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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Give Murder a Hand by Beth Prentice is the second book in the Westport Mysteries series. Lizzie thought she had found her dream house, but after a stalker attacked her, all she got was a bunch of nightmares. Things have now settled down and the renovations on the house are finally making headway so she can sell. Everything should be perfect, right? Then her sister's dog digs up a skeleton in the backyard that opens up a decades-old cold case that puts Lizzie onto the mystery. Turning to her brother for help solving the case, she discovers a shocking secret from the past. When her boyfriend wants her to see a counselor for her nightmares, she's mortified to discover that the psychiatrist is none other than his gorgeous ex girlfriend who may still be in love with him. While Lizzie digs into the past, her grandma finds a new boyfriend, her sister is head over heels for a reporter at work, and near death experiences seem to be following her everywhere she goes.
Beth Prentice delivers another fantastic Lizzie story in a cozy murder mystery so funny and crazy that you won't want to put it down. Lizzie's family is wonderfully eccentric and dramatic, with every scene with them being a mix of loving, embarrassing, and hysterical. Scenes between Lizzie and her two siblings are sweet, showing their friendship and how they rely on each other. Family is at the heart of the story with Lizzie and Riley going to family dinners, game nights, and turning to their families as confidants. Her relationship with Riley gets sweeter with every page, and is full of flirty chemistry. Riley fits in perfectly with Lizzie's often dramatic family and it's so nice to see how well she fits into his family. Her sister-in-law is amazing and a true ally when Lizzie needs her. The mystery doesn't feel very intense, but there's an eerie quality about it and it is crazier than ever as Lizzie keeps dealing with strange coincidences and family drama. The mystery is tied to the house and the previous owner, which pulls the past into the present as it slowly invades Lizzie's life. Give Murder a Hand is a true delight, with a riveting mystery, crazy family exploits, and a romantic comedy on the side.