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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Designs on Murder

Designs On Murder:
A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery
by Gayle Leeson

About the Book

Designs On Murder: A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Grace Abraham Publishing (March 26, 2019)
Print Length: 229 pages

What if you discovered your lively new friend wasn't really...alive?

Amanda Tucker is excited about opening her fashion design studio in Shops On Main, a charming old building in historic Abingdon, Virginia. She didn't realize a ghost came with the property! But soon Maxine "Max" Englebright, a young woman who died in 1930, isn't the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark Tinsley, a web designer with a know-it-all attitude who also rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office.

Amanda is afraid that one of her new "friends" and fellow small business owners is his killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark's murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate--the ghostly fashionista can't end up the killer's next victim!

What I Thought:

As always, Gayle delivered another great story and series with this one.  After a job interview, Amanda wanders into a shop that is for rent in Shops on Main in Abingdon, VA.  There she meets Maxine Englebright, and she knows they will become fast and lifelong friends, only Max is a ghost who died in 1930.  Amanda decides to open a fashion boutique in the shop after some encouragement from her grandfather.  When another renter of a space at Shops on Main if found shot in his office, Amanda becomes involved after fearing one of her new friends and fellow business associates is the killer.  This book was well written with a lot of imagination.  I enjoy how Amanda and Max interact even though Max is a ghost.  The mystery was great and there were several suspects that made it hard to narrow down who the killer was.  The story flowed well making a quick and easy read. I am anxiously anticipating the next in this quirky series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee and Gayle Trent. As Amanda Lee, she wrote the Embroidery Mystery series, and as Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. Going forward, Gayle intends to keep her writing until the Gayle Leeson name. She has a series of women's fiction novellas set in a shopping mall that has been converted to include micro-apartments (the Kinsey Falls series) and has just begun this new cozy series, the Ghostly Fashionista Mystery series. Another Down South Cafe novel is slated for release in August with book two in the Ghostly Fashionista series scheduled for October.
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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today and for your wonderful review! 💕🎉🌹

  2. Sounds like a great new series. Looking forward to reading the book.

  3. Thank you for your review on "Designs On Murder" by Gayle Leeson and for being part of the book tour.

    Love this cover and can't wait for the opportunity to read this book. Always love this author's books.
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  4. Your book sounds like a great read and thank you for sharing it with us.