Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Murder by Prediction by Miranda Atchley Blog Tour

About the Book:

The future is looking deadly.

In the spring of 1923, Fiona Clery’s fledgling private investigation business is slowly taking off. Since opening her practice, most of her cases have been small, but that is all about to change. When a trip to the eccentric world of Coney Island spells death for a man and a fortuneteller is accused of his murder, it’s up to Fiona to solve the case. When it is revealed that the fortuneteller is someone she knows, her search for answers becomes all the more urgent. To her surprise, Fiona finds herself doubting the fortuneteller’s innocence. Is it possible the loving soul she once knew could be responsible for murder?

In the midst of the investigation, Max Gillespie’s former flame reenters the picture with hopes of reconciliation. Having been burned once and still looking to further his relationship with Fiona, Max has no interest in reigniting this old romance. Yet when Susan claims to have information regarding his mother’s mysterious death as well as the Coney Island case, he’ll have to decide if he can trust the woman who once deceived him to gain much needed answers.

My Review:

This is another enjoyable adventure with Fiona, amateur sleuth, Irish immigrant, and potential romantic partner to Max. And all of those aspects of her character play in this plot. I appreciate the information about troubles in Ireland at the time and how that affected immigrants and others in America. We also get a good dose of the spiritualism popular after WW I. That is highlighted by Fiona's experience at Coney Island. What heartbreak to see how those who didn't fit into society were put on show. What a witness as we see how one survived by God's strength.

There is a decent mystery involved with a murder but I enjoyed following Fiona's personal life more. There is emotional engagement with Fiona's sister, her roommate and her beau. Her relationship adventures are as good as her sleuthing ones. Although Fiona does manage to get in a dangerous situation to add a little suspense.

Part of the strength of Atchley's novel is her attention to detail. She explains in her Author's Note the parts of the novel based on the culture of the day and actual places and events. I especially like her attention to the detail of clothing during the day.

I have enjoyed following Fiona and hope there will be more sleuthing adventures set in the 1920s. After all, Fiona does say, “When you stop seeking answers, you stop truly living.”

My rating: 4/5 stars.

You can read my reviews of the earlier books in the series, Deadly Pearls and Murder at the Picture Show.

About the Author:

Miranda Atchley
is a history enthusiast and complete bookworm whose passion for books and times gone by have compelled her to write several novels, one of which was a finalist for an indie writing award. When not writing at her home in Arkansas’s Ouachita Mountains, Miranda loves getting lost in a good book, spending time with her dogs, watching period dramas, and learning about her favorite period in time, the 1920s. Visit her blog at: mirandaatchley.blogspot.com.

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One winner will receive a Kindle download of Murder by Prediction. Must be 18 years or older to enter and able to receive and download a Kindle e-book.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by the author.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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