Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review: Shoulder Bags and Shooting by Dorothy Howell

This one was cute in a morbid cozy mystery way LOL! This is book #3 in the Haley Randolph Mystery Series. While it is third in the series it read easily as a stand alone. Granted, there are a few things that you wonder about as you're reading but it's only because past stories are hinted at.

The main character, Haley, is just wacky and aloof but she gets the mystery solved. She was an entertaining character who kept the story lively and upbeat no matter what situation she found herself in.

Overall, it was an entertaining, light, amateur sleuthing read. I enjoyed it and think that other cozy fans may like it also.

About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

Fashionista and amateur sleuth Haley Randolph is in hot pursuit of the season's newest must-have handbag. But soon she's also in hot pursuit of a killer--when she discovers the corpse of none other than her designer purse party rival. . .

Life is beyond fabulous at the moment for Haley Randolph. She just spent two amazing weeks in Europe with her boyfriend Ty Cameron, owner of Holt's Department Store where Haley works. And now Ty's grandmother, Ada, is letting Haley drive her way-cool Mercedes. Things would be perfect if she could just get her hands on her latest fashion obsession: the new Sinful handbag.

Every store in town is out of stock, and Haley would rather die than buy a knockoff. But when she finds the body of her nemesis, Tiffany Markham, in the trunk of Ada's Mercedes, she's not so sure she wants to trade places after all. . .

Topping the list of suspects, Haley doesn't deny seeing red when Tiffany and her business partner not only stole her purse party idea, but also made more money. But Haley wasn't jealous enough to commit murder. Now she'll have to solve this mystery quickly--and find that Sinful bag--before she becomes a killer's next fashion fatality. . .

Book Info:

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published 2010)
ISBN 0758223781 (ISBN13: 9780758223784)
series Haley Randolph #3
Review Copy: FSB Media


  1. I read this book in early summer but have not posted my review. It was fun and light. Thanks so much.

  2. I have put this one on my Wishlist for when I am in the mood for a cozy. I am still considering if I should start from the 1st in the series though.

  3. Great to hear about your adventures with this it a bit earlier this year myself and I have to agree, it works fine on its own but some things would be better explained having read the beginning books. Happy reading!

  4. Thanks! for sharing, will have to add to my pile.

  5. Thanks for stopping in everyone! Marce...It can stand alsone but I do think it would be nice to know about the beginning. :)