Former Manhattan fashion buyer Kelly Quinn is turning her grandmother’s outdated consignment shop into her quaint hometown’s hot spot for upscale style—until her second-hand couture makes the scene of an ice-cold crime . . .
With her bottom line looking a little threadbare, Kelly is going all out to promote the Lucky Cove Resale Boutique. She’s counting on Black Friday to recover her start-up expenses—including a website and an advertising blitz. But the publicity is overkill when two warring divas, and one sparkly evening dress, thrust Kelly and her fledgling business into a scandal she can’t afford.
The gorgeous garment came to Kelly from the walk-in closets of Wendy Johnson, one of reality TV’s Long Island Ladies. When Wendy’s former co-star, Diana Delacourte, graces a Christmas gala in the dress that was once her rival’s, a very public catfight ensues. But is Wendy to blame when sequin-clad Diana turns up dead? Dodging the show’s ever-present cameras—and a detective’s stern warnings—Kelly hunts for a killer before the powerful celebrity-suspect makes good on her threats and rips her to shreds . . .
All Kelly wants is to make her grandmother’s resale shop a success. Using her fashion knowledge she is working on turning it into an upscale fashion consignment store. When she once again stumbles onto a dead body, she gets pulled into the case and begins her investigation. Her step-aunt Summer’s new bestie, Wendy from the reality show is suspected of the murder and they somewhat blackmail Kelly into helping to find the real killer to get Wendy off the hook. Of course this angers Detective Wolman, who doesn’t like Kelly in the first place, and puts Kelly on someone’s radar.
I am enjoying this series very much. Kelly is a great character who has had a lot happen to her in the past. She is trying to move on in her life, but things keep interfering. Of course, her curiosity, or perhaps nosiness do get her involved in things that perhaps she should stay out of. She has a very strong group of friends and co-workers that keep her grounded and act as her sounding boards. Even Howard, Granny’s cat, is coming to love Kelly as much as the others in the town. I liked that Kelly and Mark, a possible romantic interest, are making small steps in their relationship, a very realistic development. She has a personal stake in a minor storyline in this book that could derail her dreams, but you will have to read this one to find out what that is. The story was well-paced and kept me reading quickly to find out what was going to happen next. The reality television angle was fun and added some humour, some nastiness and some food for thought. There are both likeable and unlikeable characters that add to the plot. The story has plenty of suspects and a lot of red herrings, so my mind kept flipping back and forth between who I thought might be the killer. This was an enjoyable story and great addition to this fledgling series. I am looking forward to the next Resale Boutique Mystery. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Debra Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique Mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.
Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie and Billy.
She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America.