ARC Review: Murder Most Actual



SERIES: Standalone

REPRESENTATION: Black MC, Sapphic romance



An isolated Scottish hotel.

One-by-one grisly murders.

Master criminals, overly dramatic private detectives, family secrets and a femme fatales.

Podcaster Liza and her wife are here to work on their rocky marriage and instead end up playing amateur sleuth.

MURDER MOST ACTUAL is a fun mash-up that sort of perfectly combines all the best bits of classic Agatha Christie style crime, Clue campiness and the up-to-date modernity of Only Murders in the Building. It’s also full of all the best, classic Golden Era over-the-top tropes and cliches alongside shoutouts and references to famous literary detectives from throughout the ages. It’s an added layer of entertainment for any crime fan or mystery lover.

I loved all the nods and winks, and just how much genuine joy comes through in the reading. It’s fun to try and solve the puzzled alongside Liza and Hanna, but the characters and setting are such a delight that it’s a fabulous ride from start to finish, whether or not you figure it out.

MURDER MOST ACTUAL is the sort of thing I could 100% see as an ITV or Sky TV multi-part adaption—the kind that always airs at prime-time over the winter holiday season, and gets dramatic covershoots on the TV Times Festive Edition. The kind where all the bit parts are played by big-name stars hamming it up for all they’re worth.

And I would watch the crap out of it.

I hope it happens. And I hope there’s a sequel. MURDER MOST ACTUAL wraps up fully and completely and, as far as I can see, there’re no plans to extend it. But, with this kind of story, especially an MC who makes her living pocking her nose into crime, I don’t see why this couldn’t spawn a couple of sequels.

When up-and-coming true crime podcaster Liza and her corporate financier wife Hanna head to a luxurious hotel in the Scottish Highlands, they’re hoping for a chance to rekindle their marriage – not to find themselves trapped in the middle of an Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery with no way home. But who better to take on the case than someone whose entire profession relies on an obsession with all things mysterious and macabre? Though some of her fellow guests may consider her an interfering new media hack, Liza knows a thing or two about crime and – despite Hanna’s preference for waiting out the chaos behind a locked door – might be the only one capable of discovering the killer. As the bodies rack up and the stakes rise, can they save their marriage — and their lives?

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

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