Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Murder Unmentionable

Book Description: Sweet Nothings has it all: silk ribbon, Venetian lace, the best bra fitter in town…and two unsolved murders.

Emma Taylor thought she knew what to expect when she abandoned life as a big-city fashionista to help her aunt, Arabella, breathe new style into Sweet Nothings, her waning lingerie boutique. As Emma settles back in to Paris, Tennessee—a world where pie is served with a parable and a pitcher of sweet tea is the cure for most of life’s ills—her escape seems smooth as silk.

But when the town acquires a touch of unneeded je ne sais quoi with the arrival of Emma’s philandering ex, an unseemly murder turns her world inside out. As the police’s top suspect, Emma is going to need more than fishnets to snare the real killer. And when she and Arabella refuse to let death threats wrapped in knifed nighties stall Sweet Nothings’ vintage lingerie fashion show, it becomes increasingly clear that any garter may hide a gun and that bullet bras might have to live up to their name…

My Review: A vintage lingerie store set in the charming town of Paris, Tennessee...the perfect premise for a wonderful new cozy series. Emma arrives in Paris while nursing a broken heart to help her Aunt Arabella revamp Sweet Nothings. She settles in effortlessly and falls in love with the town and it's residents, but soon discovers everything isn't pecan pie and mint juleps when her ex Guy arrives in Paris with a job offer for her, then ends up whalloped over the head with Arabella's walking stick in Sweet Nothings shortly thereafter.

This book is full of wonderful characters that made it a pleasure to read. I loved Emma's relationships with her feisty Aunt, childhood friend Liz, and potential new boyfriend, hardware store owner Brian. Pierre, Arabella's French Bulldog, is just precious, and ends up finding a very important clue! My favorite character has to be tarot card reader Sylvia, who has her oxygen tank in one hand and her cigarette in the other! I had the killer targeted early on, but that did not dimish my enjoyment of the story at all. A wonderful debut; I can't wait to spend more time in Paris.

FTC Full Disclosure: The publisher sent me a copy of this book with the request for a review.


Book of Secrets said...

I'm glad to hear this was good! I have it to read soon. I love that it centers around a lingerie shop - unique!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

It's a fun mystery, Diana...I hope you enjoy it too!