A Second Hand Murder - Lesley A Diehl (E-Book giveaway!)

3 Stars

Spunky and outspoken Eve Appel moves from Connecticut to rural Florida intent on starting a new life, free of drama, and more importantly, her soon-to-be ex-husband. The rural Florida town of Sabal Bay, situated only an hour from West Palm, proves to be the perfect spot for her consignment store. Thanks to the recent economic downturn, Florida’s society matrons need a place to discreetly sell their stuff and pick up expensive-looking bargains. But Eve’s life, and her business with it, is turned upside down when a wealthy customer is found stabbed to death in a fitting room. As accusations fly and business slows, Eve decides to take things into her own hands. With the help of an unlikely bunch of friends—including her estranged ex, her best friend, a handsome private eye, and a charming mafia don—she struggles to find answers and save lives. Through a maze of distorted half-truths, dramatic cover-ups, and unrequited passions, Eve learns just how far the wealthy will go to regain what they have lost. A Secondhand Murder is Book 1 of the Eve Appel Mysteries Series.

Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida--cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office. Back north, she devotes her afternoons to writing and, when the sun sets, relaxing on the bank of her trout stream, sipping tea or a local microbrew.

This book was alright for me. I thought the mystery was pretty good in the beginning but then it got kinda slow and long in the middle. On the other hand, I loved the characters! So I was really tossed. I was about ready to quit reading but it was the characters, especially Eve, that me going. Now mind you, I am not much of a mystery reader, this book got some really good reviews from others (who probably were mystery readers). So don't judge by my review alone.

The character development was great! I loved Eve, she seemed cute, sweet, funny, and spunky. I liked all her friends who were equally developed as well. I wasn't too sure about her friend/business partner Madeline, but I did end up liking her.

I also loved the setting - the "Used clothing" store for the rich and famous, (kind of) LOL . That part was great. I could really picture everything. I love it when books take place in little shops like that because I love to shop in little places like that! I felt at home.

The mystery did keep me guessing! It just dragged in the middle for me and made it seem long.
But please try for yourself!

Thank you "Partners in Crime"  for sending me this book to read and review

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  1. Good characters and setting and a mystery that kept you guessing ... sounds like a mystery I want to read! Thanks for the review.

  2. Sounds like a good one, the kind of mystery I would enjoy.

  3. This sounds like fun to me, even with a slower middle. Count me in, please.

  4. Sounds like a great cast of characters and fun setting. Thank you for sharing your review and giveaway!