Haley Randolph’s 25th birthday is just around the corner, and the full-time fashionista is ready to quit her credit card-paying job at Holt’s Department Store. All she has to do is make sure nothing goes wrong with the big party she’s planning at the Hollywood Haven retirement home. But when Haley finds the home’s assistant director sprawled on his bloody office floor, she sees her hope of keeping her job—not to mention the dream of owning a Sassy, the season’s hottest handbag—vanishing before her eyes.
Finding the killer is Haley’s only hope . . . but it turns out the list of suspects is longer than her last credit card statement. To make matters worse, Haley’s kind-of-ex-boyfriend Ty is now a suspect in a different murder. Solving two murders while planning the perfect party—and always keeping her sights on a Sassy—won’t be easy . . . especially now that there’s more than one killer ready to select Haley’s final outfit!
PRAISE FOR DOROTHY HOWELL AND HER HALEY RANDOLPH MYSTERIES!
“A fun, lighthearted whodunit.” —The Mystery Gazette on Beach Bags and Burglaries
“A treat for those with a passion for fashion. No doubt this sassy heroine’s in for a long run.” —Kirkus Reviews on Purses and Poison
Howell's amusing 11th Haley Randolph mystery (after Fanny Packs and Foul Play) finds Haley juggling two jobs as an assistant events planner for L.A. Affairs, and as a part-time sales clerk for the "seriously crappy Holt's Department Store," where she remains for the health insurance. Hoping to leave Holt's by becoming a permanent staffer at L.A. Affairs, she volunteers to take over all the responsibilities for a colleague who has gone on maternity leave. Those duties come on top of her organizing a gala for the Hollywood Haven, a retirement home for entertainers. When she arrives at the home to finalize arrangements with its assistant director, Derrick Ellery, she finds him lying dead on his office floor, his shirt covered with blood. To further complicate matters, her ex-boyfriend, Ty Cameron, who used to be her boss at Holt's, is the prime suspect in another murder. Self-absorbed Haley isn't the easiest lead character to sympathize with, but Howell keeps the story quick-moving and lighthearted.