#BookReview: A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty @MinotaurBooks @CJ_Daugherty #bookbestiesabeautifulcorpse #series

39852486My Review:

Book Two in the Harper McClain series, but could be read as a stand-alone. Harper is a crime reporter for a newspaper in Savannah, Georgia and has a background with the Savannah police department.  Something major happens in book one and many in the PD are keeping their distance from Harper and refuse to share information with her.

In this installment, there is a new murder mystery and Harper is determined to find justice for the victim even without much help from the police.  The case is intriguing and I was trying to figure out who the killer was alongside Harper. I really enjoyed her strong, and courageous character. Her past is woven throughout the story and brings some tension as things from her past still haunt her and are unresolved.

A steady paced police procedural with a strong female lead that is easy to root for as she brings justice to crime victims.  Her character is what really makes this series and I look forward to the next!


Book Description:

From Christi Daugherty, author of The Echo Killing, comes another pulse-pounding suspenseful thriller featuring crime reporter Harper McClain.

For a woman, being killed by someone who claims to love her is the most ordinary murder of all.

With its antebellum houses and ancient oak trees draped in a veil of Spanish moss, Savannah’s graceful downtown is famous around the world. When a woman is killed in the heart of that affluent district, the shock is felt throughout the city. But for crime reporter Harper McClain, this story is personal. The corpse has a familiar face.

Only twenty-four years old, Naomi Scott was just getting started. A law student, tending bar to make ends meet, she wanted to change the world. Instead, her life ended in the dead of night at the hands of an unseen gunman. There are no witnesses to the crime. The police have three suspects: Scott’s boyfriend, who has a criminal past he claims he’s put behind him, her boss, who stalked another young bartender two years ago, and the district attorney’s son, who Naomi dated until their relationship ended in acrimony. All three men claim to love her. Could one of them be her killer?

With the whole city demanding answers, Harper unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy. But the pressures on her go beyond the murder. The newspaper is facing more layoffs. Her boss fears both their jobs are on the line. And Harper begins to realize that someone is watching her every move. Someone familiar and very dangerous.

Someone who told her to run before it’s too late…


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  1. Sounds like a good series so far. I like that the protagonist is not a completely flawed character. So many times, if it is a female, they have gone through so much in life. Nice review Holly.


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