No Memes of Escape by Olivia Blacke

 Release Date - October 4, 2021


This is the second book in the Brooklyn Murder Mystery series. I hadn't read the first, but this one stands alone without issue. I was quickly caught up in Odessa and Izzy's growing friendship and sleuthing, and that makes me eager to go back and read the first book in the series.

Odessa is adjusting to her new life in New York City. Originally from Louisiana, she's getting used to city life and making plenty of friends. It's going to be hard to leave once her aunt returns and no longer needs a housesitter. 

When she and her BFF/co-worker Izzy are out, Izzy bumps into former schoolmates. They agree to join the other women for an escape room adventure. It turns into one incredible mystery when one of the classmates is killed in one of the escape room's areas while the others are in another section. Both Izzy and Odessa are prime suspects as their cornhole trophy is the murder weapon.

Eager to clear their names, Izzy and Odessa start snooping around to figure out what happened. None of this sits well with Izzy's new beau, the lead detective on the case. But, they're not going to let his disappointment with them stop them from figuring out the truth.

No Memes of Escape is a fun romp that hits the mark for exactly what I want from a cozy mystery. While the killer's identity was never difficult to figure out, I still enjoyed their antics. The humor had me laughing, and their friendship left me feeling the warm fuzzies that make a cozy mystery so appealing. It's a great read.

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