Posed for Murder – Meredith Cole

Title: Posed for Murder
Author: Meredith Cole
ISBN: 0312378564
Pages: 256
Release Date: February 17, 2009
Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur
Genre: Mystery
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!


  1. Don’t you love when you find a book you like is part of a new series?!! I’ve been following the Debs on their blog. Love that. Have you read Mia King’s books? She’s a former Deb. I really like her books and she has a new one coming this year. Yay!

    Good review, by the way : )

  2. Thank you so much for your kind and generous review! I’m honored to be on your site among so many great books.

    Yes, Posed for Murder is just the beginning of a series, and I’ve already written the second one. It’s a lot of fun to watch the characters change and grow, and I hope to write quite a few Lydia McKenzie adventures.

    Oh–and swing by and comment during my launch week at http://www.thedebutanteball.com, and we’ll enter you in a contest to win a free copy of the book.

  3. Great review – I stumbled it. I love mysteries that are hard to figure out. The cover of this one is a little creepy to me.

  4. WANT TO READ THIS!!!! 😉 Great review as usual!

  5. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. It sounds like a great read.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  6. This sounds like something I’d enjoy! So far I’ve only read The Little Giant out of all the debs’ titles, but I’m definitely interested in others. I’m glad to hear you’ve been enjoying them all so far!

  7. Thanks as always for the support and I love this review because it represents the book so well. So right about Lydia. I hadn’t thought about her modesty before, but that’s an excellent point.

    (The Monday Deb)

  8. I know that I will love reading “Posed by Murder” especially since I have just finished reading the first book of another really great book series, titled “Threshold” by Bonnie Kozek. Kozek has earned her spot among the best of ’em, from Thompson to Willeford to Chandler to Bukowski. I believe that Posed for Murder will be a great book to get into to fill the void until Kozek’s next book comes out.

  9. I wanted to like “Posed for Murder” but I can’t agree with the good reviews. Here we have New York City police detectives who need a photographic darkroom explained to them, and a self-absorbed heroine who inexplicably withholds important information and clues from the cops, and who seems more concerned with what she’s wearing than catching a killer. Too many instances of the characters doing and saying things that make no sense.

  10. What a great review! I’ll need to add this one to my wish list 🙂

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