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Monday, October 7, 2013

Strangled by Silk--Barbara Jean Coast

Book Details:
Strangled by Silk (Poppy Cove Mysteries)
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Number of Pages: 275
Cozy Cat Press (January 30, 2013)
Darlings! Here’s the scoop on my latest mystery STRANGLED BY SILK. It’s all about Daphne and Margot––two independent young California women in 1957––own their own dress shop called Poppy Cove.
When one of their top clients––Constance Stearns-Montgomery––is strangled to death with her own silk scarf at the opening ceremonies for her new girls’ academy, Daphne and Margot are shocked. They can’t believe that such a horrid crime could take place in their sleepy little oceanside village of Santa Lucia. Worse, they’ve lost one of their best clients. The two women quickly become embroiled in solving the crime. After all, if anyone can track down the killer, it should be them. Margot’s long-time beau is the town’s top cop, and Daphne is a master at using her flirtatious wiles to extract information from unsuspecting men.
Of course, neither girl will let their snooping get in the way of more urgent tasks such as choosing new textiles and accessories for Poppy Cove or planning their fall fashion show or––most important––selecting the appropriate ensemble to wear for each and every occasion. But these two fashion detectives are on the case, and the murderer––and the poorly attired––had better watch out!
My Review:
I wasn't real sure about this book when I first started it, but it was a very pleasant surprise.  I really liked this book.  I am not much on fashion, but I enjoyed reading about the fashions of the 50's.  I also liked reading about a simpler time.  Margot and Daphne were great, they are young women in the 50's who have their own successful careers instead of relying on husbands to provide for them.  They are also, great detectives.  This is one of those cozies that left me guessing, literally till the end.  The killer ended up being someone I did not suspect at all.  Great job.  I look forward to more adventures of Margot and Daphne and their fashion shop, Poppy Cove. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.


About Barbara Jean Coast
Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff, both of whom reside in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Barbara Jean, however, is a resident of Santa Lucia, California (eerily similar to Santa Barbara), where she enjoys long lunches, cocktail parties, fancy dinner dates with attractive and attentive gentlemen. Her interests include Alfred Hitchcock movies, reading Carolyn Keene, music by popular musicians, such Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, shopping for new dresses, attending society events and always looking fabulous in kitten heels. STRANGLED BY SILK is her first novel in the Poppy Cove Mystery Series.

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  1. Thank you Melina, for your great review. Most importantly, tickled pink that you enjoyed Santa Lucia. You're welcome back anytime. Toodles!

  2. Sounds like a very interesting book! I enjoyed your review!

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