Title: The Socialite’s Guide To Murder
(Pinnacle Hotel Mystery #1)

Author: S.K. Golden
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
First published: October 11th 2022
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Finished reading: August 8th 2022
Pages: 320

“Hercule Poirot would be so ashamed of me. I hadn’t even figured out how the painting had been stolen, much less who had taken it.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I admit that I was sold as soon as I saw that stunning cover and read the blurb. The promise of a 1950s cozy mystery set in a hotel was too intriguing to resist, and as a consequence The Socialite’s Guide To Murder ended up hanging out on my kindle. I was really looking forward to read it, and especially after I discovered a comparison to the Hercule Poirot books. And while it didn’t blow me away completely, it was still a solid enough debut for me.

I still love the premise of this story and its setting in the Pinnacle Hotel. Because main character Evelyn suffers from agoraphobia, the story is mainly set within the hotel, and it made the story feel more intimate. And there surely was a lot going on in the plot despite the limited setting! The agoraphobia was an interesting touch, although it did seem a bit convenient in parts especially with her being able to go places when needed. The plot wasn’t really consistent in that way, but I guess Evelyn wouldn’t have been able to discover the truth otherwise.

I wasn’t that much of a fan of Evelyn to be honest; she was too spoiled, vain and obstinate for me. She did grow on me a little over time, but she was quite frustrating with her constant focus on fashion, fame and getting whatever she wants even if it means inconveniencing other people. I wasn’t really a fan of Henry either (especially as I got to know him better), but I did love Mac and little Presley of course. It’s always great to have a dog playing a role in the plot! I also adored little Amelia, and Poppy should have had a bigger role in the plot because she’s a blast.

The writing itself was a bit simplistic for me, and a lot of the main characters came over as quite juvenile. I even started wondering if this was ment for a YA audience instead… I wasn’t sure if everything was 1950s accurate either. The murder mystery itself was solid, and I never guessed the full truth about who was behind it all. The reveal was a bit too much of a copy of the Hercule Poirot books for me, and as a result a bit disappointing… But the plot twists themselves were well handled.

All in all The Socialite’s Guide To Murder was a solid debut despite a few issues I had with it, and I especially loved the 1950s setting and cozy mystery vibe. It’s a fun and easy to read mystery without any graphic content, and a solid choice for those who like historical mysteries where the focus isn’t just on the crime committed.


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