Murder in Florence by T.A. Williams

It’s my stop today on the blog tour for Murder in Florence by T.A. Williams. Many thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite.

Title: Murder in Florence (An Armstrong and Oscar Cozy Mystery #3)

Author: T.A. Williams

Published on: 7 April 2023

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Murder in Florence is the third book in T.A. Williams’ Armstrong and Oscar Cozy Mystery series.

Life as a private investigator isn’t as glamorous as portrayed on screen. Dan Armstrong, retired copper in London turned PI in Florence has his hands full with petty cases – cheating spouses, thieving house helps, and lost pets.

Dan’s friend and Inspector of Florence Murder Squad, Virgilio Pisano, gives Dan a case. There have been a series of violent attacks on a Hollywood movie set in Florence. The star of the show, a renowned actress named Selena Gardner believes her life is in danger.

As Dan and his trusty sidekick Oscar (a Labrador) start to investigate, Dan learns a lot about the crew. There have been frequent fights between the main actress and the director. Also, frequent tiffs between the producer and director. Dan believes the threatening letters received are warnings to a particular person… until a first dead body is found.

The arrow attacks (which first start with letters and now the crew getting injured) puts Dan and Oscar on a deadline. Dan must find the perpetrator before they claim their next victim.

If I have to sum this book in a sentence (might be a pretty long sentence, mind), I will say: Fantabulous, engrossing, entertaining, super fun, adventurous, gives the reader Hollywood-movie vibes, a masterpiece.

I am a huge fan of this series and I have enjoyed every single installment. This time, Dan is on a case on a Hollywood movie set. Actors and their cranky behaviors aside, there’s a robin hood on prowl. First, he starts shooting threatening letters (he’s no cupid!), then ups his game to grievously harm the crew. Dan finds himself in the midst of a real-life melodrama: the actress, director and producer are at each other’s throats, the producer’s assistant is a clumsy girl named Dizzy. Her clumsiness might have saved a would-be victim or two.

The second half of the book is where things get tense. Real tense. Edge of your seat kinda scenario. Dan is an ex-copper, so his sleuthing skills are superb. There is a mind-blowing and totally shocking twist in the second half of the book – at about 75% through – and it left me gawping. I was like, Woah, how? where? why? when? OH NO!!

I enjoyed reading every bit of this fantabulous installment of Armstrong and Oscar Cozy Mystery series. Excellent storytelling (T.A. Williams is the best!). Likable characters and excellent plot-to-story development and, a dash of humor to seal the deal.

What are you waiting for? Go grab your copy of Murder in Florence ASAP. If you are new to the series, I recommend you start from the beginning. This is one of the best cozy mysteries ever!

Additional Reading:

Armstrong and Oscar Cozy Mystery series in order

Book #1: Murder in Tuscany by T.A. Williams

Book #2: Murder in Chianti by T.A. Williams

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