Blog tour and release day!
FULL SERVICE BLONDE by Megan Edwards (out today!)
This is the prequel to GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA (you can see my review here)
Here’s the synopsis:
A working girl is found dead in the desert. Can a calendar girl uncover the truth? In this prequel to GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA, it’s Christmastime in Sin City. Aspiring journalist Copper Black meets Victoria McKimber, an outspoken prostitute at one of Nevada’s legal brothels. She’s offered Copper the exclusive right to tell her story. Not only will the Las Vegas Light’s -calendar girl- get a byline, but she can also impress her boyfriend and parents when they arrive for the holidays.
Copper is busy with work, Christmas shopping, and fantasizing about a whole week with her long-distance boyfriend. She’s also helping her brother, a civic-minded pastor who is spearheading plans for a new center to serve the homeless. Things are hectic but under control when shocking news breaks. Victoria McKimber has turned up dead.
As she investigates the violent death, Copper evades enemies, juggles boyfriend, work, and family, and races against time to save her brother from a sinister plot. Unless she can expose the truth about Victoria McKimber, somebody just might get away with murder.
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
Earlier this year I read Megan Edwards’ book GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA and I fell in love with Copper Black. She was such a fun character and it was refreshing to read a mystery and crime fiction novel that wasn’t from a detective’s point of view. Copper is a journalist and she manages to find herself tangled up in murder cases. FULL SERVICE BLONDE is the prequel to the series and we get to know Copper and how she got her start.
Copper Black is an aspiring journalist – she moved herself out to Las Vegas to work at a newspaper. She’s only the Calendar Girl and gets coffee, but she has high hopes in finding a story so that she can finally get her byline. Enter Victoria McKimber. Victoria is stirring up some controversy in the media – she was the top saleswoman for a make up brand (think Mary Kay) and even won their pageant. However, it was later found out that she was a working girl prior to entering the pageant. She wants to tell her story and she has given Copper the exclusive rights to do so. However, when Victoria turns up brutally murdered, Copper finds herself in the middle of the investigation and must release the story so that this killer doesn’t get away with murder.
I really enjoyed the mash up of humor in this crime novel. Much like GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA it’s a more lighthearted murder and investigation story (if there could be such a thing!). This prequel we get to know Copper better and how she got to where she was in book one. Juggling her family, her long-distance boyfriend, helping her brother, and now trying to get her name out there as a journalist, we get to see how she operates under pressure.
I did like getting the glimpse into the world of legal prostitution in Las Vegas. That’s definitely something I knew absolutely nothing about. I’ve never been to Vegas, and much like book one, I really liked having the scenery set so vividly for me. This book kept a good pace and with a likeable main character, it’s hard to not get pulled in!
Overall, if you want a crime fiction novel with some humor then I would highly recommend FULL SERVICE BLONDE (and picking up book one!). I’m definitely hoping for a book three to see what new story Copper Black gets sucked into next.
About the Author:
Megan Edwards is the author of the travel memoir Roads from the Ashes, the humor book Caution: Funny Signs Ahead, her debut novel Getting off on Frank Sinatra and forthcoming novel Strings: A Love Story (due out Sept 12, 2017). She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and spent nearly seven years “on the road” all over North America. Now at home in Las Vegas, Nevada, she is working on her next novel.
For more information, visit MeganEdwards.com or Imbrifex.com and connect with Megan on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Goodreads.
Full Service Blonde: A Copper Black Mystery is available for pre-order on Amazon and
Barnes and Noble, and will be in print and e-book formats come its November 7, 2017
release wherever fine books are sold.
Have you read either of her Copper Black books? They’re so unique and fun to read!