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Amateur sleuth Odessa Dean is about to discover the only thing harder than finding her way out of an escape room is finding an affordable apartment in Brooklyn in this sequel to Killer Content. Odessa Dean has made a home of Brooklyn. She has a fun job waiting tables at Untapped Books & Caf� and a new friend, Izzy, to explore the city with. When she's invited on a girls' d Amateur sleuth Odessa Dean is about to discover the only thing harder than finding her way out of an escape room is finding an affordable apartment in Brooklyn in this sequel to Killer Content. Odessa Dean has made a home of Brooklyn. She has a fun job waiting tables at Untapped Books & Caf� and a new friend, Izzy, to explore the city with. When she's invited on a girls' day out escape room adventure, she jumps at the chance. It's all fun and games until the lights come on and they discover one of the girls bludgeoned to death... The only possible suspects are Odessa and the four other players that were locked in the escape room with the victim. She refuses to believe that one of them is responsible for the murder, despite what the clues indicate. In between shifts at the caf�, Odessa splits her time interviewing the murder suspects, updating the bookstore's social media accounts, and searching for the impossible--an affordable apartment in Brooklyn. But crime--and criminally high rent--waits for no woman. Can Odessa clear her and Izzy's names before the police decide they're guilty?


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Amateur sleuth Odessa Dean is about to discover the only thing harder than finding her way out of an escape room is finding an affordable apartment in Brooklyn in this sequel to Killer Content. Odessa Dean has made a home of Brooklyn. She has a fun job waiting tables at Untapped Books & Caf� and a new friend, Izzy, to explore the city with. When she's invited on a girls' d Amateur sleuth Odessa Dean is about to discover the only thing harder than finding her way out of an escape room is finding an affordable apartment in Brooklyn in this sequel to Killer Content. Odessa Dean has made a home of Brooklyn. She has a fun job waiting tables at Untapped Books & Caf� and a new friend, Izzy, to explore the city with. When she's invited on a girls' day out escape room adventure, she jumps at the chance. It's all fun and games until the lights come on and they discover one of the girls bludgeoned to death... The only possible suspects are Odessa and the four other players that were locked in the escape room with the victim. She refuses to believe that one of them is responsible for the murder, despite what the clues indicate. In between shifts at the caf�, Odessa splits her time interviewing the murder suspects, updating the bookstore's social media accounts, and searching for the impossible--an affordable apartment in Brooklyn. But crime--and criminally high rent--waits for no woman. Can Odessa clear her and Izzy's names before the police decide they're guilty?

30 review for No Memes of Escape

  1. 5 out of 5

    maddie (thenmaddieread)

    I read this book to confirm that this series was not for me and boy howdy did it. Odessa Dean is back stumbling into a crime scene and spending more time telling the reader her every waking thought than solving a mystery, and then somehow at 97% revealing a killer like she'd been diligently following up leads the entire goddamn time. It's absolutely bonkers that people are seeing these as viable mysteries. Instead of doing literally any detective work, Odessa spends much of the book telling the re I read this book to confirm that this series was not for me and boy howdy did it. Odessa Dean is back stumbling into a crime scene and spending more time telling the reader her every waking thought than solving a mystery, and then somehow at 97% revealing a killer like she'd been diligently following up leads the entire goddamn time. It's absolutely bonkers that people are seeing these as viable mysteries. Instead of doing literally any detective work, Odessa spends much of the book telling the reader her thoughts on important things such as: the geography of New York, ideal styles of luggage, the affordable housing crisis (AGAIN), accessibility in restaurants, the logic of manicures, craft beers, and the benefits of homemade food over purchased food. I'm convinced that Blacke thinks her readers are idiots, because she insists on explaining every little concept introduced like it's absolutely the first time the reader has been exposed to it. I don't think it's news to most folks that there are five boroughs in New York City??? These little diatribes are condescending and patronizing and I'm over it. These books aren't inherently problematic -- if anything, they lean very hard into the "how do you do fellow kids, I too am Woke" vibe -- and clearly, they work for a lot of people. I'd mention them to someone looking for a modern cozy mystery series, but I am super done with them. Thank you Berkley and NetGalley for the ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shay | Books Are Magic Too

    After reading the first in Blacke's series, KILLER CONTENT https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... I was absolutely hooked! The characters and setting just spoke to my heart, a waitress in a pub + bookstore? in NY? How could I not fall for it?! So when I was gifted an advance reader's copy of the upcoming book 2 I was beyond thrilled! NO MEMES OF ESCAPE did NOT disappoint, this past year I have just adored cozies and how they leave me feeling a bit warm and fuzzy! This book instantly felt like After reading the first in Blacke's series, KILLER CONTENT https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... I was absolutely hooked! The characters and setting just spoke to my heart, a waitress in a pub + bookstore? in NY? How could I not fall for it?! So when I was gifted an advance reader's copy of the upcoming book 2 I was beyond thrilled! NO MEMES OF ESCAPE did NOT disappoint, this past year I have just adored cozies and how they leave me feeling a bit warm and fuzzy! This book instantly felt like I was wrapped up in a story about some old friends, immediately making me remember how much I adored Odessa, Izzy and their friends and co-workers! Olivia was a must read author for me after her debut, and I cannot wait for more readers to enjoy this series with book 2's release! I'll be sharing my thoughts in my full review on my blog for the book tour with Berkley Publishing on 10/5, I gave this one 4.5 stars, just a fantastic second book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/n... Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie No Memes of Escape is a solid second offering in this series that appeals to a new generation of cozy mystery lovers. We get to know Odessa, her new friend Izzy, and their co-workers better. We follow them through Brooklyn and other boroughs of New York City as they attempt to solve a new murder despite Odessa’s protests that the first solve was a fluke. The characters are defined well as fitting their roles, and friend https://openbooksociety.com/article/n... Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie No Memes of Escape is a solid second offering in this series that appeals to a new generation of cozy mystery lovers. We get to know Odessa, her new friend Izzy, and their co-workers better. We follow them through Brooklyn and other boroughs of New York City as they attempt to solve a new murder despite Odessa’s protests that the first solve was a fluke. The characters are defined well as fitting their roles, and friendships forged with co-workers are sturdy and caring. The mystery itself is quite the challenge to solve. Odessa came to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to watch Aunt Melanie’s apartment and cat Rufus while she is on a 3-month tour of Europe. It is six weeks into Odessa’s Brooklyn stay, and she realizes that she does not want to return to Piney Island, Louisiana. She wants to find an apartment she and Izzy can share and stay in the most fascinating city she could imagine. Odessa has been working at Untapped Books and Café, within walking distance of where she is staying, and Izzy ended up staying at her aunt’s place with her. The girls get invited to an escape room adventure when they run into a couple of Izzy’s high school acquaintances. Reservations have been made and paid for by six women, and at the last minute, two were unable to attend. Odessa has never been to an escape room, was excited by the idea of it, and accepted. These were not Izzy’s first choice of people to spend the afternoon with, but since the tickets were already paid for, she agreed to go. The original group was celebrating Vickie being named the top condo and apartment broker of the year. Marlie, an older broker from the same office, was with them. Marlie had been deemed second best. The six ladies had one hour to get through the clues and find their way out of the escape room suite. Vickie stayed behind in the library while the other five forged ahead through a tunnel to the next room. Their hour was up before they found their way out, and the young man overseeing their departure noticed that one person was missing. Vickie was dead in the library where she had chosen to remain, having been bludgeoned by something that Izzy and Odessa had with them from earlier that day. When statements were taken and evidence collected, Detective Vince Castillo is unhappy with the results. Izzy, who the detective has been dating for a few weeks, is the only suspect. Only her fingerprints and Odessa’s are identified on the object used to kill Vickie. Izzy and Vickie were enemies from years past. Amid the high-stress day, Aunt Melanie returned early from Europe with a fractured foot. Izzy has nowhere to go, and Odessa’s aunt will purchase her bus ticket back to Piney Island. They have three days to find an apartment and get Izzy off the suspect list. I like the intelligence and resourcefulness of Odessa and Izzy. They are kind, caring and get along well with co-workers and customers. This is not a slight against food service workers as their work is valuable! The lack of ambition beyond being a waitress or cashier in a cafe was surprising for new adults desiring a lifestyle requiring a more substantial income to pay rent, even if it means working in higher-end restaurants. This mystery had me stumped! There was little possibility of other suspects who met evidence, motive, and opportunity. The author’s writing flows well and describes the place that I used to love to visit. I am looking forward to their next adventure and seeing more of today’s Brooklyn! The resolution was excellent, and all loose ends tied up. Overall I enjoyed this cozy, and highly recommend it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    I enjoyed this second visit to Brooklyn and the surrounding boroughs! New York City was once my favorite vacation destination, and I enjoy vicariously visiting some of the museums and events. Seeing it through the eyes of young women who were about the same age I was the last time I went there and relished the thrill of spending a week or two there. The characters are portrayed well through their conversations and actions. Odessa came from a very small place in Louisiana to watch her aunt’s cat a I enjoyed this second visit to Brooklyn and the surrounding boroughs! New York City was once my favorite vacation destination, and I enjoy vicariously visiting some of the museums and events. Seeing it through the eyes of young women who were about the same age I was the last time I went there and relished the thrill of spending a week or two there. The characters are portrayed well through their conversations and actions. Odessa came from a very small place in Louisiana to watch her aunt’s cat and apartment for three months while Melanie explored Europe. If I had opportunity to stay that long, I’m not sure I could have left, and I fully appreciate that Odessa wants to get an apartment with friend and co-worker, Izzy, and stay in the city that doesn’t sleep. Izzy had some things come up and was staying at Aunt Melanie’s apartment with Odessa. They thought they had about six weeks left before Melanie would return, until she arrived home early due to a broken foot. And it couldn’t happen at a worse time. Izzy and Odessa had been at a festival and won first place in the cornhole toss. Who knew they could win a trophy for it? They ran into two ladies who had been Izzy’s neighbors when in school. They and two others were going to an escape room to celebrate one of the ladies, Vickie, winning the broker of the year award. Vickie has not been one of Izzy’s favorite people, so when the group of four invited them to join them at the escape room, Izzy didn’t care to go. Odessa had never been, and was excited, and accepted for the two of them. They didn’t solve everything they needed to before the allotted time, so the Game Master came to let them know their turn was over. He noticed that one of the ladies was missing, and they realized Vickie had stayed behind in an area just before a tunnel that had to be crawled through. The Game Master went back to find her, and when they heard a scream, Odessa and Izzy ran back. Vickie was dead, clubbed over the head with the cornhole trophy that had somehow been left behind. With Melanie’s return, Izzy had to move out and didn’t have any place to go. Izzy is the only person of interest. Her boyfriend, the investigating detective, suggested she have an attorney the next time she would be questioned. Izzy disappeared, and even Odessa doesn’t know where she is hiding. Melanie is sending Odessa back to Louisiana on the Wednesday bus. They had to find the real whodunit and an apartment they could afford together on their minimum wage jobs so Odessa could stay. This is a well-written cozy mystery and great sequel to Killer Content. There is excellent continuity between the two, and the writing flows well. It is a new take on the traditional locked-room mystery, especially challenging as nobody in the group seems to have a motive. At first. There is at least one healthy red herring until the big reveal. The conclusion was very satisfying with all open items neatly checked off. I highly recommend this mystery to anyone who enjoys new adult cozy mysteries, New York City, and being actively dialed in to social media. From a thankful heart: I received a complimentary copy of this novel, and this is my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    NO MEMES OF ESCAP Olivia Blacke Well, alrighty then. So I have a new genre here, chatty-girl-type mysteries. That is what I thought while I was reading it.. or we could call it Airhead-type mysteries, either one would do here. This is a super light and breezy read and I really didn't mind the chatty girl thing, I just took it for what it is. The main character Odessa Dean from the swamps of Louisiana arrived in NYC and of course, ends up embroiled in a murder mystery. Odessa is a hot mess with a NO MEMES OF ESCAP Olivia Blacke Well, alrighty then. So I have a new genre here, chatty-girl-type mysteries. That is what I thought while I was reading it.. or we could call it Airhead-type mysteries, either one would do here. This is a super light and breezy read and I really didn't mind the chatty girl thing, I just took it for what it is. The main character Odessa Dean from the swamps of Louisiana arrived in NYC and of course, ends up embroiled in a murder mystery. Odessa is a hot mess with a Cal/Lousiana way of speaking. She is waiting tables at the Untapped Books and Cafe when her aunt comes home early from her trip. Meanwhile, Odessa and some new friends end up in an escape room, but when one of the girls ends up dead, the investigation is on. Blacke spends a great deal of time recounting social issues such as high rent, and housing shortages were a hot topic in the book. It was woven in the story as a major part, but still brightly noted. The read was 3 stars, which means that it was an average enjoyable read, nothing spectacular, but ok. So if this new genre is up your alley you might love this one. 3 stars Happy Reading1

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (read_with_steph)

    A cozy mystery series that’s a little different. No small town bakeries and love triangles for this city-dwelling sleuth! Odessa is a a small-town transplant, living in Brooklyn while she apartment-sits for her aunt while she travels, and making money waitressing and the hipsteriest of hipstery bookstore and cafes that also serves beer. When Odessa and her roommate/friend/coworker participate in an escape room and one of them ends up dead, Odessa begins to investigate! I think this series is a f A cozy mystery series that’s a little different. No small town bakeries and love triangles for this city-dwelling sleuth! Odessa is a a small-town transplant, living in Brooklyn while she apartment-sits for her aunt while she travels, and making money waitressing and the hipsteriest of hipstery bookstore and cafes that also serves beer. When Odessa and her roommate/friend/coworker participate in an escape room and one of them ends up dead, Odessa begins to investigate! I think this series is a fun change of pace from typical cozies, and a young single waitress trying to make it in the big city is always nice to hear about. At times, the book drags, and this mystery seemed much easier to predict than the first in the series, but it was overall a fun read. Thanks to Berkley for my eARC! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 4 stars - 8/10

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy McFalls

    NO MEMES OF ESCAPE by Olivia Blacke is a mystery you won't want to escape from! Odessa Dean is back in NYC in this follow up novel to Blacke's debut, KILLER CONTENT, and this mystery is just as twisty, thrilling, and charming as the first. When Odessa's first experience with an escape room party goes wrong, leaving one of the participant's dead, Odessa feels compelled to investigate after the finger of blame seems to be pointed right at her bestie, Izzy. I want Izzy to be my best friend. I'd do NO MEMES OF ESCAPE by Olivia Blacke is a mystery you won't want to escape from! Odessa Dean is back in NYC in this follow up novel to Blacke's debut, KILLER CONTENT, and this mystery is just as twisty, thrilling, and charming as the first. When Odessa's first experience with an escape room party goes wrong, leaving one of the participant's dead, Odessa feels compelled to investigate after the finger of blame seems to be pointed right at her bestie, Izzy. I want Izzy to be my best friend. I'd do anything to try and protect her too. The writing is fresh and fun. NO MEMES OF ESCAPE is a delightfully youthful addition to the cozy mystery genre. Preorder and read this one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    3.5 This is a fun, hipsterish cozy mystery featuring Odessa Dean, a small town Louisianna transplant living in Brooklyn and working at a Craft beer slash book store (seriously, she's living the dream!). But when a girl turns up dead during an Escape room adventure gone wrong, it's up to Odessa to help prove her friend's innocence. As in the first book, the use of technology and social media apps are key to helping solve this murder mystery. These books are a fun, modern take on the traditional co 3.5 This is a fun, hipsterish cozy mystery featuring Odessa Dean, a small town Louisianna transplant living in Brooklyn and working at a Craft beer slash book store (seriously, she's living the dream!). But when a girl turns up dead during an Escape room adventure gone wrong, it's up to Odessa to help prove her friend's innocence. As in the first book, the use of technology and social media apps are key to helping solve this murder mystery. These books are a fun, modern take on the traditional cozy mystery genre and I really enjoy them, especially on audio. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my review copy!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Odessa is such a breath of fresh air in Brooklyn: she’s still Southern in manners and charm and is constantly discovering something new to try. I loved the references to craft beer and good food and escape room as the stage for the murder was an added bonus. The mystery itself was good but was overshadowed by Odessa’s life in Brooklyn but it worked well in the story. I can’t wait for the next!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eliza Brazier

    Head back to Brooklyn's Untapped with Odessa Dean for another of Olivia Blacke's crafty concoctions. Smoky suspicion, bright notes of humor and a satisfying finish that will leave you craving another round... Head back to Brooklyn's Untapped with Odessa Dean for another of Olivia Blacke's crafty concoctions. Smoky suspicion, bright notes of humor and a satisfying finish that will leave you craving another round...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kate Lansing

    A clever cozy that provided a fun escape with its puzzling mystery, urban setting, and charming main character. The social media epitaphs at the beginning of each chapter were a nice touch, and loved the resolution of Odessa's search for an apartment! A clever cozy that provided a fun escape with its puzzling mystery, urban setting, and charming main character. The social media epitaphs at the beginning of each chapter were a nice touch, and loved the resolution of Odessa's search for an apartment!

  12. 5 out of 5

    India Holton

    I was so excited to return to the world of Odessa Dean! Our intrepid heroine finds herself once more embroiled in a murder mystery, and as in Killer Content, Blacke deftly throws out red herrings and curveballs to keep the reader wondering who the killer could possibly be. I loved the fresh take on the cozy genre, I loved the humour, and I adored the wonderful, engaging cast of characters. Odessa is an absolute delight. This book sparkles, and I'm looking forward to more from Olivia Blacke! I was so excited to return to the world of Odessa Dean! Our intrepid heroine finds herself once more embroiled in a murder mystery, and as in Killer Content, Blacke deftly throws out red herrings and curveballs to keep the reader wondering who the killer could possibly be. I loved the fresh take on the cozy genre, I loved the humour, and I adored the wonderful, engaging cast of characters. Odessa is an absolute delight. This book sparkles, and I'm looking forward to more from Olivia Blacke!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Odessa is staying at her aunt’s apt in New York while her aunt is away. She goes with some other people to an escape room. One of the group is found dead. Odessa’s friend is blamed so Odessa wants to prove her innocent. She also has to find a way to stay in New York when her aunt comes home early.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan • BryantParkBooks

    I was so excited that @oliviablackauthor wrote a second book in her Brooklyn cozy mystery series. No Memes of Escape was such a fun read! Our favorite city sleuth, Odessa is back at working at Untapped Books and Cafe when her friend Izzy gets invited to a night at an escape room and Odessa tags along. It’s a fun time until the end when they discover they are down one person and she’s… dead! The only people that could have done it are in the room together. Odessa knows it’s not her or Izzy so the I was so excited that @oliviablackauthor wrote a second book in her Brooklyn cozy mystery series. No Memes of Escape was such a fun read! Our favorite city sleuth, Odessa is back at working at Untapped Books and Cafe when her friend Izzy gets invited to a night at an escape room and Odessa tags along. It’s a fun time until the end when they discover they are down one person and she’s… dead! The only people that could have done it are in the room together. Odessa knows it’s not her or Izzy so they need to solve the mystery! I just love this series so much. I truly hope there’s a 3rd book in the series. Odessa is such a spunky character and she doesn’t really let anyone or anything bother her (except she won’t rent an apartment where a huge murder took place!) We get to meet her eccentric aunt Melanie in this book. I loved Odessa’s struggle with finances which felt very true to the story. I also enjoy her love of the city and her fish out of water experiences! Thank you so much to @berkleypub, @netgalley and the author for my ARC. No Memes of Escape is on sale now!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Fraenkel

    Another fun adventure with Odessa Dean! I like this series because it does a good job capturing a sense of place where the reader really does get a feel for Brooklyn. Untapped Books & Cafe sounds like a fun shop but I would like to hear more about the book side of things. The mystery element was ok so hopefully it's a bit more compelling in the next instalment. Another fun adventure with Odessa Dean! I like this series because it does a good job capturing a sense of place where the reader really does get a feel for Brooklyn. Untapped Books & Cafe sounds like a fun shop but I would like to hear more about the book side of things. The mystery element was ok so hopefully it's a bit more compelling in the next instalment.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Isabella | ilashreads

    No Memes of Escape is book two in A Brooklyn Murder Mystery series. This cozy mystery follows Odessa, a small-town girl, as she navigates Brooklyn while apartment sitting for her aunt. She works at what sounds like the coolest bookstore and cafe as a waitress. This time around we see Odessa and her co-worker and friend turned roommate Izzy go on an escape room adventure with some of Izzy's childhood friends. When someone winds up dead in the escape room, Odessa decides to investigate to help cle No Memes of Escape is book two in A Brooklyn Murder Mystery series. This cozy mystery follows Odessa, a small-town girl, as she navigates Brooklyn while apartment sitting for her aunt. She works at what sounds like the coolest bookstore and cafe as a waitress. This time around we see Odessa and her co-worker and friend turned roommate Izzy go on an escape room adventure with some of Izzy's childhood friends. When someone winds up dead in the escape room, Odessa decides to investigate to help clear Izzy's name. This was a fairly quaint and cozy mystery. I enjoyed seeing what it was like for Odessa to transition to big city living and the financial struggle felt very real and relatable. I did find this mystery a little easier to figure out and the ending seemed a little too coincidental to me. I felt as though the focus of this book was less on the mystery and more on Odessa trying to stay in New York when her aunt came back. As such, I wanted a little more investigating. I was incredibly frustrated with Izzy during this book. She is not always a good friend to Odessa. In fact, when Izzy (view spoiler)[ created a tinder profile for Odessa without Odessa's consent and what she did after that when it came to giving out Odessa's information was just plain scary (hide spoiler)] . I loved Parker's food creations as always and am excited to see more of him in the next book. Thanks to Berkley and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Shirley

    I picked this book up on a whim, so I haven’t read the first in this series but I do not feel the need to after reading this. I really wanted to like this book! I chose this over another mystery that was recommended to me because I wanted something fun and light, so I really did try to like this book! But it’s not good, y’all. The main characters in this are in their early twenties but this is clearly written by an elder millennial who tried to cram in as many irritating “millennial” references a I picked this book up on a whim, so I haven’t read the first in this series but I do not feel the need to after reading this. I really wanted to like this book! I chose this over another mystery that was recommended to me because I wanted something fun and light, so I really did try to like this book! But it’s not good, y’all. The main characters in this are in their early twenties but this is clearly written by an elder millennial who tried to cram in as many irritating “millennial” references as possible in a totally unironic way. Within the first five pages, there is a “…common misconception that my generation was raised on trophies,” “hashtag squad goals,” “post it to Insta,” and “this totes calls for a celebration.” (Like, I’m sorry, but nobody says “totes” and means it!) The narrator also wastes so much time explaining things in detail that are not necessary and/or relevant to the story, which gets annoying almost immediately. It’s clear that the author loves New York, but she also writes about it as if she is literally the first person to do so and the person reading it knows absolutely nothing about New York. There are also a lot of weird verb tense issues throughout that kept tripping me up and a number of distracting editing mistakes overall.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I really enjoyed the first one of this series, but this one unfortunately fell victim to the cursed SEQUEL SECOND BOOK HEX! only a few have escaped the dreaded curse. LOL anyway, our favorite crime solving sleuth odessa is back from brooklyn serving cold beer, used books, and back in an escape room with a murder on her hands. except this time, she wants nothing to do with the case until her best friend izzy is suspect number one. even worse? the cop working the case is her boyfriend. I think wha I really enjoyed the first one of this series, but this one unfortunately fell victim to the cursed SEQUEL SECOND BOOK HEX! only a few have escaped the dreaded curse. LOL anyway, our favorite crime solving sleuth odessa is back from brooklyn serving cold beer, used books, and back in an escape room with a murder on her hands. except this time, she wants nothing to do with the case until her best friend izzy is suspect number one. even worse? the cop working the case is her boyfriend. I think what I liked most about the first one in this series is the introduction to all of the characters in the bookstore, bar, and around town. we got to know everyone firsthand through odessa’s eyes - only in this one, we know everyone … and they’re doing the exact same things. it’s like one of those bad rides where the animatronics are stuck in the same motion over and over again. you know that odessa’s going to somehow solve the murder, you know that izzy didn’t do it, you know that everything is going to work itself out in the end with no chance of peril or anything. it was a bit cheesy without all of the fluff of the new characters, and in the end, the beer went flat on this storyline. rating: 2 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Everett

    She’s back! The intrepid heroine, Odessa Dean, who we meet in Olivia Blacke’s first novel, Killer Content, is back in Williamsburg and totally done with murder. No murder solving for that transplant from Piney Ridge, Louisiana. No siree. Until, of course, someone is murdered. Odessa is a fabulous and engaging amateur sleuth who can wait tables, solve crime, and sew skirts with the best of them. Blacke has created a “spunky” main character who is both believable and enjoyable. Smart writing keeps O She’s back! The intrepid heroine, Odessa Dean, who we meet in Olivia Blacke’s first novel, Killer Content, is back in Williamsburg and totally done with murder. No murder solving for that transplant from Piney Ridge, Louisiana. No siree. Until, of course, someone is murdered. Odessa is a fabulous and engaging amateur sleuth who can wait tables, solve crime, and sew skirts with the best of them. Blacke has created a “spunky” main character who is both believable and enjoyable. Smart writing keeps Odessa from falling over the line into annoying or gratingly cheerful. While Odessa discovers the joys – and drawbacks – to living in New York City, the reader gets to see the city in a new way alongside her, turning the place into a character of its own in a way. The plot had me scratching my head and I was surprised by who done it, but thoroughly entertained by all the red herrings sprinkled along the way. The side characters are quirky but not over the top and Odessa’s best friend, Izzy, is truly endearing. Readers will love this second installment and no doubt demand more – I certainly do!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chad Cunningham

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. So let's get reviewin'! No Memes of Escape is the second book in a series featuring a woman named Odessa Dean, a Louisiana transplant living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I haven't read the first book, but the author does a good job of catching you up on who's who and what's what. This book has a mystery: a woman is called during an afternoon in an escape room. But the mystery plays second fiddle to Odessa's quest to stay I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. So let's get reviewin'! No Memes of Escape is the second book in a series featuring a woman named Odessa Dean, a Louisiana transplant living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I haven't read the first book, but the author does a good job of catching you up on who's who and what's what. This book has a mystery: a woman is called during an afternoon in an escape room. But the mystery plays second fiddle to Odessa's quest to stay in Brooklyn. I think I was three-quarters into the book before the characters start seriously investigating the mystery. The mystery itself is pretty standard and the solution a little forced, so I marked it down for that. I did, however, really enjoy the main character. Her enthusiasm and energy were fun and I enjoyed the cast of characters that were introduced. There was one plot too many for me (the whole Tinder thing) but overall I enjoyed seeing Odessa explore. I kinda wish the author had ditched the mystery and had focused instead on Odessa and her supporting cast living in the city.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Odessa Dean is from the Bayou in Louisiana and the story takes place in Brooklyn, NY. She has been in NYC only about a month, is cat sitting for her aunt in a posh apartment, works in a bookshop/cafe (with the manager from Hades), has some doormat tendencies (because she is just too nice), and has some really interesting friends (especially Izzy the chameleon!). The Meme in the title is because the manager has coerced her into taking care of their media presence (with no monetary compensation) a Odessa Dean is from the Bayou in Louisiana and the story takes place in Brooklyn, NY. She has been in NYC only about a month, is cat sitting for her aunt in a posh apartment, works in a bookshop/cafe (with the manager from Hades), has some doormat tendencies (because she is just too nice), and has some really interesting friends (especially Izzy the chameleon!). The Meme in the title is because the manager has coerced her into taking care of their media presence (with no monetary compensation) and wants her to get into the meme game, and the Escape part is because she winds up finding the body while on an Escape Room thing with Izzy and others. Add in a Homicide Detective who has the hots for Izzy, some really exotic new characters, an unexpected deadline, and you have a terrific new cozy that easily could stand alone (but I had read the first one and loved it, too!). The imagery is terrific, the characters are marvelous, and the humor is just my style. I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley. Thank you!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Evans

    || 𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝐖 No Memes of Escape Olivia Blacke ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ || 𝐒𝐘𝐍𝐎𝐏𝐒𝐈𝐒: Odessa dean is a waitress, apartment sitter, friend, escape room participant, and an amateur detective. Odessa finds herself in an escape room with her friend/roommate Izzy and some friends from Izzy’s past. But not everyone makes it out of the escape room alive. || 𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐃 𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐈𝐅 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐋𝐈𝐊𝐄: •Cozy mysteries •NYC setting •Solving escape room puzzles || 𝐌𝐘 𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐔𝐆𝐇𝐓𝐒: Another case of starting a book then realizing it’s book 2 in a series. Luck || 𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝐖 No Memes of Escape Olivia Blacke ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ || 𝐒𝐘𝐍𝐎𝐏𝐒𝐈𝐒: Odessa dean is a waitress, apartment sitter, friend, escape room participant, and an amateur detective. Odessa finds herself in an escape room with her friend/roommate Izzy and some friends from Izzy’s past. But not everyone makes it out of the escape room alive. || 𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐃 𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐈𝐅 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐋𝐈𝐊𝐄: •Cozy mysteries •NYC setting •Solving escape room puzzles || 𝐌𝐘 𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐔𝐆𝐇𝐓𝐒: Another case of starting a book then realizing it’s book 2 in a series. Luckily Odessa mentions several things from book 1, so I felt caught up and that I didn’t miss anything from starting on this book. I think Odessa is a great quirky character and all the side characters were fun to get to know. As far as the cozy mystery goes though I don’t really feel like any detective work truly started till like 75-80% through. I enjoyed the story in the book, just wish there was more amateur detective work that I’d expect from a cozy mystery. And then there was on communication issue that would have been solved with a sentence or two, so that part was the only thing that truly annoyed me. Just tell your aunt what you want Odessa 😂 but it all worked out in the end. I would be interested enough to go back and read book 1! Thank you Berkley Pub and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cerise Hawker

    I was excited to return to NYC with Odessa, but this installment left more to be desired. The outcome was predictable and the final reveal felt too tidy and convenient. My biggest complaint is the character Vince Castillo, who seems to be a transfer from the LA PD (true crime fans will understand). I'm not sure why an escape room would be treated differently from any other business and the failure by PD to take statements and finger print everyone in the building makes the detective's incompetenc I was excited to return to NYC with Odessa, but this installment left more to be desired. The outcome was predictable and the final reveal felt too tidy and convenient. My biggest complaint is the character Vince Castillo, who seems to be a transfer from the LA PD (true crime fans will understand). I'm not sure why an escape room would be treated differently from any other business and the failure by PD to take statements and finger print everyone in the building makes the detective's incompetence almost hard to believe. And with 200+ escape rooms in and around NY, the laws about locking ppl in should be known by law enforcers. It doesn't follow the standard procedures we've all been taught to expect from law enforcement in TV, movies, and even real life. Maybe a departure from those expectations is what some readers will want, but not this one. It left me frustrated, not satisfied.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    No Memes of Escape brings us back to Untapped with Odessa, Izzy, and the whole gang, and I think I loved this book even more than the first. Is it because I love Odessa and was thrilled to spend more time with her? Maybe. Is it because there's only a limited number of possible suspects, which means it's personal? Also maybe. Is it because Olivia Blacke just keeps getting better? No doubt. This was even more charming and funny than the first book, and the mystery kept me guessing as Odessa and Iz No Memes of Escape brings us back to Untapped with Odessa, Izzy, and the whole gang, and I think I loved this book even more than the first. Is it because I love Odessa and was thrilled to spend more time with her? Maybe. Is it because there's only a limited number of possible suspects, which means it's personal? Also maybe. Is it because Olivia Blacke just keeps getting better? No doubt. This was even more charming and funny than the first book, and the mystery kept me guessing as Odessa and Izzy dashed from suspect to suspect. Plus the added drama of Odessa needing to leave Brooklyn at last.... total page-turner!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Odessa Dean is new in town, still house sitting for her Aunt in a Brooklyn apartment, waiting tables at a bookstore/cafe, and cultivating a social media presence. When she and her new friend go to an escape room and one participant in bludgeoned to death, they have to clear their names. Book two of the Brooklyn Murder Mystery series featuring Odessa (number one was the very enjoyable "Killer Content") No Memes of Escape is as fun as its punny name. Odessa has a unique and likable voice, and the B Odessa Dean is new in town, still house sitting for her Aunt in a Brooklyn apartment, waiting tables at a bookstore/cafe, and cultivating a social media presence. When she and her new friend go to an escape room and one participant in bludgeoned to death, they have to clear their names. Book two of the Brooklyn Murder Mystery series featuring Odessa (number one was the very enjoyable "Killer Content") No Memes of Escape is as fun as its punny name. Odessa has a unique and likable voice, and the Brooklyn setting and references to social media culture make the series feel fresh and unique among other series. Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House for a digital review copy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Roxana

    Those who enjoyed the first in Olivia Blacke’s Brooklyn Murder Mysteries series will be happy to read the second! No Memes of Escape is another solidly constructed mystery told by ever-cheerful narrator Odessa Dean and filled with the warmth and humor and Brooklyn details that truly put the ‘cozy’ in ‘cozy mystery.’ The mystery aspect is good enough to keep the plot moving, but the real fun is in the NYC setting and ensemble of quirky characters who surround Odessa. I read No Memes of Escape in Those who enjoyed the first in Olivia Blacke’s Brooklyn Murder Mysteries series will be happy to read the second! No Memes of Escape is another solidly constructed mystery told by ever-cheerful narrator Odessa Dean and filled with the warmth and humor and Brooklyn details that truly put the ‘cozy’ in ‘cozy mystery.’ The mystery aspect is good enough to keep the plot moving, but the real fun is in the NYC setting and ensemble of quirky characters who surround Odessa. I read No Memes of Escape in a quick couple of days, and look forward to more of Odessa’s adventures in the future! Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the advance review copy!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    This series is clearly meant for people that have never stepped foot in NYC as 80% of the story is biased exposition about various spots or quirks within the city. Also, the explanation of the NYC rental process is highly inaccurate and felt more like a scare tactic (look how tough I am for conquering NY and finding an apartment) than anything else. Odessa is just not a believable character with her one pair of shoes and her indifference to sexual attraction to any gender. I wanted to stop every This series is clearly meant for people that have never stepped foot in NYC as 80% of the story is biased exposition about various spots or quirks within the city. Also, the explanation of the NYC rental process is highly inaccurate and felt more like a scare tactic (look how tough I am for conquering NY and finding an apartment) than anything else. Odessa is just not a believable character with her one pair of shoes and her indifference to sexual attraction to any gender. I wanted to stop every time she repeated the phrase "Just Ducky." I gave this series 2 tries and it is not my cup of tea.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emma Reid

    I'm a HUGE escape room fan so when I realized that this book would center around a puzzling murder in one, I was invested. Add in Olivia Blacke's quick prose and the book just flew by. Here we get to watch Odessa navigate the New York real estate market, which can be deadly enough itself, and fight to stay in the city. I wished that this book focused a little more on Untapped but, if you loved Killer Content, you'll definitely love this one too. *Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalle I'm a HUGE escape room fan so when I realized that this book would center around a puzzling murder in one, I was invested. Add in Olivia Blacke's quick prose and the book just flew by. Here we get to watch Odessa navigate the New York real estate market, which can be deadly enough itself, and fight to stay in the city. I wished that this book focused a little more on Untapped but, if you loved Killer Content, you'll definitely love this one too. *Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    I was expecting there to be memes. Also, a 23 year old is not a millennial. The book was fine, but I was expecting it to be funny. Instead, it's like the literary equivalent of a Hallmark movie. Definitely a cozy mystery, wrapped up in a bunch of hipster references to try to feel young and hip. Anyways, if you like cozy mysteries, it's fine, but not as funny as the title makes it sound. Lastly, each chapter starts with a social media post, but the hastags are all lower case which is harder to re I was expecting there to be memes. Also, a 23 year old is not a millennial. The book was fine, but I was expecting it to be funny. Instead, it's like the literary equivalent of a Hallmark movie. Definitely a cozy mystery, wrapped up in a bunch of hipster references to try to feel young and hip. Anyways, if you like cozy mysteries, it's fine, but not as funny as the title makes it sound. Lastly, each chapter starts with a social media post, but the hastags are all lower case which is harder to read. #CamelCaseIsMoreAccessible #CapitalizeEachWordSoPeopleCanReadIt

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Liao

    This was such a delight! I loved the first Odessa book, so it was so great to revisit her as she has to solve another mystery in Brooklyn. We get to know her and Izzy better, as they are thrown into an escape room challenge, where someone ends up dead. I love Odessa's world in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Untapped Books and Cafe and could see hanging out with her and Izzy. I have been anticipating this since I read Killer Content and it did not disappoint! This was such a delight! I loved the first Odessa book, so it was so great to revisit her as she has to solve another mystery in Brooklyn. We get to know her and Izzy better, as they are thrown into an escape room challenge, where someone ends up dead. I love Odessa's world in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Untapped Books and Cafe and could see hanging out with her and Izzy. I have been anticipating this since I read Killer Content and it did not disappoint!

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