A Secondhand Murder
by Lesley Diehl
on Tour October 1 - November 30, 2013
Published by: Camel Press Publication Date: 9/15/2013 Number of Pages: 260 ISBN: 978-1-60381-935-0 Purchase Links:
Book Details:Genre: Cozy Mystery
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.
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This E-book was received for review from Partners In Crime and given in exchange for an honest review.
This is the start of a series of books featuring Eve Appel.
This was a nice, what I call "cozy" mystery. No great thrills and spills, but a fun murder mystery.
Eve was the main character and I like her from the start as she was fun and maybe even a bit ditzy. The story was set in a second hand boutique which wealthy ladies frequented to drop off their unwanted designer labels and other wealthy ladies came from afar where they would be unknown, so they could buy fancy goods and keep up appearances at a fraction of the price. It all changed when one of them was murdered in the store and Eve became the prime suspect.
In order the prove her innocence, the author introduced a real eclectic mix of characters to help her with the case, including her ex partner who she was actually running away from and the main reason she moved.
Some parts in the middle of the book dragged somewhat as the author concentrated on a couple of characters who were quite uninteresting, but there were also some funny moments which made me chuckle and put a smile on my face.
All in all this was a nice light hearted read and I look forward to seeing what Eve Appel gets up to in her next mystery.