Book Review – “A Purse to Die For” by Melodie Campbell

apursetodieforTitle:  A Purse to Die For

Author:  Melodie Campbell & Cynthia St-Pierre

Publisher:  Imajin Books (available Kindle store only)


Synopsis (from  What’s more treacherous than navigating a pack of society matrons at a designer

Stalking a killer…

When fashionista and television celeb
Gina Monroe goes home to attend the funeral of her late grandmother, the last
thing she expects to encounter is murder. And the reading of the will is
anything but fashionable as unanswered questions arise. Who is the dead woman in
the woods behind the family house? And why is she dressed in Milano designer

With help from her cousin Tony and Detective Rob Dumont, Gina
investigates the not-so-model citizens around her. When another murder occurs, a
pattern slowly emerges and Gina wonders if her grandmother’s death wasn’t so
natural after all.

My thoughts:  Well, this was one of my ever famous freebie finds on!  I am always looking for freebies that I can read on my iPad while working out.   What can I say about this book . . . I really wanted to like it, but in the end I have to say it just wasn’t good.

The title was rather deceiving in that I really thought it was going to fall safely in the cozy genre that I so like to read, I pictured handbags, purses, or other fashion playing a huge role in the overall mystery.  Forget about that idea, yes there was one small part that had to do with a clue with a purse, but that was it.

The book actually started out pretty good.  The characters were introduced and the reader was presented with a death of a family member that may not be what it seems.  Unfortunately it was all down hill from there.  The character development was quite poor and rather confusing I must say.  There ended up to be so many characters who really never got developed in any meaningful way that I forgot who everyone was and what role they played in the story.  Ultimately I found that many simply didn’t have a huge role in the story, not sure why they were there.

The ending was horrible I thought.  I actually found myself in the gym swiping across my iPad screen to continue reading having no idea that the book was actually finished.  It just ended.  What, that is all, was that the ending?

I am certainly not a writer and couldn’t do any better, but given that I have read many, many cozy mysteries in my time, I just got the overall feeling that these authors were trying to break into this genre – but they clearly missed the mark with this one.

Overall, poor character development, a bad ending, a confusing storyline that never really came together for many of the characters.  I wouldn’t recommend it.  And I am very glad I didn’t pay the $3.99 on Kindle for it.

And remember,

Books Are Life,




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