Designs On Murder (A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery, #1)

Designs On Murder (A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery, #1)

by Gayle Leeson

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Overview

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!

​In DESIGNS ON MURDER, Gayle Leeson sketches a stylish plot accessorized with a spectral fashionista sidekick. This series debut is a delight!" -Diane Vallere, national bestselling author

​"As a sucker for a fun ghost story, I can say Gayle Leeson's DESIGNS ON MURDER scores on many levels including a spunky entrepreneur and a charming setting. Now that I've read the first one, I'll be counting the days until the next in the series arrives." --Lorna Barrett, author of the New York Times Bestselling Booktown Mysteries 

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156486045
Publisher: Gayle Leeson
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 34,486
File size: 540 KB

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Designs On Murder (A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery, #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved it.
Marshathereader 5 months ago
Designs on Murder is the first in the new series by Gayle Leeson, A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery. This is a clean, easy to read Cozy mystery with a great setting and a great story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. The main characters are Amanda, her grandfather , and Maxi the resident ghost, who passed in the 1930's, that only can be seen by Amanda and Grandpa Dave. I love the relationship between Amanda and Dave. Amanda steps off the curb and decides to open her new fashion design shop in a charming older building that houses an assortment of other shops. She doesn't even get opened before a business owner is murdered. She starts asking questions and puts herself in danger. I love all the references to the vintage clothes she is designing and there is a few history references . You get the mystery, friendship, family values, a budding romance, and even some humor. I am already ready for the next in the series. I was given an ARC by Netgalley and the publisher.
CozyUpWithKathy 5 months ago
Fashion, a saucy ghost, and a bit of romance provide a rich backdrop to an intriguing mystery. DESIGNS ON MURDER by Gayle Leeson The First Ghostly Fashionista Mystery When an opportunity to rent a space in a lovely historic building presents itself, Amanda Tucker takes a chance on a dream. The space is perfect for her fashion design shop and, with the help of her grandfather, Amanda sets up business. Amanda is surprised when she discovers her new friend, Max, is a ghost, but that's nothing compared to the shock when another tenant is found shot to death in his office! While Max encourages Amanda to solve the murder herself, Amanda is content to leave matters to the police. After all she has a fledgling business to maintain, as well as a budding romance. But Amanda can't help but notice the suspicious behavior of the other tenants of Shops on Main. Will Amanda uncover the murderer...or will she be the next victim? A fashion designer who makes custom pieces as well as ready to wear designs, the start of a romance, and a ghost of a 1930s young woman make a unique one of a kind series and this first book got me hooked! I loved the setting, the mystery, and the characters. Max, the ghost, is an absolute hoot! Her commentaries had me giggling more than once. Maxine is more than just a fun side kick, however. There's a depth to her, and it was wonderful to see Amanda start to uncover the truth about Max's past...and her death. As for Amanda, she's a great protagonist. Her general optimism is tempered by her difficult relationship with her parents, making her more real. I also enjoyed her encounters with Jason. I remember similar feelings in my younger days, "Does he like me? No, he couldn't like me, he's just being nice." I look forward to seeing their relationship grow. DESIGNS ON MURDER is a great start to a charming new series. Wonderfully interesting characters inhabit the historic Shops on Main in Virginia. Fashion, a saucy ghost, and a bit of romance provide a rich backdrop to an intriguing mystery. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
CozyOnUp 5 months ago
I’m a sucker for books based in historical locations and places I have lived in. With an influx of new cozy series choices out there right now, I was looking for a few new options. When I saw this book based in Abingdon, Virginia adding it to my reading list was an easy decision. And I’m glad that I did. When Amanda Tucker finally follows her passion and opens her own fashion design shop in an old building, she’s not only excited about striking out on her own, she’s excited to find that her lease comes with a resident ghost who died in the property back when it was her family home. But that’s not the only dead resident in the building when one of the other business owners is shot and killed his office. When grandpa Dave comes to visit Amanda’s shop, it turns out he too can see Max, the resident ghost. Soon the three of them are trying to find out who the murderer is and seem to stumble upon something else sinister going on in the shops. But will Amanda be joining Max, or will the three of them solve the murder before they strike again? The mystery was well planned out and had a few red herrings to keep you guessing. But when you get the piece of information that helps make things click a bit more, you realize just how brilliantly it was laid out. I am looking forward to seeing how this series builds from here.