The Raven Thief by Gigi Pandian is a contemporary cozy mystery and the second book in the Secret Staircase Mystery series. I listened to the audiobook, which clocks in at nine and a half hours and is narrated by Soneela Nankani.
Tempest Raj just officially finished her first project with her father’s company, Secret Staircase Construction. The theme: classic mystery novels. To celebrate her new outlook on life without the dead weight of her cheating ex-husband, their client throws a party complete with a mock séance to remove any traces of him from the property. But then the ex turns up dead at the party and Tempest’s grandfather becomes the number one suspect.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, Under Lock and Skeleton Key, and that enjoyment continues with the second installment. We get a few more hints regarding the disappearance of Tempest’s mother, which was initially introduced in the previous book.
I like how Pandian writes banter between her characters, and she has a knack for hitting the sweet spot of whimsy. Speaking of banter, the audiobook narrator does a great job voicing all the different characters, especially the ones that have various accents.
I did end up deducing the true murderer here, but not for lack of obfuscation!
Tropes in this book include: cozy mystery, locked room mystery
CW: death, murder, assault, kidnapping
I received a copy of this book to review. All opinions contained herein are my own. The Raven Thief releases on Tuesday, March 21st, 2023.
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