Another Review at MyShelf.Com

Third Time’s a Crime
Love or Money Mystery #3
Diana Orgain

January 3, 2017/ ISBN 978-0-425-27170-4
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Ex-cop Georgia Thornton and her boyfriend Scott are contestants again on yet another reality TV show. This time the show is Cold Case in the Castle and the teams of contestants are tasked with solving a nearly 50 year old murder. To make matters worse, the castle is supposedly haunted!

While reality television can be entirely scripted, it doesn’t work out that way this time. As it happens, the groundskeeper for the castle is found murdered – found by Georgia, of course, shortly after the show begins. Everyone is a suspect but yet everyone must find a way to cooperate before anyone else gets hurt. That plan doesn’t work when Georgia herself is injured, first by falling threw a rotting floor on the third story of the castle, and then by a head injury, and later she’s imprisoned in a solitary confinement room!

Another murder also happens, and it’s one of the contestants! Will the danger never end? Is it supernatural in nature?

What a fun mystery to try and solve! The concept of the reality TV contest is unique and the characters actions believable. I’m a fairly savvy cozy reader and I didn’t come close to solving this case until near the end of the book.

I enjoyed Georgia as a strong woman protagonist, and the interaction of the other contestants and production staff kept me interested throughout the whole book. I haven’t read the previous two books in the series, but I sure intend to, and hope that there will be a fourth.

If you are looking for a light cozy, with some romance and a touch of the supernatural as well as some history and an unusual setting, you won’t want to miss Third Time’s a Crime.

Reviewed 2017