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A Deal to Die For
Good Buy Girls Mystery #2
Josie Belle

Berkley Prime Crime
Jan 2013/ ISBN 978-0-425-25185-0
Mystery/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

The Good Buy Girls are long-time friends who share a passion for bargain hunting. One member, Maggie Gerber, has taken the plunge into retail sales by purchasing her own secondhand shop. The women plan to score some awesome deals for Maggie so that she can stock the shop with some dazzling duds. There is the annual St. Stanley flea market, always a treasure trove, but this year it exceeds all expectations.

Designer clothing maven, the wealthy Vera Madison, is selling her vintage clothing collection at the flea market, and the Good Buy Girls aren’t the only ones with their eyes on the prize. Maggie’s enemy since childhood, Summer Phillips, is bound and determined that she get the whole kit and caboodle for her own new stop that will not only rival Maggie’s but is set to open directly across the street.
Vera dies suddenly, just as the flea market is opening. She left her adult daughter, Bianca, to watch the booth while she walked to nearby Dr. Franklin’s office. When the good doctor arrives in response to a call of a patient at his office, he finds Vera dead on the floor with a syringe nearby. Since it was an unattended death, the Medical Examiner must make a pronouncement as to cause of death. It could be murder!

The Good Buy Girls band together to try to get to the heart of the matter, so that things can return to normal and Maggie can open her shop with some bargains that will send customers clamoring to buy.

I enjoyed this book even more than the first in the series, 50% Off Murder. Josie Belle proves that her characters will continue to develop as well as lean on each other for help. The small town setting makes for a perfect cozy mystery, and I didn’t peg the killer before Belle was ready to share whodunit. The book is appropriate for all ages, and natural born bargain hunters will especially enjoy it.

Reviews of other titles in this series

50% Off Murder, #1
A Deal to Die For, #2


Reviewed 2013