Review of Death In Advertising and All About Laura Bradford


Death In Advertising

A Tobi Tobias Mystery, Book #1

Laura Bradford

5+ Stars


When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”

But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars. (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  I thought Tobi was funny and I really enjoyed getting to know her.  She is a hard worker and really wants to make her advertising agency a success.  She is very clever, witty and funny.  I loved when she got caught dancing in her car.  That was something I could really picture happening.   And I also liked the secondary characters, such as Sam and Mary Fran.  I loved the fact that they were such animal lovers and wanted to help animals in any way that they can.    And who would not like her grandfather, Stu.  He was funny, he loves solving mysteries and you could tell how much he loved Tobi.  I almost felt like I was getting a glimpse of a special relationship the author had with someone and this made them seem more real to me.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the whole book and there were enough suspects and clues to keep this reader guessing until the end.  One thing I really liked and appreciated in this book is that when Tobi figured out the killer, she did not confront him or put herself in danger.  That made everything more believable to me.  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place and listening to conversations going on around me.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This author, who has a few other successful series, has another winner on her hands.  I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.  

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.


About The Author:

Laura BradfordAka Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house nearly forty years ago, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil.

Those early attempts at the craft had her writing and illustrating stories for young children. Wise beyond her years, Laura saved her first writing attempt in a hand decorated shoe box (complete with sparkly stickers) and moved on to her next idea. Her second book—O’Casey’s Wish—was so utterly brilliant, she sent it off to a well-known New York publishing house at the tender age of ten, confident she was on the verge of becoming the next Don Freeman (Corduroy) or Shel Silverstein (Giving Tree).

Months later, she received her first form letter rejection.

While she wasn’t of the mindset to save that first crushing blow for posterity, Laura did save the original copy of this particular literary masterpiece in the event the letter was a mistake.

Desperate to prove her flexibility as a writer, Laura soon found herself dabbling in jokes (for her Girl Scout troop’s newsletter), stories of angst (a somewhat autobiographical look at her teenage years), movie reviews (for the Xavier University Newswire), and countless news and feature articles (for newspapers in CT, SC, TN, and MO).

It wasn’t until Laura was home raising children of her own though, that she was finally able to dust off that rainy day dream and bring it back to its original form—writing fiction. Today, she is a bestselling mystery author with Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin Publishing), and an award winning romance author with Harlequin American. She lives in New York with her family.

Oh, and if you meet Laura at a book event in the future, ask her about O’Casey’s Wish. It tends to travel with her everywhere she goes.  (Goodreads)


Other series by Laura Bradford:

An Amish Mystery:


Hearse and Buggy

Assaulted Pretzel

Shunned and Dangerous

Suspendered  Sentence

A Christmas Mourning

A Churn For The Worse


Jenkins and Burns Mystery

Jury Of One

Forecast Of Evil

Marked By Fate

Deadly Ambition


An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery

Eclair and Present Danger

Silence of the Flan