The Kensington Kidnap Book Review

The Kensington Kidnap Book Review

Title: The Kensington Kidnap (Epiphany Bloom Mysteries Book 1)
Author: Katie Gayle
Published: December 2, 2020, Bookouture
No. of Pages: 244
Cover Price: $9.99 Paperback, $2.99 Kindle

The Kensington Kidnap by Katie Gayle is the introductory novel in the Epiphany Bloom Mysteries. Pip, who has not had success in previous jobs, and is essentially a loser, is sent to a detective agency for a temporary filing job. There is a mistake in identity and she is thought to be a psychologist brought in to solve a missing person case. The son of a movie star is missing, and his family doesn’t want the public to know about it. Epiphany (Pip) spends most of her time reading about celebrities and being star struck, so she is excited to meet the family and already knows a bit about the celeb that she is trying to find; she goes along with the mistake, takes an envelope full of money and information (her rent is late), and decides to try to solve the case. Meeting the real psychologist outside the building, she tells her that her job is gone because she is late. The way in which Pip gets the job is a bit dodgy, but as she follows clues, she finds she is pretty good at detective work and may actually solve the mystery in the end.

This first novel in the series introduces readers to Pip’s character; she is fairly well-developed, albeit quite immature and certainly entitled; nor would she be considered particularly smart. The supporting characters are also well-developed. Gayle tells the story well, and it is easy to follow. Some of the early stuff doesn’t grab, especially the tree-hugger stuff, but it is essential to the story, and as the novel progresses, it gets more and more interesting. Pip is having better luck at this job than anything she has had prior. Some may find her previous exploits humorous (others may find them silly and unbelievable). One thing that readers will find charming is Pip’s cat who was rescued from a disastrous job losing a leg after being hit with a car; Pip names the cat “Most” because it is “most” of a cat.

This cozy novel is suitable for everyone, and is a bit on the immature side. It is, however, an enjoyable quick read.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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