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Murder, She Uncovered

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Why did I wait so long to read this??? I could not put it down. It kept me guessing the entire time. 

Elizabeth’s character grabs you immediately and you feel like you’ve known her forever. I was surprised how independent and strong she was given it is 1938 in the book. The more the book progressed the more her confidence grew. 

I am already lobbying for Santa to bring me a kindle gift card so I can get books one and three. I want to see how it started and where Elizabeth’s character is going. Definitely, a must-read series for those who love historical fiction and cozy mysteries.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Random House, through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.
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Another excellent edition to a wonderful series! Full of twists and turns that leaves you wanting more and enjoying each moment until the end when the killer is caught!
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Biz Adams has graduated from the society page to photographer to a seasoned reported. A maid is found dead in a mansion after a bad storm, but it was murder, not natural causes. Much to her mothers dismay, Biz wants a career, not a husband.
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An fantastic story that was perfectly paced from the beginning. I fell in love with the main character and loved that she was somewhat physically differently abled. 

Though this obviously a work of fiction it worked so well because it was set in the real world. Where class divisions do exist. Where people deal with the effects of illness in various ways. I would love to see the character as she grows over time and experiences new things. 

The New York setting was fantastic. I also liked the attention to detail that was made in regards to the fashion and style of the time period. The mystery itself easily drew me in and I was very satisfied with the conclusion. It built at a very natural pace. 

I will buy and read all of the authors other offerings and am excited with what will come in the future with this wonderful series.
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Murder, She Uncovered was a fun, entertaining mystery that will bring you back to a simpler time in history.  Elizabeth “Biz” Adams was a delightful character that you will instantly connect to in a profession that was unheard of at the time.  The mystery was interesting and thought-provoking and a nice edition to the series.  Looking forward to reading book number three in the series.
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Princess Fuzzypants here: On occasion it feels a bit like some of the cozy heroines are a bit cookie cutter.  Often they have similar themes, similar backgrounds and similar characters.  The better ones break free.  When there is something that is fresh and different, it is a real treat.
This is one such series.

Elizabeth, who was raised with the ultra rich in New York decides a life in Society no longer holds her interest.  She takes a job as a news photographer for a paper, much to the shock and dismay of her family and friends.  Women of her station do not do such things as work.  

Set in the 1930’s, as the survivor of polio, she is also left with a weakness in her leg but rather than capitulate to her disease, it makes her more determined.  Plus, from the unique vantage point of seeing the world both from her Class and from the world of the working stiff, she has a perspective that emerges in her photos.  It also allows her insights others miss in stories she is following and crimes she is covering.

But it also makes her highly aware of the differences between her “people” and the rest of the world.  She is kind, caring and very smart.  These are characteristics that endear her to the hard boiled reporter who becomes her partner and to the cop who is infatuated with her.

The death of a young woman in service brings those worlds crashing together and Elizabeth must decide if she is going to commit totally to her new life or try to straddle both worlds.  As Elizabeth digs deeper in the story the dichotomy of love and destruction are interwoven together.    It was only towards the end that I began to suspect the real villain.

I can recommend this book both for an intriguing heroine, great characters and a ripping yarn.
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I enjoyed the 2nd book in this series just as much, if not more, than the 1st one. I like the characters, and I'm on board to see where the series takes the main character, "Biz." The mystery part of the plot is engaging, and the cast of characters is full of potential. While the books don't dig deep into the problems that people faced in the past, neither do they gloss over these problems or romanticize the past too much, as is the case when Ralph reveals that he suffered some type of abuse at the hands of a priest when he was a child. This book maintains just the right balance of a light, entertaining read with just enough depth to keep it engaging.
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This series gets better with each book.  I love the time era and this was fun to read.  There were a few twists that I did not expect, so it held my interest.  Very good.  I look forward to more books in this series!
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You’ll find no recipes, crafts or yarn patterns in Peg Cochran’s MURDER, SHE UNCOVERED, just a good, authentic, well-told cozy mystery that you will find hard to put down.

Set New York in the 1930’s  this second book in the A Murder, She Reported Mystery series follows newspaper photographer Elizabeth “Biz” Adams and crime writer Ralph Kraminsky as they rush to scoop that ever elusive “Big Story” before a rival newspaper beats them to it.

The Big Story that catches their attention in this book is the murder of a maid to a upper class family vacationing in the Hamptons. When a vicious hurricane strikes, the family flees to the city for safety leaving the maid to close up the house.  When the storm passes and damage to the house is being assessed, her body is discovered in a third floor bedroom, not the result of the storm, but of malicious intent.

Cochran presents a slew of suspicious characters, all with reasons to kill the girl and only a few with shaky alibis. As “Biz” and Kraminsky follow the leads and slowly cross off names, other “breaking stories” send them racing around town to shoot photos and interview victims and witnesses. Three suspects in the maid’s murder finally emerge at the end, each with motive and opportunity to get rid of her, but which one did the deed?  Readers are in suspense till the very end.

Cochran’s research on the era, clothes, speech, and locations is impeccable. And she cleverly illustrates the vast divide that separates the privileged high society and the common worker. The fact that her heroine has a foot in both worlds makes it all the more interesting, especially with a budding “forbidden” romance.

I highly recommend this book.
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Another excellent edition to a wonderful series! Full of twists and turns that leaves you wanting more and enjoying each moment until the end when the killer is caught!
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Murder, She Uncovered is a historical cozy mystery set in 1930’s New York. The author did a beautiful job of painting a picture of the past. A strict class system and the expectations placed on a young society woman added dimension to the story and made me really feel for Elizabeth as she tried to make her own way in the world.  The mystery had plenty of red herrings and twists to keep me guessing. Murder, She Uncovered is a perfect blend of mystery and historical fiction.

This is the second book in the series but the first one I have read. You can definitely read this as a standalone, but I will be going back to catch up with book one!
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Enjoyed this book. Kept me interested all the way through. Would recommend to a fellow reader.  Love the cover.
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Murder, She Uncovered by Peg Cochran is the 2nd book in Murder, She Reported mystery series, and is another enjoyable book.  This book takes place in the 1930's.  Socialite Elizabeth  “Biz” Adams does the unthinkable  by getting a job at the Daily Trumpet, as a photographer.  Biz and her reporter side kick are excited about being sent to Long Island, to cover the story of a maid found dead after the Great New England Hurricane.  When we learn that the maid did not die in the hurricane, the mystery begins.  I enjoy Ms. Cochran's other series, and so glad I gave this one a try too.  This book is well developed, full of twists and turns.  I recommend this book, and look forward to the next book in the series.  

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group – Alibi. Thank you.
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Book 2 of Cochran's Murder She Reported historical mystery series covers the great hurricane of September 1938. Elizabeth, known as Biz to her friends is now a news photographer assigned to Kaminsky, the seasoned crime reporter for the Daily Trumpet. A week after the storm, they are assigned to cover the discovery of a corpse found amid the wreckage left by storm dubbed The Long Island Express. Noeleen Donovan, a maid working for the Post family, was found on the third floor of one of the mansions in Westhampton Long Island. The local law enforcement agencies are overwhelmed dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane. The Post family lives in Manhattan so the case is transferred to New York City.

Eager to prove his continued worth to the editors of the Daily Trumpet, Kaminsky and Biz investigate the story. A provocative detail, Noeleen, unmarried, was five months pregnant. Elizabeth's social standing is helpful here as she is able to easily interact with the members of New York's upper class. Kaminsky's seasoned approach to crime in New York, keeps her grounded. Will Detective Sal Marino be part of the investigation? Elizabeth is still very attracted to him although she knows the feelings are hopeless. Will societal norms keep them apart?

Cochran, a best selling author, has produced a well researched story. Her description of the locations and use of dialogue create an accurate background to the mystery. The reader feels as if they might be part of New York City prior to World War II. The mystery itself is well designed, providing enough possible suspects to make the solution challenging. I look forward to Book 3 of Murder She Reported.

Full disclosure: I received this e-copy from netgalley and Alibi in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you for the opportunity.
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Peg Cochran crafts a story that takes you on a journey and this one is no exception, I certainly didn't expect the final twist in the tale.

Elizabeth "Biz" Adams has been promoted to full time photographer at the Daily Trumpet and she normally works the crime beat with Kaminsky, the reporter who gave her the chance to show off her photographic skills. After a horrendous storm has buffeted the East Coast, the clean up has included finding the bodies of those that died in the storm, but one of the corpses was dead before the storm hit! Now with the paper planning of cutting back some of the reporters Kaminsky needs to get a good front page scoop and this story seems to be it (and Biz is determined to help), everyone says that the young Irish maid was a wonderful person, so why is she dead, and why are there so many suspects!

If Kaminsky is to keep his job and Biz is to keep hers (and step away from her matchmaking mother) they will need to combine forces again and get the killer out of the shadows and into the clink! If you haven't read this series yet, do so, I doubt you will be disappointed in this classic Cozy.
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The 1930’s in New York City comes alive in this latest mystery by Peg Cochran. The author takes us back and forth from New York City to Long Island, where a massive hurricane just struck. The storm left an incredible amount of devastation including a young dead woman. At first it was thought she was a victim of the storm, but it doesn’t take long for the police to rule it a homicide.

It’s a tricky situation since the young woman had been a maid for a wealthy family. She stayed behind to care for their summer home while the family went back to the city. Elizabeth Adams and Ralph Kaminsky are on the job trying to get the full story for their newspaper The Daily Trumpet. Elizabeth is a photographer, much to her wealthy family’s dismay. Ralph is the seasoned reporter. Together they make quite the investigative pair.

As the partners delve into the story, they are surprised to discover there were quite a few people who wanted to see the young maid dead. Elizabeth and Ralph are determined to beat the other newspapers and be the first to get the real story.

This is the second book of the series. You don’t have to read the first one to read this one, but I think it’s so much more enjoyable if you do. I feel as if I already know Elizabeth and her partner Ralph, too. We get into more about them as the storyline progresses.

There’s even a side romance storyline for Elizabeth with the local detective, Marino. A man her wealthy mother does not approve of. I often had to remind myself it’s the 1930’s and things were different back then.

The book is fast-paced and kept me guessing until the end. There were several different possibilities of who the culprit could be and I kept changing my mind. The ending took me by surprise.

I’m hoping there will be a third book soon. I look forward to being transported back in time to New York City in the 30’s.
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Murder, She Uncovered by Peg Cochran has readers going back to September 21, 1938 in New York City.  Elizabeth “Biz” Adams has just been promoted to crime photographer at the Daily Trumpet which means no more Gal Friday duties.  The Great New England Hurricane hits the area unexpectedly leaving devastation in its wake.  A week later, Ralph Kaminsky and Biz are sent to Westhampton where a maid was found dead in one of the devastated summer homes.  Noeleen Donovan worked for Edith and Frederick Post who summered on Long Island and left the maid behind to close up the house.  The young woman was stabbed in the back and the coroner discovers that Noeleen had been pregnant.  Kaminsky feels this could be a big story, and he could use one with rumors floating around about reporter layoffs.  Biz likes Kaminsky, especially since he took a chance on her when no one else would, so she decides to pursue a lead that could end up a headlining story.  The duo wonder who would want to harm the Irish maid who went to mass every day and spent most of her time in her room.  But everyone has secrets and someone silenced Noeleen to keep theirs hidden.  Join Biz Adams and Kaminsky as they search for answers and attempt to scoop the other papers in Murder, She Uncovered.

Murder, She Uncovered is an action packed historical cozy mystery.  Biz Adams is a socialite who wants a different type of life for herself.  Despite her mother’s attempts to marry her off, Biz is still single and thrilled at being promoted to crime photographer.  It also allows her to interact with Detective Sal Marino to whom Biz is attracted, but she does not see how it could work out between them with their differing backgrounds.  When an Irish maid is murdered, Biz and Kaminsky are assigned the case.  They want to discover who killed Noeleen Donovan and scoop the other papers.  I like that the investigation is actively pursued throughout the book.  They question a variety of people in their search for the truth.  There are a couple of side stories as well.  Ralph Kaminsky is the perfect partner for Elizabeth “Biz” Adams.  They have different perspectives thanks to their diverse backgrounds.  Kaminsky has a nose for news plus he has knowledge of the common man and Biz helps him navigate the upper class crowd courtesy of her upbringing.  I also enjoyed getting know more about Biz’s family and her best friend, Irene Nowack.  I like that we are learning more about Kaminsky a little at a time (he may be crotchety, but he has a good heart).  There is great dialogue in Murder, She Uncovered (book is heavy in dialogue which I like) and Peg Cochran captured the lingo used in the 1930s.  There are delightful descriptions that allow me to visualize the characters and the setting.  I especially enjoy reading about Biz’s clothing and her cute hats.  I appreciated the references to various books and movies like Rebecca and Bringing Up Baby.  It was interesting to learn that Katharine Hepburn and her family were caught at the summer home during the hurricane.  I can tell that the author did her research for the series. There are some great scenes with Biz having new experiences like eating hot dogs from a street cart and consuming pizza without silverware.  Murder, She Uncovered is well-written with good pacing.  I appreciated the author’s writing style which made the book a pleasure to read.  While Murder, She Uncovered is the second book in the Murder, She Reported series, it can be read as a standalone.  One of my favorite lines from the book comes from Kaminsky when he told Biz “It’s your life.  Live it your way.”  I am eager to read Murder, She Encountered when it comes out later this year.  Murder, She Uncovered has snappy dialogue, an intriguing mystery, developed characters, a sweet ending and lively humor.
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This is book 2 of the Murder, She Reported historical cozy mystery series, but I had no problem reading as a standalone. Elizabeth Adams, seeking some independence from her well-to-do Manhattan lifestyle, went to work for a local newspaper and landed the crime photographer position for seasoned partner, Ralph Kaminsky. 

Following a hurricane on Long Island in 1938, she and her partner are sent to cover the mysterious death of a young maid for one of the resident's wealthy homeowners. While there was certainly death and destruction due to the hurricane, the young woman exhibits a wound that could not have been caused by the deadly storm. Unfortunately, she is also found to have been pregnant.

The character of Kaminsky is classic; chain smoker, sweating getting the next scoop to keep his job. Elizabeth (Biz) exhibits the characteristics of the wealthy class who survived the Great Depression. It also means she's a bit on the sheltered side, naive, innocent to the world out there, and even worse--working in a male dominated world. 

The era is an examination of the social mores then dividing class and a country confronting issues never dreamed about ten years previous. It's a fun romp in the time and tide of the country when women were just awakening to the opportunities that extended beyond the kitchen and babies. Elizabeth is a great character, still dodging her family and their judgment and discovering she is capable and can decide for herself whether or not the (wealthy) man groomed for her would be her choice (or not). And that was my only niggle--the comfort in her lifestyle, money, meals, and domestic help. It's still too easy for her to slip back into that monied position.

I was given this download by the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. The cozy is a unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience and I'm looking forward to seeing more in this series. Recommended for those who read cozies, but would prefer one with a distinctive premise in a different time and culture. 4.5/5 stars
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Who would murder of a good Catholic girl?
Murder, She Uncovered by Peg Cochran is an eye-opening historical mystery filled with well-developed characters and 1930s New York City filled with amazing textures. I loved the mystery and the insights into the prejudice, social differences, and upper society expectations.

Elizabeth Adams
Elizabeth is the newly promoted crime photographer for the Daily Trumpet newspaper in New York City, and she is our sleuth. She is also a socialite and lives at home in her parents' posh townhouse. Elizabeth has a little of both worlds right now, but how long will she be able to maintain that balance?

I found that Elizabeth has compassion and purpose. Yet, sometimes she feels sickened by the macabre of the photos that she takes on the crime beat. She also seems to have this need to help people that aren’t as fortunate as herself.  
Elizabeth works with the reporter, Kaminsky. She has learned so much from him and feels obligated to help him to not be pushed out due to his age. 

I really liked Elizabeth, with her politeness, determination, and clever mind. I look forward to reading more books in this series. 

The mystery was well thought out, and the clues were there. We had multiple suspects with different motives, but not everyone had the opportunity. I liked the way that the social injustices, prejudices, mental illness, disabilities, and racism played through the story. It reminded me that it is better now than then, but not much as you would think it should be.

5 Stars for Murder, She Uncovered by Peg Cochran
My rating for Murder, She Uncovered by Peg Cochran is five stars. I loved the entirety of the story. I wouldn’t change a thing. I highly recommend this book to all the historical cozy mystery readers out there.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Murder, She Uncovered by Peg Cochran Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of 

Anyways, until next time, 
Karen the Baroness
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Murder, She Uncovered tells the story of Elizabeth Adams, a press photographer in 1938 New York City.  She becomes involved in solving the murder of a maid who died under mysterious circumstances on Long Island.  A second case opens up, and she also works to solve that mystery.  In between she juggles time in two very different worlds - with her potential love interest, a police detective, and with her society friends and family.

I wanted to read this mystery because it is both a cozy mystery and a historical mystery.  I am fascinated by New York history (like the Bowery Boys podcast) and the 1930's NYC setting really appealed to me.

I am absolutely delighted to discover this series!   This was my first read in the series, but I intend to go back and read the first book.   I also greatly look forward to the next book, which looks like it might involve the 1939 New York World's Fair from the cover art.

The author did an exceptional job with period details.  There are so many little details I loved, like Elizabeth waiting to read the new popular novel Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, a reference to the new movie Bringing Up Baby, her mother listening to the Chase and Sanborn hour on the radio.  There are details about old fashioned restaurants and nightclubs, and a fun scene where Elizabeth tries pizza - a food that is new to her.   There is even a chapter set in Luna Park amusement park in Coney Island!

I really liked Elizabeth and her independence and determination.  Her career as a photographer in the 1930's was fascinating.   She also has an uncanny knack at unraveling mysteries!  I liked Sal Marino, her boyfriend, as well.  The difference in their backgrounds made their relationship especially interesting.

The mystery was well written and fast paced.  It kept me guessing right up to the resolution, with several viable suspects.

I found Murder, She Uncovered to be an absolute delight from start to finish.  I enthusiastically recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries and historical mysteries -- and especially to other readers who love both genres.   Five stars!
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