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.
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Author Bio:Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida--cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office. Back north, she devotes her afternoons to writing and, when the sun sets, relaxing on the bank of her trout stream, sipping tea or a local microbrew.
Tour Participants:My Thoughts
This book is the first in the Eve Appel series, of which I hope to read more of. Eve is the owner of a second hand shop called Second to None, that caters to down on their luck formerly rich women who want to sell their clothes and accessories on consignment but do not want their cronies to know that their luck has changed. Eve then, with the help of her employee Madeleine, resell the merchandise to woman wanting quality slightly used clothing at a discount.
Eve has just opened up shop for the day when she discovers a woman dead in the backroom of the shop. The woman is a West Palm socialite and as it turns out, Eve has had a previous encounter with the woman. Eve becomes a suspect and she is determined to find out what is going on and who the real murderer is. So along with Madeleine, Alex, who is a PI, Eve's Grandy and her husband and a full cast of zany and dangerous characters makes this cozy mystery a fun read. With laugh out loud scenes and some scary moments, this book is so hard to put down and when the end did come, I found myself wondering what madcap adventure awaits the reader in the next book. I loved it!!
I received a copy of the book for review and was not monetarily compensated for my review.