Today I am super excited to share my review of another book I group read, and we unanimously endorsed, A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty! Publishing on March 12, 2019 by Minotaur Books, this is the second in the Harper McClain series.
There’s a reason The Echo Killing was a fan favorite book, and A Beautiful Corpse is its much-anticipated follow-up. Woo hoo! There are actually quite a few reasons!
Everyone’s favorite crime reporter, Harper McClain, is back. Savannah is the setting with its Spanish moss, gobs of southern history and secrets, and sweet tea hospitality on the front steps of antebellum houses. Murders don’t happen downtown, though. Until this one.
Naomi Scott is the victim, just 24 years old. She has her life ahead of her, attending law school, working as a bartender. Of course there were no witnesses to the shooting, but there are three potential suspects. Naomi’s boyfriend, her boss, and the DA’s son, who happens to be an ex-boyfriend of Naomi’s.
The city of Savannah is up in arms with this murder. They want answers and justice. Harper is hot on the trail of someone. She’s putting together a story of obsession and betrayal. But at the same time, two things are interfering: she’s being followed and her job is on the line due to budget cuts. Will either of these things put a stop to Harper’s hard work?
A Beautiful Corpse is a fast-paced, page-turning thriller. Tons of mystery and intrigue fill the plot keeping you guessing and analyzing. Harper becomes fleshed out in three-dimension here. She’s completely human, relatable, and endearing, as we learn more about her past and cheer on her impassioned work to find Naomi’s killer.
Overall, Harper McClain is a champion of a main character, and wherever Christi Daugherty takes this character and series, I will follow.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
From Christi Daugherty, author of The Echo Killing, comes another pulse-pounding suspenseful thriller featuring crime reporter Harper McClain.
For a woman, being killed by someone who claims to love her is the most ordinary murder of all.
With its antebellum houses and ancient oak trees draped in a veil of Spanish moss, Savannah’s graceful downtown is famous around the world. When a woman is killed in the heart of that affluent district, the shock is felt throughout the city. But for crime reporter Harper McClain, this story is personal. The corpse has a familiar face.
Only twenty-four years old, Naomi Scott was just getting started. A law student, tending bar to make ends meet, she wanted to change the world. Instead, her life ended in the dead of night at the hands of an unseen gunman. There are no witnesses to the crime. The police have three suspects: Scott’s boyfriend, who has a criminal past he claims he’s put behind him, her boss, who stalked another young bartender two years ago, and the district attorney’s son, who Naomi dated until their relationship ended in acrimony. All three men claim to love her. Could one of them be her killer?
With the whole city demanding answers, Harper unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy. But the pressures on her go beyond the murder. The newspaper is facing more layoffs. Her boss fears both their jobs are on the line. And Harper begins to realize that someone is watching her every move. Someone familiar and very dangerous.
Someone who told her to run before it’s too late…
Check out these reviews by the other Book Besties:
Berit at Audio Killed the Bookmark
Holly at Dressed to Read
Mackenzie at PhDiva
Have you read A Beautiful Corpse, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jenni THR