Reality TV shows are one my secret favorites. I have been hard pressed to find on that I didn't like. When I saw that the setting for the Love or Money Mystery series was reality television I was, of course, tickled and jumped right in at part two, A Second Chance at Murder by Diana Orgain.
From the back of the book:
In the second Love or Money Mystery from the author of A First Date with Death, reality TV gets all too real with murder...
After Love or Money made them reality TV stars, former cop Georgia Thornton and her new boyfriend Scott were supposed to live happily ever after. Unfortunately as their fifteen minutes of fame came to an end, actual reality kicked in and their prize money quickly evaporated.
So Georgia and Scott agree to appear in a new program, pitting them against other teams in an athletic journey across the countryside of Spain for a chance to win $250,000. But the fierce competition turns frightening when Scott disappears during an overnight camping trip in the Pyrenees Mountains, leaving only his bloody wristwatch behind—and a woman’s dead body.
With the Spanish authorities ready to convict Scott, Georgia must find him and prove his innocence in an amazing race against crime.
As I mentioned, the setting of this was so much fun for me. I loved the whole show must go on vibe. There was a light fun tone in spite of it being a murder mystery. Of course, much of that tone came from the Spanish culture. While I loved the base cast of characters, my instant favorite was someone who seemed like a walk on, Sergio, I sure do hope he walks on again in the next part because he stole my heart. There was a charming, romantic feeling on every page he graced.
The mystery was an interesting one that had a few layers to uncover with there being a murder that seemed like it might be related to something a little deeper. I didn't solve the mystery, but the reveal was fabulous and satisfying. The pacing was brilliant and I thought Diana Orgain was wonderful at creating tension both with mystery, as well as how the reality show was going.
I really am looking forward to the next part ... and hopefully more Sergio.
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