The Last Dinner Party

The Last Dinner Party

by Carly M. Duncan


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ISBN-13: 9781517636180
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/21/2015
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.81(d)

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The Last Dinner Party 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
Nice mystery/whodunnit here .. it’s set in an apartment block where the neighbours are all friends but are they? It soon becomes apparent they could just as easily stab each other in the back if the gossip goes the wrong way. Jealousy, family, friends, relationships .. lots of motives and when one of the ladies is found dead after holding her monthly dinner party there isn’t a lack of suspects. Two female detectives are bought in to investigate. There is plenty of friction between the remaining family members and it’s an interesting lead up to the murderer being revealed. Well written, nothing graphic which makes a change it’s more of a cosy mystery rather than a thriller. I wasn’t convinced by the title of the book it reminded me of ‘Abigail’s Party’ if anyone remembers that so I was in for a pleasant surprise to find this was an easy, entertaining read. Thanks to the author and Pump Up Your Book Tours for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
I’m a huge murder mystery fan so I was excited by the premise behind The Last Dinner Party. A woman is discovered dead, who is the toast of the building, and two female detectives must solve the crime before it’s too late. Since most of the blurb talks about the two female detectives, I assumed it would be in their POV’s. The first section is told exclusively in Meryl’s POV and I must admit, it was rather dry and confusing. Questions invading my brain (is this present day or in the past, etc.) pulled me out of the story and I found it hard to get into the characters. Once the detectives (Anna and Kristy) arrived, the story started to pick up. The building occupants create alibis that don’t make sense and soon there are more suspects than non-suspects. There was little to no surprise as to who the killer was and why. Overall, I found this a very difficult book to finish. I put this book down several times to clear my head, only to go back to it to get to the end. It was disappointing and in the end, it wasn’t for me. If you like murder mysteries with a lot of suspects and not much mystery, give The Last Dinner Party a try. My Rating: 3 stars
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
What’s a little murder among friends? Well, that’s what you’ll be trying to figure out after Jeanie’s cozy dinner party ends, serving up her dead body. There’s quite a list of suspects. You’ll come to know all of their secrets as Anna Cole and Kristy Hicks begin their investigation. There is plenty of misdirection to keep you guessing, not just from the characters, but from the author too. Keeps you on your toes and curious to discover just who the dastardly killer is. And when you do learn who did it and why, you’ll be surprised, or maybe not. I liked Anna and Kristy. They didn’t pull punches during the investigation. But they did stumble as conflicts of trust sprang up between them. Their personal turmoils added more intrigue to the story. As for all of those suspects. It’ sure was a mixed bag to choose from. I can’t say I really liked any of them. Many were wishy washy, and some were bad people even if they didn’t commit the murder. I guess being under suspicion of murder brings out the worst in some people. I enjoyed this mystery, following clues and meeting the characters. And I’ll be following the series to see how Anna and Kristy are doing.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Carly M. Duncan in her new book, "The Last Dinner Party" an Anna & Kristy Mystery published by the author gives us another adventure with Anna & Kristy. From the back cover: When Jeanie D'Alisa is found murdered in her bedroom after hosting a dinner party in her home, detectives Anna Cole and Kristy Hicks are called to investigate the crime. Known within her community for her generous, yet unpredictable nature, Jeanie's secrets unfold as family, friends and neighbors become suspects. Anna and Kristy discover stamped passport pages revealing travels unknown and a curious relationship between Jeanie and the charming salesman who frequents the apartment building. Meryl, Jeanie's devoted and needy friend, further complicates the investigation when she phones Jeanie's sister who is studying abroad and lies to her about the cause of death. Through a muddied pool of misdirection and betrayal, will Anna and Kristy be able to assemble the clues in order to bring Jeanie's killer to justice? The path to solving the mystery becomes tangled with faces of loved ones who are revealed to be foes in this story about the lengths people will go to in order to save themselves. Ms. Duncan has given us a fast paced mystery that will have you guessing all the way till the end. Detectives Anna Cole and Kristy Hicks are two very unique written characters. This is definitively an exciting story. Don't start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you are not going to want to put the book down. I am glad I found this talented author and am looking forward to more Anna and Kristy mysteries from Ms. Duncan. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”