ARC Review: Dead-End Detective



SERIES: Piper and Porter Mystery #1




Amanda Flower has become one of my favourite authors over the past couple of years. I usually like my cozies with a theme or quirk that runs alongside the actual detecting: a sleuth who’s a baker or other amateur, a ghostly partner etc. Oft-times I find that side as interesting as the mystery. I was a little wary since DEAD-END DETECTIVE doesn’t have that. Although Darby isn’t a police officer, she is a P.I. which feels similar enough.

However. I shouldn’t have doubted Flowers!

I adored the two main characters – the investigative partners in the Piper and Porter Agency – Darcy and new arrival Tate. The chemistry between these two (both as a romantic pairing, a teasing friendship and a detecting duo) is perfect. I’m really excited to watch these two bicker and bounce ideas off each other in future books.

The mystery was really intriguing, with just enough suspects, twists and red herrings to keep me on the edge of my seat and trying to work it out for myself. The pacing was perfect, dropping hints in all the right places so my suspicions came together just pages before the reveal. I feel like that’s the sweet spot for figuring out a mystery, not too early but enough that the clues are actually available to the reader.

I’m excited to continue this new series as it comes out. We see just enough of the small New York town in DEAD-END DETECTIVE not to be overwhelm the reader with characters, but to create a vivid setting and community full of new potential lines of investigation to explore.

Darby Piper is in shock. Samantha Porter—her mentor and business partner at Two Girls Detective Agency—has died in a car crash, and it doesn’t look like an accident. In fact, evidence is pointing toward Darby.

Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of the agency, but Samantha had recently changed the will to leave it to Tate Porter, her nephew, who returns to town.

Tate is no P.I. He’s a veteran, a world traveler, and something of a mystery himself. But as he helps Darby delve into secret histories and real estate development plans, he does seem to have a knack for the job. Will the agency have a future…even if Darby can prove her innocence in time?

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

5 thoughts on “ARC Review: Dead-End Detective”

    1. Hmmm… I’d still say cozy, though perhaps not AS cozy as the sweet shop books. Also, not having the baker, librarian etc ‘gimmick’ means it goes a more all-in on the mystery itself.


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