Daily Archives: September 14, 2008

A Job To Kill For by Janice Kaplan

A Job To Kill For by Janice Kaplan is the second in “Lacy Fields” mystery series.   Publisher: Touchstone, August 2008

Shopping meets suspense in this enticing new cocktail of sassy-smart sleuthing featuring a spunky decorator who can hunt down furniture — and murder.
As a tireless mom of three, the doting spouse of a surgeon, and a talented interior designer to the stars, Lacy Fields can always find the perfect piece to finish a puzzle, a living room — or an investigation.

When Lacy’s beautiful young client Cassie Crawford drops dead after a sip of tea in her newly decorated L.A. penthouse, Lacy once again finds herself in the midst of murder. She’s stunned when suspicion lands on her own best friend, hot Hollywood casting agent Molly Archer — whose “friendship” with Cassie’s billionaire mogul husband brings her to the attention of the LAPD.

Lacy will have to set aside seeking antiques to hunt down a dangerous killer. But this time, she’s not alone. Sleuthing becomes a family affair: her son, Grant, works underground (literally) at UCLA to help her; fifteen-year-old Ashley is consoled by celebrities when her mom is hauled off by cops; Lacy’s husband, Dan, provides forensics; and even little six-year-old Jimmy helps Mom find a murderer.

From a rough-and-tumble biker with a heart of gold to a relentless university fund-raiser, Lacy will follow every one of Cassie Crawford’s precarious footsteps in order to clear her best friend’s name. But by doing so, will she put her own family in the path of a desperate killer?

Here is glorious mystery entertainment from a dazzling new star in the suspense firmament.

In this story, Lacy Fields’, interior decorator in Los Angeles, best friend becomes a person of interest in the murder of her business associate’s wife. Inadvertently her whole family become involved in the case. This book is heavy on affluent brand labels, but overall, I enjoyed this caper.

Stamped Out by Terri Thayer

Stamped Out by Terri Thayer is the first book in the new “A Stamping Sisters” cozy mystery series.  Publisher: Berkley, September 2008)

Featuring small-town stampers who are sure to leave their mark.

A professional rubber stamper who creates intricate patterns on walls, April Buchert is back home in Aldenville, Pennsylvania, helping her father restore the famous Winchester mansion.

But when a human skull tumbles out of the rubble, all eyes are on April’s father, who oversaw the construction twenty years ago. As unexplained deaths pile up and a dangerously handsome carpenter becomes a pleasant distraction, can April chip away at the truth before another innocent victim is stamped out?

This book features April Buchert who moves back home from a failed marriage to work with her father. While out in the field, a skull is discovered and her father becomes a person of interest and April is out to solve the mystery.  I enjoyed this cozy mystery that includes the hobby of stamping.