A Secondhand Murder
by Lesley Diehl
on Tour October 1 - November 30, 2013
Book Details:Genre: Cozy Mystery Published by: Camel Press Publication Date: 9/15/2013 Number of Pages: 260 ISBN: 978-1-60381-935-0 Purchase Links:
Synopsis:Spunky and outspoken Eve Appel moves from Connecticut to rural Florida intent on starting a new life, free of drama, and more importantly, her soon-to-be ex-husband. The rural Florida town of Sabal Bay, situated only an hour from West Palm, proves to be the perfect spot for her consignment store. Thanks to the recent economic downturn, Florida’s society matrons need a place to discreetly sell their stuff and pick up expensive-looking bargains. But Eve’s life, and her business with it, is turned upside down when a wealthy customer is found stabbed to death in a fitting room. As accusations fly and business slows, Eve decides to take things into her own hands. With the help of an unlikely bunch of friends—including her estranged ex, her best friend, a handsome private eye, and a charming mafia don—she struggles to find answers and save lives. Through a maze of distorted half-truths, dramatic cover-ups, and unrequited passions, Eve learns just how far the wealthy will go to regain what they have lost. A Secondhand Murder is Book 1 of the Eve Appel Mysteries Series.
From My Perspective:
A Secondhand Murder was a delightful read. It was a mystery that had a substantial list of suspects and the story was definitely character driven. The writing was smooth and easy to follow from start to finish; but the characters were the shining star for this book.
I enjoyed following Eve as she first encountered the murder at the secondhand store and then threw herself into the investigation to resolve "whodunit" before the store was ruined by bad publicity and gossip. The story was interesting and it was quite late in the book when the reader realized who the culprit was. Eve's friends and family who helped her were quirky,loyal, some inept, some professional and comical.
Although I enjoyed the read, there were some things that were reminiscent to the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, i.e. both heroines experienced their cars being blown to smitherenes. Both heroines had grandmothers who sought adventure with their grand-daughters. I was also taken aback with the PI Alex Montgomery. I just couldn't picture him as moping after the heroine. But those were the only things that bothered me about the story. Overall, I found it very enjoyable and I will look forward to the next book in the Eve Appel Mystery Series. I rate this book at four winks!
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