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December 16, 2022

Publishers Weekly reviews ODE TO MURDER

Publishers Weekly recently published their review of Nicole Dieker‘s Ode to Murder. We were pleased to read just how much they enjoyed this first-in-series cozy mystery:

Dieker’s gift for amusing dialogue enhances the whodunit. Fans of everywoman amateur sleuths will want to see more of Larkin.

You can read the full review below.

PhD candidate Larkin Day, the heroine of this diverting series launch from Dieker (The Biographies of Ordinary People), has taken a break from working on her dissertation on Chekhov, which was exploring whether the playwright’s famous gun theory really changed anything for dramatists. Depressed at being directionless and impoverished, Larkin has moved back in with her mother, a college dean in Pratincola, Iowa. Josephine persuades her daughter to join the community choir for a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as part of a joint musical event with other Iowan singers. The reluctant chorister becomes involved in a murder investigation when she finds the body of piano accompanist Harrison Tucker, who had been a no-show for a vital rehearsal, near the stage. Larkin relishes the break from her unsatisfying search for meaning in her own life by turning detective, and she feels inspired after learning that many people may have had motives to murder Tucker. Dieker’s gift for amusing dialogue enhances the whodunit. Fans of everywoman amateur sleuths will want to see more of Larkin.

Publishers Weekly, has been around for over 150 years and is best-known for their book reviews, of which they publish nearly 9,000 annually.

Ode to Murder is the first book in the Larkin Day Mystery Series.

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