Adventure, Mystery

Knifed In Nice (Travel P.I. Mysteries #1) by Zara Keane

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My entire reaction/rating for this book is based on how well the book delivers on the ambience promised by the book cover and the blurb. The mystery part of the narrative was not as engaging, but I liked my overall reading experience. I ended up reading the whole book in a couple of short sittings.
The story begins with a fast-talking woman in danger. The story plunges into action without taking much of a breath. Angel is on the run, and she lands up on a train with an overly sympathetic chatterbox on the seat next to hers. The adventure that follows includes car chases, a body or two and people wanting other people dead. It is a sort of madcap escapade with a semi-serious foundation.
It requires a stretch to the imagination about the events and how they all tie up together, but that is to be expected given the kind of plotline(s) that we were told to expect.
Angel is running to a possible safe place, having burned her bridges (or so she assumes). She doesn’t want a partner in her escape, but she is stuck with him. Then she runs into someone she never expected, and more secrets are revealed, at least the fact that she does not know a lot of things comes to light if not much else.
I am usually wary of lighter voices in books where characters lives are in danger, but there is a decent balance between maintaining the seriousness of their situation with the comedic exasperation of the lady in question as she struggles to stay alive. Given the feel of the people in and the style of the narrative, I will be picking 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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