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"Ode to Murder" and "Like, Subscribe, and Murder" Book Reviews

Written by Zach Rosenberg

Published by Shortwave Media

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Ode to Murder
Written by Nicole Dieker
2022, 240 pages, Fiction
Released on October 4th, 2022

Like, Subscribe, and Murder
Written by Nicole Dieker
2023, 252 pages, Fiction
Released on January 17th, 2023

Review:

“Cozy” horror is a rather unexplored phenomenon. Horror that focuses on mysteries and the scariness of being unable to trust those about you and the steady allure of the situation. One of the first projects from Shortwave Publishing brings a pair of cozy horror books by Nicole Dieker: the Larkin Day series. Starting with Ode to Murder and continuing with Like, Subscribe, and Murder.

The series begins with Larkin as the quintessential pop culture millennial. She suffers from student loan debt, joblessness, no prospects and nowhere to live except her mother’s spare room. Moving back at home at age 35, Larkin is sure she’s failed at life when her mother signs her up for the local choir without her consent. Then the accompanist asks her out and turns up dead. Larkin finds herself caught in a web of intrigue as the situation begins to catch up to her and threaten her life and well-being. Now an unwilling amateur detective in the world of fine arts, Larkin is left to solve the mystery and save herself at the same time.

Like, Subscribe, and Murder picks up where Ode to Murder leaves off; Larkin takes on a new mystery while balancing her personal life and engaging in killings on social media that target those around her. Asked by a supposed victim to solve the mystery of her own murder, Larkin deals with discovering a new purpose, saving her own life and balancing her personal pursuits.

Dieker’s prose is tight, sharp, witty, and enjoyable. Her novels are self-referential, fun, and with a keen eye for tropes inherent in detective fiction and horror both; the sense of isolation, a killer closing in, and confusion. Dieker gets to the heart of rot and corruption under the fine arts, the scariness of what lurks in “nice” communities and behind pleasant smiles.

Larkin is the heart and soul of the books. Initially incredibly self-absorbed, somewhat spoiled and carefree, Larkin grows immensely as a person while keeping a witty sense of humor and by the end of Ode to Murder, is clearly no longer the same individual she begins as. The mysteries are well put together and fun, not to mention challenging, inventive and with logical and sensible conclusions that leave the reader wanting more in the series.

Overall, the Larkin Day mysteries are extremely fought, packed with some scares, thrills, and a fantastic cast.

Grades:

Ode to Murder:
Like, Subscribe, and Murder:
Fourstars
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About The Author
Zach Rosenberg
Staff Reviewer - USA
Zach Rosenberg is a fantasy and horror writer living in Florida. He appreciates the ocean, wildlife and his love of literature was constantly nurtured growing up where he practically lived in the libraries, reading every horror and fantasy book he could get his hands on. His print debut short story "The Teeth Of the Deeps" is featured in the fifth short story collection from Dead Sea Press.
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