Mystery

Dust to Dust (Ivy Nichols #2) by Audrey Keown 

I read and reviewed the previous book in the series here

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This is another book where I feel like my review of the first book in the series is going to be far better than anything I can put together here. I am surprised at the lack of enthusiasm for this book on Goodreads. As a cozy mystery, it hits its goal quite easily.
It would not be hard to start the series here, but reading the first provides a better foundation to understand Ivy’s motivations for everything that she does. Ivy is still working at the hotel that once used to be her family home (before her birth). She is hunting out the evidence for her mental issues in the past her family left behind. The ‘butler’ and her immediate boss knows more than his fair share of secrets but is unwilling to just give them up to her. She is chipping away at it, especially after the discovery in the previous book.
A troupe of graveyard/gravestone enthusiasts arrive at the hotel to tour the statues and people buried under them in the garden. One of the members is found dead, and the investigation begins. The official investigation targets Mr Fig as the most likely culprit, and Ivy rushes to save him. In the midst of this, Ivy has to deal with her father, her changing feelings for her best friend and anything else the future might have for her. Especially given the way the book ended!
The writing is simple, and Ivy is an intriguing character to follow. Full of contradictions, She struggles to keep her priorities in order. I definitely want to read the next whenever it comes out.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this and the previous book.

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