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Death in Advertising

(A Tobi Tobias Mystery #1)

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When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.
 
Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
A new series by author Laura Bradford! Seven. Best. Words. Ever!

I started reading DEATH IN ADVERTISING with an excited expectation. I was looking for what I have seen in every book I’ve read by Laura Bradford, clever mystery, likable characters I can connect with, and a story that would make me hate reading the last word of the last page. Well, Ms. Bradford delivered all of the aforementioned, and much, much more!

My first bit of happiness with the book happened on page one with protagonist, and
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LORI CASWELL
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

It is always exciting to start a new series. This one introduces us to Tobi Tobias, an ad executive just starting her own firm. She also works part time at a pet store to help pay the bills until she gets more clients. She never intended to steal clients from her old firm, but when they come to her she is not going to turn them away. Zander Closet Company is in a pickle, they need a catchy slogan A.S.A.P. and she delivers a fantastic one. She then needs to put a brochure toget
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K.A. Davis
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s always an exciting moment when I find out that a brand new series is releasing from an author I already admire! Such is the case with DEATH IN ADVERTISING, the Tobi Tobias Mystery series by Laura Bradford. The tongue in cheek humor pulled me in from the very first page while the antics of the quirky characters had me chuckling, anxious to see what they were going to do next. I was in awe of the creativity the author exhibited in portraying the advertising campaign her protagonist, Tobi, was ...more
Dawn Frazier
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book! Everything about it is great, it is one of the best books I have read so far this year, and I cannot wait until the next one!
Mark Baker
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, mystery
Tobi Tobias is trying to make a go of owning her own advertising agency, but the lack of clients is making it very hard. Things are so hard, she’s working in a friend’s pet store to earn some money. Things appear to be turning around when she is hired to do a campaign for the Zander Closet Company. But her winning slogan turns into a nightmare when a dead body is found in one of their closets. Can Tobi find the killer in order to save her business?

This is another winning series from Laura Bradfo
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Linda
Tobi Tobias loves creating ads and she's very good at her job. Once a slogan she creates for Zander Closet Company hits the TV and airwaves with rave reviews, Tobi hopes her small business will soar. However, when taping a video segment in a Zander Closet client's home; one of the owner's bodies is found stuffed in a closet and Tobi fears her successful ad campaign is doomed.

Laura Bradford pens a nicely thought out cozy mystery with plenty of humor and a happy ending. I enjoyed the two African g
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Karen
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a treat to read Laura Bradford's new first in series, February 7th's release called Death in Advertising. Laura is a wonderful author, and this is a great series idea. I loved the quirky main character Tobi Tobias. She is a coco puff cereal loving, Mcdonald's eating, slightly down on her luck completely relate able character. Creative, kind, and learning to make her way on her own in business. She is not only relate-able she is inspiring. Great cast of supporting characters especially her G ...more
NicoleG
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death in Advertising is the 1st book in the Tobi Tobias mystery series by Laura Bradford. If you have enjoyed her previous series then you won't be disappointed by this one!
Tobi is down on her luck in the world of advertising. She just needs one big account to get her name out there. When the Zander brothers ask her to help advertise their business, Tobi thinks she's struck gold! Little does she know there are others out there want to leave her advertising agency in the dust...and she has no ide
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Barbara Tobey
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book appealed to me for several reasons. I worked for many years at an advertising agency. I have an African Grey Parrot and there are two in this story. There is a little romance, some interesting characters and a murder mystery. I am so happy to see this is the first in a series. I look forward to reading more of Tobi's adventures. Great name, too! The publisher provided a copy via NetGalley for my voluntary review.
Meg
Absolutely enjoyed this one. It worked for me in so many ways. Also enjoyed the appearances of the African grey parrots; my mom has one (good ole Billy Grey!) and he's a hoot. Good book!
Betty
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
A new author for me and I found a chic - light book with a tinge of mystery. I am not a fan of the first person format. At times I almost didn't finish. The addition of the African gray parrots is a nice addition and very well done. I felt Tobi Tobias was self-center and not very likable. The quirky characters did not work for me. There were very few clues given for the mystery making the end hard to understand. Tobi has struck out on her own as an advertising executive. She is almost broke and ...more
Fred
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death In Advertising is the first book in the Tobi Tobias Mystery series. Another delightful series from Laura Bradford.

Tobi Tobias, having had enough of being overworked and underpaid and not really appreciated at Beckler and Stanley Ad Agency has formed her own agency. She is about to give up on her venture when Andrew and Gary Zander. They own Zander Closet Company, a manufacturer of closet organization systems. They are visiting Tobia’s as they weren’t happy with the campaign that Beckler ha
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Juli
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tobi Tobias is worried. Her fledgling ad agency is not doing well, the bills are piling up and she's just received a 14-day notice to pay her overdue rent or be evicted from her apartment. Just when things look darkest, a new client comes to her office. Zander Closet Company needs a new ad campaign and a great slogan to make their company stand out from the competition. Tobi comes up with a great idea, but just as the campaign gets off the ground, a dead body falls out of one of the Zander close ...more
Debbie
Ms. Bradford has done it again with her new Tobi Tobias series. I loved it, Tobi is not Ms. Bradford's usual character, she is quirky, snorts, a klutz at times and loves Cocoa Puffs, she is outright fun and lovable, someone I could sit and have some laughs with. The secondary characters are just as fun, with Joanna who seems to read her mind, Carter who is always happy, Mary Fran strong likable and raising her teenage son who I loved, not your usually surly teen that seem to be in so many books. ...more
Patty
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death in Advertising by Laura Bradford is the first book in the Tobi Tobias mystery series, and an excellent start. I can not wait for the next book to come out. Tobi is trying to save her advertising business when she lands a client, and things are looking up. Until a dead body shows up.

I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. There are a lot of twists and turns that kept me reading. There is a wonderful mixture of mystery, suspense, friendship, and roma
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Kelly
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

Oh my gosh I loved this book! Tobi is awesome, her friends are hilariously quirky, and I never thought I'd laugh that much at a parrot (snort, snort). The mystery was great, too, although the ending did feel a little anticlimactic. I can't wait until the next book comes out!
Karen
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this first in a new series! Interesting characters and a whodunit that was well written and kept me guessing. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Brenda
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death in Advertising is the first installment in the Tobi Tobias Mystery series featuring Tobi Tobias owner of the Tobias Ad Agency and part time pet shop worker. Tobi has left her job at Beckler and Stanley Ad Agency and is branching out with her own business, but with few clients and mounting bills she subsidizes her income by working part time at the To Know Them Is To Love Them pet store.

When brothers Andrew and Gary Zander come to Tobi for help designing a new ad campaign for Zander Closet
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Lisa Morin
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided to me by the publisher and NetGalley.

I absolutely loved this first in a new series by Laura Bradford.
Tobi Tobias is a cleverly written character who is likable right from the beginning.

Deciding to venture out and open her own ad agency is a risky decision for Tobi. Having her own business is wonderful, but she still needs to work at the pet shop. She is thrilled to get her first client, Zander Closet Company.
Her catchy slogan is a big hit, but whe
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Cathy Cole
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Bradford's new series set in St. Louis comes out of the gate strong. Animal lovers are going to enjoy the pet shop angle, and lovers of wit and words are going to enjoy the ad slogans Tobi comes up with. Fans of good mysteries are going to be tickled pink, too. The mystery in Death in Advertising is a good one-- I didn't have it figured out, but once the killer was revealed, I could see the trail of breadcrumbs that had been left for everyone to follow.

As with all good cozy series, the cas
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Jenna
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Setting: Metropolitan St. Louis

Characters

Tobi Tobias: Sharp, savvy, and sometimes sarcastic narrator. Tobi is an advertising executive whose business has been struggling
Andrew and Gary Zander: Brothers and business owners. Clients of Tobi
Mary Fran: Tobi's neighbor, friend, and owner of the pet shop where Tobi works on weekends. Mother of Sam.
Plot: Things are looking bleak for Tobi and her business. Out of the blue, a new client walks in and Tobi has the chance to reignite both her business and h
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Ian
First in a New Series!

When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

As far as I'm concerned, Laura Bradford has created another wonderful series.

This is a fun, light cozy mystery, with a good set of characters that I want to learn more about, and see if there are any skeletons hanging in their closets! Well plotted and written, with a good entertaining story line.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advan
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Ann
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun new cozy series. Tobi Tobias quit her job and opened her own advertising agency. She works part time at a pet store to help pay the bills. The Zander brothers own a closet, shelving company and are on the verge of losing their business. When she comes up with a great advertising campaign for them it's marred by finding a dead body in their closet. If she can't help find the killer quickly they will all be unemployed. A great first book for this new series. (Tobi Tobias mystery).
Sabine
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa-missouri, 2017
Review coming soon..... Happy New Year to y'all my goodreads friends :)
Jeanie
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
While the advertising business can be cutthroat, I never thought that it can be murder…literally. The first novel in Laura Bradford’s “A Tobi Tobias Mystery” series, ‘Death in Advertising’ is a fabulous, delightful, and intriguing first-in-series for cozy mystery lovers who enjoy servings of a lovable protagonist, humor, pets, and romance.

Tobi Tobias has her own advertising agency, but she had hoped for at least a couple accounts to make the first six months worthwhile. She perseveres, but that
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I really enjoy Laura Bradford’s brand of humor, mystery, characters, and romance – and this first book in her newest series is a great example of all four.

Tobi Tobias is a witty, relatable heroine who endears you from the first faces she makes at herself in the mirror to the copious bowls of Cocoa Puffs she consumes over the course of the novel to her enthusiasm for Bruce Springsteen’s music. However, she can’t win for trying, it seems – personally or professionally – and you’ll soon find yourse
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Becky
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, cozy-mystery
Laura Bradford is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This book kept me guessing. Enjoyed the characters especially the grandpa!
Leith Devine
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to NetGalley for providing an advance manuscript of this book. I enjoyed Death in Advertising. It's the first book in a new series about Toby Tobias, who is the owner of a new advertising agency. She's struggling to make ends meet and is competing with her former agency, She finally gets a new client and comes up with a witty slogan for the Zander closet company that she hopes will bring in even more new clients, until a murder takes place in a Zander closet and the media starts quotin ...more
Mary Brown
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death In Advertising
A Tobi Tobias Mystery, Book #1
Laura Bradford
5+ Stars

Synopsis:

When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy camp
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Wulfwyn
Laura Bradford is a new author for me. I learned of her when this book was selected for one of the book clubs I am in. I didn't have expectations when I began reading. I had hope for a fun book. I am happy to say that hope was realized. I'm not going to go into how slowly or quickly I solved the mystery. One: I hate spoilers and try to avoid them. Two: We are all different in our sleuthing skills, reading speed and comprehension. I don't want to look at a review as a contest to see who was faste ...more
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While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend's house nearly forty years ago, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil.

Those early attempts at the craft had her writing and illustrating stories for young children. Wise beyond her years, Laura saved her first writing attempt in a hand de
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