My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I just can't recollect when was the last time I laughed out this heartily reading a book! This book had me in splits all the way through. It's a tremendous and terrific job that Leder has taken up and accomplished - carving out black comedy (and bits of enjoyable slapstick) into a beautiful book... Mix a fast-paced murder mystery with that, and the combination is lethally funny - literally. My sides are aching from all the laughing.
Kate is this struggling broadway actress, who still clings on with ounces of vain hope to her dreams of someday making a strike at stardom. Life flips 180 degrees in a matter of days for her and she inherits not just her father's business, but the responsibility of cracking the mystery behind his stunning and untimely murder, the cause behind why a construction worker fell off a scaffolding, and the dangerous scam case that her father was investigating. At her wit's end, she decides to take help from people in her apartment building and her acting troupe. Armed with a force that topple each other up in their quirkiness, crankiness and clumsiness, does she manage to stay alive, leave alone crack the mysteries, is what the book takes us through.
The choice of plot, storyline and the way of depicting the ensuing hilarity deserves a lot of commendation. I would rate the book with a 5 stars for just that! But to add to it, Leder's writing is captivating and brilliant. Be it humour or the page-turning suspense, he handles it all with splendid ease.
This was a brilliant read, and I urge everyone to pick this up!
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