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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Murder Under A Blood Moon by Abigail Keam is book two in the 1930s Mona Moon Mystery series. Mona's life in Kentucky is as close to perfect as it can get. She wants for nothing, her staff is happy, and she remains happily independent until she receives a telegram from Lady Alice seeking her help because her life is in danger. She immediately packs her things and brings her maid along for the trip, ready to do whatever it takes to keep her friend safe - even after she discovers Lord Farley also received a message from Lady Alice and is also making his way to England. Once they arrive, she and Lord Farley team up to find the intruder who broke into Lady Alice's home, which brings Mona up against an old enemy as they uncover a possible connection to Alice's stolen jewelry and discover a secret Alice's father kept that may have gotten him killed.
Mona is an amazing character as she's a bold and independent woman challenging everything the 1930s has to offer and not caring what anyone else may think. She's not shy with her opinions and not conforming to what anyone thinks makes her an appealing character. Mona's connection to Lord Farley is explored with their dynamic never slowing down on the quips or the flirty tension between them, but Keam takes it further by unveiling to Mona a past between Farley and Alice which causes some tension between the trio as they attempt to find answers. Matters of the heart come second to the dangers of the mystery but romance and a complicated love triangle add some drama to Mona's life as she explores the possibility of opening up her heart.
Keam also excels at dialogue, making it sound as if you are in the 1930s which includes many delightful phrases such as “American cow” and “bee in her bonnet.” Murder Under A Blood Moon is a brilliant read which allows you to immerse yourself into the 1930s thanks to every part of Mona's adventure feeling like you're living in the era with her. Those who love historical mysteries will greatly appreciate Keam's talent for details, mystery, and romance.