HANDBAGS AND HOMICIDE
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.
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)