A Plus One for Murder (A Friend for Hire Mystery #1) by Laura Bradford

Pages: 300

Publisher: Berkley

Published: December 7, 2021

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Available Formats: Digital, Audio, and Print

My Review: I absolutely loved this book. So much so that I read it again once I finished. I never do that.

It is different, fresh, and fun. Our main character adjusts her career from travel agent to a friend for hire. No, not an escort! She is someone you can hire to go to a function you need a partner. She can come visit you at your home if you are disabled and unable to leave the house. She can check in on a parent. This idea is genius and not one we have seen in the cozy mystery world before. I personally think it could be a fun profession. Imagine all the interesting people you could meet.

There are plenty of older characters that provide wisdom and plenty of laughs. I really hope Dottie makes a return in book two because she is my favorite character. I need a fun Dottie in my life. Max will grab your heart and not let go.

Hurry and grab your copy. A Plus One for Murder releases this Tuesday, December 7th.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

NetGalley: Entrepreneur Emma Westlake is reinventing herself as a hired friend when murder gets in the way in this exciting new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Laura Bradford.

Emma Westlake has always wanted to be in business for herself. As a kid, she had her own successful lemonade stand and dog-walking business. And when she entered adulthood, Emma sunk all her cash into her dream job of travel planning. But as her customers became more and more internet savvy, the need for her services declined. At a loss for what to do next, she turns to an elderly friend who suggests she try to get paid for doing something she’s really good at–being a paid companion. Emma thinks it’s a crazy idea until requests start pouring in. Big Max from down the block wants her to act as his wingman at the local senior center’s upcoming dance, nurse practitioner Stephanie needs a workout partner, and writer Brian Hill asks Emma to be his cheering section at an open mic night.

Brian will be reading from his latest work and wants to know someone will clap for him when he’s done. When Emma balks at the notion that people wouldn’t, he tells her the room will be filled with people he’s invited–most of whom will likely want him dead by the time he’s done reading. Assuming he’s joking, she laughs. But when Brian steps up to the mic and clears his throat to speak, he promptly drops dead. Emma is one of the last people to see him alive, and so she becomes an immediate suspect. Now she’ll have to cozy up to a killer to save her skin and her new business.