Chick lit, Mystery

Knocked Scentsless by Langley Gray

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This book is available to request on NetGalley for another month

I chose this book mostly because of the play on words in the title. It is catchy enough, and after reading the book, I can confirm, appropriate.
This is the first in a brand new cozy mystery series with a female lead with a unique education.
I do not think I have met a ‘nose’ in this kind of plotline before. I must also say that this was a surprisingly short story (or felt like one), something I did not notice beforehand. When Nati is introduced to us, she is a little down in the dumps because she is yet to open her perfumery. She left a career to settle down in a town native to her (now) ex-husband. He left, and she stays behind but has to bear the brunt of building herself back up. She is slightly older than some of the other characters that I usually encounter in such tales.
The plot begins immediately by introducing the person most likely to find himself removed from the story. There are many possible suspects after his untimely death and his acerbic nature, but Nati wants to get to the bottom of it because she tops the list in the beginning.
I did not guess the ending until Nati, and her possible future beau figured things out by old-fashioned detecting (following up on clues, interviews .etc). Nati’s olfactory skills are utilized in narrowing down the suspect pool.
Overall, this is a good introduction to a series, and the writing is also snappy. It has that humour displayed in the blurb scattered throughout the narrative, making it a fast and easy read. It was enjoyable, and I might pick up the next if I get the chance.
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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