“A twisty-turny, witty and wonderful, mysterious romp through New York City that was a pure delight to read.” —New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay
“Brecher has a winner with this new series that will delight cozy mystery readers!” —Abby Collette, author of A Killer Sundae
The first in Christin Brecher's new cozy mystery promises photo taking fun—and satisfying sleuthing—when Liv Spyer, a bright-eyed aspiring young photographer trying to make her dreams come true in New York City must develop her keen eye to solve a murder and save her career!
While some people escape into books or music, Liv Spyers escapes through her camera’s lens, which inspires her to jump into things she might otherwise have no business tackling—like moving to New York City. Hustling to make her dreams come true as a portrait photographer, she runs a pocket-sized studio below her grandparents’ West Village brownstone and key shop, where she also lives and works part-time. All of which still has her down to the end of her savings as the holidays approach. Everything changes in a flash, however, when elite events photographer, Regina Montague, invites Liv to shoot with her at New York City’s most exclusive socialite event of the year—the Holiday Debutante Ball!
Liv snaps at the opportunity, convinced that a job with Regina will launch her career. But when her fabulous new gig ends with the murder of billionaire Charlie Archibald, her dream job may never develop with Regina framed for murder. Once Liv begins to focus on her photos from the ball, she’s convinced they reveal Charlie Archibald’s real killer. Now, between cracking the world of high society—and the attentions of a handsome stranger—Liv must hustle once again to expose the killer . . . before she gets cropped from the picture!
“From F-stops to the F-train, Liv’s expert eye makes her the ultimate cozy detective in Christin Brecher’s Photo Finished. Photographer Liv Spyers and her trusty camera lens charms readers (and the NYC elite) without ever losing focus on the investigation. Expert composition and timing culminates in a portrait of a complex mystery!”
—Olivia Blacke, author of the Brooklyn Murder Mysteries
This sparkling series launch from Brecher (the Nantucket Candle Maker mysteries) introduces struggling photographer Liv Spyers, who lives in a basement studio next to her grandparents' West Village locksmith shop, where she sometimes helps out. One morning outside the shop, she runs into Regina Montague, the owner of New York's premier photography studio, who needs a key made. After admiring the photos on view in Liv's studio window, Regina offers her a job taking pictures at the Holiday Ball held at the Pierre Hotel, the original photographer having quit at the last minute. Liv seizes this opportunity of a lifetime, but during the ball she discovers Regina hovering over the bloody body of millionaire venture capitalist Charlie Archibald. Her career may be doomed unless she can clear Regina of murder charges. Photos Liv took at the elite event may point to the real killer. Meanwhile, an antique safe in her grandparents' shop holds an important clue to the murder. Distinctive characters complement a well-paced plot that takes several unexpected twists and turns. Brecher has upped her game with this superior cozy.