This debut series novel features Persia Vanderbilt, a 31-year-old woman who mixes scents at her aunt Florence's bath-and-body shop in Gull Harbor, Washington. When local beauty queen Lydia Wang is found murdered in the store, police arrest Trevor Wilson, her ex-boyfriend. But Persia, believing he's innocent, employs her amateur sleuth-ing skills to unearth the true culprit.

Complete with beauty and spa tips, Ink's novel is a unique and pleasurable addition to the cozy world. Humorous and delightful, it details Persia's colorful life and the lives of Gull Harbor's most prominent citizens, but the humor never overshadows the carefully wrought mystery, which will keep readers guessing. (Oct., 272 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick