Friday, April 5, 2019

Review: Designs On Murder: A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery by Gayle Leeson (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Designs On Murder:
A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery
by Gayle Leeson

About the Book

Designs On Murder: A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Grace Abraham Publishing (March 26, 2019)
Print Length: 229 pages

What if you discovered your lively new friend wasn't really...alive?

Amanda Tucker is excited about opening her fashion design studio in Shops On Main, a charming old building in historic Abingdon, Virginia. She didn't realize a ghost came with the property! But soon Maxine "Max" Englebright, a young woman who died in 1930, isn't the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark Tinsley, a web designer with a know-it-all attitude who also rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office.

Amanda is afraid that one of her new "friends" and fellow small business owners is his killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark's murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate--the ghostly fashionista can't end up the killer's next victim!

My Review

Amanda Tucker is ready to start the next chapter in her life. With some help from her grandfather, she opens her own designer clothes shop. She purchases one of the stores in the Shops on Main shopping center. Much to her surprise, it comes with a 1930’s ghost named Maxine “Max” Englebright. Max is full of advice for Amanda.

Her quiet little shop isn’t so quiet when a fellow shop owner, Mark Tinsley, is murdered. Amanda’s grandfather fears for her safety, but Amanda is determined to make her shop a success, right where she is. Besides, she’s become close to her new ghostly friend, Max. Someone only she and her grandfather can see.

There are a handful of suspects in this one. I suspected them all and really wasn’t sure who the culprit was until the end.

The author drew me right in. I adored Amanda, her grandfather and their new friend Max. There is plenty of witty rapport between these three and they were easy to like. It is nice to see Amanda’s strength and determination to continue with her venture.

It’s a fast-paced mystery that I devoured. This is the first book in a brand new series and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series.

For reading challenges:
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2019
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2019 (Virginia)
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2019

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee and Gayle Trent. As Amanda Lee, she wrote the Embroidery Mystery series, and as Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. Going forward, Gayle intends to keep her writing until the Gayle Leeson name. She has a series of women's fiction novellas set in a shopping mall that has been converted to include micro-apartments (the Kinsey Falls series) and has just begun this new cozy series, the Ghostly Fashionista Mystery series. Another Down South Cafe novel is slated for release in August with book two in the Ghostly Fashionista series scheduled for October.

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Tour Participants

March 25 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

March 25 – T's Stuff – SPOTLIGHT

March 26 – Cozy Up With Kathy - REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

March 26 – StoreyBook Reviews - REVIEW

March 27 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY 

March 27 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 28 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST

March 29 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

March 29 – Books Direct – GUEST POST

March 30 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST


March 31 - Mallory Heart's Cozies – REVIEW

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April 1 – Laura`s Interests - REVIEW, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

April 2 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

April 3 – Baroness' Book Trove - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

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April 4 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

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April 6 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

April 6 – I'm All About Books – REVIEW

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  1. Thank you for hosting me on your blog today and for your wonderful review!🌹

  2. As soon as I saw clothes and ghost I was immediately in. I'm also pretty sure I've read something by this author and really enjoyed it.

  3. "Designs on Murder" sounds like a great new series. Can't wait to read.

  4. Sounds like a fun read. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.


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