Poppy’s 1980s television career plays a major role in the third book in this cozy mystery series, Poppy Harmon and the Pillow Talk Killer.
Poppy, Iris, Violet and Matt comprise the Desert Flowers Detective Agency in Palm Springs, California. Today’s case is unusual. Poppy and Matt are asked to provide security for Danika. Danika is the main star of a Netflix remake of Palm Springs Weekend but someone is stalking her.
When Poppy is recognized by the film’s director and cast in a supporting role, Poppy is less than thrilled. But Poppy is even more concerned when Matt is cast as Danika’s leading man. What will happen to the Agency if Matt returns to acting?
There is a lot going on within this book. The solution hinges on the Pillow Talk Killer, a serial killer active in LA in 1985, when Poppy was in her most famous role. This necessitates several flashback scenes. The murders stopped abruptly in the 1980s. The latest crime seems eerily similar to the original spree. Are the murders starting up again now? Where has the killer been for the last forty years?
Poppy Harmon and the Pillow Talk Killer is a clear departure from the two earlier books in the series. This time it’s personal for Poppy. It was fun to spend some time back in the never-#MeToo sexist 1980s. Overall, more interesting than a standard cozy mystery. 4 stars!
Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.