Review – Beauty and the Deceased

About Beauty and the Deceased

Resale Boutique Mystery
(Cosy Mystery) 4th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lyrical Press (December 14, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 191 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1516111036
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1516111039
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B092LH3FBZ

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Kelly Quinn owns and runs a high class consignment (‘good as new/ ‘nearly new’) clothes shop in Lucky Cove, Long Island, USA. Although her first love is clothes, she has also developed a taste for solving murders. Kelly is thrilled when her cousin Becky, whom she hasn’t met face-to-face for several years, joins her at Lucky Cove. Becky is co-owner of a rising cosmetics company, with her new friend, Jessica, and there is talk of a big buyout. Then Becky is murdered. Kelly is, of course, gutted and, as much as she grieves, she is determined to find the killer. A number of people in Lucky Cove are likely suspects, including Jessica, Todd (who believes he has a financial stake in Becky and Jessica’s company) and the aggressive PR, Whitney. Unfortunately, Terry, Kelly’s erstwhile employee at Lucky Cove Resale Boutique, whom Kelly likes, has to be added to the list. This is a cosy mystery puzzle. Was it him? He has motive and the means? Or maybe her? She also has good reason to want Becky dead, but how would she have done it? Tantalising. The reader left on the hook, weighing up each suspect and wondering who, why and how.

Kelly is a modern girl, who uses social media and her phone all the time. The author mentions social media terms, like ‘ghost’, which I wonder if older readers understand.

The writer’s love of fashion shines through every page, every character’s clothes, and every other aspect of his/her appearance, being described in detail as they make an impact on the scene. The reader is also shown some of the background nastiness of the rag trade, in particular, Kelly’s public and ignominious dismissal from her previous job, and the machinations of fashion influencers.

A great read. Great fun. And, by the way, I loved the book title. Adapted titles of other things, such as pantomimes, are always apt and funny.

About Debra Sennefelder

Debra Sennefelder 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.

Her first novel, THE UNINVITED CORPSE (A Food Blogger mystery) was published in 2018. 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, where she majored in her hobby of fashion buying, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in retail and publishing before becoming a full-time author. Her writing companion is her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih Tzu, Connie.

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