Purses and Poison

Dorothy Howell, Author . Kensington $22 (258p) ISBN 978-0-7582-2376-0

At the outset of Howell's sprightly sequel to 2008's Handbags and Homicide , handbag-obsessed 24-year-old Haley Randolph is working part-time at L.A.'s Holt's Department Store, owned by her quasi-boyfriend, Ty Cameron, to pay back the debt she's accumulated—buying designer handbags and clothes, of course. When fashion model Claudia Gray, Ty's former girlfriend, turns up dead in a women's restroom at Holt's, the police soon determine that Claudia ate poisoned fruit from a fruit bouquet from Edible Elegance, Haley's mom's company, sent to the victim. To eliminate her mom as a murder suspect as well as herself, Haley launches her own investigation while dealing with her relationship with Ty and another new boyfriend. While some readers may decide the author ends too many chapters with the exclamation “Oh, crap,” Howell has concocted a solid mystery sure to appeal to younger, fashion-conscious mystery fans. (July)

Reviewed on: 05/11/2009
Release date: 07/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
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