Title: Handbags and Homicide
Series: Haley Randolph #1
Series: Haley Randolph #1
Author: Dorothy Howell
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publish Date: July 2008
Personal Rating: 5 Stars
About the Book:
Witty, smart, and always chic-to-die despite a less than glam checking account balance, Haley Randolph has it all--Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Coach, Burberry--and she'd kill for the newest Louis Vuitton handbag. It seems she's not the only one. When someone's passion for designer purses leads to murder, Haley goes shopping for a killer to clear her name...
According to Haley Randolph, you can never have enough handbags. She has one for every occasion, but that doesn't mean she won't go to any lengths to get the latest Louis Vuitton. Unfortunately for Haley, her life goes from glam to grim when her passion for fashion outlasts her credit cards, and she's forced to work during the holiday season at Holt's--a mid-market department store that doesn't even stock designer labels much to her horror.
Looking for a bit of shopping inspiration, Haley abandons the sales floor and sneaks into the stock room to get a first glimpse of Holt's ultra-fab holiday promotion--a one-of-a-kind selection of handbag styles. But instead of the newest Vuitton, Haley discovers her boss is the ultimate fashion victim. He's face-down in lingerie--stone-cold dead.
According to the security tapes, Haley was the only person in the stockroom before, during, and after the murder. With everyone in the store eyeing her like last season's Marc Jacobs, Haley turns to the hunky Ty Cameron, who heads up the store's loss prevention unit, to help her investigate the murder.
In a race to clear her rep, Haley's knowledge of hot trends will take her from the sales floor to the boardroom to the gritty streets of L.A.'s Garment District. Now, Haley must find a killer with impeccable fashion taste...and get her hands on that perfectly checkered Louis Vuitton bag before time runs out...
I haven’t given 5 stars to a cozy mystery in a long time. I loved this book from page one and until the end. As indicated on the back, there is a cliffhanger which will leave the reader wanting to read the next book quick. Oh yeah it does. It really does leave you hanging so if you can’t stand to wait, make sure you have book two ready to go!! I’ve got to find the second book, ugh.
Haley is quite the character. She finds herself on the edge of destruction with her jobs and guys that she is like a whirlwind. This keeps the pace going, along with her interaction with her friends and coworkers. The crime is very well done and I thought I had an inkling of who, but it wasn’t who I thought.
The author has created some memorable characters, even those whose interaction is very limited. It really made you feel as if you were a part of the story itself. I kept telling my family, I have to go find out what is happening with Haley. They would give me that weird look, but yes this book totally gets you hooked. Something I’ve needed for a long time.
I recommend this book to any reader of cozy mysteries or chick lit. It is definitely light and fun and you do not get bogged down with the details of the crime. If you love purses or handbags, or have ever been to a “purse party” then this book and series is for you!!