Purses and Poisons by Dorothy Howell is the second book in the “Haley Randolph” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, July 2009
Twentysomething fashion sleuth Haley Randolph—the proud owner of a Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Coach, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and hopefully soon a Judith Leiber, is back for a murderous romp with the stylish set. Known to spot a designer knock-off at far-away range and nab a killer at purse point, Haley’s at the top of her game—until she falls suspect to another murder at Holt’s Department Store.
When Haley arrives at the Holt’s employee luncheon and fashion show, she spies a sick server hiding in a back room. Deciding to help out, Haley grabs a uniform. Besides she might score some points with her sort-of boyfriend and store owner Ty Cameron. The catered array of food and personalized fruit bouquets from Edible Elegance—her mom’s latest business venture—is a hit until top fashion model and Ty’s ex-girlfriend Claudia Gray is found dead in the ladies room.
It’s going to take more than a Chanel sample sale to ease Haley’s panic once she learns Claudia’s been poisoned. With the detectives looking for the “missing server,” Haley’s whereabouts unaccounted for during the luncheon and Edible Elegance gone sour, she’d better uncover the tainted truth-and quick. For someone thinks homicide is the height of fashion—with Haley’s name on the label.
This was an okay read. I liked the first book better. My rating: 3 stars