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Book Review: Heiress on Fire by Kellie McCourt

Title: Heiress on Fire

Author: Kellie McCourt

Published: January 6th 2021

Publisher: HQ Fiction – AU

Pages: 432

Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Detective

RRP: $29.99

Rating: 3.5 stars

After accidentally blowing up her husband, can Indigo get back on her four-inch heels? In this madcap debut, One for the Money meets Crazy Rich Asians with a little Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries thrown in.

The marriage of Aussie billion-heiress Indigo-Daisy-Violet-Amber Hasluck-Royce-Jones-Bombberg to conscientious reconstructive surgeon Dr Richard Bombberg has come to a spectacular end. In the middle of a cocktail party, Indigo set him and a mysterious redhead on fire. And then blew them and her penthouse up. All terrible accidents.

When detectives discover explosive device remains in the charred penthouse, they’re gunning for Indigo. Unless she can remain upright, stuff her dignity into her Chanel clutch and uncover the mystery redhead’s identity, she’s going to jail.

To help Indigo, her semi-retired, semi-Buddhist, supermodel mother hires Esmerelda, a recent graduate of the model mentor prison program, as Indigo’s personal assistant. Indigo and Esmerelda traverse Sydney’s upper-class underbelly picking locks, outsmarting bankers and leprechauns, beating up feared gangsters, breaking into hospitals, setting a cathedral on fire (another terrible accident), bribing a giant fireman and some other stuff.

How hard can all this be for an heiress and a felon?

Review:

A brash mystery tale with lashings of drama injected into the lively storyline, Heiress on Fire is the debut release from Kellie McCourt. With plenty of fashion, parties, accidents and sticky situations for the enigmatic lead character Indigo-Daisy-Violet-Amber-Hasluck-Royce-Jones-Bombberg to contend with, Heiress on Fire is a boisterous adventure tale.

Meet Australian billionaire heiress Indigo-Daisy-Violet-Amber-Hasluck-Royce-Jones-Bombberg. Indigo is married to a reconstructive surgeon. In a drastic turn of events, Indigo’s doctor husband dies at a cocktail party when she accidently sets him on fire. Indigo must set out to prove that this terrible event was an accident and that she did not deliberately set out to kill her husband. But the detectives assigned to this unusual case discover that a bomb was the cause of this awful accident. With the authorities suspicious of Indigo, this heiress knows that it is only a matter of time before she is sent to jail. But Indigo’s mother hires a personal assistant to help exonerate Indigo of the charges against her. Together, Indigo and her new mentor Esmerelda take on Sydney’s elite and the underworld of this upper-class society as they try to prove that Indigo is simply a heiress, not a criminal.

Sydneysider Kellie McCourt released her debut novel, Heiress on Fire in January 2021. This year’s release of Murder Most Fancy encouraged me to give Heiress on Fire my time. I’m glad I turned to this book first, as it gave me an essential introduction and background to lead character Indigo-Daisy-Violet-Amber-Hasluck-Royce-Jones-Bombberg’s colourful life. Heiress on Fire is definitely a book for fans of satirical murder mysteries, such as Miss Fisher or Stephanie Plum.

What I appreciated the most about Heiress on Fire was the fact that it is set in Australia. Although I reside on the west coast, I still enjoyed the local setting of Kellie McCourt’s novel. McCourt places emphasis on the super wealthy and this story provided a fascinating insight into high society Sydney. This world is contrasted to the dark underbelly that pervades the same city, which we witness through lead character Indigo’s sticky situation involving her husband’s untimely demise. McCourt teases out this well-timed murder mystery and cosy whodunnit nicely, providing plenty of speculation around this perplexing case. Heiress on Fire was quite a whirlwind read for me.  I mostly enjoyed getting caught up in drama, escapades, innuendo and general shenanigans of the cast of this novel, headed by the colourful Indigo.

Heiress on Fire marks the beginning of sure-fire hit series for Kellie McCourt!

Heiress on Fire by Kellie McCourt was published on 6th January 2021 by HQ Fiction – AU. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of Heiress on Fire, Kellie McCourt visit here.

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