Wednesday, December 2, 2020

BLOG TOUR - The Kensington Kidnap


A missing teenager, a mysterious cult and a case of mistaken identity – just another day’s work for Epiphany Bloom.

Epiphany ‘Pip’ Bloom
is down on her luck. She can barely afford cat food, and just because Most has three legs doesn’t mean he eats any less. So she absolutely can’t afford to mess up her latest temp job. But when she walks through the door of the private investigation firm, her new boss mistakes her for a missing persons expert. He then charges her with finding Matty Price – the teenage son of two A-list celebrities – who has mysteriously disappeared from his home in Kensington.

It ought to be a disaster, but Pip reckons it’s actually an opportunity. She’s always been curious (nosy, her mother calls it) and has an uncanny knack for being at the wrong place at the right time (she doesn’t want to know what her mother thinks of that). After years of trying to find something she’s good at, has Pip managed to walk straight into the job she was born to do?

She owes it to herself and poor missing Matty to find out.

But searching for Matty takes Pip into the strange, intimidating world of the rich and famous. And it soon becomes clear that some of these people’s love for themselves doesn’t extend to their fellow humans.

As Pip investigates further, she realises the question isn’t whether Matty ran away – it’s whether Pip will find him alive and make it home safely herself...

An absolutely brilliant, light-hearted cozy mystery for fans of M.C. Beaton, T E Kinsey, Lauren Elliott and Joanne Fluke, featuring an irresistible new heroine.


:   The Kensington Kidnap
Author:  Katie Gayle
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   238
Date of Publication:   December 2, 2020
My Rating:   4 Stars

Epiphany Bloom - known as Pip - has taken on another temp job. She has a fabulous opportunity in front of her, even though it is due to an error. She is mistaken for a private investigator. Without revealing the truth, Pip jumps in with both feet and commits to finding the missing teenage son of a celebrity couple named Matty Price. 

Whether due to curiosity or indeed a hidden talent, Pip is determined to discover what has happened to Matty. She soon finds herself mixed up with a crowd of a higher echelon, and what she learns about these people does not bring good results. 

Cozy mysteries are one of my favorite types of read. In this case, our primary protagonist is expected to be an expert, so to speak. Since she is nothing of the sort, she must put up a brave front that is accompanied by some level of skill. Like with every cozy mystery I read, Pip finds herself in trouble more than once. No one likes too many questions, and this is exactly what Pip is doing - pushing buttons. Well, she pushes a bit too hard, because she really wants Matty to be found safe and sound.

Not only is Pip a delightful character, I fell for her cat, a three-legged feline named Most. I don't know what it is about this type of books and pets, but they always make a good combination, and that certainly proves to be the case in this story. With this story, the authors did a fabulous job with their debut writing together. I really loved this book and hope that there is much more to come from Pip, Most and others that we met in this engaging read. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Katie Gayle is the writing partnership of best-selling South African writers, Kate Sidley and Gail Schimmel. Kate and Gail have, between them, written over ten books of various genres, but with Katie Gayle, they both make their debut in the cozy mystery genre. Both Gail and Kate live in Johannesburg, with husbands, children, dogs and cats. Unlike their sleuth Epiphany Bloom, neither of them have ever stolen a cat from the vet.

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