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Clutches and Curses

Book 4, A Haley Randolph Mystery

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Life is looking good for amateur sleuth/professional fashionista Haley Randolph. She's even close to getting her hands on the Delicious, the season's hottest purse--until she's hit with a curse from an irate customer at Holt's department store. When things start to go really wrong, Haley transfers to the new store near Las Vegas--and promptly finds the body of Courtney Collins, an old classmate, sprawled across the floor of the menswear department. Now Haley is suspect #1.

Everyone knows Haley was once jealous of Courtney, and Courtney was about to launch a spectacular line of designer bags. And, well, there weren't any witnesses when Haley actually found the body. Since she doesn't look good in prison stripes, Haley will have to get to the bottom of this mystery. Finding the killer won't be easy. . .and getting rid of this curse may mean going against everything a real fashionista stands for. . .

"Frothy. . . The well-crafted plot offers plenty of red herrings." --Publishers Weekly

"A laugh-out-loud wild ride for readers who hang on for the unexpected resolution." --RT Book Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 11, 2011 – In Howell's frothy fourth mystery featuring handbag-obsessed Haley Randolph (after 2010's Shoulder Bags and Shootings), Holt's Department Store employee Haley seizes the chance to work at a new branch in Henderson, Nev., near Las Vegas after being cursed by an irate customer with an eastern European accent at the L.A. flagship store. Soon after she arrives at the Holt's in Henderson, Haley stumbles on the bloody corpse of a young woman on the floor of the women's dressing room. While the police are a tad suspicious when she claims not to recognize the victim, Courtney Collins, with whom she went to high school, lucky Haley remains free to seek not only the killer but also the Delicious, "the hottest handbag of the season." The well-crafted plot offers plenty of red herrings, though shallow Haley won't appeal to every cozy fan.
Clutches and Curses
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  • Category: Women Sleuths
  • Published: May 01, 2012
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 4, A Haley Randolph Mystery
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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