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HANDBAGS AND HOMICIDE
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Humorous
In this light and witty chick-lit cozy, Haley Randolph's plight makes her an entertaining character. But she lacks depth and is too zany to be convincing. Her co-workers at the department store, portrayed as small-minded people with sour attitudes, are too similar to distinguish from one another. Nonetheless, the mystery is carefully plotted, and the murder is plausible and suspenseful.
Twentysomething Haley, who works two jobs to support her designer handbag fetish, is suddenly on administrative leave from her main job at a law firm and in the middle of a murder investigation at her retail job.
When she discovers the manager of the department store murdered in the stockroom, she becomes a prime suspect. Since unemployment leaves her with spare time and a desire to prove her innocence, Haley searches for the killer -- and her flair for fashion proves an asset. (KENSINGTON, Jul., 304 pp., $22.00)
Reviewed By: Roseann Marlett
Published: July 2008