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Design on a Crime (Deadly Décor Mysteries, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ginny Aiken
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Haley Farrell is taking a chance on herself. After receiving her interior design certificate, she quits her job at the local furniture store and decides to open her own interior decorating business. But with all the advantages of her new career-meeting new people, and decorating new and old homes-comes a huge pitfall. Her new job allows her access into her clients' homes and their lives . . . but also their deaths.

When Haley's mentor, Marge Norwalk, is murdered, Haley becomes the prime suspect. Armed only with the confidence that Marge instilled in her, Haley sets out to find the real murderer. But as she sets forth, she has no idea what twists and turns will bring her face-to-face with her long-hidden past.

Book one in the Deadly Décor Mysteries will keep both Ginny Aiken's established readership and new fans coming back for more.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1423 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800730445
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003URRKJO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Design on a Crime by Ginny Aiken is a completely different book than I thought it would be. It's the first book in the Deadly Decor mystery series. Haley is just getting started in her own interior decorating business when her mentor is murdered. When it's revealed that Haley is the woman's heir, Haley becomes the prime suspect and has to figure out who the real murderer is before she's thrown into prison. It sounds like just another light, humorous murder mystery of the type that are glutting the market right now, filled with quirky characters and silly situations, but this book is nothing like that. Haley has faced much darkness in her past and struggled through it. She's just starting to regain her self-confidence when this murder throws her back into fear and depression. This book is about losing faith and finding God, even in the dark places. While there are some quirky characters and the occasional laugh, this book delves into some deep subjects and treats them well. Aiken writing alternates between short, choppy bits and long, almost flowery descriptions. I'm not sure if that is to help with characterization, but it sometimes makes for awkward reading. My one complaint is the marketing of the book. The silly title, pastel cover and blurb on the back make this out to be murder-mystery lite. This book is much better than that, and I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have! March 4, 2006
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has the whole package - humor, mystery, suspense, spirituality and a hint of romance. Haley Farrell is a strong female character whose father is the minister for the local church. Not only does Haley have a knack for interior decorating, but soon develops the knack for sleuthing as well. I am looking forward to more books in this series by Ginny Aiken.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series December 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I love this series and can't wait to read it again on my kindle.

I find the heroine genuine and likable. I love it when the people in the books are a mess and learning to live life in a real way. The mystery is fun and interesting. And the character interaction leaves me chuckling, sighing, crying...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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For the relevance to this review... I love mysteries of all types. This appeared to be a cozy mystery and as it started out, it went along as such (btw, formatting on my Kindle was fine)- Part of the mystery is not only about Haley having to clear herself of being accused of murder, but also, what it is that happened to her in a heinous, violent crime some 4 yrs or so earlier and why that incident caused her to fall away from her faith in God... yes, the author has brought in religion as to how this young woman needs to recognize, as much as she feels let down by God, that God should not have turned His back when she needed Him during that time... She is alive, prospering, and actually doing pretty well... considering... (this is mentioned a lot)- The obstacles she has to overcome in her faith (which is equally hard since her father is the priest of the local church), the obstacles she has to overcome to get past the incident 4 yrs earlier, and how she feels she has to be strong and take control now to catch the real killer. The writing is done well in my opinion. At least on a level as many other cozy mystery writers- nothing wrong with a light, easy read.
After a bit, the focus does come to her faith more than solving but "things" come out in her conversations with friends, her sensei, doctor, father, and others. I actually could have seen more written in here in various places so the aspect of her faith was not beginning to overshadow the story itself, however, I would read the next in series. I will also look to read other books by this author. It doesn't bother me to read a book that reminds us all in a very creative way to be aware and thankful for God. I don't feel it is any different than someone reading books about occult and wican subjects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 26, 2012
By jen
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Excellent read. More than an entertaining book, this delves into some deep and serious subjects. Likeable characters. A must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two words: awesome and awesomerest May 19, 2012
By C Teh
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This book really had a great positive impact on me. It taught me that God loves you and that He really does pursue you with His love. Design on a Crime reminded me that I should forgive those who sin against me. I loved that the author mixes in the perfect balance of humor and mystery. Also, GREAT ending!!!!!!!! I definitely DID NOT see that coming when the murderer revealed itself (I'm not saying who).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story May 12, 2012
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This was a good story, readable, and an interesting plot. I don't agree with the other reviewers about too much religion, I thought it was not at all too much -and gave the story depth. I had a little trouble with believability of characters and scenarios, at times. Sometimes I thought, "that doesn't match that person's personality..." but maybe I am too picky. Definitely worth reading, a good book to enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the fact I didn't have it all figured out... April 4, 2012
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This book was an enjoyable read! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the elegantly woven plot and the fact that I didn't have it all figured out within the first couple of chapters! What fun is it to read a book when you already know the ending?!? Definitely time well spent!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for folks who like good, clean, fun mysteries!
I love this series! Ginny Aiken is a great writer - the stories are fun, suspensful, and written in such a great style - the first person narrative of the main character had me in... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Tammy L. Tappan
5.0 out of 5 stars Design on the Crime of Murder
Ginny Aiken wrote a most interesting book as part of her series "Deadly Decor Mysteries". A preacher's kid who fell away from God due to an personal vicious attack four years... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathyd
1.0 out of 5 stars way too shor
Where is the story? This was no book, it was an introduction but definitely not a story just a teaser
Published 2 months ago by tracey caldwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Cosy mystery
Kind of a fun read. Perfect for an airport read. Fun characters, liked the the tips interspersed with the book.
Published 3 months ago by Mary Neher
4.0 out of 5 stars Not read yet
Rated as a 4 because I have not read yet. It transferred to my Kindle and Amazon-Kindle account without issue so gave it a good rating for everything. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kool KC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
HOW REFRESHING! This book has a good story line, is very realistic, keeps you guessing and no bad language. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Aunt Linda
2.0 out of 5 stars A book about faith not criminal science
A typical whodunit in the beginning . But the book turned into a book about faith instead about criminal science mystery .
Published 7 months ago by Matthew W. Steiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware - Christian author
When I start a book, I check the least favorable comments. I almost didn't read Design on a Crime because of the "too much religion" remarks. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melanie Winter
1.0 out of 5 stars Less Preaching About God, More Mystery Writing
If I had wanted a sermon about God, I would have gone to church instead of purchasing this book. Terrible. Had to force myself to finish it.
Published 9 months ago by SumoCat
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read.
This was a fun read and I would certainly read the next one in the series. I like this author and would read more of her books.
Published 10 months ago by Mary E. Paugh
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