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Death in Advertising By Laura Bradford: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Death in Advertising. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Ever since she designed a lemonade stand slogan as a ten-year-old, Tobi Tobias’s dream has been to work in advertising. The past six months since finally opening the Tobias Ad Agency have been bleak though, and if Tobi doesn’t land a client soon, she’s going to be out of business. It seems within her grasp when Tobi creates the perfect marketing campaign for the Zander Closet Company, owned by the almost-as-perfect Andrew Zander and his overly charming brother Gary. The popularity of Tobi’s concept—When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place— places her on the local news, but it also dunks her into hot water when the phrase becomes horrifically true. For during a brochure photo-shoot at the luxurious home of Preston and Mitzi Holbrook, the very dead body of the Car King himself falls out of the newly renovated Zander closet.book

Discovering that there is such a thing as bad publicity, Tobi is desperate to clear herself and solve the mystery before her reputation is further tarnished. Mitzi was not the first Mrs. Holbrook, and rumors swirled amongst the household staff that the new glitzy wife was having an affair. For once Toby is grateful that she has been working a second job at the ‘To Know Them is to Love Them’ pet store, as it allows her some insight into problematic behavior of the late Preston’s African grey parrot, Baboo. Competing for her attention is the discovery that Tobi will be competing against her former bosses for clients, so she’s lucky to also have the support of the grandfather who has been providing her with wisdom since her childhood.

This start of a new series brings in as much laughter as it does background and insight into the world of advertising. Tobi herself is a delight, downing Cocoa Puffs and chocolate when the stress becomes a little too much for her. The pet store itself plays a surprising role, leading not just to a critical clue but introducing its match-making owner and her talented photographer son. Having had a history of bad judgment with men, Tobi distrusts the attraction that is pulling her towards one of the Zander brothers. It is compassion and not romance that motivates Tobi to investigate; she was voted Most Caring in high school, after all.

The extremely light tone that starts the novel continues throughout, speeding towards a refreshingly realistic conclusion. Tobi may have an unhealthy addition to sugary cereal, but her investigations never stray out of the realm of believability. The author of many mysteries and romances under the names Laura Bradford and Elizabeth Lynn Casey, she debuts yet another delightful novel featuring a relatable and vulnerable heroine, engaging side characters, and a charming and unique setting.

To enter to win a copy of Death in Advertising, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “advertising,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 15, 2017. US residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
April 8, 2017 at 11:37am

I’d love to win! Thanks for the post and chance to win! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com


2 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
April 8, 2017 at 12:10pm

Thank-you for the opportunity.
kckendler at gmail dot com


3 Sheila K. April 8, 2017 at 3:11pm

I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!


4 Tracy Shafer April 8, 2017 at 7:12pm

Thank you so much!! rockergoddess2002 at yahoo dot com


5 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
April 8, 2017 at 10:38pm

Sounds amazing thank you


6 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
April 8, 2017 at 10:39pm
7 Laurie Iglesias
Twitter: @lauigl
April 9, 2017 at 2:37am

Thank you for that great review. I’d love to read this book since i used to work for an advertising agency and loved it. Tobi Tobias sounds like a fun, funny character too.
A recent post from Laurie Iglesias: Please help me win…My Profile


8 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
April 9, 2017 at 2:57am

Sounds like a wonderful book and I would love to read it. thank you for the review and contest.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


9 Bertha Hammond April 9, 2017 at 4:06am

Thanks for the chance to win a free copy of this book.


10 Judy Weaver April 9, 2017 at 7:24am

Sounds great!!


11 Donna Gantt April 9, 2017 at 9:06am

Sounds like the start of a great new series. I like books by Laura Bradford! Thanks!


12 Jennifer Hansen April 9, 2017 at 12:04pm

Love this author! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com


13 Pam Priborsky April 9, 2017 at 2:00pm

Thank you for this chance to win and read! I love Laura Bradford’s books.


14 Lorraine Bowen April 10, 2017 at 10:15am

Would love a chance to read this one.
raineybird at yahoo dot com


15 SHELLEY S April 10, 2017 at 11:11am



16 Carl April 10, 2017 at 12:24pm

Yet another fun series to get in on the ground floor. This looks great, thanks for the chance to win a print copy. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


17 johnna smith
Twitter: @johnnabooks135
April 10, 2017 at 1:44pm

I really enjoy this author and would love to win a copy of this title. Thank you for the chance



18 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
April 10, 2017 at 5:13pm

Really excited to read this book.


19 Doward Wilson April 10, 2017 at 6:46pm

Can’t wait to try this new series.


20 Meg C April 11, 2017 at 11:22am

Sounds like another interesting book from a fabulous author. Thank you for the chance to win. robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com


21 Dianne Casey April 11, 2017 at 1:55pm

I enjoy Laura Bradford’s books, but haven’t started this series yet. Can’t wait to read.


22 Jill Broussard April 12, 2017 at 8:37pm

This sounds great. Thankyou for sharing! minishoes@msn.com


23 staci nauert April 13, 2017 at 7:24am

sounds like a great read.


24 staci nauert April 13, 2017 at 7:27am

looks like a great read! stacinauert@yahoo.com


25 staci nauert April 13, 2017 at 7:25am

would love to have a chance to read this


26 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
April 14, 2017 at 11:35am

Thank you sounds good donamaekutska7@gmail.com


27 Melissa Castor April 14, 2017 at 12:53pm

Looks like a good book. I like Laura Bradford’s other series’, so I will probably enjoy this one.


28 Kelly Braun
Twitter: @69steelers2
April 14, 2017 at 1:56pm

Thanks for another one to add to my TBR pile!
Kelly Braun


29 Sharon Guagliardo
Twitter: @catwoman1a
April 14, 2017 at 2:55pm

I love cozy mysteries and this sounds fun. Thank you for the chance to win. catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net


30 Linda May April 14, 2017 at 5:02pm

This book looks like a fun read, Thanks for this very generous giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com


31 Cecilia April 14, 2017 at 6:20pm

Sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


32 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
April 17, 2017 at 12:09pm

We have a winner!


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