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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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,337 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Handbags and Homicide July 26 2009
By JerseyGirl - 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 Melodie Stickrath - 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...
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice follow up Sept. 21 2009
By jrs3155 - Published on
Murder strikes Holt's Department Store once again and purse-loving Haley Randolph finds herself in the hot seat again! This is a quick romp of a mystery, with Haley questioning her relationship with Ty Cameron, Holt heir and golden boy, going to school and trying to solve more than one mystery. More questions arise at the end of the story, leading us to hope there's another title in the works. I liked the friendships Haley has made with her fellow Holt employees. Haley is a bit self-involved at times, especially with her handbag/retail issues, but still has time for Evelyn or Sandy
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