Friday, December 09, 2022

Virtual Book Tour: The Socialite's Guide to Murder (A Pinnacle Hotel Mystery, #1) by S. K. Golden

The Socialite's Guide to Murder
A Pinnacle Hotel Mystery
S. K. Golden

Historical Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting - New York City, 1958
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: October 11, 2022

Page count: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1639101764 / ISBN-13: 978-1639101764

Digital ASIN: B09Q7XM28Y


About The Socialite's Guide to Murder

The hotel was her refuge, but scandal is afoot—and a killer stalks the halls in this charming series debut perfect for fans of Rhys Bowen and Ashley Weaver.

It’s 1958 and Evelyn Elizabeth Grace Murphy has not left the Pinnacle Hotel in fourteen months. She suffers from agoraphobia, and what’s more, it’s her father’s hotel, and everything she needs is there. Evelyn’s always been good at finding things, she discovered her mother dead in a Manhattan alleyway fifteen years earlier. Now she’s finding trouble inside her sanctuary. At a party for artist Billie Bell, his newest work is stolen, and Evelyn’s fake boyfriend (and real best friend), movie star Henry Fox, is accused of the theft. But just as Evelyn sets out to prove Henry’s innocence, she finds Billie Bell dead.

The murder weapon links the crime to the hotel’s chief of security. But why would he use a knife with his initials on the handle? With her beloved home in disarray, Evelyn joins up with hotel employee (and her secret crush) Mac Cooper to get to the bottom of the case.

As Mac picks locks and Evelyn snoops around the hotel, they discover the walls around them contain more secrets than they previously knew. Now, Evelyn must force herself to leave the hotel to follow the clues—but when she and Mac set off to chase a lead, their car crashes and they barely escape with their lives. Someone snipped Evelyn’s brake lines, and now the stakes have become dangerously high.

Evelyn’s knack for sleuthing—and her playful imagination—are always hard at work, and she throws an elaborate party at the hotel where every guest is a suspect. But will the killer emerge from the glamorous lineup? If not, Evelyn just might find herself…next in line for murder.

My Review

5 stars!

Delightfully entertaining with fun and glamorous characters. It was almost like watching an old movie!

A Socialite’s Guide to Murder is the first book in a new historical cozy mystery series, the Pinnacle Hotel Mysteries, by author S.K. Golden, and what a fantastic debut it is. From the moment I began reading, I was caught up in the world of Evelyn Elizabeth Grace Murphy with a smile on my face. The book is a perfect light, fun reading featuring more than one mystery to puzzle out with the heroine. 

I found Evelyn delightful. She’s smart, stubborn, and funny, and I enjoyed sitting back and watching as she searched for answers. I loved her flirty manner, the attention to her wardrobe and accessorizing down to her underthings, and of course, her little dog, Presley. At first, she appears to be a complete lightweight, but she’s got a stubborn nature and determination underneath it all, and there are some details in her background that reveal why she is the way she is. I loved her relationship with Mac! 

The author’s writing is easy to read, and the dialogue, both between characters and internally, fairly sparkles off the page. Before I knew it, I was halfway through the book without ever having looked up or worrying about what was going on around me. I enjoyed the twists, the sleuthing, and the classic throwback reveal. 

I recommend A SOCIALITE’S GUIDE TO MURDER to cozy mystery readers who enjoy the historical subgenre, stories set in a hotel or New York City, and the glamour of old black-and-white high-society motion pictures.

About S. K. Golden

Sarah K Golden is the author of the cozy mystery Murder at the Pinnacle Hotel. Born and raised in the Florida Keys, she married a commercial fisherman. The two of them still live on the islands with their five kids (one boy, four girls — including identical twins!), two cats, and a corgi named Goku. She graduated from Saint Leo University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Administration and has put it to good use approximately zero times. She’s worked as a bank teller, a pharmacy technician, and an executive assistant at her father’s church. Sarah is delighted to be doing none of those things now. She is currently working on book two in the Evelyn Murphy series.


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SK Golden said...

Thank you so much for this lovely review!

Karen said...

Thank YOU for the lovely book, and thanks so much for stopping by the blog!