Dorothy Howell, Mystery Author
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Coming October 25, 2016

When the Holt’s Department Store corporation acquires a high-end boutique and extends a juicy discount to employees, sales clerk Haley Randolph—a fashionista obsessed with designer handbags—will do anything to keep the part-time gig and clinch a Mystique, the season’s absolute must-have clutch, at a heart-stopping price.

Haley takes on the extra duty of conducting the new-hire orientation. But when she discovers former employee Asha McLean shot dead behind the store, it turns out there’s more to die for than hot designer deals. The negative publicity could force Holt’s to close its doors permanently, sinking the surrounding shopping center—plus Haley’s job and her fabulous employee discount at the boutique—into oblivion.

Haley can’t fathom why anyone would harm Asha—until she learns her former coworker was seriously shady. She soon discovers that Asha’s secret life earned her not only lots of cash, but plenty of mortal enemies.

As authorities question her innocence and business at the Holt’s shopping center wanes, Haley is desperate to find the murderer—and get her hands on a Mystique before it’s too late!

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Haley Randolph’s dream is about to come true—quitting her sales clerk job at Holt’s Department Store. All she has to do is qualify for full-time benefits at her event-planning gig at L.A. Affairs by acing the upcoming performance review. For that to happen, she must make sure absolutely nothing goes wrong with the star studded 50th anniversary gala she’s planning for Hollywood Haven, the retirement home for Tinsel town’s most beloved entertainers.

But when Haley finds Derrick Ellery, the home’s assistant director, murdered in his office, she sees her hope of keeping her job—not to mention the dream of owning a Sassy, the season’s hottest handbag—vanishing before her eyes.

To make matters worse, Haley’s ex-boyfriend Ty is a suspect in a different murder. She’s sure he’s innocent—but can she prove it?

Solving two murders while planning the perfect party—and keeping her sights on a Sassy—won’t be easy, especially now that there’s more than one killer ready to select Haley’s final outfit!

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