Hello! With apologies that this is later than planned, I am pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for A Messy Affair by Elizabeth Mundy, which is available to buy now (links below).
About the book
The only way is murder…
Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, is forced to brush up on her detective skills for a third time when her cousin Sarika is plunged into danger.
Sarika and her reality TV star boyfriend Terry both receive threatening notes. When Terry stops calling, Lena assumes he’s lost interest. Until he turns up. Dead. Lena knows she must act fast to keep her cousin from the same fate.
Scrubbing her way through the grubby world of reality television, online dating and betrayed lovers, Lena finds it harder than she thought to discern what’s real – and what’s just for the cameras.
A Messy Affair is a modern take on the cosy mystery, cleaning up the dirty side of reality TV.
Elizabeth Mundy‘s writing is fun and Lena has some humorous observations and insights. There were plenty of red herrings and suspects, recognisable from various ‘structured reality’ shows and their tangential hangers-on. I particularly liked Mrs Kingston, and Jasper the rabbit (natch!) Lena herself is admirably dogged, thorough and loyal and she is a likeable lead.
To begin with, I struggled with Lena’s relationship with PC Cartwright, but this may well be because I’ve not read the earlier books in the series. She seemed awfully keen on him and thought he was amazing but this didn’t really seem borne out by his actions until over half way through the book (I’m not even sure we know his first name!)
I did enjoy reading about Lena’s escapades and scrapes and I did not guess where the story was going. A Messy Affair shines a light on the highs and lows and heart-break of both reality TV and reality itself. If you enjoy an amusing, modern cosy mystery, this may well be the series for you.
Thank you to Rachel Gilbey for my spot on the blog tour.
About the author
Elizabeth Mundy’s grandmother was a Hungarian immigrant to America who raised five children on a chicken farm in Indiana.
Elizabeth is a marketing director for an investment firm and lives in London with her messy husband and two young children.
She writes the Lena Szarka Mysteries, featuring a Hungarian cleaner as detective.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the amazing bloggers on the tour for A Messy Affair: