Silenced in Sequins

Silenced in Sequins

by Debra Sennefelder

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Overview

Former Manhattan fashion buyer Kelly Quinn is turning her grandmother’s outdated consignment shop into her quaint hometown’s hot spot for upscale style—until her second-hand couture makes the scene of an ice-cold crime . . .
 
With her bottom line looking a little threadbare, Kelly is going all out to promote the Lucky Cove Resale Boutique. She’s counting on Black Friday to recover her start-up expenses—including a website and an advertising blitz. But the publicity is overkill when two warring divas, and one sparkly evening dress, thrust Kelly and her fledgling business into a scandal she can’t afford.
 
The gorgeous garment came to Kelly from the walk-in closets of Wendy Johnson, one of reality TV’s Long Island Ladies. When Wendy’s former co-star, Diana Delacourte, graces a Christmas gala in the dress that was once her rival’s, a very public catfight ensues. But is Wendy to blame when sequin-clad Diana turns up dead? Dodging the show’s ever-present cameras—and a detective’s stern warnings—Kelly hunts for a killer before the powerful celebrity-suspect makes good on her threats and rips her to shreds . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516108947
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Series: A Resale Boutique Mystery , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 65,696
File size: 656 KB

About the Author

Debra Sennefelder is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and, as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person. Born and raised in New York City, she now lives in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre‑hospital care, retail, and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih Tzus, Susie and Billy. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America. Readers can visit her website at DebraSennefelder.com.

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Silenced in Sequins 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
MCM917 28 days ago
This is the 2nd installment of the Resale Boutique Mystery Series. This story starts just a couple of weeks after the last book and it is on Black Friday when the Lucky Cove Boutique is having it’s grand re-opening and sale. Kelly Quinn inherited the consignment shop from her Grandmother who recently passed away and she is settling back into Lucky Cove which is on Long Island. A “Long Island Lady” or LIL (reality tv show) has recently dropped off some dresses and Kelly is selling them. Unbeknownst to Kelly, a former LIL came in and purchased one of the dresses. Kelly is attending an event at her Uncle Ralph’s and the two long island ladies get into about the dress. Wendy former owner of the dress is mocking Diana about buying the dress and Kelly is stuck right in the middle. Diana is found by Kelly the next day as she goes to apologize and Wendy is the prime suspect and she blames Kelly because she sold the dress to Diana. As Summer, Uncle Ralph’s 3rd wife is trying to get on LIL Wendy says she will stop that from happening if Kelly doesn’t help clear her name. This was a very good mystery and paced very well. It is nice to see Kelly starting to settle in and take advice from time to time. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next in the series.
PeggyRMI 3 months ago
I am enjoying this series by author Debra Sennefelder. Kelly Quinn is a fun protagonist. She is smart and spunky. Although, she can be a bit impulsive which has caused her to land in some dangerous situations. The secondary cast of characters is developing nicely as well. They are diverse in age, background, and history with Kelly. Often, they provide the voice of reason when Kelly gets impulsive. I enjoy the author's writing style and found this book to have a strong plot that was well-paced. The mystery was well crafted and I thought the author provided her readers with a number of reasonable suspects with plausible motives. However, once again I was fooled by some twist and turns thrown in by the author and did not guess the identity of the killer until the reveal. I thought the storyline with the "real housewives" type characters to add some fun to the story as well. This is a well crafted cozy mystery with interesting characters and mysteries that keep me engaged and guessing "whodunnit." I will definitely be back for more.
Marshathereader 3 months ago
Silenced in Sequins by Debra Sennefelder is book two in the A Resale Boutique Mystery series. This was the first one of the series for me, but I was able to get caught up quickly, I love the protagonist, Kelly, owns a high end resale boutique and reading about the clothes. Kelly's friends, family, and employee are likeable and relatable. This easy to read cozy has plenty of plot twists, romance, humor and a few mysteries that have you guessing to the end. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and Kensington Publishers for an honest review.
CozyUpWithKathy 3 months ago
guilty pleasures, lifestyles of the rich and wanna be famous, and murder SILENCED IN SEQUINS by Debra Sennefelder The Second Resale Boutique Mystery Kelly Quinn is not in the Christmas mood. Her dreams of increased business and popularity after receiving several items on consignment from a reality TV star turn into a nightmare when the two dueling reality "ladies" battle after one shows up wearing the other's cast off clothing! When one of them vows to destroy Kelly's business, Kelly wants to find a way to make things better, but what she finds is the Long Island Lady's dead body! Now the prime suspect wants Kelly to help her, the producer wants her on the show, and the detective in charge wants her away from her investigation and her brother! All that combined with discovering a secret from her late Granny that could uproot Kelly and all she's worked for, it's no wonder Kelly can't find her holiday spirit. SILENCED IN SEQUINS deals with secrets. Not only do the cast and crew of the Long Island Ladies have secrets, Kelly's late granny has a whopper of one. Indeed the plot hinges upon how people deal with these secrets. The second Resale Boutique Mystery showcases a wide variety of characters, those you like, those that pique your interest, and those you love to hate, or at least really really dislike. Kelly is likeable. She's trying hard to build a business for herself, repair relationships with family and friends, and make people proud of her. At times, however, I find myself yelling at her for her lack of good judgement and annoying thought process. Still, she's evolving and I hope she continues to grow as the series progresses. SILENCED IN SEQUINS brings together guilty pleasures, lifestyles of the rich and wanna be famous, and murder in a charming mystery. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
casey710 3 months ago
Apparently this is the second in a series about a former high fashion buyer who has opened a resale boutique. And solves crimes on the side. I liked this book but didn't love it. It seemed to drag and the mystery wasn't all that mysterious or suspenseful. This is a very light cozy which is fine....I don't need bloody murder and mayhem all the time but this was just a bit too light for my tastes. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
4GranJan 3 months ago
Designer Clothing, Reality TV and Murder This cozy mystery is full of Long Island drama. Our heroine is dealing with diva drama as she tries to keep financially above water, a reality show, and a murder. There is so much going on in this story that the reader almost needs to take notes. It is a good story with a surprise ending. If you enjoy fashion and a good cozy mystery, you will love this series. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
AMGiacomasso 3 months ago
An engrossing and fun read. I liked the well thought cast of characters, the setting, and the solid mystery that kept me guessing. Can't wait to read the next installment in this series. Recommended. Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
a_hartman 3 months ago
Debra Sennefelder's Silenced in Sequins is a fine cozy mystery for an afternoon read. The mystery is solid, with the main character, Kelly, working to maintain her boutique and find out if her beloved Granny was really married or not... all whilst trying to stay away from Detective Wolfram as she attempts to solve the mystery. I didn't read the first installment in this series, but that didn't matter as the author did a great job alluding to the first book and Kelly's previous detecting exploits.
Tangen 3 months ago
cozy-mystery, actors, TV-film-industry, family-dynamics,, High fashion and TV meets resale boutique, family issues, and murder in a high rent area of Long Island. If any of these things trip your trigger you'll love this well written cozy. Plenty of plot twists and red herrings to prove keep interest. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Lyrical Underground/Kensington Books via NetGalley.
Rockport_rocker 3 months ago
I love the idea of the Resale Boutique and would in fact enjoy spending a bit more time there, in person would be great. The mystery in Silenced in Sequins is well develop with lots of reasonable suspects; I did not figure out the murderer and suspected several people. While the Christmas touch is less than I like, that is common in series mysteries so it was not less than I expected. I do believe that Kelly needs to get her head in the game more as far at the shop is concerned, but I see that as lessons she can learn as she goes. I just hope they are not too expensive. She brings solid knowledge and a great fashion sense, but that still leaves her short on the retail knowledge that will make the difference in success for failure. Debra Sennefelder has once again created a character that I am not in 100% agreement with, but I am drawn to care for her and want her to succeed. That is what I need in a character. I enjoy most of the secondary characters and like the fact that we have already seen some shift in the dynamics. Keep it up, Ms. Sennefelder. I am a fan! I was thrilled to be approved for a NetGalley ARC of Silenced in Sequins because I have been so drawn to the books in both series. This one another is a winner. #NetGalley #Silenced in Sequins
Chatting-About-Cozies 3 months ago
I really enjoyed this cozy and its chic, contemporary vibe. I would feel the same excitement that protagonist Kelly Quinn felt if I saw my first couture Gucci gown in person! Kelly is a high energy fashionista who inherited the Lucky Cove Resale Boutique from her dear granny. It has a wonderful location along the coast of New York. Employees, Pepper and Breena are very savvy, helpful, and friendly; and Pepper’s sort of like a second grandmother to Kelly. When a star from the reality show, Long Island Ladies (LIL) consigns some designer clothing with the boutique, Kelly never dreams her Uncle Ralph and his wife, Summer will bring several of the LIL together at a party and jealousy and madness would be the catalyst to the murder of a cast member. I felt the author did a great job of showcasing several possible murder suspects. Silenced In Sequins, the second novel in the Resale Boutique Mysteries sparkles brightly with a tight, fast-paced plot and likeable cast, including furry feline, Howard. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. Thank you.
Shelly9677 3 months ago
I always enjoy Debra Sennefelder’s writing. The Resale Boutique Mysteries feature Kelly Quin, a one-time Manhattan fashion buyer who is modernizing her grandmother’s consignment business in Lucky Cove, NY. In Silenced in Sequins, Kelly has procured stunning designer gowns from a well-known reality star. Ironically, a celebrity from the very same reality show purchases one of the dazzling dresses to wear to a fancy Christmas party. But the party is not all holiday joy and cheer. The two reality stars argue bitterly. The next morning, Kelly’s customer is found deceased in the dress and Kelly finds herself in the midst of a very scandalous situation. She vows to catch the killer before her business is dead in the water. Silenced in Sequins is a sassy and fun cozy mystery. The pace is perfect.
BobbieLCLA 3 months ago
I received a free copy of SILENCED IN SEQUINS (Resale Boutique Mystery Book 2) by Debra Sennefelder in exchange for an honest review. Kelly Quinn is working to make a success of her grandmother’s consignment shop. She’s excited to be given the opportunity to resell some designer gowns, which came from reality television’s Long Island Lady, Wendy Johnson. When former Long Island Lady Diana Delacourte purchases one of the dresses and wears it to a Christmas party, the two ex-co-stars argue publicly. The following morning, Kelly visits the Delacourte home in an attempt to make amends but, instead, finds Diana deceased. Blackmailed and bribed into investigating the crime despite the detective’s warnings to stay away, Kelly tries to find the killer before she becomes the next victim. This was a good story. I had not read the first book, but I easily connected with the characters. I recommend this book to fans of MURDER WEARS A LITTLE BLACK DRESS, to fans of Debra Sennefelder, and to fans of cozy mysteries featuring fashion, socialites, reality television programs, and forbidden romance. #SilencedinSequins #NetGalley
KimHeniadis 3 months ago
I was first introduced to Debra Sennefelder via book three in her Food Blogger Mysteries and enjoyed it, so I wanted to give her Resale Boutique Mysteries a read. The first one in the series, Murder Wears a Little Black Dress, was really good. So when I saw she had book two, Silenced in Sequins, coming out I jumped on the chance to read it, and it’s as good as the first one! I don’t watch reality TV, but I can see the appeal, to be able to watch other people with lives crazier than yours can make you appreciate what you have. And getting a glimpse into rich people’s parties and homes is always appealing. Robin Leach took us on tours of the rich and famous years before reality TV became so popular. Even with not watching reality TV, Silenced in Sequins, was still a blast. And the way Sennefelder weaved in the deal that Kelly made with the TV star, Wendy, was the perfect set-up to make sure Kelly’s business continues to thrive in future books. Besides the main mystery, there is a smaller mystery that involves Kelly’s grandma and a trip to Vegas. I was very pleased with how it turned out because I wasn’t looking forward to this dragging on in future books. And talking about a thing that often drags on in Cozy Mysteries… the romance aspect is still being handled well in the Resale Boutique Mysteries. It’s progressing a bit, with a giant monkey wrench being thrown in for good measure. I think it’s excellent how Sennefelder was able to combine the usual lead detective’s annoyance with the amateur sleuth into the romance storyline. Although I knew the murderer early on, I didn’t know what the motive was until the end. And Sennefelder gives you enough suspects that could make guessing the killer difficult. I hope to see some of the suspects as recurring characters in future books. I could see Wendy becoming more friendly, and having her as a friend could mean more outrageous parties for Kelly and her friends. As with book one, Silenced in Sequins, adds just the right amount of details on clothes and accessories. This is a Fashion Cozy after all! Although I’m not much into fashion it was still enjoyable reading about the different outfits and the way Sennefelder described them made it easy for me to picture them. I’m looking forward to what mystery Kelly finds herself solving next, and highly recommend this series.
SunnyCarolinaGirl 3 months ago
I like Kelly Quinn and the setting of Lucky Cove, and especially love hearing about all of the clothes that she has in her resale boutique. I wish that there was a store like that where I live! I love how Kelly, Pepper and Breena work together and how they cover for Kelly when she is out trying to talk to people about the murder. The mystery had so many possible motives and suspects that I was definitely left guessing who the killer was and why. I also liked that this book was set between Thanksgiving and Christmas which would be a busy time for her boutique, and would be a time when she would get a lot of consignments, and have a lot of new customers. This series is great so far, and I am looking forward to more books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from Kensington through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
nataliaramlal21 4 months ago
Kelly Quinn has inherited her grandmother's consignment shop and is determined to make it a success. She's thrilled to be given the opportunity to resell some gorgeous designer gowns from popular reality show star, Wendy Johnson. When Wendy's nemesis and co-star, Diana Delacourte buys one of the gowns and wears it to a party, the two reality stars get into a heated argument, and Diana threatens to ruin Kelly's business. Kelly feels really bad about the whole thing and decides to go to Diana's house to apologize. But when she gets there, she finds the woman dead in her yard. Wendy immediately becomes the main suspect and wants Kelly to help prove her innocence. Will Kelly succeed or will she become the killer's next victim? I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced, entertaining second book in the Resale Boutique Mysteries. I haven't read the first book, but I found it very easy to like and relate to Kelly. She acted impulsively at times, but thankfully, she had a wonderful group of friends to talk some sense into her. I enjoyed the author's writing style and found the mystery to be well-plotted. There were plenty of suspects and red herrings to readers on the edge of their seats. I highly recommend this fun, fashion themed cozy mystery. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.