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A Purse to Die For [Kindle Edition]

Melodie Campbell , Cynthia St-Pierre
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What’s more treacherous than navigating a pack of society matrons at a designer sale?

Stalking a killer…

When fashionista and television celeb Gina Monroe goes home to attend the funeral of her late grandmother, the last thing she expects to encounter is murder. And the reading of the will is anything but fashionable as unanswered questions arise. Who is the dead woman in the woods behind the family house? And why is she dressed in Milano designer clothes?

With help from her cousin Tony and Detective Rob Dumont, Gina investigates the not-so-model citizens around her. When another murder occurs, a pattern slowly emerges and Gina wonders if her grandmother's death wasn't so natural after all.

Editorial Reviews:

"Page-turning pace, fascinating characters, sly wit, and a plot that will keep you guessing." —Janet Bolin, Agatha-nominated author of Dire Threads

"Fast-paced suspense, charismatic characters, and dialogue to die for. Brisk plotting with a deadly twist at the end." —Lou Allin, author of She Felt No Pain

"Campbell and St-Pierre have style in the way they present, develop and portray their characters. This novel grabs hold of you from the get go with its cast of wacky and malicious relations. A delightful novel with complex relationships and a series of shocking secrets. The authors have a knack for wonderful turns of phrase, which are one reason why this novel is a delight to read. Then there is one mystery after another and suspense building to an unforgettable conclusion. Campbell and St-Pierre create a delectable concoction of savoury and unsavoury characters, sex, delicious humour and suspense. This winning combination can't help but delight readers." —Garry Ryan, Lambda-nominated author of Malabarista

"An old fashioned murder with modern sensibility; stylish characterization, and delicious plot; artistically woven." —Rebekkah Adams, author of Front Porch Mannequins

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About the Author

Melodie Campbell

Melodie has a Commerce degree from Queen's University, but it didn't take well. She has been a bank manager, marketing director, college instructor, comedy writer and possibly the worst runway model ever.

Melodie got her start writing comedy. In 1999 she opened the Canadian Humour Conference. She has over 200 publications, including 40 short stories and has won 6 awards for short fiction. Her first novel, Rowena Through the Wall, is an Amazon bestseller. Melodie was a finalist for the 2012 Derringer Award and Arthur Ellis Award, and is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.

Cynthia St-Pierre

In marketing Cynthia wrote promotional, packaging and communications materials; penned articles for business periodicals; and a chapter of How to Successfully Do Business in Canada. Currently a member of Crime Writers of Canada, she has one award for fiction and has been a writing contest judge. Best of all for a mystery writer, Cynthia has received a York Regional Police Citizens Awareness Program certificate, presented and signed by Julian Fantino, former Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.

In addition, Cynthia grows vegetables in her backyard, makes recipes with tofu, and speaks English-accented French with husband Yves. Visit Cynthia's blog (in the voice of character Becki Green) at

Product Details

  • File Size: 625 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (July 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IKA022
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY FAMILIES! November 25, 2012
What an opening. What a funeral. What a will-reading. What a squabble of relatives. Just fantastic: an old lady really having fun with her will.
And it was a really enjoyable read. It kept me on the edge of my seat, kept me awake when I should have been sleeping and introduced me to the somewhat different perspective that women have on life - and fashion - and the opposite sex.
So many suspects too. And they kept changing and swapping around until, really, I didn't know who had done what to whom until the last couple of pages. I wonder if the authors did.
Buy this book and read it then look out for the next one. You'll miss a whole new crime-reading experience if you don't. Congratulations, Melanie and Cynthia.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner September 10, 2012
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I read this in one session. The words seemed to leap off the page. A fun read with a kick-ass original ending. I didn't see it coming. Blew my guess of whodunit out of the water. If you read for plot, this is a great book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute cozy mystery will appeal to fans of the genre November 7, 2012
In A Purse to Die For, fashionista and television celebrity, Gina Monroe, is returning to her home town to attend the funeral of her late grandmother. However, what should be a simple funeral and reading of the will turns deadly when a dead woman turns up in the woods behind the family home.

When more dead bodies turn up, Gina is left wondering if the death of her grandmother was natural, or something more sinister.

A Purse to Die For was my first foray into the Canadian writing of Melodie Campbell and Cynthia St-Pierre, and if this book is anything to go by I am anticipating more fabulous mysteries from this duo.

From the start I really liked our amateur sleuth, Gina. She has sass, style and a great attitude. Sure there is that thing that she's pining over her cousin, but that aside! It was fun watching her try to solve the mystery. Even with the scattered by the authors I wasn't able to solve the mystery just before Gina, and combined with romantic angle I was hooked and eagerly anticipating the denouement.

All in all, A Purse to Die For was a really cute mystery and I'm really hoping there are going to be more books in this series, as I think Gina has more than enough amateur sleuthing skills to solve another murder or two!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I was hoping this would be a fun and entertaining novel, but I was very disappointed. Luckily it was on the free list, I would have been annoyed if I'd paid for it.
A large family gathers for a wealthy grandmother's funeral, there is a lot to inherit and the question soon arises whether she died of natural causes or not, and then there are a few more deaths. The plot is a bit Agatha Christie-ish and could be passable. But the characters are totally stereotype and cardboard thin and their actions and dialogues are immature, exaggerated and melodramatic. The detective in charge of the case can't think for himself but gets all the ideas from Gina who is sooo lovely and graceful and wonderful and on whom he has a crush, and it is of course thanks to her that it's all solved.
Some novels are hard to put down but this was hard to pick up, and I had to pick it up over and over again because I kept losing interest in what happened to these one-dimensional characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, fast paced thriller February 21, 2013
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This was a nicely crafted mystery novel. The build up to the climax was excellently done, and the unexpected ending was a refreshing surprise too. I look forward to reading more of this author's books - A Purse to Die For was my first by Melodie Campbell, and now I'm a fan!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Red herrings or dead fish? January 13, 2013
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I enjoy reading this genre, but this book was a chore to complete. Confusion in a mystery is what keeps the reader guessing and motivates them to finish the book. The authors of this book create confusion, but not in a good way. The authors have too many things going on in this book. If the authors are trying to create a story with a fashionista bent to it, that fell short - a reference to a high end purse and that's about it. All we know is that some of the characters are either rich through marriage, inheritance or their jobs and they can afford expensive things. There is some name dropping of clothing and jewelry designers, but what is the purpose of that in relationship to the plot? The fashionista concept is never fully developed.

There is confusion about the familial relationships of all the characters - I found my self turning back pages to see who was related to who. There are too many characters and most are poorly developed, so there is no point having them in the story. Believe it or not, the kissing cousins thing was the least of my worries. A dumb addition to the book, I'll agree, but this book was such a hot mess, I guess I wasn't surprised at all the things that kept popping up...spousal abuse (with some statistics thrown in in an attempt to educate the reader?), secret adoptions, gay lovers, potential incest, past sexual liaisons that could border on rape, food poisoning, undercover cops. Have I mentioned yet that I'm confused? Then you have the sort of psychic godchild that talks to her dead mother?? Really?? How does that fit in? And what is the point of Nellie other than she takes things and confides in her stuffed monkey? And how did the grandmother die? That seemed to be a significant part of the storyline, then it is simply dropped.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute, funny,entertaining
Really enjoyed this book. Read it in about 2 hours, as I could not sleep. People are dying all over this book. Gathering for grandma's funeral and the reading of the will. Read more
Published 3 months ago by srl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book, lots of twist and turns. Great who done it...........
Published 5 months ago by WattsNew
5.0 out of 5 stars i really loved this book.....NO SPOILERS !!!!
I really loved this book I enjoyed it from.start to finish and I'm hoping there is or could be more in this series .....I will be looking at more books there books... Read more
Published 8 months ago by michelle baldwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
Great fun to read! Excellent characters who jump off the page and a plot that races along, full of suspense, twists and turns.
Published 9 months ago by Lorna Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ
This is a wonderful book. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. The surprises keep coming until the end.
Jeanne Zabst
Published 9 months ago by jeanne zabst
4.0 out of 5 stars Too many characters
I Liked the book overall but thought that there were too many characters thrown at you too quickly. I spent the first half of the book constantly flipping back to remember who was... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A purse to die for
Exciting read. Liked characters. Good to see modern writer who is passionate about the craft. Didn't see that ending coming!
Published 23 months ago by teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
I thought it was an excellent murder romance book
I loved how romantic is it I and I did not expect that ending
Published on March 29, 2013 by Josie Weilemann
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Wasn't really impressed with this book. It's not bad and it is written pretty well but the story seemed slightly boring and the characters were predictable. Read more
Published on March 24, 2013 by Sharon
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This was not such a great find. There are too many characters with no focus, no main character. I kept hoping that the story would get better. No such luck.
Published on March 20, 2013 by Amanda
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