Murder in Real Time by Julie Anne Lindsey – Review

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Murder in Real Time by Julie Anne Lindsey – ReviewMurder in Real Time by Julie Anne Lindsey
Series: Patience Price Mysteries #3
Also in this series: Murder by the Seaside, Murder Comes Ashore
Published by Cozy Queen Publishing LLC on January 8, 2022
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 314
Format: eARC, Kindle Book
Source: Amazon, the author
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Reality television can be murder…

When a reality show brings chaos to the island, including a slew of fans, pack of ghost hunters, and parade of food trucks, Patience is sure she’ll never sleep again. She’s looking for solace in the fact the food is good and the fall birders are gone, but news of another local murder quickly tarnishes the silver lining.

Two D-list celebrities are dead at a local B&B, in the room most frequented by her federal agent boyfriend, Sebastian.

Now Patience is on the case, worried the killer might’ve been gunning for him instead.

Unfortunately, her suspect list grows nearly as fast as the number of threats against her. Can she find the killer before he calls cut?

Also by this author: Murder by the Seaside, Murder Comes Ashore

My Thoughts

I was equal parts excited to read Murder in Real Time and sad that this was the last Patience Price mystery. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on Pony Island. The characters and setting truly make this series wonderful. I absolutely love the way Julie is able to balance mystery, humor, and romance in her books, and this series is no exception.

The Patience Price mysteries are not cozy mysteries at all, though they do have an amateur sleuth and a quirky, cozy town. There is romance and more on-page violence than you would find in a cozy. This is more of what I would consider a contemporary mystery with romantic elements.

Patience finds herself embroiled in yet another set of murders on Pony Island. Her curiosity gets the best of her, even when trying to heed Sebastian’s plea to stay out of it. Two reality stars are killed in Sebastian’s hotel room – too big of a coincidence for Patience to let go, especially since Jimmy the Judge is still on the loose needing revenge on Sebastian. When the danger comes at Patience – and Adrian and Claire because of their association with her – she knows she can’t just let this one go.

I really like Patience and her parents are a hoot! This was a fitting end to the series – I loved how Julie wrapped it all up. Though I still am Team Adrian! I’m a sucker for second chance/childhood love rekindled. I would love a bonus epilogue or novella to give me just a little more of what happens now. I definitely will hold these characters and Pony Island near and dear to my heart.

If you are looking for a mystery with light romance and lots of laughs, I highly recommend this whole series.

About Julie Anne Lindsey

Julie Anne Lindsey is an award-winning and bestselling author of mystery and romantic suspense. She’s published more than forty novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under multiple pen names, for Harlequin, Kensington, Sourcebooks and Crooked Lane Books.

When Julie’s not creating new worlds or fostering the epic love of fictional characters, she can be found in Kent, Ohio, enjoying her blessed Midwestern life. And probably plotting murder with her shamelessly enabling friends. Today she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Learn more about Julie at

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars


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