Clutches and curses [electronic resource]. Dorothy Howell.
- ISBN: 9780758278753 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
Life is looking good for amateur sleuth/professional fashionista Haley Randolph. She's even close to getting her hands on the Delicious, the season's hottest purse--until she's hit with a curse from an irate customer at Holt's department store. When things start to go really wrong, Haley transfers to the new store near Las Vegas--and promptly finds the body of Courtney Collins, an old classmate, sprawled across the floor of the menswear department. Now Haley is suspect #1. Everyone knows Haley was once jealous of Courtney, and Courtney was about to launch a spectacular line of designer bags. And, well, there weren't any witnesses when Haley actually found the body. Since she doesn't look good in prison stripes, Haley will have to get to the bottom of this mystery. Finding the killer won't be easy. . .and getting rid of this curse may mean going against everything a real fashionista stands for.
Electronic reproduction. LaVergne : Kensington Books, 2012. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 629 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2011 May #2
In Howell's fourth Haley Randolph mystery, following Shoulder Bags and Shootings (2010), her hapless, handbag-obsessed heroine stumbles upon yet another dead body. This time, she's in Henderson, Nevada, helping set up a new Holt's store, and the dead woman is a formerhigh-school classmate, Courtney. A long-buried grudge makes Haley the prime suspect. As she investigates to find the real culprit, the trail leads her to Courtney's accessories business and her partner, Danielle, who is hiding something, and their investor Mike Ivan, who may have Mob connections. As she becomes embroiled in another murder mystery, Haley is still struggling to define her relationship with boyfriend Ty Cameron, the Holt's heir who is usually generous with material things but not his time. Howell's latest has an uneven plot, with red herrings galore. But fans of the series will pick this up for Haley's trademark quips and her humorous, unconventional detective methods. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
Dorothy Howell was inspired to write her first Haley Randolph mystery, Handbags and Homicide, by her crazed obsession with designer purses. She lives in Southern California, where there is, thankfully, no rehab program for handbag addiction. Visit her website at DorothyHowellNovels.com.
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