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A Killing in Costumes

Zac Bissonnette delivers a fun whodunnit full of Hollywood nostaligia!

A Killing in Costumes by Zac Bissonnette!

Y'all, this one was fun and fabulous! It had heart, humor, homicide, and Hollywood!

Jay and Cindy were husband and wife soap opera stars in the 90s. Their soap careers and marriage ended when the truth came out about their sexual orientations. Decades later, they are the best of friends and business partners who recently opened a Hollywood memorabilia shop in Palm Springs. When a former diva decides to sell her movie memorabilia collection, there is competition between Jay and Cindy and a huge auction house to get the rights to the sale. Mysteriously, the auction house rep dies, and Jay and Cindy must prove they may have wanted the commission, but not enough to kill for it.

Bissonnette is a New York Times Bestselling author, and this is his first foray into the cozy mystery genre, and I hope he has more coming soon! Told in dual POV format, you get a good introduction to Jay and Cindy, who are both dealing with more than just their fledgling business and their first case. Their banter was witty and full of affection for one another. Along with very positive LGBTQ+ representation, this story has a lovely emphasis on friends, found family, and appreciating those we love. Between enjoying the characters, and all the Hollywood, music, movie, and Agatha Christie references, I forgot to pay attention to the clues and guessed the wrong culprit!

If you enjoy Hollywood nostalgia and want a well-written and entertaining murder mystery to add to your reading list, this is the one! I look forward to seeing where Bissonnette takes this series next!

Thank you to Crooked Lane Publishing and Kaye Publicity for the beautiful finished copy to review. All opinions are my own.

My steep was Nil Noir by Mariage Freres. It's a black tea with lemony fruit and herb flavors. My source for it is The Cultured Cup, a tea company in Dallas with a large selection of tea and coffee. They are among the few sources to buy Mariage Freres teas in the US.

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