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Stilettos & Scoundrels (The Presley Thurman Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Laina Turner
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

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Book Description

RE-EDITED AS OF March 2015!!
Presley tells her boss what he can do with her job in HR and embarks on a new career as a freelance journalist. What seems like a simple interview with a Senator turns to murder when the day after her interview the Senator turns up dead. Does the fact that Presley was one of the last people to see him alive make her a suspect? Her ex-boyfriend Cooper, who was in charge of the Senators security, might think so. Presley is determined to clear her name but can she do it and resist Cooper’s charms?

Editorial Reviews


Fashionista meets shopaholic meets amateur sleuth. Stilettos & Scoundrels is a story that is tons of fun, sassy, quirky and will leave the reader laughing as they race through the pages to see what happens next and solve the mystery. --Amazon

From the Author

Stilettos & Scoundrels is my first foray into fiction writing. As an avid reader all my life I always wanted to write but never had the confidence. When I finally decided to pursue my dream of being an author I didn't know I was in for such a fun time. Oh sure it's been hard and as I write the sequel to Stilettos I think of how much better I am at writing now. But it has been so satisfying to have accomplished a dream.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1222 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Five Seas Ink; 2nd Edition edition (March 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stilettos and Scoundrels October 31, 2011
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This book is unreadable. In the first few chapters the narration goes between first and third person, often in the same sentence. "I spent all her time working to reach my professional goals." "I was getting herself all worked up for nothing." Some serious editing needs to happen to this book. Not even worth the 99 cents I paid for it.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, For Appropriate Aged Readers April 20, 2012
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I bought "Stilettos and Scoundrels" because it sounded (and looked) like a good book. I guess that you really can't judge a book by its cover, as in the description and reviews nothing was said about the excess of foul language and suggestive content that is found in it. I'm a teenager, and it appalled me at the plethora of such things that were in it. Overall it was a good book, if you can overlook the stuff in it. It had a great story line, and the characters were very relatable. I could identify with quite a few of the characters, Presley most of all. The seller got the book to me on time, and I had a pleasant experience with everyone involved.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't give it zero stars so here we go... October 11, 2012
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People have said it before, but a year ago... now a year later NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

If you have a 5th grade understanding of grammar (which the good "professor" apparently doesn't), then this book with drive you NUTS.

It needs to be edited...again...since apparently the first edit didn't work... I can't even get through this book and am deleting it from my kindle.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder, Mystery and Great Fashion! May 8, 2011
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Stilettos & Scoundrels by Laina Turner-Molaski is a quirky tale with all of the essentials: murder, mystery and great fashion! Presley Thurman is just your average single female trying to make her way up the corporate ladder while looking the best she possibly can. So when her boss fires her after she refuses his advances, she naturally prepares thinking of ways she can have a career and her shoe collection at the same time. Quickly being offered a job for a newspaper, Presley heads to her small hometown where she is to write an article about a local Senator. Dressed to impress, she sets off on what she expects to be an easy endeavor, only to have the tables turned when the Senator is found murdered. Presley quickly takes advantage of the situation in hopes of writing the piece of a lifetime.

Cooper Sands is not only extremely charming and sexy, but he happens to be in charge of protecting the Senator while he is in town. When his job brings him face to face with Presley, the connection that sparked to life in high school is back and hotter than ever. Cooper must find a way to solve the murder and keep the stubborn Presley out of harms way.

Stilettos & Scoundrels is written in third person and is mainly from Presley's point of view. There are only a few paragraphs throughout the book that are from the perspective of other characters and I feel as though this prevented me from getting to know what some of the other characters were really about. Although this did add to the mystery in some ways so it works out well with the story line. And there is plenty of mystery to go around! Just when I was getting comfortable thinking I knew who the murderer was, new scandals and clues were thrown in to throw me off of the trail.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable editing September 1, 2012
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The author switched from first person to this person, words were run together and one of the characters nickname changed spelling half way through the book. The characters were unbelievable and too many of them were forgettable. The main character was beyond childish.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Atrocious editing August 9, 2012
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While the story itself is interesting, the editing is atrocious and makes this book almost unreadable. The story goes back and forth between first and third person and is inconsistent even within the first or third person setting. It's unfortunate, because the stories have potential.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From first to third- person gets confusing at times September 14, 2012
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I would have enjoyed the story more if the author would pick a style to write with- first person or third person- pick one and stick with it please! It gets tiresome reading the story from the point of view of the heroine one minute, but all of a sudden in the middle of a paragraph it switches to third person! That's just sloppy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs a serious editor... and some pruning. October 8, 2012
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The story line isn't bad and could have been interesting but the editing is terrible!

Not only does the story jump back and forth from 1st person to 3rd person -- there are sudden insertions of the thoughts of characters in italics that are more than a little confusing -- but there are often ten words where two or three would do... there's just a lot of useless verbiage! The heroine, who is supposed to be close to 30, strikes me as closer to 18 and the constant harping on how important her clothes are is annoying! Also she's not terribly bright... does and says a lot of stupid things. I also didn't like the mother - daughter interaction much. And why bring in the boyfriend who is supposedly stalking her?

I ended up skimming page after to page to get to the meat of the story, not sure why I didn't just deleted it from my Kindle but I made myself finish it. Needs a lot of good editing and tightening up!

Thank goodness it was free... will not be buying the others.
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More About the Author

As a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child). As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.

Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.

Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.

Taking the plunge to write books that she actually lets people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, The Art Of Living Fabulously, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.

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