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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 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...


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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 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...

30 review for Duty and the Beast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Minx

    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 betw 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!! 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. Find this review and more at The Genre Minx Book Reviews

  2. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Stokes

    Getting predictable and losing its charm I have read the full series and have enjoyed each new installation slightly less than the prior one. The first book was fresh and hilarious with quirky characters. The second book continued the trend. By now, the humor is gone. I don’t think I laughed once during Duty and the Beast. Three stars reflects a unique mystery plot line, but not much else. The author needs to freshen up the concept or close the series out.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    I am so hooked on this series. I love books that do not quite fit the traditional labels but generally fall into the category of cozy or amateur mysteries. This one has romance, with all the joy and pain that it can bring and enough bits of life to make it stand out. It also includes a really good hard-to-solve mystery, part of which tugs on the heartstrings. Isobel's job as a taster plays a smaller part in the story than usual but that doesn't detract from the story at all. The big news, and th I am so hooked on this series. I love books that do not quite fit the traditional labels but generally fall into the category of cozy or amateur mysteries. This one has romance, with all the joy and pain that it can bring and enough bits of life to make it stand out. It also includes a really good hard-to-solve mystery, part of which tugs on the heartstrings. Isobel's job as a taster plays a smaller part in the story than usual but that doesn't detract from the story at all. The big news, and this is not really a spoiler since it happens early, Cannon breaks up with Isobel for real just when she is worrying about having to face a fake breakup for her newest assignment!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    This is such a fun, breezy series to read, and perfectly edited too, which is a delight all on its own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Great series, really enjoyed reading it. I hope there is more to come!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Another good one in this poison- taster series. Looking forward to the next!

  7. 4 out of 5

    JadeShea

    Izzy and Connor aren't doing so well in this one. He is going through some things, and now Izzy must work another undercover job while also trying to get Connor back. However, that is easier said than done. He is putting up a fight about it, and Izzy is doing everything she can to break down his walls. This book was another great addition to this series. It was funny, had a very interesting plot line, and drama between the hero and heroine as well. I adored Izzy in this one, and I was so happy s Izzy and Connor aren't doing so well in this one. He is going through some things, and now Izzy must work another undercover job while also trying to get Connor back. However, that is easier said than done. He is putting up a fight about it, and Izzy is doing everything she can to break down his walls. This book was another great addition to this series. It was funny, had a very interesting plot line, and drama between the hero and heroine as well. I adored Izzy in this one, and I was so happy she fought for her man. It was awesome. I can't wait to read more now.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Don Rich

    Wow! Chelsea Field touched a nerve with me with this installment of Izzy's story. I have a healthy distrust of AI (artificial 'intelligence'). She created a scenario where it could be used in an an almost perfect murder. No witnesses, no DNA, just a tad bit of 'overkill.' These just keep getting better and better! 5 1/2 down, and ready for #6!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diane Graydon

    The murder plot was poorly crafted and the book’s relationship focus was tedious, repetitive and uninteresting. I loved the first four books in this series, but was so bored that I skipped the last quarter of Duty & the Beast. I just didn’t care about the murders or the lovers. The murder plot was poorly crafted and the book’s relationship focus was tedious, repetitive and uninteresting. I loved the first four books in this series, but was so bored that I skipped the last quarter of Duty & the Beast. I just didn’t care about the murders or the lovers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Book 5 in the Eat, Pray, Die Series, Duty and the Beast, is like a literary work of art. Chelsea Field has perfected her skills of taking the reader through a vast array of emotions, while still maintaining balance throughout her novel. I found myself laughing out loud (from the very first part of the book, all the way through), at times holding my breath and/or gripping my Kindle with white knuckles, and at other times still, nearly crying for Izzy and all that she endures throughout this part Book 5 in the Eat, Pray, Die Series, Duty and the Beast, is like a literary work of art. Chelsea Field has perfected her skills of taking the reader through a vast array of emotions, while still maintaining balance throughout her novel. I found myself laughing out loud (from the very first part of the book, all the way through), at times holding my breath and/or gripping my Kindle with white knuckles, and at other times still, nearly crying for Izzy and all that she endures throughout this part of her story. (I might have also lost track of how many times I actually caught myself saying, "Oh, no!" out loud...) One of the best things about the Eat, Pray, Die series is its reliability for being true to its name as "humorous mystery". Every book in the series so far has been brimming over with generous heaps of laughs, more than a little mystery, a sweet romance, and super-sized suspense. Duty and the Beast is the best book yet. It hooks you and reels you in from the beginning, especially if you have been following the series already. While you *could* read this as a standalone book, why would you want to?? You'd be missing out on *so* much more that you could be happily enjoying. Duty and the Beast definitely packs a bigger punch if you are already familiar with Izzy and Connor's story. The very first chapter starts things off with a bang and will have you reading well past the point when you told yourself you'd put the book down for a while. Etta's latest shenanigans are top-notch in this one. I shouldn't have been surprised by what she does in the end, but... Harper, Mae, Meow, Oliver, Levi, and Commander Hunt all return in this one, as well. No matter who your favorite (or favorites!!) is, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy. We are treated to the introduction of a surprise character in this one, as well as a new character to love with her beautiful singing voice! ;^) I know that this review has gotten rather long (Sorry about that!!), but it's also very worth mentioning that Duty and the Beast has an added layer of intrigue that sets it apart from the other books in the series so far. This time around, we get to see the world through Connor's eyes throughout the novel. The story definitely wouldn't be the same without this new added feature. The Eat, Pray, Die series is fast-paced and easy to love. Check it out, and you'll see what all of the rave reviews are about! You'll probably be writing one of your own!! =)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Dinwiddie

    Still fun, but slipping Isobel is a trained taster, a Shade, a member of the secret Taste Society, which hires out taster “bodyguards” to prevent the rich and famous from being poisoned. Much of the fun of this series is in the ridiculous reality of a world where all the overdosed we read about in the news are actually poisonings. Hence the need for Shades! Because of a special genetic mutation, Shades are less susceptible to being poisoned themselves, so they are unlikely to die on the job — unli Still fun, but slipping Isobel is a trained taster, a Shade, a member of the secret Taste Society, which hires out taster “bodyguards” to prevent the rich and famous from being poisoned. Much of the fun of this series is in the ridiculous reality of a world where all the overdosed we read about in the news are actually poisonings. Hence the need for Shades! Because of a special genetic mutation, Shades are less susceptible to being poisoned themselves, so they are unlikely to die on the job — unlike the unlucky tasters back in the time of Machiavelli — but the job does come with its downside. Such as having to pose as a client’s significant other. As we open on Duty and the Beast, Isobel is trying to get out of one such assignment. Accepting the job as Shade for one Richard Knightly, a despicable scam artist about to go to trial, will mean she has to pose as his girlfriend, and pretend to break up with her actual boyfriend. Izzy does her best to fail at the job interview, but only succeeds in making herself a more desirable candidate. She is offered the job, not long afterwards there is a murder, and of course much hilarity ensues. Isobel’s friends and acquaintances make for a lively cast of characters, and the mystery was intriguing and well-paced. That said, much of the focus in this book is on Isobel’s relationship with Connor (“Can I get him back? How can I get him back? Why can’t I get him back?”), rather than the world of the Taste Society, and it lost a lot of its charm for me. Also, there are sections that are written from Connor’s perspective, which I don’t remember from previous books. To me it felt like the series was slipping into a run of the mill romance, rather than staying true to what keeps it special. I still enjoyed it, but I would prefer the focus to stay more on what makes Isobel different as a Shade.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bookgyrl

    Wow! I just closed this book (okay, I put my Kindle down - same thing) and wish I could forward time to the next in this series. Connor and Izzy decided on a trip to Australia in the last book, but before the couple can pack their bags and board the plane their relationship hits a rough patch. When her new client is murdered (in a very techy, original way!) Isobel and Connor must work together to solve the case. I was very pleasantly surprised with this installment; it might be the best yet. I e Wow! I just closed this book (okay, I put my Kindle down - same thing) and wish I could forward time to the next in this series. Connor and Izzy decided on a trip to Australia in the last book, but before the couple can pack their bags and board the plane their relationship hits a rough patch. When her new client is murdered (in a very techy, original way!) Isobel and Connor must work together to solve the case. I was very pleasantly surprised with this installment; it might be the best yet. I especially enjoyed the chapters from Connor's POV. Connor is always such a (stoic) mystery and in this book we get a real glimpse of his past and into his heart. Loved that! My romantic heart got served extra whipped cream. Quote: 'I was going to have to try talking and shit. Why did the strong, silent type have to go out of fashion anyway? I cursed the sensitive new age movement that changed women’s expectations. Dragging her back to my cave would’ve been a lot easier. And now I was envious of dogs and Neanderthals.' The secondary characters are what give extra spice to a series. Etta is my favorite and ofcourse the sexy Levi. I hope we will get more Connor POV in the next. Bring it on. I love Australia (even when I have never been, but hey! I was a Flying Doctors-fan :-) ) Full disclosure: I was gifted an ARC from the author but I had already pre-ordered a copy. .

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sue McClendon

    Chelsea Field has a talent for telling a story which gets the reader to feel what her characters are feeling, as well as being able to visualize what they see. Her main character, Izzy, is a food tester who works for an organization, whose clients worry about possible poisoning. She has a strong constitution, a big heart, takes life as it comes, and turns things around to make it better. Her humor looking at life will at least keep you smiling. "Duty and the Beast" takes the reader on a journey of Chelsea Field has a talent for telling a story which gets the reader to feel what her characters are feeling, as well as being able to visualize what they see. Her main character, Izzy, is a food tester who works for an organization, whose clients worry about possible poisoning. She has a strong constitution, a big heart, takes life as it comes, and turns things around to make it better. Her humor looking at life will at least keep you smiling. "Duty and the Beast" takes the reader on a journey of Izzy's relationships with her boyfriend, Conner, and with her friends and clients. After a hard break-up with Connor, Izzy must work closely with him to solve the murder of her client while she tries to get their personal relationship back. If there is one negative thing about this story, it is that I read it too fast, therefore it ended too soon. I love how I was emotionally involved throughout the story. With in all of Chelsea Field's stories, the reader is kept guessing who killed the victims, and how relationships end up. When am I going to learn to not try to figure the end out? I don't guess that I will, but I am looking forward to her next book. Be sure to read the previous 4 books in this series for more great reading. Get to know the different characters who make these stories fun to read. I received an advanced review copy of this book and voluntarily reviewed it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachael A

    This book picks up right where the previous one left off and I would recommend reading the previous books first as there are quite a few references back to them that may be confusing otherwise. Izzy is looking forward to her holiday with Connor and so cannot afford to refuse the next job she has been offered even though she finds the client distasteful and does not wish to lie to her friends about dating him. However, when he is murdered she feels compelled to help solve the crime which exacerba This book picks up right where the previous one left off and I would recommend reading the previous books first as there are quite a few references back to them that may be confusing otherwise. Izzy is looking forward to her holiday with Connor and so cannot afford to refuse the next job she has been offered even though she finds the client distasteful and does not wish to lie to her friends about dating him. However, when he is murdered she feels compelled to help solve the crime which exacerbates some issues she and Connor are having about her willingness to jeopardise her personal safety for others. The mystery element of the crime is interesting and Izzy gets to take the lead on the investigation this time, which introduces a slightly different dynamic with Connor and the police. We learn more about Connor’s past and how this is influencing his current actions, and get to see his view point occasionally, which allows us to understand his behaviour a little better. Overall, I enjoyed this book and found it an interesting read. I received an advanced review copy of this book and voluntarily reviewed it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Merry Chapman

    This series is an incredibly clever cozy mystery series that has murder, humor and a little romance all rolled into one! I absolutely LOVE this series and the main characters, Izzy and Connor. In the previous book in the series, Izzy and Connor were going to plan to take a long needed vacation to Australia to visit her family. She has already met and become involved with Connor's family. In this book, they have two weeks to go before they can get away, BUT as fate will have it, Izzy is given a n This series is an incredibly clever cozy mystery series that has murder, humor and a little romance all rolled into one! I absolutely LOVE this series and the main characters, Izzy and Connor. In the previous book in the series, Izzy and Connor were going to plan to take a long needed vacation to Australia to visit her family. She has already met and become involved with Connor's family. In this book, they have two weeks to go before they can get away, BUT as fate will have it, Izzy is given a new assignment to protect the son of a wealthy man, who was awaiting trial for scamming seniors out of the life savings. Connor does not want her to take it and although Izzy knows he is carrying around some serious baggage, she can't get him to let her know what the problem is. Unfortunately, Connor doesn't want to talk about it and breaks up with Izzy. Needless to say, she has to work the case and try to get Connor to talk to her. This part of the storyline actually had me in tears. Izzy is so hurt, but works the case until her client and a computer/AI geek are found dead. What is the connection between the two, who killed them and why. Izzy wants in on the investigation and gets Connor to agree to let her help. They have to work together. The subordinate characters, Etta, Mae, Oliver and of course the grumpy Head detective, Hunt. What fun what a great ending! Can't wait for the next book in this series! I received and ARC from the author, but the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Anne Martin

    I have given every one of her books in this series 5 stars...... until this one. It was still a great read, but it seemed to be not quite as exciting and I didn't laugh out loud as often. And the plot got a little complicated and hard to keep up with- I felt like I needed a chart to keep up with the different players. Plus, Conner's reasons didn't seem viable IMHO and it was too early to put that twist in the story. (Don't want to give it away for those who have yet to read it.) I can see through I have given every one of her books in this series 5 stars...... until this one. It was still a great read, but it seemed to be not quite as exciting and I didn't laugh out loud as often. And the plot got a little complicated and hard to keep up with- I felt like I needed a chart to keep up with the different players. Plus, Conner's reasons didn't seem viable IMHO and it was too early to put that twist in the story. (Don't want to give it away for those who have yet to read it.) I can see through Etta. That's all I'm gonna say, but I think I already know the ending to THAT story. Maybe she'll prove me wrong. :-) I think she's the only author I actually enjoy reading the acknowledgements for (so much fun!), and the roasting of her brother at the end of each book is such a kick. Keep up the writing, Chelsea! I'll look forward to the next book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    A solid 5th installment! Izzy and Connor are on rocky ground in this one, but there is still so much to love. First, it did feel like Izzy grew as a character here, as did Connor. We got a few quick snippets from his perspective, which I really appreciated. From the beginning, I have been wanting to know more about him, and it finally felt like I was able to connect with him a bit here. The plot is great, as always. The murder was intriguing and I never would have guessed the killer. I generally A solid 5th installment! Izzy and Connor are on rocky ground in this one, but there is still so much to love. First, it did feel like Izzy grew as a character here, as did Connor. We got a few quick snippets from his perspective, which I really appreciated. From the beginning, I have been wanting to know more about him, and it finally felt like I was able to connect with him a bit here. The plot is great, as always. The murder was intriguing and I never would have guessed the killer. I generally don't like relationship angst, but this played out well. It was nice to see them continue to work together despite personal problems, and I loved that Izzy never gave up. The humor is on point in this series, which just makes it that much better. Can't wait for book 6!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A thin line Field seems to be hitting her stride with this very good KU Library selection. Isobel "Izzy" Avery, an Australian transplant, has been working as a Shade for the Taste Society for six months when she's hired to protect a ponzi scheme trial defendant who cheated people out of billions of dollars. But when her client and an IT/AI expert are both killed by a hacked home security system, Izzy is called in to help with the case. Estranged from Connor because of her "reckless" behavior and A thin line Field seems to be hitting her stride with this very good KU Library selection. Isobel "Izzy" Avery, an Australian transplant, has been working as a Shade for the Taste Society for six months when she's hired to protect a ponzi scheme trial defendant who cheated people out of billions of dollars. But when her client and an IT/AI expert are both killed by a hacked home security system, Izzy is called in to help with the case. Estranged from Connor because of her "reckless" behavior and prohibited from "interfering" in police business, Izzy finds herself walking a delicate line while staying true to her own convictions. Izzy has won me over and I'm looking forward to book six's release.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    A Tale as Old as Time..... Chelsea Field wove an excellent mystery that kept me entranced from the very beginning to the very end! It’s such an unusual premise - a secret Taste Tester Society. However this time around the focus was less on poison & more on relationships. All the major players & even some minor ones are all tied together & have an important role to play as they interact with each other. It’s a story full of action & humor & awesomely quirky characters that just keeps getting bette A Tale as Old as Time..... Chelsea Field wove an excellent mystery that kept me entranced from the very beginning to the very end! It’s such an unusual premise - a secret Taste Tester Society. However this time around the focus was less on poison & more on relationships. All the major players & even some minor ones are all tied together & have an important role to play as they interact with each other. It’s a story full of action & humor & awesomely quirky characters that just keeps getting better & better. Do not miss!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sara Nicholas

    Good humor great read This book along with all the others in this series are light hearted and a wonderful read. They are my favorites for a lazy Sunday read, or a any day read really. I love the colorful characters and Izzy has an adorable nature that makes her relatable. Etta is by far my favorite character, sadly this book didn't showcase quite enough of her awesomeness. If you like a book that will make you laugh and draw you in to the story then this is definitely a book for you!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Luz

    I love this series. This book in particular was great. I loved having snippets of Connor's perspective of things. I thought having his whining about having to share his feelings and say them outloud was hilarious. Also the growth of Izzy's character and strength throughout the series was something that was in the forefront of this book. I love this couple (Connor and Izzy). They're like yin and jelly but somehow they work and are really cute. Can't wait for the next book and the craziness that E I love this series. This book in particular was great. I loved having snippets of Connor's perspective of things. I thought having his whining about having to share his feelings and say them outloud was hilarious. Also the growth of Izzy's character and strength throughout the series was something that was in the forefront of this book. I love this couple (Connor and Izzy). They're like yin and jelly but somehow they work and are really cute. Can't wait for the next book and the craziness that Etta will bring to their nice and "relaxing" vacation.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Kese Craighead

    Lost the Shade The whole offbeat interesting Shade - poison taster tester twist was pretty much an after thought after the first book. Disappointing. The Connor & Avery romance is slow and lacks sizzle. Would like to see a whole lot more of the fun sidekicks Etta and Oliver in all the stories. She needs more steam with the Dr. & Connor parleying love interests. These stories could be great, funny and quirky in that Evanovich / Stephanie Plum kinda way, but it’s just not quite there. Lost the Shade The whole offbeat interesting Shade - poison taster tester twist was pretty much an after thought after the first book. Disappointing. The Connor & Avery romance is slow and lacks sizzle. Would like to see a whole lot more of the fun sidekicks Etta and Oliver in all the stories. She needs more steam with the Dr. & Connor parleying love interests. These stories could be great, funny and quirky in that Evanovich / Stephanie Plum kinda way, but it’s just not quite there.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Teri G

    I am such a huge fan of this series....I love the characters, the plot and the many twists and turns the story takes. Izzy and Connor have a very complicated relationship....my personal feeling is that it is always hard to work with someone you are in love with. Mystery, terror and romance are rife in this latest addition to the series Eat, Pray, Die. Great book, very entertaining and fun. Highly recommended.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Small

    Great as always I picked up the books in the Eat, Pray, Die series on a whim... I was bored, needed a quick read, and have a very narrow genre I enjoy. I didn’t know anything about the author or the series. To say I was hooked from page one would be an understatement! I read them all in record time and I’m following for new releases! If you like Kyra Davis’s Sophie Katz series or Ceecee James Oceanside Mysteries series you’ll love this series as well!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jane Reads (Jane in SC)

    Author Chelsea Field's Eat, Pray, Die humorous mystery series is one of my favorite series, and Duty and the Beast is my new favorite book in the series. It's amazing! There's so much that I love about this book, and so much going on in it. Yays: • The 21st-century method of murder — death by smart home, very imaginative. • Izzy continuing to be her zany, hilarious, sweet self. • Connor opening up to Izzy (he's not good with sharing his feelings). • Connor's POV told in brief chapters, plus the usual Author Chelsea Field's Eat, Pray, Die humorous mystery series is one of my favorite series, and Duty and the Beast is my new favorite book in the series. It's amazing! There's so much that I love about this book, and so much going on in it. Yays: • The 21st-century method of murder — death by smart home, very imaginative. • Izzy continuing to be her zany, hilarious, sweet self. • Connor opening up to Izzy (he's not good with sharing his feelings). • Connor's POV told in brief chapters, plus the usual chapters in Izzy's POV. Having his thoughts on different events adds a lot to the story. • Connor (who loves classical music) and his new rescue dog, that hates classical music. ("She's not my dog.") • More Mae and Harper (Connor's mom and sister) and more Etta (Izzy's 70-something neighbor). • Making up after breaking up. • The exciting climax! • The great ending! Nays: none As always with Author Chelsea Field's books, I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, The Killer of Oz. I recommend Duty and the Beast to all cozy fans. I love it, and I think you will, too! Note: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of Duty and the Beast. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Tobey

    This series quickly became one of my favorites. The latest book is a terrific addition. Love the tech stuff and, of course, the dialog between the characters. The author provided a copy for my voluntary review. I do hope she is busy writing the next one. New temporary location for an adventure, I assume. What fun!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jana Gundy

    I love this series! Izzy is a favorite character of mine, along with the people in her life. This book deals more with her personal life with Connor but the mystery is still there and quite good. Things come to a head and while decisions are made, I was quite satisfied with how it all turned out.

  28. 4 out of 5

    K.D. TENNIS

    What a good series! I totally enjoyed the series. It is such a fun lighthearted series. I’ve read all the books previous and I’ve enjoyed them immensely. I like the light romance. I like the mystery. I like the characters that they all have a little bit of background to them so they’re not empty. Good for you to show your brother wrong!:)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Watson

    I love this entire series, it has the perfect amount of humor and mystery. Not only that but this book introduced some relationship complications and it was just a great drama balance. What an amazing writer and storyteller. I can't wait until she releases more, I will read and recommend what ever she releases.

  30. 5 out of 5

    doris

    Field/duty and the beast What can I say that i haven't said before. The author is a wonderful writer who keeps you in suspense to the end ,add in a herione, her boyfriend who is a secretive ops , and the rest of her zany friends ,you got a good story .

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