Stilettos & Scoundrels

Stilettos & Scoundrels

by Laina Turner

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Stilettos & Scoundrels by Laina Turner

Presley tells her boss what he can do with her job in HR and embarks on a new career as a freelance journalist. What seems like a simple interview with a Senator turns to murder when the day after her interview the Senator turns up dead. Does the fact that Presley was one of the last people to see him alive make her a suspect? Her ex-boyfriend Cooper, who was in charge of the Senators security, might think so. Presley is determined to clear her name but can she do it and resist Cooper's charms?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157137373
Publisher: Laina Turner Media, LLC
Publication date: 03/06/2010
Series: The Presley Thurman Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 18,888
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Laina Turner is an author, blogger, business woman, mom, college rofessor, and a major supporter of shopping. She has an undying love for wine and coffee.

She has 2 amazingly incredible kids, a fabulous stepdaughter, and a super fantastic husband. Laina also loves fashion, baking, yoga, and the power of positive thinking.

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Stilettos & Scoundrels 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent story but looks like 1st round written in third person and rewrite unsuccesfully completed to first person. Luckily it was free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not sure how to rate this book. It is a very nice read size wise, at a little over 600 pages. I bought Handbags and Hooligans first and read it. There were a lot of grammatical errors in it, but I wanted to read more about the fashionista heroine and her wacky set of friends. So, I bought this book, which is the first book in the series. I think it was suppossed to be written in the first person, but the author kept changing her mind about this, often writing in third person also. Sometimes even in the same sentence. She used they, when refering to herself and another person, alot, even right after she said I and mom, they did....Oh this was so annoying. It inturrupted the flow and was confusing. I do not think the author knows how to use or spell, we, us or ours. The book was also written at a level I would expect from high school juniors and seniors. Both of the two books I read were like this. But the book was well thought out, the characters likable, even more so in the second book, there are a few laugh out loud places. The plot was good and I really like the heroine. She has problems just like the rest of us. I wish there a few more details about the town, she grew up in, her family dynamics and her friends. None of the people seem to take time to enjoy a sunset or pet a dog or just relax and smell mom' s roses. It is all about men watching or shopping and the problems encountered. There isn' t any steamy sex, but is mentioned, nor is there any cursing. It is not overly violent. This is nice clean read which could be much better and still is not bad. The mystery was mentioned in the prolog, but still had not occurred in the book, over halfway through. So it drags a bit. I bought two other books by this author, in this series also, but have not read them yet. Even with the problems mentioned, I still liked this book and its sequel. Which is why I am sure how to rate it. Ages sixteen and up, females, could read this book and probably enjoy it, if they can over look the problems. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So disappointing! There is a cute story line and likable characters, but the inconsistent switching from first person to third person point of view, as well as the improper use of pronouns, marred my enjoyment of the book to the point that I put it down unfinished.
Picklenose More than 1 year ago
 This book was a bit of a difficult read for me, but it was interesting enough that I wanted to finish it regardless. The difficult part is that the main character, Presley, spent so much time chatting that it was difficult to sort out the details of the story from the details of her monologues about shoes, men, high school romances, and her general annoyance with her mother. Don't get me wrong Presley is a very likable character, just that in real life I would have taken her in small doses, or only half-listened to many of the monologues. So I had to put the book down many times and take a break from the chatter. Yet it was interesting enough to pick it back up again and finish. Many of these reviews talk about her use of third person and whether the book was originally written in third person, then rewritten in first person. I doubt that was the case, it seems much more like the author was using the third person asides as a way to hint at some information to help the reader. I do agree that some more editing for grammar would have helped, though. Overall, I think the plot is pretty well thought out with only one character acting in a really discordant manner. The characters are mostly likable and interesting and the book is worth reading. But I do think a good editor could have trimmed at least a hundred pages out of the book, making it a better read, and maybe making the ultimate villains less telegraphed. I think it is a little better than 3 stars, but not enough to give it 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The grammar issues forced me to quit reading by page 50. Apparently the author doesnt know the words "our" or"we"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book, but what really made me nuts was that the author kept shifting from telling the story in the first person to telling the story in the third person -- within the same sentence. This happened throughout the book, and definitely distracted from the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun cozy novel- fun chick lit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really a great story! Didn't want it to end, but of course it did, bet you can't figure out who did and find out, you will be glad you did.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In Stilettos & Scoundrels, the first book in The Presley Thurman Mysteries Series, the reader is introduced to Presley Thurman, an ex-HR representative turned freelance journalist and amateur sleuth. Presley Thurman lost her job in the HR department of a Chicago corporation when she refuses her boss' sexual advances. She hooks up with her friend Trevor, and accepts his offer to be a freelance journalist, and write stories for his online magazine. Her first assignment is to interview a U.S. Senator in her hometown. The day after the interview, the Senator is found murdered, and Presley was the last person to see him alive, and now finds herself a suspect in his murder. To add to the craziness, she discovers that her ex-high school boyfriend Cooper Sands, is in charge of the Senator's security. Presley is determined to clear her name and prove her innocence, so she teams up with Cooper to investigate the Senator's murder and find the real killer. Author Laina Turner weaves an entertaining cozy mystery with a chick lit twist that follows Presley Thurman as she gets herself embroiled in the Senator's murder investigation. Told in the first person narrative, Presley is a sassy lady with a penchant for fashion (shoes) and snooping. Presley's investigation is filled with enough crazy trials and tribulations that will keep the reader guessing. And if that isn't enough, there are distractions that she has to deal with: being in her hometown has her reminiscing and gossiping with old friends, and working closely with Cooper makes it really hard for her to resist his charms. And even though there is someone who is out to harm Presley because of her investigation, she is determined to find the real killer, even when danger is around the corner. Stilettos & Scoundrels has a good mixture of humor, mystery, and a touch of romance that will easily keep the reader engaged as they follow Presley's amateur investigative adventures. There is a lot that goes on between the pages of this story, especially with the amount of characters and the variety of crazy situations, but Presley's humorous shenanigans, and the intrigue and suspense behind the mystery of who really killed the Senator will keep you guessing right to the very end! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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This book drove me nuts with first and third person references throughout the book. It was confusing and frustrating at the same time. Was this story edited? It was poorly done when grammar mistakes were missed. The story was okay but easy to put down. I prefer stories you can't put down but free is good!
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