BOOK REVIEW: A SECONDHAND MURDER By Leslie Diehl


Review by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE, A  Trey Fontaine Mystery

What a fun read! Okay, so picture this: Two women open a consignment shop in a small town in Florida. One woman is tall, blonde, willowy, and graceful, but socially inept. The other is a short, fiery brunette who can charm the pants off a snake, (okay give me a minute and I’ll come up with a better metaphor) but can’t manage to pour a cup of coffe without breaking the pot and the cup.  In the first scene, they find a body in the dressing room of their shop during the grand opening.  Of course, they are prime suspects, and therefore feel the need to clear their names.

Add a conniving almost ex-husband, a dreamy private investigator, a notorious grandma and a female detective who knows the two prime suspects personally, and you have a cozy that’s funny and filled with mystery and intrigue. Oh, and a mob boss. I forgot the mob boss.

I really enjoyed reading A SECONDHAND MURDER. I’ll have to personally recommend this book to all of friends who love cozies. It’s a great mystery, with a little suspense, a little romance, some slapstick, and most of all, characters who feel like family. I read it in one setting. Is it one setting if you stop to put another log on the fire, pour a tall glass of apple pie vodka and let the dogs out? At any rate, I didn’t want to stop reading, and stayed up late to finish. It was worth it.

Below you’ll find a synopsis of the book, an excerpt, and bio of Leslie Diehl. And at the bottom of this post is a long list of other sites where you can read other reviews, author interviews and guest posts, not to mention opportunities to win a copy of this book.

A Secondhand Murder

by Lesley Diehl

on Tour October 1 – November 30, 2013

Book Details:

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Camel Press
Publication Date: 9/15/2013
Number of Pages: 260
ISBN: 978-1-60381-935-0
Purchase Links:

Synopsis:

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.

Read an excerpt:

It was still early so I strode back into the restaurant, indicated to the hostess I wanted a booth and ordered the breakfast buffet. Anger paired with disbelief gave me a hearty appetite. Returning to my booth after loading my plate with eggs, bacon, pancakes, pastries and a slice of toast, I noticed someone had joined me for breakfast. He was seated with his back to me as I approached the booth but I recognized the sun-streaked hair curling over his collar. My favorite PI. I almost dropped my plate.Hi.” I tried for nonchalant but sounded more like a hormone-addled teenager.“Saw you come in. I guess you had an early morning chitchat with the local gendarmes.”“To be continued this afternoon at the station.”“Fingerprints?” He stirred a packet of sugar into his coffee.“Nope.” The tingle in my tummy was more than simple hunger for food. I tried to satisfy it by stuffing a large forkful of pancake into my mouth. I nodded and swallowed. “Like anyone would be dumb enough to leave their prints.”
“Certainly, we know you’re smart.”

“I had no reason to kill Mrs. Sanders. That would be like killing the golden goose.”

“You didn’t like her very much, did you?”

I dropped my fork on the plate. “What do you mean? I hardly knew the woman.”

“So you say, but my sources indicate that’s not the whole story.” He stared at me. Last night I thought those azure eyes looked inviting. Now they looked more like ice. He smiled.

“You said you were investigating Mrs. Sanders. Sounds like you’re trying to nose into my affairs. Why?”

“Don’t get mad. I’m not accusing you of murder, you know.” He took a sip of coffee.

“I’m not mad.” I was a little miffed, peeved even, but not really mad. Okay, I was mad.

“Oh yes you are, and when you get angry, you stick your chin out and turn your head ever so slightly to the right. Your cheek twitches, probably from clenching your teeth. Did you know that?”

I had lost my appetite. I grabbed my purse and slid out of the booth. “I don’t recall inviting you to join me for breakfast. I just remembered I have an important appointment.”

“That would be …?” He also stood.

“That would be none of your business.”

I stalked out of the restaurant, then remembered as I approached my car that I had forgotten to pay my bill. Damn. Now I’d have to go back in there and face him again. I gritted my teeth, stuck out my chin and slammed through the door. He turned from the counter, credit card in hand.

“Don’t worry about it. I got it. Your treat next time.”

“There won’t be a next time.” I spun around and pushed open the door. By the time he reached his car, I was already starting my engine, wondering what the man knew about Mrs. Sanders and me.

Author Bio:


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.

Catch Up With the Author:

Tour Participants:

10/01 ~ Review @ Hotchpotch
10/02 ~ Interview & Showcase @ Lauries Thoughts and Reviews
10/03 ~ Review @ Vics Media Room
10/04 ~ Review, Guest Post & Giveaway @ Brooke Blogs
10/07 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Wall-to-Wall books
10/08 ~ Review by Carol Wong
10/09 ~ Review @ Community Bookstop
10/10 ~ Guest Post @ Omnimystery
10/11 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Dr. Pepper Diva
10/14 ~ Review, Interview & Giveaway @ Book2Buzz
10/15 ~ Review @ 2 Kids and Tired Books
10/16 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Beth Art From the Heart
10/17 ~ Review & Giveaway @ A Novel Review
10/18 ~ Review @ Kritters Ramblings
10/20 ~ Guest Post @ The Pen Muse
10/21 ~ Review @ Hezzi-Ds Books and Cooks
10/22 ~ Showcase @ CMash Reads
10/23 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Book Dilettante
10/23 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Marys Cup of Tea
10/25 ~ Review @ Teena in Toronto
10/26 ~ Showcase @ The Stuff of Success
10/27 ~ Review & Giveaway @ bless their hearts mom
10/28 ~ Review @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews
10/29 ~ Showcase @ SweepingMe
10/30 ~ Guest Post @ Vicky at Deal Sharing Aunt
11/01 ~ Review @ WV Stitcher
11/06 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Buried Under Books
11/07 ~ Showcase @ Rose & Beps Blog
11/08 ~ Review @ Bookalicious Travel Addict
11/09 ~ Review & Giveaway @ My Devotional Thoughts
11/11 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Celticladys Reviews
11/12 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Kaisy Daisys Corner
11/13 ~ Guest Post @ Mochas, Mysteries and More
11/14 ~ Review & Interview @ Thoughts in Progress
11/15 ~ Review, Interview & Giveaway @ Socrates Book Reviews
11/18 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Read 2 Review
11/21 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Cabin Goddess
11/26 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Ryder Islingtons Blog
11/27 ~ Review @ THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK
11/28 ~ Review & Giveaway @ A Room Without Books is Empty
11/29 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Sapphyrias Book Reviews

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2 comments on “BOOK REVIEW: A SECONDHAND MURDER By Leslie Diehl

  1. Lance Wright says:

    Thanks for introducing us to this new first in series mystery and sharing your thoughts on it with us!

  2. […] “I’ll have to personally recommend this book to all of friends who love cozies. It’s a great mystery, with a little suspense, a little romance, some slapstick, and most of all, characters who feel like family. I read it in one sitting. Is it one sitting if you stop to put another log on the fire, pour a tall glass of apple pie vodka and let the dogs out? At any rate, I didn’t want to stop reading, and stayed up late to finish. It was worth it.”  Read more …. […]

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