Title: Posed for Murder
Author: Meredith Cole
Release Date: February 17, 2009
Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur
Rating: 4 5 out of 5
From the dust jacket:
Lydia McKenzie is an artist whose medium is the camera. She’s having her first one-woman show. It is a series that ties to actual murders committed in the city’s past. Her method is to find a model—someone who can match in a general way the actual female victim—and pose her in the clothes and position in which the actual victim was found. The night of her showing, however, is disappointing; the owner of the gallery makes her pay for the invitations down to the stamps, hang the whole show herself, and rush for the usual wine and snacks. But what happens next is much worse: two plainclothes policemen shut down the event and take Lydia in for questioning. A young woman whom she knew well, and who was the model in one of her photographs, has been murdered. Worried that the police aren’t doing what they should, Lydia and another friend set out to find the killer.
Meredith Cole is one of the 2009 Debs at The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t heard of The Debutante Ball, it’s a group blog which features debut authors. I’ve either read or plan to read all the books they have featured or recommended and they have never once steered me wrong. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already!
Posed for Murder is the first mystery I’ve read in some time. I do enjoy mysteries, but I hate it when I figure out the ending halfway through the book, which is something that happens all too often. Posed for Murder, however, was a completely different story. In my arrogance, I thought I had the murders solved multiple times throughout the novel; however, Cole always threw me for a loop and moved in an entirely different direction. The ending was definitely a surprise, and a well-written one at that. Cole’s storytelling ability and imagination should be commended; the entire book is a delight to read!
I also loved the main character, Lydia. She was so strong and resilient, but the best part is that she didn’t even realize it. She felt weak in her situation and decided to do something about it by asking questions and finding out as much as she could about the murders. She didn’t intend to become an amateur detective, but she couldn’t imagine doing nothing and just waiting for the murderer to strike again. I think Lydia is a testament to the power within us; she is dealt an incredible blow in life but she doesn’t let it stop her. She is strong because she has to be, because to her being anything else just isn’t an option. I feel like if I were to meet Lydia one day and tell her “I admire you because you were so strong in the face of such horrible occurrences,” she would say, “I’m not strong, I just did what I had to do!”
Meredith Cole is a great writer, and I hope we’ll be seeing more from her soon. Posed for Murder was definitely left with some loose ends, and I hope that means this is the start to a series. I would love to read more about Lydia, and with Meredith Cole’s imagination and writing ability, any sequels are sure to be just as great as the original!
Thank you to Meredith for sending me a copy of this book to review!
Edit: After writing this review, I happened upon a post at the Debutante Ball in which Meredith Cole discusses the second book in the SERIES – so it will be a series!