Book Review: “Evening Bags and Executions” by Dorothy Howell (Haley Randolph #7)

eveningbagsexecutionsTitle:  Evening Bags and Executions

Author:  Dorothy Howell

Series:  Haley Randoph #7

Synopsis (from  Haley Randolph, newly-single fashionista extraordinaire and occasional part-time sleuth, has definitely landed her ticket to ride this time: a job planning events for big-deal Hollywood clients. Everyone likes a party, right? So what could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, quite a lot. Haley’s nasty new boss sets her up for disaster by putting her in charge of a hugely complicated Beatles-themed charity bash. Before Haley can say, “Oh! Darling,” she’s on her way to look at the party’s custom yellow submarine cake.  .  .only to find the baker, Lacy Hobbs, lying in a pool of blood here, there and everywhere!

Of course Detective Madison–Haley’s occasional nemesis (though he does have a hunky partner!)–is eyeing her as the murderer, so she’ll now be working at least eight days a week to get to the bottom of the mystery. Of course the suspect list leads down a very long and winding road as Lacy had quite a few Tinseltown enemies, including a very unhappy bride–and a rival baker.

It’ll take more than a hard day’s night for Haley to both hold onto her job and keep herself out of those awful blue prison outfits while tracking down the season’s hottest bag: the Enchantress. And though Haley’s not one to run for her life, the killer may be much closer than she thinks!

My thoughts:  Well here we are with the next adventures of Haley Randolph!  How does one describe Haley:  college student (sort of), employee at Holt’s department store (kind of, when she wants to but hates every moment of it), fashionista, handbag lover, ex-girlfriend of the always handsome and charming Ty, daughter of a high-maintenance ex-beauty queen, and now event planner at the high class L. A. Affairs.  This right here should tell the reader they are in for a ride when it comes to Haley books.

Haley is one of those characters that I absolutely love to hate . . . kind of the like the main character in Sophie Kinsella’s shopaholic series.  Part of me always gets really annoyed with her . . . her lack of motivation, her ability to somehow never hold down a job and yet afford exquisite fashion and to die for handbags (I’m think I’m just jealous :), her attitude of blowing everything off.  Yet the other part of me of course thinks she is absolutely hilarious!

I will admit that this book in particular had some hilarious, laugh out loud moments and some great snarky lines that I wanted to write down!  A great cast of characters and a decent mystery that will keep you reading!

A great, fun cozy series that always leaves me coming back for more.  The end of this particular book of course makes me wonder what is up next.  And I don’t have to wait to long as the next Haley Randolph book Beach Bags & Burglaries comes out in July 2014!  Can’t wait!

And remember,

Books Are Life


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