Sunday, November 26, 2023

Mayhem in the Mountains by Kelly Oliver Book Review

About the Book:

1918 Italy

When a deadly blizzard traps Fiona Figg and Kitty Lane in the Dolomite Mountains, it’s all

downhill from here.Their hotel is snowed-in, and no one can get in or out. Then a man is found dead in his locked hotel room – and the killer is still on the premises. But with no murder weapon and too many suspects, their investigation is treading on thin ice.

The colder it gets outside, the hotter it gets inside as Fiona squares off with both her beloved

Archie and her nemesis Fredricks. With her love-life on a slippery-slope, Fiona risks everything in one bold move…

My Review:

This novel did not capture me as much as the previous ones in the series. The murder weapon was no surprise and Fiona seemed out of her element in the snow. The relationships Fiona has with Archie and Fredrick seemed to be the same, not evolving one way or the other.

I did find including the actual historical character of Mussolini to be interesting. There was no author's note at the end so I do not know if the covert acts to keep Mussolini in line were based on actual history or not.

Fiona is a good amateur sleuth and perhaps government agent and I did enjoy the cozy mystery in general.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

You can read my reviews of earlier books in this series: Chaos at Carnegie Hall and Covert in Cairo.

About the Author:

Kelly Oliver
 is the award-winning and bestselling author of three mystery series: the seven-book suspense series, The Jessica James Mysteries; the three-book middle grade kids’ series, Pet Detective Mysteries; and the four-book historical cozy series, The Fiona Figg Mysteries, inspired by those trips to the Green Hills Library.

Currently, Kelly is the Vice President of Sisters in Crime.

When she’s not writing novels, Kelly is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.

Boldwood Books, 296 pages.

(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.)