Chick lit, Mystery

Murder at Hotel 1911 (Ivy Nichols #1) by Audrey Keown

I have not made a secret of the fact that I have been in a slump. There are different phases of it that I have been cycling through. One primary type is when I continue reading, like/dislike a book and move on without writing reviews immediately. This might be (although I hope I am not jinxing it) the one to nudge me out of the slump.
It is not a brilliant book but is snappy and a quick read with believable characters and a mildly twisted mystery. I really enjoyed getting to know our leading lady and glancing into her troubled mind. The combination of all of the above factors might be the reason I felt good after I turned the last page (even if I did not ‘get’ what the ending was supposed to mean). I know there is enough packed into the background of the story to provide for at least two more books in the series, any of which I would love to read.
Ivy is hoping that she is at the end of her stints of short-lived jobs. She works in a themed hotel and is juggling a lot of anxiety issues. There is the mystery about her mother, something hinted at regular intervals, as well as the fact that she is keeping secrets from her father which bother her. These things add up to a very frazzled individual, to top it all the death in the hotel has her best friend implicated.
I liked the narrative style, the amount of information provided to us as well as what we can glean behind the scenes. It was not hard to land on the culprit early on, but it seemed to not make a difference in my interest in the ongoing events, something that does not happen often.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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