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Friday, March 18, 2016

Digging Up the Dead, A Tosca Trevant Mystery By Jill Amadio

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review.

Ever since a royal scandal caused gossip reporter Tosca Trevant to get booted out of London, she has been scrambling to discover the investigative story that will get her assigned to a more legitimate British news outlet. A huge fan of classical noir mysteries, Tosca is thrilled to discover that California’s Isabel Island, where she is temporarily living with her professional race car driving daughter, is also the home of the granddaughter of one of Tosca’s favorite authors. Karma Sanderson is hosting a party commemorating the forty-third anniversary of the death of Fuller Sanderson, and Tosca is delighted to attend. Rumors are swirling around the existence of unpublished manuscripts, and Tosca would love to be the one to break the story in the press.

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When Sanderson’s publisher drops dead in the middle of the party, Tosca once again finds herself in the midst of a suspicious death by poison. With the state of publishing in dire straits, there are more than enough suspects who would profit off of the works of the former bestselling author. While Karma’s gardening experience provides her with the means of the murder, Sanderson’s literary agent, the publisher’s editor, and an oddly involved collector all have their own investment in the rumored manuscripts. Tosca’s skills at uncovering tawdry royal secrets more than qualify her to poke into the just as corruptible world of publishing, and she enthusiastically tracks down the source of the poison, as well as the treasure hidden in a thumb drive.

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The author delves into many different topics that will prove fascinating to readers. Book lovers will appreciate the exploration of the business side of publishing, from the literary rights to their promotion. Esoteric musical instruments, gardening, and very English tea are also examined, but the real focus falls on classical noir mysteries. Tosca is a delightfully sharp and observant detective, and her reporter skills provide her with an entry into the investigation. A Cornwall native with the gift of wielding creative Cornish explicatives, Tosca relentless pursues her story to its perilous end. Readers should be able to pick up clues laid out by the author early on, but Tosca keeps pace just as swiftly. This second in the series proves to be as rewarding as the first, and we can only hope that Tosca remains exiled in America for many years to come.

To enter to win a copy of Digging Up the Dead, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “digging,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen March 26, 2016. If entering via email please include your mailing address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).


  1. Should I really love murder as much as I do? In my reading adventures, I mean. This book offers such a marvelous character, and she is a gardener, too. I love it!
    Thanks, Cynthia, for the synopsis and review! Thanks, KRL, for the giveaway opportunity! Thanks, Jill Amidio, for a great read!

  2. My favorite genre is mysteries! I'd love to win this! Thanks for the chance! lindaherold999@gmail.com

  3. Sounds like another great read and an author to follow. Thank you for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

  4. This would be a new author for me.
    The book sounds interesting and I'd
    love to try it.

  5. From the review, it looks like many topics are covered in this mystery. Would enjoy reading.

  6. Thank you, all, for your interest and comments. Tosca Trevant thanks you in the language of her home, Cornwall: Meur Ras!

  7. This sounds like a great book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  8. Sounds like an interesting read. This is a new author for me. Thanks for the chance to win.