Thursday, June 15, 2023

Historical Cozy Mystery Review: The Pryce of Conceit by Kari Bovee

This morning, I have a historical cozy mystery to share! Check out The Pryce of Conceit by Kari Bovee, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


Book Title:  The Pryce of Conceit - An Historical Ghost Cozy Mystery by Kari Bovee
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 270 
Genre: Historical Ghost Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:   May 23, 2023
Content Rating:  G - Book has no bad language, sex, or violence on the page


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About the Book

Someone’s trying to frame this ambitious theater performer for murder. Can she get back to her adoring public and escape the noose?

1885. Arabella Pryce is struggling with heartbreak. And with her recently deceased husband’s will demanding she leave her celebrity behind and refurbish her namesake hotel in Colorado, the distressed actress is forced to board a westbound train. But she’s barely arrived at the haunted, broken-down lodge when the town beauty shows up dead in one of the rooms… and Arabella is named the prime suspect.

Already feeling the sting of the community’s disapproval, she grits her teeth and works with a mischievous ghost to help prove her innocence. But with blood-stained evidence, handsome sheriffs, and libelous journalists turning her investigation into a dangerous drama, this determined thespian fears she’s missed her cue for survival.

Can she shine the spotlight on a killer before more than her reputation dies a horrible death?

The Pryce of Conceit is the suspenseful first book in The Arabella Pryce Historical Cozy Mystery series. If you like driven heroines, atmospheric settings, and dashes of humor, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s lighthearted twists and turns.

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My Review


The Pryce of Conceit is a Fun Historical Mystery. I love the author's writing style--and the time period she has chosen for this novel. She does a beautiful job creating the world for her characters in the novel's Colorado Western setting. While it took some time for me to warm up to the main character, the author kept me engaged with a page-turner of a storyline and a well-built, well-paced mystery. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions. Since this is the first novel of a series, I hope to see more of them--even the ones I didn't necessarily love!


Readers Will Find a Light Mystery That Keeps Them Guessing. In cozy mystery fashion, the murders and surrounding mysteries are light and clean--but that doesn't make them necessarily obvious or easy to unravel. Again, the author's writing style makes the action and mystery-solving feel believable in their historical setting. There are even some romantic elements popping in along the way.


Would I Recommend The Pryce of Conceit by Kari Bovee? I enjoy Bovee's books. She does a wonderful job creating her characters for this novel and building a mystery that entertains through the last pages.


I look forward to future books in the series. This novel is a unique historical cozy mystery that both historical fiction fans and cozy mystery fans can enjoy. The ghost element makes a fun addition to this series opener too.

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Meet the Author
When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovée is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined in her award-winning historical Annie Oakley Mystery series, Grace Michelle Mystery series, and Pryce Murder series.

​In her past life, Bovée worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant.

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