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Purses and Poison (Haley Randolph Mystery Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Dorothy Howell
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"Sex and the City" meets "Murder She Wrote" in Dorothy Howell's latest mystery, in which fashion sleuth Haley Randolph returns for another murderous romp with the stylish set at Holt's Department Store, where she discovers a dead fashion model who's been poisoned! "A treat for those with passion for fashion. No doubt this sassy heroine's in for a long run." Kirkus Reviews."

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Fashion sleuth Haley Randolph is back for another murderous romp with the stylish set at Holt's Department Store. . .

When Haley arrives at the Holt employee luncheon and fashion show, she spies a sick server hiding in a back room. Deciding to help out, Haley grabs a uniform. The catered array of food and personalized fruit bouquets from Edible Elegance is a hit until top fashion model Claudia Gray is found dead in the ladies room. Now, it's going to take more than a Chanel sample sale to ease Haley's panic once she learns Claudia's been poisoned. For someone thinks murder is the height of fashion--with Haley's name on the label.

"A quick read with lots of humor." --Booklist

"A solid mystery." --Publishers Weekly

"Haley Randolph is a hoot. There is no way to get through Howell's latest without laughing out loud at least once a chapter." --Romantic Times

"A treat for those with a passion for fashion. No doubt this sassy heroine's in for a long run." --Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 821 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (May 5 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KN3JOI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars SUMMARY May 16 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star Sept. 9 2015
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Handbags and Homicide July 26 2009
By JerseyGirl Yvonne - Published on
I really enjoyed Dorothy Howell's first Haley Randolph mystery, Handbags and Homicide, but this latest left a bit to be desired.

Haley becomes the prime suspect in a murder that happens at the department store where she "works", Holts. I say works very lightly, since Haley attempts at every chance to find a way of not working while she is at Holts.

I thought Haley was portrayed as just a bit too zany and not very bright in this mystery. Although I did enjoy the mystery of who killed the the pageant director. However, I think Haley comes across as just too silly in this story and the story did not capture my attention as did Handbags and Homicide. This is a quick, but not altogether enjoyable read.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars But the first was soooo good!! Feb. 27 2010
By G. Beaverson - Published on
I enjoyed and reviewed the first in the series giving it 5 stars. But this one I could not even finish. Why did I buy it in hardcover? Haley was so whiney and kept lying, lying, lying. I know her lies added to the development of the storyline, but after a very few short pages, I couldn't take it anymore. I at least felt I understood her in the first outing. In this one, she was just too irritating to continue. Don't think I will give the 3rd installment a try in hardcover or paperback.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so great sophomore effort! Aug. 21 2009
By Meledstick - Published on
I liked the first in this series, HANDBAGS & HOMICIDE, but this one was nowhere near as good. Haley came across as not very likeable, and not too bright. I liked her before. The mystery was pretty good, but Haley not so much.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Silly for Me! Oct. 4 2011
By Gina Hott - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, I can promise that I'd be staring at a waitress that has on sunglasses. And, if I was already staring at her, I'm sure I'd notice that she had on a wig. Even a good one - which this one probably wasn't because according to Haley the stuff is way below her.

Second, the book is told in first person & I hated it! Haley says - I hate __ but it's __ fault. Grrr. Or she says, I did this, well, not really. It's really quite annoying.

Third, she's really a bit slow. I mean it. She's a complete ditz - so how did she solve that first murder? Yeah, I don't think so.

It wasn't a terrible book, but for me, this is not something enjoyable at this point in my life... maybe as a pre-teen I would have enjoyed it...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Series Turn of Events from Potential to Disenchanted! Nov. 20 2014
By Corduroy - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read the first novel in the series earlier this year. I don't recall the exact time frame and decided I would try another title in the series. I classify this type of book as "light and fluffy" and I sometimes can enjoy the fun moments in a light read. However, I didn't enjoy this novel beginning on the opening page of Chapter 2 and unfortunately retain that opinion as I finished it.

A few paragraphs into Chapter 2, the main character, Haley Randolph says, "I pointed to a heavyset woman wearing jeans and a man's T-shirt. I picked her because she looked like a lesbian, and you can always count on a lesbian in a crisis." WoW! I realize this isn't a 2014 copyright but I don't think this was appropriate in 2009 either. I believe there are usually multiple individuals that read an author's manuscript as it moves through the phases to published novel and I'm very disappointed that even if the author didn't have the good sense to remove these sentences that someone giving it one of those first reads didn't push for the removal. I have the same opinion when someone still describes a librarian with her hair up in a bun, telling everyone to shhhhhh! AND her glasses are falling down on her nose. Enough! These types of stereotype characterizations are NOT appropriate and they need to stop. I like to think of authors as helping the world to become a better place, to open minds, and to open new possibilities. I can characterize too, and Haley Randolph is a not a character that I want to spend more time with as reading time is precious and there are many other possibilities to explore!

Other copy editing needs:
Last paragraph of Chapter 3:
"I know you're nervous, but don't worry." Ty grasped by arm. "I'll go with in you, and I'll stay right beside you the entire time."
Perhaps ... "I'll go in with you,..."
Chapter 8:
"That's why she was needed her passport, wasn't it?" I said,...
Perhaps..."That's why she needed her passport, wasn't it?" I said,...
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