Published: May 28, 2019 by Kensington Books
Genre/Category: Mystery & Thrillers
Read For: NetGalley Review
4 1/2 stars
Book synopsis from Amazon: If it wasn’t for art thieves, spies and killers, Alex Vlodnachek’s life would be bliss.
Her freelance career is catching fire. Her relationship with B&B owner Ian Sterling is flirty and fun. She’s even attending a glittering cocktail party at his sprawling Victorian inn. But, to this ex-reporter, something seems “off.” And it’s not the canapés. When Ian’s father vanishes, the enigmatic innkeeper asks for her discretion. And her assistance.
Meanwhile, Alex is having the opposite problem at her tiny bungalow: People keep piling in uninvited. Including a mysterious intruder found sleeping in her kitchen. Her grandmother, Baba, who shows up “to help”—with Alex’s own mother hot on her heels.
When the intrepid redhead discovers a body in the B&B’s basement and a “reproduction” Renoir in the library, she begins to suspect that Ian is more than just a simple hotel owner.
With editor pal Trip, brother Nick, and rescue-pup Lucy riding shotgun, Alex scrambles to stay one step ahead of disaster—and some very nasty characters.
Can she find the missing man before it’s too late? Or will Alex be the next one to disappear?
Review: This is the second novel in the Red Herring Mystery Series by Dana Dratch, but you are certainly able to read it as a stand-alone.
I love cozy mysteries. It doesn’t matter what genre you generally read, what you do for a living, or how “book smart” you are supposed to be, there is nothing like sitting back with a sweet cozy mystery to take your mind off the stresses of your day. Dana Dratch’s Seeing Red does just that.
Not only does this novel know how to pull you in from the beginning, but it is fast paced and fun to read. There is not just one mystery to be solved either but tons of twists and turns that keep you guessing with a mix of quirky humor. This is full of non-stop action. The characters are fun and lovable, and although some of the discoveries are a bit out of the ordinary for one person, you have to remember you are reading a crazy cozy mystery, and that anything could happen. This is one delightful story, and I expect that most people could finish it in one sitting. Plan on reading the first in the series if you haven’t yet, because this is just that good. I will definitely continue on with the Red Herring Mystery Series if Dana Dratch keeps writing them.
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the copy of this book and the opportunity to review this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.