Death in Disguise

A Beth Getty Mystery, Volume 1

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
330 Pages
Reviewed on 06/17/2018
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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

In Death in Disguise: A Beth Getty Mystery, Volume 1 by Karen Neary Smithson, Beth Getty is an amateur sleuth, married to a police detective, who manages to get herself into some scary situations while trying to solve the case of who murdered the nanny of one of her best friends. Beth’s husband repeatedly asks her not to become involved, but Beth finds it impossible as she discovers a clue that always seems to lead to another clue to which she must find the answer. Beth uses her fey instincts to guide her and gets much help along the way from various friends, both new and old. The story has so many twists, turns and surprises that I just don’t want to spoil it for readers by revealing any more.

Death in Disguise is everything I could ever want in a mind boggling mystery. I was pulled in from the beginning and amazed by the ending, which I never saw coming. There are several plots going on at the same time and each one kept me glued to my Kindle. Murder, romance, deception, infidelity and everyday and celebrity characters fill the pages in a very well written, exciting book. I really loved Death in Disguise. I am anxiously awaiting a follow-up and so look forward to Beth’s next adventure. Karen Neary Smithson has everything it takes to be an award-writing author with many more volumes of Beth Getty books in her future. I also can clearly see Death in Disguise being the next favorite sleuth TV show. Please, do not pass this one up, but put it at the top of your summer reading list.

Divine Zape

Death in Disguise: A Beth Getty Mystery is the first entry in a series by Karen Neary Smithson, a solid read that combines sleuthing, mystery, and crime into a satisfying read. Young girls are being murdered in Los Angeles and in a single week, four of them have been murdered. But the last victim, a nanny working for a celebrity couple, gets the Irish-born Sibeal, “Beth,” curious. She wants to find out what is happening and the stolen diary of the nanny gets her even more intrigued. Unskilled and relying solely on her sixth sense and gut instinct, Beth sets out to uncover the real face of the killer. Even with the help she receives, can she unmask the killer before she becomes the next victim?

Karen Neary Smithson creates a very interesting female protagonist and I enjoy it when women take the lead in fighting for justice. The protagonist becomes even more interesting by her vulnerability. She isn’t a trained detective, which means she quickly gets herself into the wrong places and uses methods that are unconventional to seek out the truth. She is a character most likely to win the sympathy of readers more than professionals in the field. Death in Disguise: A Beth Getty Mystery is well plotted and it starts with a moment of crisis, a strong premise. A psychopath is out there targeting young females and the threat of killing more victims grows by the day. The prose is crisp. The suspense is exacting and the entire narrative is filled with intense emotional moments. Death in Disguise is realistic, fast, and enticing.

Jennifer Haskin

Death in Disguise will wake up your inner sleuth as you walk through clues to the murder, but you'll never guess who really did it. This book is a great mystery with a likeable protagonist who is spunky and inquisitive. Read along and immerse yourself in the world of Karen Neary Smithson. You won't regret it.