*I received a free copy of Until Death from Hocus Pocus Publishing Inc. via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
When Ivy DuLane witnesses a murder during the madness of Mardi Gras, she enters a deadly cat and mouse game with the killer. The city has gone wild with the annual celebration, and Ivy has to rely on sexy homicide detective—and her ex-lover—Bennett Morgan for help. But with every moment that passes, the killer grows bolder, and the body count starts to rise. It soon becomes very hard to tell the innocent from the guilty…especially since Bennett is keeping dark secrets of his own.
A mystery set during Mardi Gras, where the killer wears a mask – that is how Until Death started, and it was a spicy mystery with quite a bit of romance as well.
My Until Death review:
Each and every character in Until Death was keeping at least one secret, and that definitely made the mystery very difficult to figure out. I loved Ivy, she was a strong character, very capable, and extremely loyal. When she saw a young woman being killed while she was on her float, she jumped off and went after them – ultimately, she got the uniformed cop to help her find out what had happened, and they found her dead inside an abandoned building.
Because of her PI business, Ivy had good contacts with the police, but her ex – Bennett – didn’t really want her on the case. He wanted her to be safe. That appeared to be very difficult, as the killer had noticed Ivy, and he found out who she was and where she lived so he could get to know her better in his own, twisted way. Until Death was well written, with a good plot and a complex story-line, as most of the character had grown up together and knew each other very well.
If you’re looking for a quick read that still holds a lot of suspense, character development and some romance, you should pick up Until Death and get ready for a chilling killer, and a strong woman who does her best to stay alive.
Some of my favorite Until Death quotes:
The man – he had on a Mardi Gras mask, too. A mask and a tux, as if he were going to one of the Mardi Gras balls – balls that seemed to occur at a near constant time during this time of the year. The woman was struggling in his arms, her glittering, gold evening gown twisting with her movements. It was that glittering gown that had caught Ivy’s attention.
The cop moved faster, the crowd clearing for him. The crowd… they were clueless. You could do so much right in front of them, and they never knew.
I can go into a relationship with my eyes wide open. I can say no strings, and I can mean it.
There ‘d always been strings between them. Strings that connected them, no matter how far away they were.
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