Title: Murder in the Medina (A Blake Sisters Travel Mystery #1)
Author: Carter Fielding
Published on: 14 November 2021
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Finley Blake is off to Tangier, Morocco on a work-related trip. Her sister, Whitt (who lives in Manila, Philippines) plans her work-trip in a way that both sisters get to spend some time together.
The other guests at their hotel include a film crew. Fin and Whitt are socializing with the guests when they hear a scream. One of the film crew found their colleague dead – or rather, murdered. Fin and her ex’s paths cross once again. But there is another prospective beau – a handsome policeman (who is later found out to be an Interpol agent.)
Soon after the murder, Whitt and Fin are caught in the web of trafficking and murder. Would they risk their lives to find out the truth about the murder? Or, would they play it safe and let things unravel (or not) at their own pace?
Murder in the Medina is the first book in Carter Fielding’s Blake Sisters Travel Mystery series. The story begins with Fin quitting her job and taking up a travel writing assignment. She meets her younger sister Whitt in Morocco. They meet a couple of film crew members at their hotel and the next day, one of the crew is murdered.
Then, the Blake sisters learn of a mysterious man who’s been following them. They wonder if involving the police in this matter is the right choice – but before they could come to a decision, they are attacked. The sisters then learn of the real identity of a handsome policeman named Evans. Would they help him in busting a trafficking gang? Or, is it better to play safe and let the bad guys win?
As much as I loved the setting and the plot, I did not like the characters as much as I wanted to. Emotions are all over the place – especially with Fin wondering if she has to give her ex another chance or date Evans. Also, Fin is a tad possessive of her younger sister. Whitt’s would-be-boyfriend(perhaps) is with them and there comes a time when Whitt returned to the room ‘early in the morning’ – Fin wonders if… well, you know. *wink wink*
The mystery behind the murder kept me guessing till the end. However, I had trouble understanding the way in which the first murder occurs – I did not understand how the murderer ‘threw the body on/through a chandelier.’ (I have a pretty imaginative mind but picturing this particular scenario is something I couldn’t do.)
The ending was okay; unexpected, yes, but not something that made me go ‘Hawww!’ Overall, this was an enjoyable read. If you love travel-themed cozy mysteries, you might want to give this book a try.
I received a copy of the book from Books Go Social and NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.