Liv Olsen, and her stepsister, Camry Lewis, start their own podcast, Missing or Murdered, and for their first episode, they investigate the ten-year-old case of Amelia Clark, who went disappeared after an embarrassing video of her went viral a decade ago. Money for a first episode is pretty tight and they don’t have a lot of time to spend researching the old case, but when they start getting threats warning them to back off, they suspect that they are getting too close, which of course gives them more incentive to stay on the case.
The idea of using a podcast as motivation for researching old cases is certainly clever (it seems that most mysteries have a ‘gimmick’ that gets people looking in to cases that are typically reserved for police detectives) and unique (in my experience). Not being a podcast listener however, it didn’t really catch my interest as much as I had hoped. I would have liked to have gotten a little more background on what it means to be a podcast – how do they get the word out? What does it take to produce content? How often do they plan to produce a new episode? Some of this is here, but it’s a mystery and most of the book is focused on answering the mystery questions.
Liv has the enthusiasm and wide-eyed innocence of a lot of modern mysteries that I’ve read. The rest of the characters blended in a bit – nobody really stood out as a unique and interest character.
Overall this was a fine read, but generally a very average fine read. I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to another book in the series, but I wouldn’t be eagerly watching for the next volume, either.
Looking for a good book? Microphones and Murder by Erin Huss is a fine mystery, but there’s not much to distinguish it from so many other fine mysteries.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
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Microphone and Murder
author: Erin Huss
publisher: Henery Press
paperback, 280 pages