Monday, July 22, 2013

Cozy Monday Book Review: Purses and Poison

Title: Purses and Poison
Series: Haley Randolph #2
Author: Dorothy Howell
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publish Date: July 1, 2009
Personal Rating: 3.5 Stars

About the Book:
Twentysomething fashion sleuth Haley Randolph-the proud owner of a Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Coach, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and hopefully soon a Judith Leiber, is back for a murderous romp with the stylish set. Known to spot a designer knock-off at far-away range and nab a killer at purse point, Haley's at the top of her game-until she falls suspect to another murder at Holt's Department Store. . .
When Haley arrives at the Holt's employee luncheon and fashion show, she spies a sick server hiding in a back room. Deciding to help out, Haley grabs a uniform. Besides she might score some points with her sort-of boyfriend and store owner Ty Cameron. The catered array of food and personalized fruit bouquets from Edible Elegance-her mom's latest business venture-is a hit until top fashion model and Ty's ex-girlfriend Claudia Gray is found dead in the ladies room.
It's going to take more than a Chanel sample sale to ease Haley's panic once she learns Claudia's been poisoned. With the detectives looking for the "missing server," Haley's whereabouts unaccounted for during the luncheon and Edible Elegance gone sour, she'd better uncover the tainted truth-and quick. For someone thinks homicide is the height of fashion-with Haley's name on the label.

My Review:
I am enjoying this series. There’s not a lot of depth with the characters, but definitely a lot of humor in the story. Haley is a perfect sleuth. As ditzy as she may seem because of her love of purses and not wanting to pay attention at times, she is able to settle down and solve the crime. She also is connected with her resources to assist her in getting what she need. I loved how Haley got wrapped up with the cat and kittens escapade.

The murder in this story was unique to me. The story surrounding the murder was interesting as well as the event the murder took place. This kept me reading. I liked the setting as I was worried that being in the department store was going to limit the author to unique commission of murder.

I liked the new characters and potential suspects in the crime. They added uniqueness and depth to the story. Also, Haley’s roller coaster relationship with Ty is quite hilarious and I will definitely be reading book three to find out how this continues.

This is a great cozy series that I highly recommend to readers who like fluff and no much food for thought!

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