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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Presumed to be 1st as edition is unstated edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800730445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800730444
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Too bad too much religion got in the way of what might be a good book.
crohne
This book was light enough to be easy reading but the story was written well enough to keep me guessing.
Helen M.
The ending is a surprise which you have to find out by reading the book.
ruth sjaardema

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on July 18, 2006
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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Hoeft on March 4, 2006
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kindlemomma on December 26, 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luv2CUSmile on January 23, 2012
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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 By C Teh on May 19, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jen on April 26, 2012
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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 By Mrs. Reader on 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 By M. Carnegie on 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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