Murder with a Twist

Murder with a Twist

by Tracy Kiely


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ISBN-13: 9780738743721
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 05/08/2015
Series: A Nic & Nigel Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 582,205
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.80(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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Murder with a Twist 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is light, funny & great. However, the books are short and not worth $9.49 at all!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the characters
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
If you know the Thin Man movies, you will recognize this story's antecedents. If you don't, you may be tempted to watch the films after reading this book. Very clever, witty repartee between the various characters.   Amusing situations in the midst of murders. A satisfying solution. I want more of Nigel's explanations.  "The pet store man said you wouldn't like piranhas."  Perfectly good logic and hilarious! I want more Nic and Nigel!   And Skippy.
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
"Murder With A Twist" by Tracy Kiely was a fun, easy-breezy read. The dialogue between the two main characters, Nic and her husband Nigel was quite funny and it helped keep the book light instead of heavy as some murder mysteries can become. Nicole used to be a cop but after being shot she decides to retire and marry Nigel Martini, a very wealthy playboy. The couple are in New York to attend a cousin's birthday party but things don't go as planned. It seems the birthday girl's cad of a husband has disappeared and Nic is put to work by the matriarch of the Martini family to find said cad and drag him back into the fold so Audrey, the birthday girl, won't be embarrassed by her philandering husband at her gala celebration.  As you can imagine, Nic, a former homicide detective, finds this all quite tedious. The whole Martini family knows the missing sleazy Leo isn't worth finding but no one wants to explain that to the distraught Audrey. All Audrey wants is a pretty party that splashes out spectacularly on the society pages. Nothing is going to be pretty though, when low life friends of Leo's start turning up dead. Nic has to find out what's going on and find Leo before he ruins the party by becoming a corpse himself. This hilarious romp into the world of the super rich is made all the more enjoyable by both Nic & Nigel's banter and the family matriarch's idea of how the rich should act. I laughed out loud several times. I would certainly say that I'm looking forward to Tracy Kiely writing more Martini mysteries. They're perfect as a palette cleanser between hard boiled and heavier reads. I'd also definitely take it on a vacation, I can see myself sitting on a beach somewhere and reading this. This is one of those books that falls between the star ratings. "Murder With A Twist" is definitely more than a three star book but reaches just shy of a four of five star mystery. I do look forward to reading more banter between Nic & Nigel in the future, hopefully next time I can be sunning myself beside a pool somewhere when I pick up Kiely's next book.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Loving Homage and Delightful Mystery As soon as I heard about Murder with a Twist, I knew I had to read it. Author Tracy Kiely described it as an homage to The Thin Man stories, and since I loved those, I wanted to see how this modern take would be. I’m pleased to say it lived up to my expectations. Nicole “Nic” and her husband Nigel Martini are in New York for Christmas, spending it with Nigel’s extremely rich family. While the couple live in Los Angeles, Nic is a former homicide cop with the NYPD. And the family wants to use her background to help them find Nigel’s cousin Audrey’s husband. It seems that Leo is a cade only interested in Audrey’s trust fund and not a very good husband, but Audrey is insisting that her husband be there for her 25th birthday party set for the week after Christmas. The trail quickly leads Nic and Nigel to one of Nic’s old contacts on the shady side of the law, Frank Little, a money lender with less than scrupulous practices and ties to even worse men. But when a dead body appears, Nic has to wonder what she has gotten into. Will she find Leo? Or is Audrey really better off if Leo never comes home? Those who are fans of The Thin Man will immediately start noticing similarities. Our main character is former homicide cop Nic instead of former PI Nick. Like the first story, this one is set at Christmas. And the couple even has a dog, although in this case the dog is extremely large. The similarities don’t end there, and I guarantee you that any fan will be smiling as they read the book. But here’s the thing – even if you’ve never read Hammett’s book or seen the movies, you will still absolutely enjoy this book. You might not appreciate all the nods to the original, but this book stands up on its own. Take the mystery. It starts off quickly and pulls us through the entire book. We get plenty of twists and surprises before we reach the logical ending. And that ending? Nic confronting all of the suspects at dinner, of course. Yet another Thin Man reference that has gone out of style but I enjoyed seeing here since it isn’t used much anymore. Likewise, the characters are fantastic. Some of them are larger than life, but they fit their part in the story and the universe that is being created here. Nic and Nigel are very well drawn and believable. You can’t help but love them. Plus there’s the money element. Who wouldn’t love to have as much money as the Martini’s obviously do? It’s nice to dream a bit as you read, isn’t it? The story is filled with humor. Sometimes, it’s the antics of the Martini’s new dog, Skippy. Others, it’s the quips and wit of the characters, usually Nic and Nigel. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times as the book progressed, although I did find the book got more serious as the stakes in the mystery got higher. Still, we’d get those lines that break up the tension even late in the book. This book has been on my radar for two years and in my condo for about a year. I am so sorry I waited that long to read it. Don’t make my mistake and pick up Murder with a Twist today.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Murder With A Twist - Nic & Nigel Mystery 1 Author: Tracy Keily Published: 5-8-2015 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 266 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers& Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9780738743721 ASIN: B00VXK6DWK Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 5 Stars . Nigel and Nicole "Nic" Martini are looking forward to attending their cousin's Audrey's birthday bash and having a good time visiting with family and friends while in New York and staying at the opulent Ritz. When Audrey's husband, Leo, goes missing the family worries more that they will be fodder for the scandal rags rather than the society page and ask Nic to find the man who easily forgets he is married. Nic, Nigel and their new Bullmastiff, Skippy set out to find the wayward husband. Using Nic's detective skills, instincts, connections and sources within the less than savory residents of the big apple. With danger lurking close and more questions than answers being found. The search continues. Then the bodies start turning up. Can they find Leo before he becomes the next corpse? Think Nick and Nora Charles (My favorite old time detectives) and you will get an idea of the humor that is the thread that keeps this series life and amusing. Although I must admit Skippy is more like an Astra on mega doses of steroids. Once I opened the story I could not put it down. From the opening chapter I was hooked. Nic and Nigel have an ongoing repertoire that pulls a reader into their lives with joy and ease. Nic is a strong female lead and Nigel pretends to be shallow and flamboyant, but he knows when to be serious and would die for Nic, which he comes close to proving. The story line moves quickly and keeps readers interested. This is a series I look forward to reading more of. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I love old movies, movies that were made before I was even born. As soon as I saw the synopsis for this book I knew the author’s inspiration had to be Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles. Yup, I was right. I dove right into this book and was absolutely thrilled about her “updated twist”. The characters are reversed from Hammett’s version. Nic is a retired police detective married to Nigel Martini. His family and him by extension, are ultra wealthy. They have come to New York for the holidays and his cousin’s birthday party but she is overwrought because her husband, Leo, has gone missing. Something he has done before, but with the big birthday bash in just a few days, he must be found so the family is not scandalized in the press by his absence. Nigel’s aunt basically tells Nic to use her police training to find Leo as quickly as possible. The first thing her training tells her is that the guy is a low class jerk and that the family would be better off if he just stayed gone. But with some help from Nigel and their new puppy she will find him and then let the family decide what to do with him. bullmastiff I immediately pictured Nic and Nigel like Nick and Nora updated to present day, but let me tell you Skippy is no Asta. Skippy is a small horse of a dog, a Bullmastiff, and he makes everything Nic and Nigel do more interesting because he goes with them everywhere. Just like the movie these characters are terrific. The dialogue is fast and full of wit. The Martini’s also partake plenty of martini’s, the dirtier the better. They stay at the Ritz and travel the city trying to find the missing husband. Doing so they met a few unsavory characters. None of Nigel’s family thinks much of Nic, just what see can do for them, but they are a snobby bunch so that is just fine with her. This is a light mystery, full of humor and I loved every word. I hated for it to end. The good thing is I was able to start reading Killer Cocktail, book 2 in this series. It was released on May 8. Stay tuned I will be posting my review next Tuesday!