Book Review: Viviana Valentine Goes Up the River by Emily J. Edwards

“Good grief, Viviana, is everyone a suspect?”

Emily J. Edwards, Viviana Valentine Goes Up the River

Title: Viviana Valentine Goes Up the River
Series: Girl Friday (Book 2)
Author: Emily J. Edwards
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Historical Fiction
Pages: 288 (Kindle)
Publish Date: May 2nd, 2023

My Rating: ★★★¼
Read: 11/13/2022 – 11/17/2022


This is an instance where I knew I was jumping into the second book of the series without reading the first (which was not yet published at the time I requested this one), so if I’m off the mark that’s completely on me. That said, I didn’t find myself completely lost while reading book two of the Girl Friday series which was helpful.

Viviana and Tommy are invited by a wealthy science man to a party at his home. While hobnobbing with New York’s well-to-do, a body is found. Better yet? The party is snowed in. Having recently been promoted to Tommy’s partner, this incident makes Viviana question if she truly has the capacity to be an investigator. The stakes are high and the setting is out of a movie.

What drew me to this series was the time period and setting. The 1950s were an interesting time in America in a city like New York and especially for women. I’ve read a mix of cozy mysteries set far prior and far later. I saw a lot of potential in Viviana. As for the plot? I struggled to get super into it. I don’t think this is because I didn’t have a lot of the backstory and build-up of the first book but there is that possibility. The characters were my favorite part of the story. I am curious to backtrack to the first book and get to know them properly. It’s a cute premise. I’d check out future books.

Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a free ARC to read and review.

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • The characters were lovable. Tommy and Viviana had a great rapport.
  • The setting. I’m a sucker for New York City in this era.

What I didn’t like:

  • The writing wasn’t super engaging and felt rushed in several places.
  • There wasn’t as much world-building as there could have been.


This was a typical cozy mystery. I liked it, but other than my personally having not read this genre set in this time, nothing particularly stood out.

A side note: I want posters of the covers in this series!

Where to buy the book:

Leave a Reply