An Accessories Mystery, No 1
Berkley Prime Crime
Oct 2011 / 978-0-425-24403-6
Mystery / Cozy / Female sleuth / Fashion
by Laura Hinds
Rita Jewel has found her niche working at a San Francisco upscale
boutique. Her employer, Dolce Loren, caters to the very wealthy,
and carries only high-end merchandise. Rita is sent to Florida to
pick up a pair of designer silver shoes made especially for a client
of the boutique.
MarySue Jensen plans to wear them at a gala she is hosting. There’s
a hitch: MarySue doesn’t have the money to pay for the shoes,
but she’s desperate and steals the bag holding the shoes right
out of Rita’s hand. Naturally, Rita feels responsible, so
she goes over to MarySue’s house to try to repossess the shoes
herself rather than wait for the professionals Dolce has called.
let Rita in, so she decides to climb a ladder to the second story
window where she spotted MarySue. MarySue pushes the ladder and
Rita falls and blacks out after hitting a tree. Later, at the hospital
where Rita is treated, she overhears nurses talking about MarySue
being murdered, and how she just happened to be barefoot at the
The story gets
more complicated from there, but it isn’t hard to follow.
There is some humor and a dash of romance as three men are interested
in the very single Rita. The premise is a good one and this has
potential to grow into becoming a fun cozy mystery series. It is
a good first effort by Carroll and I did enjoy reading the book.