Designs On Murder: A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery by Gayle Leeson
Wow, just WOW! Gayle Leeson has written a book that is the total Cat’s Pyjamas! Murder, Ghosts, and Fashion … oh MY! ~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
Fashion, a saucy ghost, and a bit of romance provide a rich backdrop to an intriguing mystery. ~Cozy Up With Kathy
When you read this book (notice I didn’t say “if”!) you will want to read the author’s notes because she provides detail for Max’s actions and reactions based on when she lived in the 20s. I appreciated the research she did for this book and I am sure you will too. ~Storeybook Reviews
Designs on Murder is an entertaining cozy mystery. Amanda Tucker and Max Englebright are delightful characters. ~The Avid Reader
What if you discovered your lively new friend wasn’t really…alive?
Amanda Tucker is excited about opening her fashion design studio in Shops On Main, a charming old building in historic Abingdon, Virginia. She didn’t realize a ghost came with the property! But soon Maxine “Max” Englebright, a young woman who died in 1930, isn’t the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark Tinsley, a web designer with a know-it-all attitude who also rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office.
Amanda is afraid that one of her new “friends” and fellow small business owners is his killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark’s murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate–the ghostly fashionista can’t end up the killer’s next victim!
About the Author
Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee and Gayle Trent. As Amanda Lee, she wrote the Embroidery Mystery series, and as Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. Going forward, Gayle intends to keep her writing until the Gayle Leeson name. She has a series of women’s fiction novellas set in a shopping mall that has been converted to include micro-apartments (the Kinsey Falls series) and has just begun this new cozy series, the Ghostly Fashionista Mystery series. Another Down South Cafe novel is slated for release in August with book two in the Ghostly Fashionista series scheduled for October.
Definitely one of the most entertaining cozy mysteries I've read, in a subgenre that consistently produces excellently, DESIGNS ON MURDER initiates what I'm sure will be one of my favourite cozy mystery series. Fashion designer Amanda Tucker, her compassionate and generous Grandpa Dave, and their new best friend, ghostly fashionista Max, who has been attached to her building since about 1931, are fantastic individuals and a champion collective (look out, Nancy Drew!). The plot is just secretive enough to keep the reader guessing, and the denouement smoothly wraps up the case. I am eager to read the next installment!