Review – 30 Second Death by Laura Bradford

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Synopsis:
To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .

When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.

To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.

 
 
My Review:
4 out of 5 stars
★★★★☆
I’m happy to say that all of the things that I loved about the first book in this series were present in this book also. Tobi’s humor had me laughing out loud on many occasions. She has a small but wonderful tight-knit group of friends that anyone would be lucky to have. Carter, Mary-Fran, and Sam bring a lot of enjoyment into these books. I also love the parts with Tobi’s Grandpa Stu.

The mystery had me hooked from the very beginning and had me completely stumped. Just as I thought I figured out who the killer was, my suspicion would shift to someone else. The killer was a complete surprise and someone that wasn’t on my suspect list at all. I really love when an author is able to stump me like that and keep me thinking and guessing throughout the book.

I was a little frustrated with Andy in this book, but I’m happy with how things turned out in the end.
Really my only complaint about the book is that I wish there had been just a little more sleuthing. The sleuthing that was mentioned though covered a lot of ground and was able to let the reader understand how the killer was found and revealed.

This was a great, quick read, full of suspense, mystery, and intrigue along with the humor that I loved so much in the first book. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series!

*I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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