Melissa McBallister doesn’t consider herself famous, she’s been a ghostwriter on a couple of books but really wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a famous author. When her family looks into having their property featured on a new reality television show though the show offers her a spot on the cast and after meeting sexy Ryan Sethi, the producer, Melissa immediately jumps at the opportunity but when a castmate ends up murdered Melissa is the prime suspect and needs to clear her name.
Lights, Camera, Murder by Nikki Haverstock was an enjoyable little cozy mystery. The story is set around a reality television show, the Savvy Socialites of Fishcreek Falls, being filmed in the small ski town where Melissa lives. My best guess is the premise of the show being filmed seems to be similar to the Real Housewives type of reality television but I’ve never actually watched those myself. The idea though seems to be to get the ladies in the cast together and hope for some drama to happen.
It’s a lighthearted type of cozy mystery often having some pretty humorous moments as the story built up to the murder to be solved. But I will say I would have liked to have the actual action and case start a bit sooner. If the official synopsis and the whole idea of a “cozy mystery” didn’t hint at a murder I wouldn’t even mention it in a review since it doesn’t take place until the midway point of the book which is a bit slow getting to the nitty gritty of the story for my taste.
Overall, I found this one an entertaining read and think fans of cozy mysteries would enjoy this one even if it did have a bit slow of a start.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.