Synopsis: 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.
My Review: Death in Advertising is a great start to Laura Bradford’s new series. It is a cozy mystery with some fun characters. Tobi Tobias (main character) has started her own advertising business after becoming disillusioned with the company she was working for. The problem is, she has no clients yet and is almost broke. She works in a pet store on the weekends to make ends meet. When she is approached by Zander Closet Company to create their new slogan, she jumps at the chance. It is highly creative and successful, that is until a dead body tumbles out of a closet during a photo shoot. The slogan is now a joke and if she wants to help the closet company as well as herself, she needs to find the murderer, at least that is what she thinks.
The story was a quick read, with a couple of eccentric characters (her grandfather and upstairs neighbour) as well as two gray parrots who help solve the mystery. The other characters in the story all really like Tobi and she was very grateful for all the helpful people in her life. Tobi is very creative and good at her job, but she needs clients. This is the first book so the character set-up is important. She does this well. We also meet a potential love interest and I hope we get to know him better in the next books if this relationship continues. Clues and motive for the murder were very subtle which meant I did not figure out who the murderer was, which is always good in my book. I look forward to more of this series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.