Book Review – “Shoulder Bags & Shootings” by Dorothy Howell

  Title:  Shoulder Bags and Shootings (Haley Randolph Series #3)

Author:  Dorothy Howell

ISBN:  9780758223784

Synopsis (from

Life is almost perfect for fashionista and amateur sleuth Haley Randolph. She just vacationed in Europe with her boyfriend Ty Cameron, owner of Holt’s Department Store. And now Ty’s grandmother is letting Haley drive her Mercedes. If only Haley could get her hands on the new Sinful handbag. It’s totally out of stock, and Haley would rather die than buy a knockoff. But when she finds the body of her designer purse party rival, Tiffany Markham, in the trunk of the 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 stole her purse party idea—and made more money. But she 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. . .’


My thoughts:  Well, handbag-loving Haley Randolph is back in action in the 3rd book in this series.  Although I do really enjoy this series, I must say I have a love/hate relationship with the main charachter, Haley.  There are times that I love her and think she is hilarious, and then there are times I simply want to smack her and say “Seriously, are you that dumb?”   I have a similar love/hate relationship with the main character in Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series and Haley definitely reminds me of her at times.

The book and the series for that matter are worth the read, especially for us handbag lovers!   A perfect, light, quick beach read to be sure.

Book #5 in the series – “Tote Bags and Toe Tags” comes out in June!

And remember,

Books Are Life,



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