Dying in Style (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Book 1) by Elaine Viets

By Elaine Viets

Secret consumer Josie Marcus's record approximately Danessa Celedine's particular shop is under stellar, and it may well price the style diva fifty million money. yet Danessa's monetary destiny turns into moot while she's stumbled on murdered, strangled with one in all her personal thousand-dollar snakeskin belts-and Josie is accused of the crime.

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Josie wanted to be with her daughter. She couldn’t give Amelia a father, but Josie could give her daughter her own time. Most days Josie could take Amelia to school and pick her up. They had time to do homework, eat dinner and even do fun things, provided Josie didn’t sit in mall parking lots sighing over the past. She closed the pink box and headed for the Save Chic at the St. Louis Galleria. She would feel like an idiot returning that necklace an hour after she bought it. The clerk would see the time on the sales slip.

She noted the time on the questionnaire, and the weather conditions: sunny and hot. In St. Louis, late September felt like August. Even the carefully tended mall grass was brown around the edges and the impatiens looked exhausted. Then she checked the questions. Josie wasn’t allowed to take the questionnaire into the store, or even the mall. But it helped to review the questions. Was the store clean and neat? Were the displays well put together? Were the counters, shelves and display cases free of dust and fingerprints?

What happened next year, when it wasn’t the color? Did you give an outdated purse that cost five grand to charity or hold a funeral for it? An autographed photo of Reese Witherspoon carrying her Danessa bag hung over that exact same model. Another photo showed Madonna schlepping a Louis Vuitton Takashi Murakami bag. The bag was on a Lucite pedestal. Josie thought it bore an unfortunate resemblance to the matronly purse her mom bought at Marshalls. Danessa’s own line of belts and purses all had the distinctive diamond D clasp.

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Dying in Style (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Book 1) by Elaine Viets
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