Killer Cocktail

Killer Cocktail

by Tracy Kiely

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Overview

Killer Cocktail by Tracy Kiely

Former detective Nic and well-heeled wag Nigel star in their own Hollywood whodunit

Walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards with a bow-tied Bullmastiff draws Nic and Nigel Martini plenty of attention from the press. But that’s nothing compared to the attention they receive at the A-list after party, when Hollywood royalty learn they’ve discovered behind-the-scenes footage from an acclaimed film that left one of its stars dead.

Returning home after the party, Nic and Nigel find their house in shambles and their employee DeDee Evans beaten within an inch of her life. And when the weapon used to pummel DeDee implicates a beloved actress, Nic and Nigel drink and banter their way into a modern-day version of a golden-age crime caper.

Praise:
"Kiely's modern-day Nick and Nora Charles provide plenty of clever repartee as they delve into a mystery full of Hollywood heavyweights with motives for murder."—Kirkus Reviews

"It's a gossip columnist's delight! . . . This is a lively romp, with snappy dialogue, likeable leads, and a goofball dog who stays in on the action."—Booklist

"A terrific mystery . . . The plot, as well as the conversations between the couple, and their relationship with their gigantic dog, are all a plus where this outstanding story is concerned."—Suspense Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738745237
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 05/08/2016
Series: A Nic & Nigel Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 344,624
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tracy Kiely (Maryland) is the author of the Elizabeth Parker Mysteries (Minotaur Books). Murder with a Twistwas her Midnight Ink debut.

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Killer Cocktail 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters not as good. Story weak. Jumps back and forth between past and present. Missing the humor. Story incomplete. Cost too much for 192 pages
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Sip and Savor this Killer Cocktail When I finally read the first Nic and Nigel Mystery earlier this year, I immediately fell in love. It’s hard not to when you are laughing at the banter between the characters. As a result, I was looking forward to revisiting the characters in Killer Cocktail, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. If you’ve missed this series, Nic, short for Nichole, is a former NYPD detective who left her job when she fell in love and married Nigel Martini, an obscenely rich man who runs a video restoration business in Hollywood. They have a large dog, a Bullmastiff named Skippy. And if you are seeing connections to the classic The Thin Man, that is completely intentional. While you don’t need to have read the book or seen the movies to completely enjoy this modern day set homage book, catching those in jokes and nods are tons of fun. (And the original movies themselves are worth watching.) As this book opens, Nic and Nigel have just found some home movies made during the filming of A Winter’s Night. This movie from 20 years ago made the career of Christina Franklin, who stepped into the lead after the tragic death from an overdose of America’s Sweetheart, and the film’s original star, Melanie Summers. Naturally, these tapes are the talk to the town during the Oscars, and Nigel is very willing to talk them up. He and his company are working on editing them into a new behind the scenes documentary. However, a break in during the Oscar after party makes Nic and Nigel wonder just what might be on those tapes that someone wants to keep hidden. Can they figure it out? This book cuts between the mystery today and excerpts from the tapes of 20 years ago. Because the people involved in those tapes are the suspects of today, these flashbacks really do help us get to know the characters. They do feel like they are slowing down the story in the beginning when there are more excerpts, but that’s a minor issue. Once the modern day portion of the mystery kicks into high gear, things really take off. I thought I knew where the book was going early on, but I turned out to be wrong. However, when the villain was revealed, everything made perfect sense. The only characters from the first book are Nic, Nigel, and Skippy. They are still great characters, especially Skippy. I’m not a dog person, but I find his antics funny. The new characters we meet here are quite fun as well and fit perfectly into this book. There are a couple we love to hate, but I found there scenes funny as a result. If you enjoy comedy, you definitely should pick up this book. Nic and Nigel banter their way through this book, and some of their exchanges are absolutely delightful. Some of their lines push the boundaries of a PG rated book, but we are talking about a married couple here. I don’t mind at all. There are a few four letter words scattered through the book as well. Yes, I could have done without them, but they are easy enough to ignore. Killer Cocktail is a fast read, and I was done all too soon. Fortunately, the third book is already out, so I will be able to revisit Nic, Nigel, and Skippy in the near future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up on Dashiell Hammit and Rchard & Frances Lockridge, so this book and its predecessor were like old times. It is a delightful reinvention of those stories, bringing the settimg up to date without losing any of the appeal. I definitely recommend these books for readers who want fun dialog shaken, not stirred.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Killer Cocktails - Nic & Nigel Mystery 2 Author: Tracy Kiely Published: 5-8-2016 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 240 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers& Suspense Sub Genre: Women Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9780738745237 ASIN: B01A5OGVRG Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 5 Stars . Nigel and Nic take on Hollywood glitz and over-sized egos with wit and humor. After purchasing the home of a Hollywood Producers of a film where lead female Melanie Summers supposedly died from a drug overdose Nic and Nigel gain possession of a video shot by the producers daughter of candid behind the scenes events of the filming. Which may provide more information on what happened to Melanie. Nic, Nigel and Skippy show up in their finery too take their walk down the red carpet to attend the Oscars. Returning home they find their home in shambles and their housekeeper nearly beaten to death. Outraged the begin searching for who could be behind the attack and why. The key seems to be Melanie and her death and the suspect list includes, John the male lead in the film that dropped Melanie to take up with her replacement Christine who went on to win an Oscar and Melanie's overbearing mother. Not to mention the celebrity reporter, the producer, even Melanie's personal assistant. Each has something to hide and each will do anything to keep their secrets hidden. Told in alternating times, present day and 1996, the time of Melanie's murder. The Martini's use their wit and banter to keep the mystery from becoming dark and the other characters tedious. I fell in love with them in Murder with a Twist and continue to adore them still. Ms. Kiely uses her talents to bring them and the scenes to life. I have a feeling she could have Nic and Nigel fit in any environment and make me believe they belong there. Her plots are intriguing and unique. Another great hit for the Nic and Nigel Mastery series. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars. Anyone who enjoys the old Nick and Nora Charles movies will love this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Another extraordinary story from Tracy Kiely! Nic, Nigel, and Skippy go to the Oscars and we get to tag along. (Skippy has to go home after the red carpet.) At the after party Nic and Nigel are pretty popular because the celebs learn they found some behind the scenes footage from a movie filmed in the 90’s. Melanie Summers died while it was filming and there was a lot of gossip and innuendo at the time. Someone overheard the conversations and knew those clips couldn’t see the light of day. They broke into the Martini’s home, attacked the employee taking care of Skippy and left her for dead, trashed the house and stole the footage. Nigel and Nic have a new case to solve and they may have to look into the past to solve it. These characters are just so cool and fresh. They are in love, and are witty and charming. I love their conversations. Their sarcasm is priceless. They are also very smart sleuths. I enjoy their process and innocent probing questions that move their investigations forward much to the distress of the LAPD. The setting was grand as well from the red carpet, to the Oscars, to the after party. Who knew cheeseburgers were the go to food for these events? As far as the plot, we go back and forth to the set of the movie, A Winter’s Night, and present day. When the footage is watched we see what happened on that set and gain insight into the death of the lead actress and other interesting tidbits. We then follow along as Nic and Nigel as the string the clues from the film together with the break in at their home. So many secrets come out and suspects are eliminated or zeroed in on . It was so much fun to read. As with the first book in this series, Murder With A Twist, humor is sprinkled liberally throughout this book. This is just a fantastic read. A nod to the past brought to modern day in a most wonderful way. I am already looking forward to the next book from this author. This will be one of my favorite reads this year.