Handbags & Hooligans by Laina Turner
Book 3: The Presley Thurman Mysteries Series
Publisher: Five Seas Ink
Publication Date: November 24, 2011
Format: eBook - 210 pages
Kindle - 3157 KB
Nook - 633 KB
ASIN: B006D0H338BNID: 2940150856141
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Buy The Book:
Book 1: Stilettos & Scoundrels
Book 2: Necklaces & Nooses
Book 3: Handbags & Hooligans
Book 4: Mistletoe & Murder
Book 5: Gems & Gunshots
Book 6: Cupids & Crooks
Book 7: Tiaras & Texans
Book 8: Vows & Victims
Book 9: Accessories & Alibis
Book 10: Romance & Revenge
Book 11: Bats & Bling
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Presley went to Vegas to watch her friend Anna get married and the event turned into solving the mystery of her brothers girlfriend disappearance. But Ashley wasn't exactly the school teacher she appeared to be. Who was she and was she kidnapped?
My Book Review:
In Handbags & Hooligans, the third book in The Presley Thurman Mysteries Series, the reader follows the latest investigative adventures of fashionista / amateur sleuth Presley Thurman.
Author Laina Turner weaves another entertaining cozy mystery that follows sassy Presley Thurman as she gets herself embroiled in a new investigation. Told in the first person narrative, Presley heads to Las Vegas for the impromptu wedding of best friend Anna and Jeff. While there, Presley visits with her younger brother Jesse, a black jack and poker dealer and his elementary school teacher girlfriend Ashley. But when Ashley suddenly disappears, Presley once again finds herself caught up in a missing persons investigation.
Handbags & Hooligans is an intriguing cozy mystery that is filled with enough crazy antics and trials and tribulations that easily keeps the reader guessing. Just when you think Presley and friends will be enjoying all that Sin City has to offer, Ashley's disappearance has this sassy lady kicking into amateur sleuth mode, and if that isn't enough, there are dangerous mobsters to deal with, and also the distraction with her ongoing relationship issues with on again / off again boyfriend Cooper Sands, that makes it really hard for her to resist his charms. And even though there are dangerous mobsters who are out to stop Presley's investigation, she is determined to help find Ashley with the help of Cooper and her best friends Anna and Jared, even when danger is around the corner. But like they say ... "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!"
Handbags & Hooligans has a good mixture of humor, mystery, and a touch of romance that will easily keep the reader engaged as they follow Presley's latest amateur investigative adventures. There is a lot that goes on between the pages of this story, the intriguing twists and turns will keep the readers on their toes, especially with the variety of crazy situations that pop up, but Presley's humorous shenanigans, and the intrigue and suspense behind the mystery of Ashley's disappearance will keep you guessing right to the very end! I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I really enjoyed the rich descriptions of the famous landmarks that grace the Las Vegas strip, it makes the reader wish they could take a trip out there and enjoy all that Sin City has to offer!
The Presley Thurman Mysteries Series is an entertaining cozy mystery series that will keep the reader in stitches!
RATING: 4 STARS
About The Author
As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.
Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.
Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.
Taking the plunge to write books (cozy mysteries and chick lit) that she actually let people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to being a real author, having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, Writing is a Lifestyle, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.
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