Accessories To Die For: A Novel (Irene’s Closet)

Author: Paula Paul

Type: Mystery/Suspense

Arc furnished by Alibi and NetGalley

Release date: December 5, 2017

Available @ Amazon

Reviewer: 2shay

Rating: 3 Stars

Book Review by 2shay……….

I was attracted to this book because of the fabulous cover! It’s a beauty. That, along with the title, just seemed like a sweet little goody with my name on it. The cover design, title and blurb were the best this book had to offer, unfortunately.

If you love reading about the vapid women who would spend $1700.00 to buy a used dress just for the designer label you’ll probably think I’m wrong. If you find it entertaining to read about the drug addiction problems among our Native American youth you’ll think I’m wrong. If you think calling attention to the economic and cultural divide between the two groups is a fun read…you will think I’m wrong. I felt it did a disservice to both. Native Americans have a rich and vibrant culture and shouldn’t be depicted as the lowest common denominator of ALL of us. Also, many wealthy women are community champions and DON’T spend their waking hours flitting from house to house to only associate with their wealthy friends.

This book, however, is nicely written and easy to read. The plotting was fairly tight even though the motivations of the characters was a bit thin. The main character, Irene, was likable enough and walks a fine line between her wealthy customers and the friends she makes in the Native American community. Walking that line may have been the motivation for the author to highlight the two differing groups, if so, I think she missed the mark…I found it…difficult.  Not knowing the author’s intent plus the quality of the writing is all that kept this book from having 2 stars instead of 3.


Book Description……….

Good old-fashioned murder lurks behind the Old World charm of Santa Fe, New Mexico. And nobody knows that better than former attorney turned consignment-shop owner—and part-time amateur sleuth—Irene Seligman.

When New York assistant DA Irene Seligman moved home to take care of her demanding mother, Adelle, she thought she was leaving a world of corruption and violence behind. But after opening her store, Irene’s Closet, and getting reacquainted with the locals, she learns that something’s rotten in sunny Santa Fe. Even upstanding citizens like her friend Juanita Calabaza, a Native American artisan, can’t seem to escape the decidedly unfashionable surge in crime.

Juanita’s handcrafted jewelry has been known to catch the eye of many a tourist on the plaza in Santa Fe’s historic district. But lately she’s been attracting the wrong kind of attention . . . from the police. With her son missing after falling in with a bad crowd, Juanita foretells the death of one of his associates—which comes back to haunt her when the scumbag actually turns up dead. Now Juanita’s trading in her turquoise beads for an orange jumpsuit, and Irene will need to call upon all her old investigative skills to clear Juanita’s name—before her friend pays the ultimate price.

Paula Paul’s delightful mysteries featuring Irene Seligman can be read together or separately:

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