Friday, April 02, 2021



I really enjoy this author duo.  This is cozy mystery is a must read.  I loved it.  This is the second book in the series and sleuth Epiphany Bloom is back on the case.  This fun, and engaging story is a perfect read for all audiences. 

Epiphany ’Pip’ Bloom is still looking for work, but seems to have found her passion of solving mystery’s.  Pips sister drags her to a fashion museum and there on display happens to be a famous dress that was worn for a Hollywood movie.  The red gown worn by Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman.  But Pip isn’t buying it, she notices that the dress on display is a fake.  The museum manager admits that the dress is a knock-off because the real original dress had been stolen.  So the museum replaced it with a fake until the real dress was found and returned to the museum.  It appears all the employees of the museum had a motive and reasons for wanting to steal the famous dress.  So, once again Pip is finding herself in the middle of the mystery.  As she investigates the murder that has also taken place, she is over the moon to have employment once again, and doing what she loves to do.

I enjoyed this series so much, I wish it didn’t have to end as Epiphany Bloom is such a joy to know.  This laugh out loud, cozy mystery is a thoroughly enjoyable must read.  Thanks Katie Gayle for such a lovely and entertaining read.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Author:  Katie Gayle
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: March 31, 2021 
Pages: 260 
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Dastardly deeds, daring deceptions and a dress to die for… Epiphany Bloom is back on the case!

Epiphany ‘Pip’ Bloom, would-be detective and London’s unluckiest woman, finds herself in a real costume drama when she unearths a theft at a fashion museum.

The missing dress is a proper piece of Hollywood history, worth a fortune. And as Pip investigates, she finds the museum staff all had reasons to want the garment gone. From fancy boutiques to sketchy back alleys, Pip discovers the fashion world is not all glitz and glamour as she hunts down her prize.

As if she doesn’t have enough on her plate, Pip also has her growing feelings for her housemate Tim to contend with, a family of cats to feed and her mother keeps phoning about a shipment of llamas arriving any day now from South America.

But there’s no time for distractions because Pip’s not the only one after the dress. And for the most dedicated collectors, a piece like this is worth any price – even murder…


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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