not sure I liked the characters. Not having read the first book, I couldn't get a good read on Raoul the race car driver that Atalanta met in book 1. She is besotten with him but he seems to only want friendship. He is quite closed off and the fact that he had a history with the family involved in the mystery made it difficult to figure out his motives. But even Atalanta just kind of rubbed me wrong. She talks to herself a lot and I'm not a big fan of that in books. She also seems kind of young.

The mystery was pretty good though I had figured out most of it before the characters in the book. 

I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had connected better with  Atalanta. I don't feel like I really got to know her. I didn't realize until about halfway through the book that she hadn't ever met her grandfather. She made comments early on about what his opinion of her would be and other thoughts on her grandfather that made me think she knew him. I would have liked greater character development as she feels very superficial.

I might try another book in this series to see if there is more character development. But it was pretty easy to jump in with this book as it is still early in the series.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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