These two right here, y'all, make a fantastic author team and have added a great book to the cozy mystery genre. What a great debut, Katie Gayle!!
Katie Gayle is the writing partnership of best-selling South African writers, Kate Sidley and Gail Schimmel. Kate and Gail have, between them, written over ten books of various genres, but with Katie Gayle, they both make their debut in the cozy mystery genre. Both Gail and Kate live in Johannesburg, with husbands, children, dogs and cats. Unlike their sleuth Epiphany Bloom, neither of them have ever stolen a cat from the vet.
A missing teenager, a mysterious cult and a case of mistaken identity – just another day’s work for Epiphany Bloom.
Epiphany is down on her luck. She can barely afford cat food, and just because Most has three legs doesn’t mean he eats any less. So she absolutely can’t afford to mess up her latest temp job. But when she walks through the door of the private investigation firm, her new boss mistakes her for a missing persons expert. He then charges her with finding Matty Price – the teenage son of two A-list celebrities – who has mysteriously disappeared from his home in Kensington.
It ought to be a disaster, but Pip reckons it’s actually an opportunity. She’s always been curious (nosy, her mother calls it) and has an uncanny knack for being at the wrong place at the right time (she doesn’t want to know what her mother thinks of that). After years of trying to find something she’s good at, has Pip managed to walk straight into the job she was born to do?
She owes it to herself and poor missing Matty to find out.
But searching for Matty takes Pip into the strange, intimidating world of the rich and famous. And it soon becomes clear that some of these people’s love for themselves doesn’t extend to their fellow humans. As Pip investigates further, she realizes the question isn’t whether Matty ran away – it’s whether Pip will find him alive and make it home safely herself...
Also, Pip's sister, O.M.G!!!! Felicity made me laugh out loud many times. She is a vegan blogger mom with some slight (and hilarious) vocabulary issues. She gave this book an additional little gem effect. I could totally see Pip and Feli as a funny hilarious amateur sleuth team in the next book. Katie Gayle, hint, hint!!!!! Pretty, pretty, please with a cherry on top! *batting eyelashes and puppy dog eyes*
Ladies and gents, grab this book, a great cup or glass of your favorite beverage, hide under a blanket by the fireplace and dive in!
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