Author: Olivia Blacke
Publication Date: February 2, 2021
It’s murder most viral in this debut mystery by Olivia Blacke.
Bayou transplant Odessa Dean has a lot to learn about life in Brooklyn. So far she’s scored a rent-free apartment in one of the nicest neighborhoods around by cat-sitting, and has a new job working at Untapped Books & Café. Hand-selling books and craft beers is easy for Odessa, but making new friends and learning how to ride the subway? Well, that might take her a little extra time.
But things turn more sour than an IPA when the death of a fellow waitress goes viral, caught on camera in the background of a couple’s flash-mob proposal video. Nothing about Bethany’s death feels right to Odessa—neither her sudden departure mid-shift nor the clues that only Odessa seems to catch. As an up-and-coming YouTube star, Bethany had more than one viewer waiting for her to fall from grace.
Determined to prove there’s a killer on the loose, Odessa takes matters into her own hands. But can she pin down Bethany’s killer before they take Odessa offline for good?
Killer Content by Olivia Blacke is an interesting cozy mystery that had me invested in the characters.
Odessa Dean is cat-sitting for her aunt for a few months in Brooklyn. Odessa is from a small town in Louisiana and is now living in one of the nicest apartments in the city. She works at Untapped Books and Coffee. She likes her job but doesn’t have any friends. Odessa is also still getting used to living in a city. One day at work, Bethany asks her to cover for her while she leaves for an hour. Bethany doesn’t return to work because she died. Everyone is convinced Bethany’s death was an accident except Odessa. Odessa hardly knew Bethany but will do anything to prove she was killed. Bethany is trying to find the murderer.
I really enjoyed Killer Content. The story grabbed my attention from the very beginning. The characters are definitely one of the best parts of Killer Content. Odessa is quirky and relatable. Her aunt offered to pay her to stay at her apartment, but Odessa refused. She decided to get a job as a waitress instead. Her boss makes her do odd jobs that he doesn’t feel like doing like walking his dog. Odessa works hard and doesn’t let this bother her. Odessa doesn’t fit in with most of her coworkers and even when she hears them making fun of her, she is still nice to them. When Bethany dies, she will do anything to find out what actually happened even when people try to convince her to give up. When another coworker she hardly knows needs somewhere to stay, she breaks her aunt’s rules and lets Izzy move in. Izzy and Odessa quickly develop a friendship. Izzy tries to be a good house guest by cooking and cleaning for Odessa. Bethany is an interesting character. Odessa discovers many things about Bethany during her search. Odessa is put in some interesting situations that are very entertaining.
I recommend Killer Content to fans of cozy mysteries. I usually do not read cozy mysteries but am so glad I read this one. I will definitely be reading more cozy mysteries and looking forward to book two in A Brooklyn Murder Mystery series.
Thank you Berkley Publishing, NetGalley and Edelweiss for Killer Content.
About the Author
Brooklyn Murder Mysteries author Olivia Blacke writes quirky, unconventional, character-driven cozy mysteries. After shuffling around the U.S.A. from Hawaii to Maine, she currently resides with her husband and their roly-poly rescue puggle, but is forever homesick for NYC. In addition to writing, disappearing into a good book, and spending way too much time on social media, she enjoys SCUBA diving, crocheting, collecting tattoos, and baking dog cookies.
She loves listening to music while she writes (usually P!nk or NIN), is obsessed with Groot, and her favorite season is Hockey (Let’s Go Caps!).