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on June 2, 2006
In the 2nd book in the Bath & Body Mystery Series, it appears as though Persia and her Aunt Florence are struggling to keep Venus Envy afloat. A rival boutique has moved into town, taking a lot of customers with it. Bebe's Belles, a group of cutthroat saleswomen for the new store, Bebe's Boutique, will stop at nothing to make a quick sale. And when all of the roses that are grown organically for Venus Envy's custom blends are sabotaged with pesticide, Persia starts to feel as though she is being personally attacked. When the store's computer is hacked into, and her fragrance journal is stolen, Persia will stop at nothing to win back her customers and save the business. Does that include murder? A saleswoman for Bebe is murdered, and Persia must work overtime to clear her name, and put a stop to the underhanded dealings of Bebe's Belles.
This was a great sequel! I enjoy both the strong character of Persia and her relationship with her aunt (although the nickname "Imp" seemed a bit out of character for Persia and slightly annoyed me). The mystery was good and the characters likable. There is a bit of a new romance for Persia...and I was surprised to see a bit of a rebellious side to her. Sporting a fairy tattoo and body piercings, she is not your everyday cozy character. However, she is smart, tough, and loyal to the end...which is a great formula for any good cozy detective.
Included in the book is information regarding blending your own custom fragrances, and stress reduction. This series is a light, fun read.
The first book in the series is called "Scent to Her Grave". Enjoy!