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Blog Tour: A Contest to Kill For – E.V. Hunter


The competition is fierce….
Desperate to try and rebuild the reputation of Hopgood Hall, owners Alexi Ellis and Cheryl and Drew Hopgood agree to host a realty TV baking show, spearheaded by their arrogant but enigmatic head chef Marcel Gasquet. Hopefully the ratings will bring in bookings to the struggling hotel and Cosmo, Alexi’s antisocial feral cat, is hoping to get a starring role too!
The temperature is high…
Fiery and hot-headed, Marcel’s antics makes for brilliant television, but off-screen trouble is brewing.
One of the contestants, femme fatale Juliette Hammond, makes it clear that she will do anything to secure the winning prize – even if it means sweetening up the prima donna chef.
The results are deadly!
So when Juliette is found dead, all eyes turn to Marcel. Has his fiery French temper got the better of him or has someone else fallen victim to Juliette’s devious ways?
With the reputation of the hotel in tatters and Marcel’s liberty on the line, Alexi needs answers and fast. And the only person she can turn to for help is her old friend and private eye Jack Maddox.
Jack’s working his own case, but he can’t refuse Alexi and he knows more than anyone that this murder could cost them everything!
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Evie Hunter has written a great many successful regency romances as Wendy Soliman and is now redirecting her talents to produce dark gritty thrillers for Boldwood. For the past twenty years she
has lived the life of a nomad, roaming the world on interesting forms of transport, but has now settled back in the UK.

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My thoughts: Hopgood Hall is hosting the regional heat of a national cooking contest on TV and resident chef Marcel is hoping they get his good side. Until one of the contestants dies – and it looks like murder. Was Marcel the killer?

Alexi and Jack don’t think so, it’s too convenient that one of Marcel’s chef knives is stuck in Juliette’s chest, besides chefs are precious about their blades, they’d never kill someone with one. And there’s plenty of other suspects – all with a grudge against the not so lovely contestant.

Perhaps something in her past has returned to haunt her or she pushed someone too far? And what’s the connection to Jack’s current PI case at Cash Out? The duo get digging, aided by Alexi’s huge black cat Cosmo, who’s become a bit of a star in his own right.

Having my own attention seeking moggy, I can totally see why he’s such a camera magnet, I imagine he might be almost as handsome as my boy, and he does an excellent job of guarding Alexi’s car, which is impressive for a cat. They’re usually far too lazy to care.

Jack and Alexi’s relationship steps up a notch or two as well, from the spare room to Alexi’s bed! Good thing Cosmo likes Jack. The investigation runs fairly smoothly as they sort through their suspects, asking the right questions, and helping the under-resourced local police out with tying up the loose ends and discounting any red herrings. Juliette was not a nice person but she certainly didn’t deserve to be murdered. Thankfully this pair are on the case!

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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