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Who Killed the Pinup Queen? by Toni L.P. Kelner


Cover art: Who Killed the Pinup Queen? Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: Who Killed the Pinup Queen? - 2nd in the Where Are They Now Mystery series
Author: Toni L.P. Kelner
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-23205-7
Release Date: January 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Massachusetts
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Toni's Website: www.tonilpkelner.com

Tilda was a freelance reporter for Entertain Me when she is offered the chance to write a story on a resort that is planned to be built. The resort is based on a TV show she used to watch called Cowtown. What she didn't expect was for this story and the story she had steadily been working on to combine in the most gruesome way possible; murder, with her smack in the middle of it all.

It all starts with the murder of Sandra Sechrest, a former 1950s pinup queen Tilda is interviewing. (Tilda is the last one to see her alive) Then all of a sudden Tilda is piecing things together that link her pinup article with the Cowtown one she had been working on. This is when the book gets really good. Tilda is basically doing her own investigation even though she knows she is putting her life in danger. The bonus in is that while working on the Cowtown piece, Tilda finally meets Mr. Right and they start a pretty solid but slow relationship that brings a sweet quality to the story.

I love books that do this just because if itís an individual doing all the work then it seems to be filled with more suspense and drama. The fact they throw in former pin up queens also is what makes it a fun read. Most of these women don't want anyone to know that they used to be pin ups and have gone to great lengths to keep that part of their life concealed. This point is what links the pin up queen article to the Cowtown one, the main actress and her major secret!

I personally usually don't read this type of book, but this one held me captive from the get go. Toni L.P. Kelner did a great job in keeping the book flowing with stuff happening so you just couldn't put it down long enough to do much anything at all. A lot of housework went undone and sleeping time lost while this book was in my hands!


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