Book Review: The Rooftop Party by Ellen Meister


Title: The Rooftop Party

By: Ellen Meister

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 336

Release Date: May 25th, 2021

Publisher: MIRA

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

In this witty and engaging novel, Dana Barry, the Shopping Channel’s star host, stops by the company’s rooftop party to pitch the new CEO her brilliant idea that just might save the flagging business, her job and possibly her love life.

As she chats with the smarmy executive, he backs her into a dark corner. For Dana, it’s a quid pro oh-hell-no. She escapes his lecherous grasp and grabs her drink on her way to the dance floor. Woozy, she blacks out.

When she comes to, the CEO is dead, fallen from the roof. Or was he pushed? And if so, by whom? It’s hard to know, but one thing is certain: Dana was close enough to be suspect.

Sure, she loathed how the creep moved in on her, but she’s no killer. Or is she? Truth is, Dana can’t remember much about those minutes. Now she has to use all her skills to prove her innocence to everyone, including her police detective boyfriend—and herself.

Meister’s latest is fun and breezy, a compelling, suspenseful read that entertains and keeps you guessing.


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This is not the normal genre of book I read, but it was so wonderful and pleasing.

I loved the whole premise around the rooftop party. The uncertainty of the workers knowing they might lose their jobs. The spiked drink and lost memories, and don't forget the murder of a touchy feely boss and the who done it surrounding the whole situation. There was so much tension around the characters, wondering what really happened and the trust of friends on the line.

The characters really worked well together, moving the story forward with momentum that didn't feel rushed, but wasn't dragging. They really made the pacing great.

The author had an amazing voice brought to life by the characters who knew exactly how to play their parts. Maybe I should read more books in this genre since this really was a fun mysterious read.

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