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Death By Deceit: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery 13 is written by Abigail Keam. When coming back from a movie, Josiah Reynolds and her friend Veritas Noble discover that her car had been hit by a driver who drove off. Noble didn’t think much of it until she went to open the trunk and found a body. Not the first time being interviewed in a murder case, Josiah does her own investigating and discovers that the deceased man's name was Shelby Carpenter and that he was a popular freelance reporter. With not much help from the police, Josiah decides to head up her own personal investigation and discovers more than she bargained for. Her snooping finds her spying on one of the most wealthy families that she knows. With the help of her detective boyfriend Hunter, as well as other friends along the way, Josiah is bound and determined to blow this case wide open.
This is my first time reading one of Abigail Keam's books and I must say it was refreshing. As the subtitle says, a humorous cozy with quirky characters and Southern angst. I really liked Josiah’s character and personality. She has an older version of Harriet The Spy type of feel to her and you find yourself truly invested in her and the situations she finds herself in. The story was quick-paced and right to the point, which made it so easy to get engrossed in. Josiah’s a very relatable woman and of course who doesn’t want to be an ordinary person solving super cool crimes? The Nancy Drew of our day! Death By Deceit has definitely made an impact on me. I will be searching for more of Keam's work to read.