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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Shoulder Bags and Shootings...DNF...Review

About the book:
Fashionista and amateur sleuth Haley Randolph is in hot pursuit of the season's newest must-have handbag. But soon she's also in hot pursuit of a killer--when she discovers the corpse of none other than her designer purse party rival. . .

Life is beyond fabulous at the moment for Haley Randolph. She just spent two amazing weeks in Europe with her boyfriend Ty Cameron, owner of Holt's Department Store where Haley works. And now Ty's grandmother, Ada, is letting Haley drive her way-cool Mercedes. Things would be perfect if she could just get her hands on her latest fashion obsession: the new Sinful handbag.

Every store in town is out of stock, and Haley would rather die than buy a knockoff. But when she finds the body of her nemesis, Tiffany Markham, in the trunk of Ada's Mercedes, she's not so sure she wants to trade places after all. . .

Topping the list of suspects, Haley doesn't deny seeing red when Tiffany and her business partner not only stole her purse party idea, but also made more money. But Haley wasn't jealous enough to commit murder. Now she'll have to solve this mystery quickly--and find that Sinful bag--before she becomes a killer's next fashion fatality. .

I tried.  I just can't do it.  The premise sounded like fun, entertaining chick lit.  Unfortunately, the book is just like the main character, shallow and trivial.  Perhaps I'm just too old to enjoy a story about a flighty, superficial young woman whose sole purpose in life seems to be fashion and avoiding true responsibility.  Think the girl from Confessions of a Shopaholic.  I didn't read the book, but sat through the film trying not to fall asleep while everyone else around me laughed themselves silly.  Haley reminds me of Rebecca.  So, if you liked Confessions, I think you'll like Shoulder Bags and Shootings.

You can find a more positive review with a different perspective at Booking Mama.

Thanks to FSB Associates for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Dorothy Howell here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 7/10

1/5 Stars


  1. Yeah, the description sounds good, but I actually got bored with it halfway through. I can see why you didn't finish the book. I wasn't a big fan of Confessions, either, and I only saw the movie.

    You're absolutely right...too many good books out there to pick up instead of those we don't care for!

  2. I like some chick-lit, but couldn't get into the Shopaholic books either, so I'll definitely pass on this one.