Book Tour + Review: Margaritas & Murder by CeCe Osgood
About the Book
Stephanie Plum meets Bridget Jones in this hilarious yet suspenseful cozy mystery featuring Sunny Truly, a brand-new apprentice private investigator in Austin, Texas.
When a long ago childhood friend is found dangling in a tree—with a dead man in her apartment—Sunny is hired to prove the friend innocent of murder.
Frumpy, earnest and stubborn, Sunny goes undercover as a glam-girl to ferret out suspects at the nightclub where her friend worked.
With the aid of her wise-cracking boss, Cleve Haylock, and swoon-worthy police detective John Rock, Sunny uncovers an ugly secret with deadly consequences. Will Sunny be the next victim?
Climbing out of the car, I stared up at the balcony, cringing as images bombarded me of Joyce grasping for anything to keep from falling, gravity pulling her down no matter how hard she fought, her mind realizing the pavement below would end her life. I reminded myself that was not what happened. The tree had broken her fall. She was in a coma but still alive with a highly uncertain future.
Sunny Truly is a private investigator’s…assistant. One day, she will have that title and she is determined to earn it. After an exhausting divorce and terrible career-shattering video on Youtube, Sunny knows that she has to have some seriously good karma coming her way sometime soon. When her and her sister’s good friend, Joyce, winds up in the hospital in a coma and a man dead in her apartment—Sunny is immediately asked to investigate. She knows that there is no possible way that Joyce could kill anyone, but must clear her name and find the real killer before she wakes up from her coma. Could this mystery become too dangerous for Sunny to handle when it seems like everyone who lives a life of the rich and famous has a motive to want someone dead?
Osgood has a great story-line with complex characters that are creative and strong. The content is original and the pace is steady. There are several spelling and grammatical errors throughout the read, but the story-line is solid. Since this is an advanced reader copy, these may have been cleaned up upon further proofreading, but if not, this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, you may want to check it out. This is the first book in the Sunny Truly Mystery Series; therefore, readers can dive right in.
A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.
About the Author
CeCe Osgood lives in Texas after many years in LA working in the film industry. Her writing career includes magazine articles and screenplays as well as being a freelance story analyst (main client HBO). She also has had two screenplays optioned. Being a novelist has been her lifelong dream, and now it’s becoming her reality. She loves red wine and hates pretzels. CeCe’s first novel, THE DIVORCED NOT DEAD WORKSHOP, a chick-lit romantic comedy was awarded a Crowned Heart by InD’tale magazine.
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When did you decide to become a writer?
A very long time ago. I was in elementary school reading Greek mythology when I decided to write my own Greek myth about a wood sprite. Unfortunately my teacher did not care for my creativity. Years later, another teacher helped me discover journalism and, in high school, I wrote features for the school paper and later for my hometown daily. But then I got busy with life and working in the film industry, and only recently began to write novels.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
World domination! Or at least several novels that stay on a best-selling list for six months! If only…Seriously, I would be happy right now to write more Sunny Truly mysteries and another cozy series set in a small seaside town. I’m not sure which coast or state, but it’s cooking in my gray matter, way, way over there on a back burner.
What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?
I like sassy, determined female protagonists with a sense of humor. I don’t see how anyone can go through life without humor and the self-perspective humor brings to you. That’s why I like chick lit, because it involves the main character becoming more aware of what she wants and doesn’t want in life and love, and she does it while making mistakes or making a fool out of herself, but still keeping her sense of humor.
The Sunny Truly series is what I would call a chick lit cozy mystery because the reader is deep into the mind of the female sleuth as she tries to solve the murder mystery while still living her day-to-day life, which includes romantic encounters, and, of course, food, family and friends, especially girlfriends and margaritas (yum). I enjoy cozies because they include humor, a bit of romance (sometimes) and the sleuth’s family, friends, pets and the other characters that populate the main character’s world. Plus, there’s the puzzle of discovering whodunit.
Which writers inspire you?
For romantic comedy, I’m a big fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Sophie Kinsella. For mysteries, Joy Fielding and for darker stuff, Harlan Coben. As for cozies, there are way too many, but let me say right now I’m enjoying Diane Orgain’s cozy series.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
I guess it would be my favorite classic, The Great Gatsby. The descriptive prose is scrumptious with its irony and humor, and, of course, its brilliant sense of the tragedy that emerges from chasing one’s illusions. Perhaps that’s why I like chick lit because the protagonist usually has to confront her romantic illusions, and learn what’s real and what’s not.
Check out all the stops on the Tour:
Enrayn – Book Review
Hello…Chick Lit – Book Promo Post
Cafinated Reads – Book Excerpt
Gin, books and blankets… – Book Reivew/Author Q&A
Steamy Book Momma – Book Promo Post
Judging More Than Just The Cover – Author Q&A
Sylv all about books and films – Book Promo Post
Christa Reads and Writes – Book Review/Guest Post
Cynful Books To Read – Author Guest Post/Promo Post
He Said Books or Me – Book Review/Excerpt
Grass Monster – Amazon/GoodReads Book Review
One More Chapter – Book Review
BookLoverWormBlog – Book Review
Turning Another Page – Book Review/Author Q&A
JenaBooks – Book Review/Excerpt
Book Lover in Florida – Book Review/Excerpt