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It's murder most viral in this debut mystery by Olivia Blacke. Bayou transplant Odessa Dean has a lot to learn about life in Brooklyn. So far she's scored a rent free apartment in one of the nicest neighborhoods around by cat-sitting, and has a new job working at Untapped Books & Café. Hand-selling books and craft beers is easy for Odessa, but making new friends and learnin It's murder most viral in this debut mystery by Olivia Blacke. Bayou transplant Odessa Dean has a lot to learn about life in Brooklyn. So far she's scored a rent free apartment in one of the nicest neighborhoods around by cat-sitting, and has a new job working at Untapped Books & Café. Hand-selling books and craft beers is easy for Odessa, but making new friends and learning how to ride the subway? Well, that might take her a little extra time. But things turn more sour than an IPA when the death of a fellow waitress goes viral, caught on camera in the background of a couple's flash-mob proposal video. Nothing about Bethany's death feels right to Odessa--neither her sudden departure mid-shift nor the clues that only Odessa seems to catch. As an up-and-coming YouTube star, Bethany had more than one viewer waiting for her to fall from grace. Determined to prove there's a killer on the loose, Odessa takes matters into her own hands. But can she pin down Bethany's killer before they take Odessa offline for good?


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It's murder most viral in this debut mystery by Olivia Blacke. Bayou transplant Odessa Dean has a lot to learn about life in Brooklyn. So far she's scored a rent free apartment in one of the nicest neighborhoods around by cat-sitting, and has a new job working at Untapped Books & Café. Hand-selling books and craft beers is easy for Odessa, but making new friends and learnin It's murder most viral in this debut mystery by Olivia Blacke. Bayou transplant Odessa Dean has a lot to learn about life in Brooklyn. So far she's scored a rent free apartment in one of the nicest neighborhoods around by cat-sitting, and has a new job working at Untapped Books & Café. Hand-selling books and craft beers is easy for Odessa, but making new friends and learning how to ride the subway? Well, that might take her a little extra time. But things turn more sour than an IPA when the death of a fellow waitress goes viral, caught on camera in the background of a couple's flash-mob proposal video. Nothing about Bethany's death feels right to Odessa--neither her sudden departure mid-shift nor the clues that only Odessa seems to catch. As an up-and-coming YouTube star, Bethany had more than one viewer waiting for her to fall from grace. Determined to prove there's a killer on the loose, Odessa takes matters into her own hands. But can she pin down Bethany's killer before they take Odessa offline for good?

30 review for Killer Content

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wowza! I adore the way the author awakened the inner New Yorker of me! Even though I live in West Coast / shiny angels and Mr. Morningstar’s city, I spent more of my years in NYC and these were the best years of my life! Ms. Blacke is amazingly talented author because the realistic, snarky, vivid depictions of Brooklyn and her reflections of artistic, complex, intense, entertaining mosaic of its hipster universe was so strict to the point definitions. Her perspective is so genuine, true and smar Wowza! I adore the way the author awakened the inner New Yorker of me! Even though I live in West Coast / shiny angels and Mr. Morningstar’s city, I spent more of my years in NYC and these were the best years of my life! Ms. Blacke is amazingly talented author because the realistic, snarky, vivid depictions of Brooklyn and her reflections of artistic, complex, intense, entertaining mosaic of its hipster universe was so strict to the point definitions. Her perspective is so genuine, true and smart just like her MC Odessa’s characterization. The girl comes from smallest city/ island with no experience tries to blend chaotic, adventurous, complicated, crowded, multicultural Brooklyn world and interestingly she is resilient to blend in perfectly. She has so many different interests, talents including being seamstress, knowing lots about designs, colors, styles and she also addicted to true crime podcasts which will help her to conduct her own investigation to solve her friend’s murder. Let’s take a look at the story line: Odessa Dean, our smart, natural, sarcastic heroine perfectly adjusts to be Brooklynaire by having a rent free apartment at the one of nicest neighborhoods, working at a bookstore/ cafe named Untapped Books& Cafe, selling organic, tasty sandwiches, appetizers and local brands of brewery. I have to admit the mouth watery depictions of brewery and sandwiches just made me drool. (Sprinkling Feta cheese pieces on avocado toast was brilliant idea! I tried and it’s delicious! Californian cafes should add the ingredient to their recipes ASAP!) But at the same day one of the waitresses and her acquaintances Bethany wants her to take care her customers at the busiest hour of the cafe, leaving the place without any explanation and as Odessa watches a viral video on YouTube, she realizes a girl falls off the elevated way of Domino Park. The girl wears same cafe uniform she wears. Could she be Bethany? Could she leave the restaurant to Domino Park in hurry? Odessa dashes out from her work place quickly to find out and as the paramedics carry the body on a stretcher at the park she sees the turquoise owl tattoo on the underside of her wrist! Bethany has the same tattoo at the same part of her body. Later Odessa learns Bethany is rising star of the YouTube and she has so many rivals want her fall down! As a big fan of true crime podcasts, Odessa already finds herself dig more to find out what happened to her friend which means she may be the next target of the perpetrator! This was my another quick reading! Normally I’m not into cozy mysteries but this book truly exceeded my expectations. I had so much fun! I adored the heroine! It is impossible not to enjoy a book takes place in one of my favorite locations in the earth! It was pleasure for me to trip down on a memory lane! I’m giving four I love Brooklyn, snarky and clever heroines, intellectual hipsters stars! Special thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    I really enjoyed Killer Content. The story grabbed my attention from the very beginning. The characters are definitely one of the best parts of Killer Content. Odessa is quirky and relatable. Her aunt offered to pay her to stay at her apartment, but Odessa refused. She decided to get a job as a waitress instead. Her boss makes her do odd jobs that he doesn’t feel like doing like walking his dog. Odessa works had and doesn’t let this bother her. Odessa doesn’t fit in with most of her coworkers an I really enjoyed Killer Content. The story grabbed my attention from the very beginning. The characters are definitely one of the best parts of Killer Content. Odessa is quirky and relatable. Her aunt offered to pay her to stay at her apartment, but Odessa refused. She decided to get a job as a waitress instead. Her boss makes her do odd jobs that he doesn’t feel like doing like walking his dog. Odessa works had and doesn’t let this bother her. Odessa doesn’t fit in with most of her coworkers and even when she hears them making fun of her, she is still nice to them. When Bethany dies, she will do anything to find out what actually happened even when people try to convince her to give up. When another coworker she hardly knows needs somewhere to stay, she breaks her aunt’s rules and lets Izzy move in. Izzy and Odessa quickly develop a friendship. Izzy tries to be a good house guest by cooking and cleaning for Odessa. Bethany is an interesting character. Odessa discovers many things about Bethany during her search. Odessa is put in some interesting situations that are very entertaining. Thank you Berkley Publishing, NetGalley and Edelweiss for Killer Content. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  3. 5 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    Odessa is trying to figure out her life. From Louisiana to Brooklyn, she is a new face in a new place. She is working in a cafe. One day her co worker goes off to run an errand and is killed. Odessa is determined to find out what happened since no one believes her that a murder happened. I was not sure why she was so invested in a stranger. It seemed like she was just trying to do a good thing, but she had no background in doing this before so it was a little weird she moves to a new city and no Odessa is trying to figure out her life. From Louisiana to Brooklyn, she is a new face in a new place. She is working in a cafe. One day her co worker goes off to run an errand and is killed. Odessa is determined to find out what happened since no one believes her that a murder happened. I was not sure why she was so invested in a stranger. It seemed like she was just trying to do a good thing, but she had no background in doing this before so it was a little weird she moves to a new city and now she is a sleuth... that was a little strange for me to believe. Especially when the person was a stranger?? There is a love triangle and other items that show this is going to be a series, so some people are probably getting invested and excited for a next book. I thought it was all just okay, and I may pick up the next one possibly. Thank you NetGalley and Berkeley for the review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Killer Content by Olivia Blacke is the first A Brooklyn Murder Mystery. Odessa Dean is from Piney Island, Louisiana who finds Brooklyn amazing and overwhelming. She is cat and apartment sitting for her Aunt Melanie who is traveling through Europe. Killer Content is written in the first person allowing us to see things from Odessa’s point-of-view. We learn what she thinks about Brooklyn, the food, the microbrews, the people, etc. Izzy Wilson is a co-worker and Odessa’s friend who ends up living w Killer Content by Olivia Blacke is the first A Brooklyn Murder Mystery. Odessa Dean is from Piney Island, Louisiana who finds Brooklyn amazing and overwhelming. She is cat and apartment sitting for her Aunt Melanie who is traveling through Europe. Killer Content is written in the first person allowing us to see things from Odessa’s point-of-view. We learn what she thinks about Brooklyn, the food, the microbrews, the people, etc. Izzy Wilson is a co-worker and Odessa’s friend who ends up living with Odessa when the schoolhouse where she squats is being fumigated. Izzy has a larger personality than Odessa and she could overshadow her. Odessa is an okay character. I just felt she faded into the background at times. She let people take advantage of her (from her boss to Izzy). The contradiction comes with Bethany’s death. Odessa is positive that Bethany was murdered, and she will not stop until she proves it. I felt that the whodunit was not the focus of the story. More time seems devoted to Untapped Books & Café (the people, the food, the brews served). There are a limited number of suspects. Odessa questioned people and dug through trash looking for clues. One piece of information is all that is needed to solve the case. If you are like me and read cozies for the mystery, then you will be disappointed. This is a character driven cozy mystery with the focus on Odessa. I felt there were details that we did not need to know such what Odessa ate for each meal, the weather (it is hot as we are told a few times), the mess Izzy left in the bedroom, the amount of luggage Izzy brought with her). I just felt that some of this minute details were not needed, and they slowed down the progress of the story. There was a repetition of information as well. I believe Killer Content will appeal to those readers in their twenties and thirties (obtain a sample to see if this story suits you). The author did take the time to give needed background information on Odessa as well as the neighborhood (where Odessa lives and works). I liked Rufus Talliwhacker (Aunt Melanie’s cat) plus the bookstore dog. Killer Content is a lighthearted cozy mystery with distasteful trash, flash mob fiasco, nasty neon green, a disobliging detective, a capricious roommate, and mouthwatering microbrews.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Feinen

    Nice intro to a cozy mystery series. Odessa is apartment sitting for her aunt - she has a super cute cat, Rufus, who requires livein care. After a few weeks, Odessa lands a waitress job at a local cafe specializing in craft bear, a lazy senior dog, hypster menu and eclectic staff. Bethany leaves mid shift to visit a local park - emergency situation. While watching the YouTube video of a flash mob proposal, Odessa catches a glimpse of the cafe's neon green uniform shirt. Running to the park, she Nice intro to a cozy mystery series. Odessa is apartment sitting for her aunt - she has a super cute cat, Rufus, who requires livein care. After a few weeks, Odessa lands a waitress job at a local cafe specializing in craft bear, a lazy senior dog, hypster menu and eclectic staff. Bethany leaves mid shift to visit a local park - emergency situation. While watching the YouTube video of a flash mob proposal, Odessa catches a glimpse of the cafe's neon green uniform shirt. Running to the park, she discovers it is Bethany- on a gurney, in a body bag. No one else but Osessa thinks murder. Odessa delves into Bethany's life to prove foul play. She also gains a roommate- Izzy, who helps Odessa become more outgoing. A steamy detective, clumsy Odessa searching through a dumpster, Izzy and her vegan recipes - book with humor and heart.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Galloway

    There are few things I love more than an excellent new cozy mystery series -- and this is an excellent on to start the new year with. The "A Brooklyn Murder Mystery #1" next to the title in Goodreads gives me hope that there will be many more entries to come! We all know that many cozies have a cute theme -- it's one of the reasons we love them! This one doesn't slot so easily into any of the usual categories, but that doesn't make it any less delightful. It skirts the edges of a few -- the prota There are few things I love more than an excellent new cozy mystery series -- and this is an excellent on to start the new year with. The "A Brooklyn Murder Mystery #1" next to the title in Goodreads gives me hope that there will be many more entries to come! We all know that many cozies have a cute theme -- it's one of the reasons we love them! This one doesn't slot so easily into any of the usual categories, but that doesn't make it any less delightful. It skirts the edges of a few -- the protagonist knows plenty about food and beer and she works in a bookstore -- but I think the real theme is Brooklyn, itself, and how it looks to someone who is stepping over that line from outsider to insider. And that ties into a theme that is near and dear to my heart: finding out that home doesn't just have to be the place you were born. The less concrete cozy theme is a benefit here, I think. While I love a good cooking cozy, this novel made me realize how much less fleshed out those characters usually are. I mean, I am THERE for the recipes and descriptions of delicious foods in those books... but that often means that's the main part of their protagonists' personalities we get to see. In this novel, Odessa gets to display a range of interests and traits from sewing to her Southerness to true crime podcasts and all of these, in one way or another, play into her drive and ability to solve the crime. She's not just an uncommonly clever or lucky amateur, but rather someone whose life has prepared her to both care and know enough to start sleuthing. Odessa's voice is spot on, too. It's a joy to be in her head, even if there is murder and dog poop to be dealt with. The novel has a light, wry and funny tone that's still affectionate as Odessa observes Brooklyn and generation gaps and hipster culture. I think I'll view New York more generously, should I ever get to visit again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I had a lot of fun with this book, and I loved the setting! Between the apartment in Williamsburg and the awesome bookstore/cafe featuring craft brews, I found it awfully cozy despite not being set in a small town.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caroline David

    This is exactly the kind of mystery/thriller that takes the load off after reading something really dark. It's such an interesting concept and I just really enjoyed the execution of the plot. This is exactly the kind of mystery/thriller that takes the load off after reading something really dark. It's such an interesting concept and I just really enjoyed the execution of the plot.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    This is such a charming mystery! I loved Odessa who is spunky and stubborn, and her fish-out-of-water relationship with NYC. The secondary characters were great, and so was the backdrop of the cafe - everything felt very real with a hilarious quirkiness. And of course the mystery kept me guessing! It was lots of fun watching Odessa be an amateur sleuth.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Martina

    Killer Content is my first cozy mystery. I was drawn by the colorful cover. I’m happy to say I really enjoyed it! Odessa is a small-town Southern girl house sitting her aunt’s Williamsburg apartment and waitressing at a bar/bookstore in the neighborhood. When her coworker Bethany dies suddenly, Odessa isn’t so sure that Bethany’s death was an accident and starts her own investigation. As someone who is obsessed with true crime podcasts, I could relate to Odessa’s obsession with solving this crim Killer Content is my first cozy mystery. I was drawn by the colorful cover. I’m happy to say I really enjoyed it! Odessa is a small-town Southern girl house sitting her aunt’s Williamsburg apartment and waitressing at a bar/bookstore in the neighborhood. When her coworker Bethany dies suddenly, Odessa isn’t so sure that Bethany’s death was an accident and starts her own investigation. As someone who is obsessed with true crime podcasts, I could relate to Odessa’s obsession with solving this crime. I also found her to be such a cute character. Her sarcastic personality just spoke to my soul. This was a quick and fun read and highly recommend it for anyone wanted a good cozy mystery. Thank you to Berkley and Netgalley for the eARC of this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Clark

    Can I say how much I LOVED this book?!? It was so freakin’ good and I loved that it took place in Brooklyn and all the NYC vibes. The characters were well written, the story line had the perfect flow to drag a girl in and I’m dying to get my hands on book 2! I mean OCTOBER seems so far away, I might die! Too dramatic? Maybe, but a girl needs her book like ASAP!

  12. 4 out of 5

    eda!

    If Untapped books & café is a real place I wanna go there right now! Killer Content was a quick read. I personally don't read many 'cozy mysteries' and I'm not sure if it is my favourite theme/genre. One main issue I had with the book is unnecessary details given throughout as well is repeated/similar scenes. For example, Odessa talking about the heat wave in New York, the food that the cook makes, etc. It made the book a lot slower and did not add any value. Other than that, I liked the charact If Untapped books & café is a real place I wanna go there right now! Killer Content was a quick read. I personally don't read many 'cozy mysteries' and I'm not sure if it is my favourite theme/genre. One main issue I had with the book is unnecessary details given throughout as well is repeated/similar scenes. For example, Odessa talking about the heat wave in New York, the food that the cook makes, etc. It made the book a lot slower and did not add any value. Other than that, I liked the characters- especially Odessa. she was fun and I liked her inner-dialogue. All of them were interesting and had distinctive personalities. Overall, this book was a miss for me, but readers who enjoy cozy mysteries may enjoy this!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Jayatissa

    With everything that’s gone on this year, Killer Content is exactly the kind of cheerful escapism that we all need. The MC, Odessa, is unfailingly likable— huge heart, great instincts, and a strong moral compass all packaged up in a pair of cowboy boots. I was immediately sucked into Odessa’s Williamsburg, which the author did a great job of encapsulating without it being too overpowering or needlessly descriptive. From the sense of community to the descriptions of the food, I felt immersed in th With everything that’s gone on this year, Killer Content is exactly the kind of cheerful escapism that we all need. The MC, Odessa, is unfailingly likable— huge heart, great instincts, and a strong moral compass all packaged up in a pair of cowboy boots. I was immediately sucked into Odessa’s Williamsburg, which the author did a great job of encapsulating without it being too overpowering or needlessly descriptive. From the sense of community to the descriptions of the food, I felt immersed in the best possible way. The mystery itself was intriguing, but more than the mystery itself, the way Odessa went about solving it is what really appealed to me. A nice relief from the usual gruff, crusty detectives, Odessa is drawn to solve her co-worker’s murder because that’s just who she is. I look forward to reading more about Odessa’s escapades in New York, and hope the next book comes out soon!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Chow

    Blacke pens a delightful main character in boots-wearing Odessa Dean, a rural Louisiana transplant to Brooklyn. I loved this immersive whodunnit with its diverse cast and unique social media theme. Odessa is such a charming protagonist. I love how she’s a transplant to the Brooklyn area, which gives her both insight into and appreciation of the New York area. The Untapped Books & Cafe serves as a great work backdrop, and her assessments about waitressing are spot-on. Blacke weaves in the social Blacke pens a delightful main character in boots-wearing Odessa Dean, a rural Louisiana transplant to Brooklyn. I loved this immersive whodunnit with its diverse cast and unique social media theme. Odessa is such a charming protagonist. I love how she’s a transplant to the Brooklyn area, which gives her both insight into and appreciation of the New York area. The Untapped Books & Cafe serves as a great work backdrop, and her assessments about waitressing are spot-on. Blacke weaves in the social media aspects in a fun fashion and populates her book with diverse and wonderful characters. A great mystery that kept me turning the pages to both solve the plot and to enjoy the fictional world. #killermystery

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Everett

    What a fun read! You can't help but love the main character, Odessa, a spunky waitress from Piney Island Louisiana who is cat-sitting in Brooklyn for a summer. She gets a job at a bookshop/cafe and after barely a week in the big city, is solving a murder! The secondary characters were wonderful, Odessa is sweet without being syrupy, and there was plenty of plot. Ms. Blacke has a clear and humorous voice and a gift for snappy dialogue. I hope we get to see more of Odessa and her friends very soon What a fun read! You can't help but love the main character, Odessa, a spunky waitress from Piney Island Louisiana who is cat-sitting in Brooklyn for a summer. She gets a job at a bookshop/cafe and after barely a week in the big city, is solving a murder! The secondary characters were wonderful, Odessa is sweet without being syrupy, and there was plenty of plot. Ms. Blacke has a clear and humorous voice and a gift for snappy dialogue. I hope we get to see more of Odessa and her friends very soon!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ali Hazelwood

    #MURDER, SHE TWEETED! I loved, loved, LOVED this book. What funny is, I thought I knew who the killer was. And yet, he was wrong. And I was wrong. Super wrong, but you know what? It doesn’t matter. Because the book was perfect and I loved reading it and it felt just like living in Williamsburg and hanging out with New Yorkers while sipping draft beer and, you know, solving a murder. As one does. Okay, fine, as Odessa Dean does. My fave cowboy-boot wearing Louisiana transplant. I love her so much. I #MURDER, SHE TWEETED! I loved, loved, LOVED this book. What funny is, I thought I knew who the killer was. And yet, he was wrong. And I was wrong. Super wrong, but you know what? It doesn’t matter. Because the book was perfect and I loved reading it and it felt just like living in Williamsburg and hanging out with New Yorkers while sipping draft beer and, you know, solving a murder. As one does. Okay, fine, as Odessa Dean does. My fave cowboy-boot wearing Louisiana transplant. I love her so much. I want her to be my best friend and I want to hear her accent and I want to eat her stuffed croissants and I want to catsit Rufus with her but above all I want to read twenty books about the way she uses social media to solve murders of influencer. Also, may we please have a Netflix series about her? Kthxbye. Anyway: this book is the millennial MURDER, SHE WROTE I didn’t know I needed in my life 📱 🔪 ♥️ 🗽 .

  17. 5 out of 5

    India Holton

    I started this book thinking I'd just read a chapter or two before getting on with other things, and ended up reading it the whole way through in one captivated sitting. Odessa was so charming and determined. I loved reading a really nice heroine. And the cast of secondary characters was great. My only complaint was that I was so sure I knew who the killer was, I felt very smug for half the book just waiting to be proven right - and I was wrong! Completely wrong! What a delight to be truly surpr I started this book thinking I'd just read a chapter or two before getting on with other things, and ended up reading it the whole way through in one captivated sitting. Odessa was so charming and determined. I loved reading a really nice heroine. And the cast of secondary characters was great. My only complaint was that I was so sure I knew who the killer was, I felt very smug for half the book just waiting to be proven right - and I was wrong! Completely wrong! What a delight to be truly surprised by a murder mystery. I hope we get more books about Odessa and her friends.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Great start to a new series. I enjoyed the bookstore/cafe setting and the Williamsburg neighborhood. There were a lot of references to Gen Xers being old and poking fun at them, which were funny but reminded me I'm not in my 20s anymore. The one issue that I had was "crawdad". Granted I live in SE Louisiana (she's from north near Shreveport) but I can count on one hand the number of times that term has been used here and all of them were used while talking about "Where the Crawdads Sing". A simp Great start to a new series. I enjoyed the bookstore/cafe setting and the Williamsburg neighborhood. There were a lot of references to Gen Xers being old and poking fun at them, which were funny but reminded me I'm not in my 20s anymore. The one issue that I had was "crawdad". Granted I live in SE Louisiana (she's from north near Shreveport) but I can count on one hand the number of times that term has been used here and all of them were used while talking about "Where the Crawdads Sing". A simple google search confirmed that it is uncommon to hear it anywhere in the state. Other than that, I loved the book and will continue with the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    The story was interesting because did was Odessa the only one to witness this murder; however, I did not understand the reasoning behind our protagonist's motives of going as far as she does as due to her relationship being a stranger. If our protagonist was more developed one way or another it would make sense. I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own. The story was interesting because did was Odessa the only one to witness this murder; however, I did not understand the reasoning behind our protagonist's motives of going as far as she does as due to her relationship being a stranger. If our protagonist was more developed one way or another it would make sense. I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    1/23/2021 Very fun, even if I did occasionally want to stab the millennial heroine (and I say that as a proto-millennial myself!) Full review tk at CriminalElement.com. 1/23/2021 Very fun, even if I did occasionally want to stab the millennial heroine (and I say that as a proto-millennial myself!) Full review tk at CriminalElement.com.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Fun, light murder mystery story that ends with a hint that there are more stories coming. Odessa Dean is a great character with a fresh outlook on city life. She has traveled from Louisiana to NYC to apartment/cat sit for her aunt while she is in Europe for 3 months. Once Odessa realizes that "living" is much more expensive than she thought, she gets a job at a local bookstore/bar. When one of her co-workers winds up dead, Odessa does not agree with the police that is was an accident. So she sets Fun, light murder mystery story that ends with a hint that there are more stories coming. Odessa Dean is a great character with a fresh outlook on city life. She has traveled from Louisiana to NYC to apartment/cat sit for her aunt while she is in Europe for 3 months. Once Odessa realizes that "living" is much more expensive than she thought, she gets a job at a local bookstore/bar. When one of her co-workers winds up dead, Odessa does not agree with the police that is was an accident. So she sets out to prove them wrong and in the process, almost winds up dead herself. DRC from Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing Group

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    This is a fascinating first in a new cozy mystery series set in a place that would be exciting to visit. I enjoyed reading about the history of the cozy Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The characters are primarily new adults who reflect self-confidence and high-tech savvy defined through their actions and conversations. There are laugh out loud scenes, including one very memorable one! Odessa is taking care of her favorite aunt’s apartment and cat for three months while Melanie t This is a fascinating first in a new cozy mystery series set in a place that would be exciting to visit. I enjoyed reading about the history of the cozy Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The characters are primarily new adults who reflect self-confidence and high-tech savvy defined through their actions and conversations. There are laugh out loud scenes, including one very memorable one! Odessa is taking care of her favorite aunt’s apartment and cat for three months while Melanie tours Europe. Coming from a very different world, Odessa is from a tiny town in Louisiana and has worked only at the Crawdad Shack for six years. That has qualified her to find work as a waitress at the Untapped Books and Café, with a less-than-desirable boss, Todd. She considers him “old” at forty- something; he tended to order people around and rarely had a kind word. One day when Odessa had a day off, he called her to come in and walk Huckleberry, the shop dog. For free, of course. Shortly before lunch rush, Bethany, another waitress on duty, had to run out for a matter of life and death, promising to be back shortly. But she wasn’t. Todd brought his phone to Odessa to make a Twitter post of the business. After doing so, she noticed a video of a flash mob at a proposal at the nearby park where Bethany said she was going to meet someone. It showed a flash mob, a man proposing to a woman, and a body falling. A body that was wearing the very same neon green as the café employees’ polo shirts. Odessa ran to where a crowd gathered to see that a sheet covered body. When an arm dropped out, she saw the turquoise owl tattooed on the wrist, just like Bethany had. She fell from the elevated walkway. Odessa, a true crime podcast enthusiast, decides to find whodunit. The police think it was an accident, but a young, healthy person wouldn’t died from a 15’ drop. Izzy, the cashier Bethany used to hang out with sometimes, didn’t believe Odessa at first. When she learned it was true, she believed what the police said. Izzy could give her just enough information for Odessa to find roommates, boyfriend, and competing YouTube channel owner. This is the first cozy mystery I’ve read for quite some time where the protagonist is not a relationship, and it was refreshing! While she might be returning home in in a couple months, she isn’t dating, either. Her growing friendship with Izzy is also refreshing, especially due to some of her circumstances. I began to feel like a relic as it was mentioned more than once that 40’s was old, especially since Odessa was in her early 20’s, past her teen years. I was put off by some of the slang used, partly as the words were not defined through my Kindle with easy-to-access Wikipedia and dictionary. The mystery itself is great; the author has a talent for using plot twists to increase suspense or change who the most likely suspect could be. Whodunit was somewhat of a surprise. I do hope to read in the future that Odessa finds a way to stay in this community that she loves more than she thought possible! I recommend this debut novel to those who appreciate well-plotted cozy mysteries with new adults, cats and dogs, and the backdrop of a renovated historic Brooklyn neighborhood. From a thankful heart: I received a complimentary copy of this novel, and this is my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    Olivia Blacke’s debut mystery, Killer Content, introduces a spirited amateur sleuth in an atmospheric mystery. We all know how much I love debut mysteries. This one has unconventional characters and two charming animals. It’s an upbeat mystery, despite a murder, with a strong social media emphasis. Odessa Dean is twenty-three years old, and fresh off the Greyhound bus from small-town Louisiana, arriving in Brooklyn to pet-sit for her Aunt Melanie’s cat, Rufus Talliwhacker, for three months while Olivia Blacke’s debut mystery, Killer Content, introduces a spirited amateur sleuth in an atmospheric mystery. We all know how much I love debut mysteries. This one has unconventional characters and two charming animals. It’s an upbeat mystery, despite a murder, with a strong social media emphasis. Odessa Dean is twenty-three years old, and fresh off the Greyhound bus from small-town Louisiana, arriving in Brooklyn to pet-sit for her Aunt Melanie’s cat, Rufus Talliwhacker, for three months while Aunt Melanie is in Europe. She turned down her aunt’s offer of a salary, but only when she’s there does she realize she can’t even afford to eat in the Williamsburg neighborhood, and she certainly can’t afford New York City. She’s waitressing at Untapped Books & Cafe. Odessa isn’t happy when another waitress, Bethany, asks her to cover for her, and leaves her apron behind as she hurries out the door. However, Odessa is horrified when she sees a flash mob marriage proposal at Domino Park. In the background, she recognizes the cafe’s uniform as a body falls off the elevated walkway. Odessa rushes to the park, only to see Bethany’s body taken away. Odessa is observant, though. She realizes that Bethany is missing a medical bracelet she always wore, and her cell phone. Bethany, an influencer on social media, would never be without her phone. Even when Odessa shares her news, Detective Vincent Castillo is convinced the death is accidental. Odessa uses all her crime investigation knowledge, gained from true-crime podcasts, to prove that Bethany was murdered, pushed off that walkway. It’s easy to love Odessa Dean an an amateur sleuth. She’s out of her element in New York, but she’s determined to survive there. Her attempts at investigation are sometimes funny. The characters that surround Odessa at the cafe are unique, including one young woman who lives in an abandoned school. Then, there are the two wonderful animals, Rufus, and the bookstore’s “approximately 200 year old shop dog”, of an unknown breed, Huckleberry. Olivia Blacke kicks off the Brooklyn Murder Mystery series with an entertaining story featuring a great cast of characters. Check out Killer Content.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    During the storms in TX, we lost all power so I was thankful to have Killer Content on hand to keep me company. I curled up under a blanket next to a window for light and read the day away. The story was a wonderful getaway from the chaos of the world. I found the main character, Odessa, charming and, as a Southerner who moved to NYC in my 20s, very relatable. Now don't get me wrong, even if you've never lived in NYC I think you will enjoy getting to know Odessa and her new friends and their cit During the storms in TX, we lost all power so I was thankful to have Killer Content on hand to keep me company. I curled up under a blanket next to a window for light and read the day away. The story was a wonderful getaway from the chaos of the world. I found the main character, Odessa, charming and, as a Southerner who moved to NYC in my 20s, very relatable. Now don't get me wrong, even if you've never lived in NYC I think you will enjoy getting to know Odessa and her new friends and their city. So often I find that cozies tend to ditch a lot of character development for the mystery, but Ms. Blacke does a wonderful job of really introducing us to her characters. By the end, I felt I knew most of them well enough that I could easily chat them up if I ever found Untapped Books and Cafe in the real world. Note to self: Reach out to this author before my next trip to NYC to find out if this place is real. I will say, as a lover of murder mystery podcasts and docu-series I fully understood how Odessa became obsessed with the possible murder so easily. You listen/watch enough of that stuff and you start to see mystery and clues everywhere. I know as I was reading this one my 'suspicious brain' kicked in and everyone became a suspect until the big reveal, even her Aunt's cat. Not really, I knew the cat was innocent, of this crime anyway. But, seriously, you never know with a good mystery and I certainly didn't figure this one out until we got to the end. This is the first book in the Brooklyn Murder Mystery series so I saw it as a foundation builder. There was enough insight into the characters and the city to make me want to spend more time in that world and enough intrigue with the mystery to keep me interested in finding out the answers. It left me looking forward to my next "getaway" with Odessa, but, next time, I do hope I'm someplace a bit warmer, like a beach or NYC sitting at Untapped Books and Cafe. I would (and have) suggest Killer Content to other readers who love character-driven mysteries.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Killer Content is the first in a new cozy mystery series. Odessa from a small Louisiana town is catsitting for the summer in her aunt's swanky NYC apartment. To earn money, Odessa is a server at Untapped Books & Café, a Brooklyn bookstore, and cafe. Untapped serves local microbrews, delicious food, and the bestsellers complete with a dog mascot. Although Odessa often feels like a fish out of water - she still hasn't braved the subway - she's starting to make friends and explore the city. Until th Killer Content is the first in a new cozy mystery series. Odessa from a small Louisiana town is catsitting for the summer in her aunt's swanky NYC apartment. To earn money, Odessa is a server at Untapped Books & Café, a Brooklyn bookstore, and cafe. Untapped serves local microbrews, delicious food, and the bestsellers complete with a dog mascot. Although Odessa often feels like a fish out of water - she still hasn't braved the subway - she's starting to make friends and explore the city. Until the shift when a coworker asks Odessa to cover for her because she has to meet someone. That's the last time Odessa sees Bethany alive. What the police are calling an accidental death, Odessa is sure is murder even though no one including her boss or the other servers believes her. Odessa is sassy, full of heart, and always wants to do the right thing. On a budget, she loves scoping out thrift stores so she can reimagine and repurpose her buys into new clothes. She's relatable as a twenty-something, unsure about what she wants to do long-term. It was nice to have a chunky main character who's comfortable with herself. As a former server, I could totally relate to Odessa's trials and tribulations with demanding customers, flaky coworkers, and a downer of a boss. At least I didn't have to wear a neon green polo or walk the dog as part of my tasks. This was a fun and enjoyable read, with lots of banter. If you read a lot of mysteries, there won't be many surprises. This the type of cozy that you read because you enjoy Odessa not for the puzzle-solving.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Killer Content by Olivia Blacke is a Brooklyn based murder mystery novel. Odessa is from small-town Louisiana, only in NY for the summer. When her co-worker, a waitress by day and DIY soap making Youtuber by night is caught on video falling to her death Odessa knows it isn’t an accident. Sure, she doesn’t know Bethany all that well, but she has watched a lot of true crime podcasts. With the police telling her to back off and an absolute nightmare of a manager, Odessa is determined to find the ki Killer Content by Olivia Blacke is a Brooklyn based murder mystery novel. Odessa is from small-town Louisiana, only in NY for the summer. When her co-worker, a waitress by day and DIY soap making Youtuber by night is caught on video falling to her death Odessa knows it isn’t an accident. Sure, she doesn’t know Bethany all that well, but she has watched a lot of true crime podcasts. With the police telling her to back off and an absolute nightmare of a manager, Odessa is determined to find the killer. As a New Yorker I am definitely biased, but there were entirely too many descriptions of random scenery from Brooklyn, the setting of the novel, for my taste. This book felt like it was half walking tour of Williamsburg half murder mystery. Blacke was also constantly reinforcing the small town girl meets the big city trope by including random facts about the small town in Louisiana and mentioning that Odessa wears cowboy boots. I found the character development to be incredibly lacking. For example, Odessa is cat and apartment sitting for her rich aunt. But, it is never made clear how her aunt got rich, where she went, if they were close or not, and why she has so many weird rules that Odessa seems to constantly be breaking. There was also no resolution on several matters, including the fate of one of her friends who is currently a squatter and if she stays in her job working for a boss who abuses his power daily. Finally, there were no twists-and-turns, no fake outs, and really little mystery. I was surprised to find out who the killer was, mostly because they seemed irrelevant for most of the book. Mostly, I was confused why Odessa was so obsessed with this girl’s death, when she barely knew her and everyone she knew was telling her to drop it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Jeng

    This book definitely took me back to my waitressing days (though I never witnessed any murders on my break). Odessa Dean has temporarily moved from Louisiana to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to cat-sit for her aunt, and becomes an amateur detective after a coworker at the bookstore/pub where she works is killed in what police are convinced is an accident. Along the way, she’s forced to deal with vegans, bad drivers, unrequited crushes, creepy customers, and literal garbage. KILLER CONTENT is grounded i This book definitely took me back to my waitressing days (though I never witnessed any murders on my break). Odessa Dean has temporarily moved from Louisiana to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to cat-sit for her aunt, and becomes an amateur detective after a coworker at the bookstore/pub where she works is killed in what police are convinced is an accident. Along the way, she’s forced to deal with vegans, bad drivers, unrequited crushes, creepy customers, and literal garbage. KILLER CONTENT is grounded in online life—Odessa, along with thousands of other people, witnesses the story’s central death in a flash mob video—but what makes it come alive are the face-to-face relationships between its characters. Odessa’s new coworkers, friends, and antagonists are quirky but real and always entertaining, and Odessa herself is a delight: snarky yet good-hearted. My favorite parts about this read are the humorous tidbits such as Odessa’s asides about her annoying Gen X manager, Todd, who thinks he’s still “with it” because he listens to Nine Inch Nails (I feel personally attacked, btw). I’m super excited to read about Odessa’s future adventures in Blacke’s next book, NO MEMES OF ESCAPE! (I love a puntastic title.)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Haley - hailsbooknook

    3.25 stars - TW; Death - Odessa Dean is from a small Louisiana town who is learning to adapt to a new Brooklyn life as she watches over her Aunt's cat for the next few months. During her few months she gets a job at Untapped Books & Café - but when one of her coworkers ends up dead, Odessa will stop at nothing to prove that her death isn't a freak accident. I'll start off by saying I loved Odessa's character, she was so witty and stood her ground for someone who comes from a small town. Blacke does 3.25 stars - TW; Death - Odessa Dean is from a small Louisiana town who is learning to adapt to a new Brooklyn life as she watches over her Aunt's cat for the next few months. During her few months she gets a job at Untapped Books & Café - but when one of her coworkers ends up dead, Odessa will stop at nothing to prove that her death isn't a freak accident. I'll start off by saying I loved Odessa's character, she was so witty and stood her ground for someone who comes from a small town. Blacke does such a good job at painting a picture of Brooklyn - I can't wait to revisit these characters in the sequel. This was a cozy mystery - the café adds as a great workplace and due to this we get some pretty solid secondary characters that act as the fellow coworkers. As much as I loved reading about the café, it felt like some parts could have been edited out to focus more on the crime aspect. At times I felt frustrated since it felt like no one believed Odessa, not even the police. It finally took for her to crack the case before someone finally believed her. The book reads fast, but I mainly was interested in reading what happened in the end. As mentioned above, I found myself skipping over some of the work scenes and scenes that weren't relevant to the mystery.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lilly Schmaltz

    Thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Odessa Dean is house sitting for her aunt. A native of the Bayou, she is finding Brooklyn to be full of excitement and culture. To supplement some of her time, she snags a job at a local business, Untapped Books & Cafe. Things take a turn for the worse when her co-worker, Bethany, tragically dies. Her death is caught in the background of many videos of a flash-mob proposal. Odessa hadn’t known Thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Odessa Dean is house sitting for her aunt. A native of the Bayou, she is finding Brooklyn to be full of excitement and culture. To supplement some of her time, she snags a job at a local business, Untapped Books & Cafe. Things take a turn for the worse when her co-worker, Bethany, tragically dies. Her death is caught in the background of many videos of a flash-mob proposal. Odessa hadn’t known Bethany for long, but something doesn’t feel right. Rather than accept that this was a tragic accident, she takes matters into her own hands to find the truth. This was a fun murder mystery that had me wishing I was spending the summer in Brooklyn (minus the sweltering heat). Odessa was a likable character that wouldn’t let anyone stop her from getting justice for Bethany. I do wish that the book was a bit faster paced. The timing of finding clues and being introduced to new characters felt a bit off, but overall it was still an enjoyable book. If you are looking for a light read that has you solving mysteries with Odessa, then this is for you. It was intriguing and unlike mysteries I have previously read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Wells

    First, thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for providing me with a e-arc of this book. This book is perfect for lovers of cozy mysteries - the murder itself does not take the forefront, but rather the investigation. Meet Odessa, who is living in the heart of Williamsburg while she apartment sits for her aunt. The move from a small town in Louisiana to the middle of NYC was quite the change of pace. However, Odessa has quickly found herself a job and new friends. One week into her job, her coworker First, thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for providing me with a e-arc of this book. This book is perfect for lovers of cozy mysteries - the murder itself does not take the forefront, but rather the investigation. Meet Odessa, who is living in the heart of Williamsburg while she apartment sits for her aunt. The move from a small town in Louisiana to the middle of NYC was quite the change of pace. However, Odessa has quickly found herself a job and new friends. One week into her job, her coworker Bethany, asks her to cover her so she can step out for a bit. An hour later, Todd, their boss, asks Odessa to update the social media accounts since Bethany has yet to return. While posting, Odessa sees a video from a flash mob proposal at Domino Park. In the background, she sees a woman in a bright green polo fall to her death. Could this explain why Bethany has yet to return? Armed with her true crime podcasts, Odessa feels confident that she has what it takes to solve Bethany's murder. Will she catch the killer, or will Bethany's death forever be ruled accidental?

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