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Review of Death by Dating


Blurb: Zosha Paul navigates an unpredictable career, disastrous love life, endlessly critical mother, and best friend who’s been accused of murder. Which might be manageable... without ADHD.


Struggling with a company restructure, she dreams of rehabilitating the increasingly grim reputation of the HR department. But this proves extra challenging when an (admittedly unpopular) member of staff is murdered at the Christmas party.


Since ‘murdered people’ are a ‘people issue’, Zosha must add murder investigation to an already overflowing plate—complete with stalker ex-girlfriend and terminally ill father.


But as she tries to (hyper-)focus on the case, how far is she willing to go to uncover the truth and save her best friend from a life in prison?


And more urgently, can she solve the crime before she does something she’ll regret with the distractingly handsome investigating officer? (The one with the biceps.)


Review: Zosha Paul is living her best life before she even thinks about settling down. She has a high stress career in HR, a chaotic dating life, a stalker ex, and a best friend accused of murder. Totally manageable, even with ADHD. To save her bestie from prison, Zosha attempts to investigate the murder with the partners of the firm she's working for as the top suspects. Can she keep everything in order and solve the crime even with the distraction of a gorgeous police officer?


This is a fun roller coaster of a mystery. There are a lot of layers to the plot, and it's amazing Zosha can keep any focus with it all. She's a hilarious narrator with an all-or-nothing attitude. That doesn't help with her dating life! She's bisexual and it's portrayed realistically. Her ex is a woman and absolutely crazy manipulative. Zosha has dates that are laugh out loud funny and some sweet moments too.


Lots of twists and I could never know who to trust. Everyone has their secrets. I guessed who was the killer and why quickly, but it was all about the journey with Zosha. Since the author worked in HR and has ADHD, Zosha's job felt realistic with all the focus problems she has.


You can find Nick Lennon-Barrett on his site and buy the book here.

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