Recovering from the death of her husband, Devalera Dunne is making a new home for herself in Naples, Florida. With a background in interior design, she’s been keeping busy with small design projects involving her neighbors and the property owner. So, when a new neighbor asks Deva to do the interior design for her entire condo, after a slight hesitation, Deva agrees. A former exotic dancer Treasure is a far cry from Deva’s former Boston blue-blood clientele, but there’s something refreshing about the beautiful, leggy blonde–that is until Deva finds her dead. Unable to let the mystery go, Deva digs into Treasure’s background and develops a pile of suspects. It’s hard to know who to trust, not the distinguished upstairs neighbor nor even the hardnosed, good-looking detective. As secrets unfold and lies are revealed, Deva has her hands full. She better find the murderer fast because it’s becoming clear that the next victim on the list is her!
I love to curl up with a good cozy mystery. Designed for Death offers all a cozy mystery fan could wish for: an engaging heroine, a solid mystery, and a healthy dose of suspense mixed with a dash of humor. I enjoyed this so much I picked up the second book in the series which just came out: The Monet Murders. I look forward to reading more of this series and hope Ms. Harrington continues to deliver.