DESIGNED FOR DEATH
Murders by Design, Book 1
ISBN # 9781426892967
Rating: 4 Cups
Devalera Dunne is an interior designer by trade, but she has not worked in that field for a while. The death of her husband hit her hard, and she has moved from Boston to Naples, Florida, for a real new start.
Treasure is also trying to make a new start. She has ended her career as an exotic dancer, gone back to school and moved to Deva’s building in Naples. Unfortunately, her new start ends in her murder.
Deva does not know very many people in Naples, so she is surprised when Treasure knocks on her door and asks her to decorate her new condo. While putting the finishing touches on the all-white apartment, Deva finds Treasure dead in her bathtub. Everyone in the building is a suspect to the colorfully dressed Detective Rossi, including Deva and Treasure’s immediate neighbor, Simon Yaeger.
Designed for Death is a well-written cozy mystery. The main character, Deva, is likeable, creative, and intelligent. Her recent widowhood adds a vulnerability to her character. Her apartment building is full of quirky and unique residents, and I enjoyed the developing relationship between Deva and Simon. Rossi, the Hawaiian shirt wearing detective, is a real character with a unique way of investigation. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next Murders by Design mystery.
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