This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Chelsea Field. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Duty and the Beast by Chelsea Field
Series: Eat Pray Die Humorous Mystery #5
Also in this series:Eat, Pray, Die, The Hunger Pains, Taste of Christmas: A Holiday Short Story, Poison is the New Black, Poison and Prejudice
Also by this author: Eat, Pray, Die, The Hunger Pains, Taste of Christmas: A Holiday Short Story, Poison is the New Black, Poison and Prejudice
Genres: Contemporary, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2018
Publisher: JFP Press
Source: Author, Chelsea Field
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble
Isobel Avery's first six months as an undercover poison taster haven't exactly been easy. But this week will be worse.
Two people with nothing in common are found dead. Apparently poisoned by an artificial intelligence security system. Now Izzy needs to find out whether robots are taking over the world or if there's a geeky murderer on the loose.
Oh, and she also needs to juggle the demands of her personal life--playing along with Etta's latest deception, rehoming a mysteriously acquired stray dog, cheering up her mopey housemate, and helping Harper cut ties with her worst boyfriend yet.
But Izzy's biggest challenge of all will be helping Connor face the demons of his past. And if she fails, she might lose him forever...
Duty and the Beast is the fifth book in the Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery series and I loved it just as much as I have the previous books in this series! I have read this series since book one and I love that I find the characters just as wonderful as I did at the beginning, and that is including the supporting characters. In Duty and the Beast, Izzy is still working as an undercover agent for the Taste Society but some of the shiny has rubbed off on that position as things have heated up between Connor and Izzy.
Isobel had recently turned down two jobs for the Taste Society because as soon as she starts in a new position, her and Connor would have to publicly breakup and she did not want to face his family or her friends who had no idea what it was that she really did for a living. She did not want to lie about her involvement with Connor while pretending to date another man but that decision was ultimately made for her in a heartbreaking way.
Not only was Izzy heartbroken but soon she would also lose her client. Not that she would miss her client because he was a total jerk but his death was also an intriguing mystery that needed to be solved. Since Connor was still the head investigator with the Taste Society Izzy decided that the best way to get him to realize that she was capable of protecting herself was to help him solve the case. Maybe then Connor could put his fears to rest and they could move on to a happily ever after.
My love for this series is at an all-time high! I loved the mystery in Duty and the Beast, it was definitely a great whodunit! I liked that Izzy was able to take the lead on the investigating and there were several times where I laughed out loud with the situations she managed to get herself into. I liked that Connor was opening up more about his feelings but I also wish that his point of view parts had been more in-depth. I did get a feeling of what was going on with him, but I would have liked more. Overall, Duty and the Beast was another fabulous addition to this amazing series and I loved the ending! It is a must read!!
*Thank you to Author Chelsea Field for this eARC of Duty and the Beast*