Wednesday, September 22, 2010

'Shoulder Bags and Shootings' by Dorothy Howell

Author: Dorothy Howell

Genre:  Mystery

About: Hailey is a young woman who is obsessed with owning the newest designer hand bags. Along the way of acquiring these handbags she finds herself implicated in a murder. While tracking down the must-have bag, she inadvertently solves the crime.

Descriptive Words: fashion obsessed, ditzy,

Thoughts: I had no expectations when I accepted a review copy of this book. I thought the story sounded cute and I do like a good mystery. Well, I have to say that this one just did not make the grade. I thought Haily was a bit of a spoiled brat. She basically showed up for work when she wanted and just wasn't someone I warmed up to. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the fact that I myself can not understand the need to have a designer bag that costs thousands of dollars. I felt she was absolutely clueless as to what matters in the world and just couldn't buy into the whole, I work retail yet I can still buy these big dollar bags and oh yeah, along the way I solve crimes storyline

Source: FSB Associates

Recommend? I truly hesitate to recommend this one to my friends. If this remotely sounds like a book you would to read I would tell you to start at the beginning of the series with Handbags and Homicide. I honestly feel that I needed to begin there to get the background on Hailey and maybe I would have been able to like her.

Rating: 2.5/5

Thank you to Caitlin for sending me this copy for review. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author. They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.

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  1. Aww, too bad! Not my kind of book either, I'm afraid.

  2. Sorry it didn't work for you. I do like to have a cute purse, but won't spend much on one, so this probably isn't the book for me either.

  3. Dang and blast! I had my eye on this series a while back but since I trust your judgement so much, I think it's OFF the list. Wow, that's a new one. Usually your picks make it ON my list! Thanks for the great insight. Have a good week.

  4. That's what you get for reading a series out of order ;) Haha!

  5. But it sounded and looked so good! :( Too bad

  6. I am not into handbags so I can't relate!

  7. Oh, that is unfortunate...I thought it sounded like it had potential. Maybe if the character's obsession had been treated like a flaw, it would have been easier to relate to it.

    Now I can skip this one! Thanks.

  8. I don't think I would enjoy this one either, based on your review. The title sure got my attention though!

  9. The premise sounded kinda cute... but I'm with you... I have a hard time buying a purse that cost more than $40! LOL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  10. Sorry this one was such a stinker. It doesn't appeal to me either.

  11. . . . aww, the cover and title are so cute. But I always trust your opinions of books.

  12. I am not sure I even like the title of this one. Love the honest review though.

  13. I had a feeling this one was not for me and glad I was right. So sorry you had to endure this one. Oh well, better luck next time.

  14. I had pretty much the same thoughts as you did. I thought maybe I'm getting too old.


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