Photo Finished by Christin Brecher

Photo Finished by Christin BrecherPhoto Finished by Christin Brecher
Series: Snapshot of NYC Mystery #1
Published by Kensington Publishing on October 25, 2022
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 1288
Format: Paperback

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Photo Finished

Liv’s moved to NYC to make a go of her photography career – living in a small apartment/studio below her grandparents’ brownstone and working part-time in their key shop. She takes a leap when famous photographer, Regina Montague, comes in to have a key made. Liv asks for a job. Regina offers her the chance to shoot with her at the exclusive Holiday Debutante Ball. 

Unfortunately, the ball ends with Liv finding a bloody Regina kneeling by the corpse of billionaire Charlie Archibald. Liv’s convinced that she can figure out who the killer is, because she’s sure it isn’t Regina. With an assist from Regina’s assistant and Harry, a fraud investigator and potential boyfriend, Liv uses details from the photos she shot at the ball to search for the real killer. 

My thoughts about Photo Finished

Using NYC as a setting gives the story a fresh modern feel.

Liv is a fun character with her photographer’s eye and keen observation skills along with her slight zaniness. I loved it when she would talk about taking photos – how she views things differently through a lens. The secondary characters were fully realized – her family felt authentic with a boisterous NJ vibe. Harry was adorable and I hope we see more of him in future books.

With money and revenge as motives, there’s no lack of suspects and I enjoyed Liv’s investigation that definitely had twists I wasn’t expecting. I loved the secondary mystery with the safe her grandfather was hired to open and how skillfully the author related it to murder.

In closing

This is a great introduction to a new series. It’s the perfect fast-paced, fun read!

Thank you, Kensington Cozies for the DRC!

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About Christin Brecher

Christin Brecher was born and raised in New York City, where her family and many childhood friends still reside. As such, she feels she is as much of a small-town girl as any. The idea to write the Nantucket Candle Maker series sprang from her life-long connection to the small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Spending summers there as a child, Christin read from her family’s library of mystery novels; after which she began to imagine stories inspired by the island’s whaling heyday, its notoriously foggy nights, and during long bike rides to the beach. After many years in marketing for the publishing industry, followed by years raising her children, Murder’s No Votive Confidence is Christin’s debut novel.

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