Beach bags and burglaries [electronic resource]. Dorothy Howell.
- ISBN: 9780758294975 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
Part-time sleuth and full-time fashionista Haley Randolph just won an all-expenses-paid vacay at the Rowan Resort, a ridiculously exclusive island getaway that caters to the whims of millionaires, royalty, and Hollywood A-listers. With her three BFF's—Marcie, Bella, and Sandy—along for the ride, the only thing she's missing is the Sea Vixen, the season's hottest beach bag. . . The island has everything Haley imagined: pristine beaches, posh accommodations, and possibly Brad Pitt. But trouble soon looms on the horizon when Jaslyn Gordon, a maid at the island resort, goes missing. And while practically looting the resort for a Sea Vixen beach bag, Haley of course finds the maid—on the beach. . .and clearly dead. Everyone at the resort says Jaslyn's death was just an accident, but Haley thinks there's a lot going unsaid. . .especially when she spots hunky FBI agent Luke Warner. He claims to be on the island only for a wedding but Haley's not buying it. Haley's faced down clever criminals before and always come out on top, but this malicious murderer might be too crafty. And though she's dying to get her hands on a Sea Vixen, she also wants to live long enough to be seen with it!
Electronic reproduction. LaVergne : Kensington Books, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 343 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2014 August #1
Haley and her three best friends head to the exclusive Rowan resort as part of a prize won from her employer, hoping to see Hollywood stars (Brad Pitt?) and to score a much-sought-after Sea Vixen beach bag. Instead, Haley stumbles across the body of missing maid Jaslyn. A frenemy of the group is also at the resort for her over-the-top wedding and wants Haley's help. Cute FBI agent Luke is on the island, too, along with a reporter Haley has tangled with in the past, but no one is talking about the crime. Haley tries to get staff and her mainland law-enforcement friends to help her sort out what may be happening on the island when another maid goes missing. Haley is a smart character distracted only by the promise of the designer bag, and readers will enjoy her wry humor even as she draws herself into danger. The ending has plenty of unexpected twists, engineered by the feisty heroine. Howell continues to deliver light, fun beach reading. Fans of Laura Levine may also enjoy this one. Copyright 2014 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, and is hard at work on her next Haley Randolph mystery. Visit her website at DorothyHowellNovels.com.
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