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Purses and Poison (A Haley Randolph Mystery Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Dorothy Howell
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fashion sleuth Haley Randolph is back for another murderous romp with the stylish set at Holt's Department Store. . .

When Haley arrives at the Holt employee luncheon and fashion show, she spies a sick server hiding in a back room. Deciding to help out, Haley grabs a uniform. The catered array of food and personalized fruit bouquets from Edible Elegance is a hit until top fashion model Claudia Gray is found dead in the ladies room. Now, it's going to take more than a Chanel sample sale to ease Haley's panic once she learns Claudia's been poisoned. For someone thinks murder is the height of fashion--with Haley's name on the label.

"A quick read with lots of humor." --Booklist

"A solid mystery." --Publishers Weekly

"Haley Randolph is a hoot. There is no way to get through Howell's latest without laughing out loud at least once a chapter." --Romantic Times

"A treat for those with a passion for fashion. No doubt this sassy heroine's in for a long run." --Kirkus Reviews



Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

At the outset of Howell's sprightly sequel to 2008's Handbags and Homicide, handbag-obsessed 24-year-old Haley Randolph is working part-time at L.A.'s Holt's Department Store, owned by her quasi-boyfriend, Ty Cameron, to pay back the debt she's accumulated—buying designer handbags and clothes, of course. When fashion model Claudia Gray, Ty's former girlfriend, turns up dead in a women's restroom at Holt's, the police soon determine that Claudia ate poisoned fruit from a fruit bouquet from Edible Elegance, Haley's mom's company, sent to the victim. To eliminate her mom as a murder suspect as well as herself, Haley launches her own investigation while dealing with her relationship with Ty and another new boyfriend. While some readers may decide the author ends too many chapters with the exclamation Oh, crap, Howell has concocted a solid mystery sure to appeal to younger, fashion-conscious mystery fans. (July)
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Review

"Sex and the City" meets "Murder She Wrote" in Dorothy Howell's latest mystery, in which fashion sleuth Haley Randolph returns for another murderous romp with the stylish set at Holt's Department Store, where she discovers a dead fashion model who's been poisoned! "A treat for those with passion for fashion. No doubt this sassy heroine's in for a long run." Kirkus Reviews."

Product Details

  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758223773
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KN3JOI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,369 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Handbags and Homicide July 26, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed Dorothy Howell's first Haley Randolph mystery, Handbags and Homicide, but this latest left a bit to be desired.

Haley becomes the prime suspect in a murder that happens at the department store where she "works", Holts. I say works very lightly, since Haley attempts at every chance to find a way of not working while she is at Holts.

I thought Haley was portrayed as just a bit too zany and not very bright in this mystery. Although I did enjoy the mystery of who killed the the pageant director. However, I think Haley comes across as just too silly in this story and the story did not capture my attention as did Handbags and Homicide. This is a quick, but not altogether enjoyable read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars But the first was soooo good!! February 27, 2010
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed and reviewed the first in the series giving it 5 stars. But this one I could not even finish. Why did I buy it in hardcover? Haley was so whiney and kept lying, lying, lying. I know her lies added to the development of the storyline, but after a very few short pages, I couldn't take it anymore. I at least felt I understood her in the first outing. In this one, she was just too irritating to continue. Don't think I will give the 3rd installment a try in hardcover or paperback.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so great sophomore effort! August 21, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I liked the first in this series, HANDBAGS & HOMICIDE, but this one was nowhere near as good. Haley came across as not very likeable, and not too bright. I liked her before. The mystery was pretty good, but Haley not so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Silly for Me! October 4, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, I can promise that I'd be staring at a waitress that has on sunglasses. And, if I was already staring at her, I'm sure I'd notice that she had on a wig. Even a good one - which this one probably wasn't because according to Haley the stuff is way below her.

Second, the book is told in first person & I hated it! Haley says - I hate __ but it's __ fault. Grrr. Or she says, I did this, well, not really. It's really quite annoying.

Third, she's really a bit slow. I mean it. She's a complete ditz - so how did she solve that first murder? Yeah, I don't think so.

It wasn't a terrible book, but for me, this is not something enjoyable at this point in my life... maybe as a pre-teen I would have enjoyed it...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice follow up September 21, 2009
By jrs3155
Format:Hardcover
Murder strikes Holt's Department Store once again and purse-loving Haley Randolph finds herself in the hot seat again! This is a quick romp of a mystery, with Haley questioning her relationship with Ty Cameron, Holt heir and golden boy, going to school and trying to solve more than one mystery. More questions arise at the end of the story, leading us to hope there's another title in the works. I liked the friendships Haley has made with her fellow Holt employees. Haley is a bit self-involved at times, especially with her handbag/retail issues, but still has time for Evelyn or Sandy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Chick Lit Cozy Mystery September 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am enjoying this series. There's not a lot of depth with the characters, but definitely a lot of humor in the story. Haley is a perfect sleuth. As ditzy as she may seem because of her love of purses and not wanting to pay attention at times, she is able to settle down and solve the crime. She also is connected with her resources to assist her in getting what she need. I loved how Haley got wrapped up with the cat and kittens escapade.

The murder in this story was unique to me. The story surrounding the murder was interesting as well as the event the murder took place. This kept me reading. I liked the setting as I was worried that being in the department store was going to limit the author to unique commission of murder.

I liked the new characters and potential suspects in the crime. They added uniqueness and depth to the story. Also, Haley's roller coaster relationship with Ty is quite hilarious and I will definitely be reading book three to find out how this continues.

This is a great cozy series that I highly recommend to readers who like fluff and no much food for thought!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars adorable and FUN reading July 2, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed reading all these books, I read for fun and enjoyment and lets face it for the LAUGHS!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Series - Sleuth with Style + Hot Guys May 8, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great series, start at #1 and go to #3 and then, be like me, now anxiously awaiting #4.
I enjoy the character development and insertion of several possible 'it' guys. The banter with them, between the main character and her friends, co-workers, and other characters is a hoot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Unbelievably bad.
Published 3 days ago by MARTHA F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion with a serving of murder.
I loved it. I just love Haley she's funny stylish very dense in the romance department but let's see if Ty can fix it. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Little D
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great fun read
Published 9 days ago by Pamela Gentry
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab series!
Love all of the Haley Randolph books. They're fun and delightful reads!!
Published 23 days ago by Patrice
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
Easy and fun to read series. If you love handbags, shopping or just light reading, try this series.
Published 2 months ago by Judy
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
I think I've gotten over the stupidity of the main character. I'm looking forward to reading the next book!! The purse idea is pretty funny. Yep, I enjoy the read!!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Little Booka
4.0 out of 5 stars Purses and Poison
Funny book. Book has a weird plot with a lot of twists and turns. FUN read for a long afternoon.
Published 7 months ago by Elaine F Parks
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable light read
An enjoyable intro to a new author for me. Have purchased the next in the series. Xxx xxx xxx xxx
Published 11 months ago by Sue Pilkington
4.0 out of 5 stars Purses and poison
I liked this book better than the first. The author has built on the character development and we see more relationship with Haley's. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Steen
5.0 out of 5 stars Purses and poisons suspenseful Haley randolph
Another satisfying read Howell featuring favorites amateur sleigh Haley Randolph. Great fast paced read with romance mixed in. Great read
Published 18 months ago by Hope2765
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More About the Author

Dorothy Howell is the author of 33 published novels. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages with sales approaching 4 million copies worldwide.

She currently writes for two publishing houses, in two genres, under two names.

Dorothy writes the hilarious fashion sleuth Haley Randolph mystery series, available from Kensington Books. Foreign rights to the series have sold in the U.K., France, Poland and Thailand. Dorothy introduces her newest sleuth in Fatal Debt, a Dana Mackenzie Mystery.

Dorothy also writes historical romance novels under the pen name Judith Stacy. Her titles include a Harlequin Historical Top Seller for the Year, a No.1 on the Barnes & Noble Historical List, and a RITA Award Finalist.

Dorothy is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Like her Dorothy Howell Novels Facebook page. Follow her on Twitter @DHowellNovels. Visit www.DorothyHowellNovels.com and www.JudithStacy.com.

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