- File Size: 715 KB
- Print Length: 220 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (January 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 27, 2014
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F942VL8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rooms to Die For (Murders by Design) Kindle Edition
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Author: Jean Harrington
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Amateur Sleuths
Reviewed For: NetGalley
My Rating: 5 Stars
Diva Dunne, Interior Designer in Naples, Fla. (My own stomping grounds) and her client, Imogene Stirling, a bit ditzy and a lover of pink and lots of bling, are on their way to check out light fixtures and fans at the Naples Design Mall. When they visit the mall they find Jose Vega, owner of the Spanish Galleria, hanging from the rafters in the center atrium. When the death is listed as a suspected suicide, but Deva knows Jose who had the best antiques in Florida would never use a tacky blue stool.
Even as her boyfriend Detective Victor Rossi warns her to stay out of it to keep her safe she goes on the hunt for the killer finding out things about people she thought she knew. As she works her way through Jose's past and the list of suspect she places herself and those close to her in danger. If Deva is not careful her next design could be for her own final resting place.
Fast paced with well evolved characters and a well thought out plot Rooms to die for is sure to capture your interest and bring you an afternoon of enjoyable reading. Once finished be sure to check out Jean Harrington's other novels in the Murders to Die For Series. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
And speaking of the whole marriage thing, the MC just comes across as an emotional coward, a tease and selfish because the author does nothing to make us feel that her first marriage was so extraordinary, her love for her first husband so all-consuming that she can't risk marrying and losing again. In fact, the MC became very unlikable, not only about this, but also where her double standards are concerned. She loves it when Rossi trusts her in a life and death situation, but she doesn't return the compliment, and instead puts her life and a bunch of innocent strangers' lives at risk rather than trust him.
But the worst part of this mystery is the conclusion, when we find out many of the clues mean nothing, and so does the assault on her. How very lame. I have another book by this author, but I can't say I have very many good expectations. At least there's all the design details....
Interior designer Deva Dunne is working for a client with plenty of money but little taste when they make a trip to the Naples Design Mall. A very common activity for Deva but usually without the presence of a antiques dealer hanging from the third floor railing. As the antique dealer and his wife were close friends of Deva's, she can't let this supposed suicide go until the truth is uncovered. Her significant other being the lead homicide detective complicates matters but doesn't stop Deva from delving into the situation to find the truth.
Rooms To Die For has a cast of interesting characters including Deva's client who loves pink and bling but is in love with a minimalist architect. The shopkeepers and workers at the mall are distinct and well-drawn. The lead character does a minimum of stupid things which I appreciate. Yes, investigating a murder would never make sense in real-life but we wouldn't have cozy mysteries if writers didn't have amateurs do it but this particular character keeps her common sense intact most of the time. There were a couple of loose ends that weren't tied up quite to my satisfaction but not too many.
My favorite quality, atmosphere, is present in this book. You can feel the late summer heat and humidity of Florida all the way through. This book is very much in it's setting.
I have not read the earlier books in this series but I will. This could become one of those series that becomes like a comfortable old friend to visit and that's a feeling I like.
I received this book through Netgalley and I appreciate the opportunity to read it and give it an honest review.