Tiara Trouble: A Destinee Faith Miller Mystery

Tiara Trouble: A Destinee Faith Miller Mystery

by Lane Buckman


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One foreign policy question five years ago sent Destinee Faith Miller's dreams of being Miss American Universe up in flames and landed her back in her hometown of Phenix City, Alabama, with her tail between her legs. But like the mythological bird that her hometown is misspelled after, she rose from the ashes to create Destinee's Dolls, a thriving pageant consulting business knee-deep in pink, prints and glitz. A death at the local level of a national pageant lands her the job of pageant emcee, and Destinee dares to dream of bigger things-maybe even a reality TV show! But when judges start dropping like flies, she has her hands full just keeping herself alive long enough to see those dreams come true. Contending with catfights, car bombs, and the camouflage-colored funeral of a redneck's dream, Destinee gets a little help from her friends, family, and a pit bull named Clarabelle, to track down the killer and, more important, produce a simply magnificent pageant.

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ISBN-13: 9781939816160
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Tiara Trouble: A Destinee Faith Miller Mystery 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Tiara Trouble is a laugh-out-loud cozy mystery with a beauty pageant theme that will keep the reader in stitches. Author Lane Buckman weaves a wickedly entertaining tale set in the deep South town of Phenix City, Alabama, told in the first person narrative by Destinee Faith Miller, a sassy hot mess of a gal with Southern charm and wit, who takes the reader on a behind the curtains look into the world of beauty pageant antics with a madcap murder mystery adventure added into the mix. I have always been fascinated with beauty pageants since I grew up in Atlantic City, the home of the Miss America Pageant, so I knew that I was going to enjoy reading Tiara Trouble, and I wasn't disappointed! Author Lane Buckman uses her prior beauty pageant experience to weave a thoroughly entertaining tale with a cozy mystery twist. As a cozy mystery fan, I really loved the balance between the murder mystery and crazy beauty pageant antics. Destinee's Southern girl personality of grit, sass, charm and humor, witty one-liners, and southern wisdom kept me entertained and snickering, while the murder mystery aspect of the storyline was intriguing with its action-packed suspenseful twists and turns that kept me guessing right up to the end of the story. With colorful characters, a charming Southern setting, and a fast-paced storyline mixing beauty pageant contestants with amateur sleuths, Tiara Trouble is such a fun story to read, it will simply keep you laughing, while providing a page-turning murder mystery to solve. It is an entertaining Southern cozy mystery at its best. Tiara Trouble is the first book in the Destinee Faith Miller Mystery Series.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Destinee Faith Miller Mystery series by Lane Buckman. When I saw the tour for this book, I was a little uncertain about it since this is a book about a former beauty queen and I have never been a girly-girl. I was afraid I wouldn't connect with the character.  But I do love a good Cozy Mystery so I decided to give it a shot.  Well first off, yes, Destinee Faith is a former beauty queen, but she is also a true G.R.I.T.S. (Girl Raised In The South) and that I CAN relate to. As a matter of fact, much of Destinee's life is very relate able to any girl with a close, involved family and a drive to follow a particular dream.   The story opens with Destinee remembering a scene she witnessed 7 years prior at the Miss Alabama American Universe pageant.  She was Miss Teen Alabama American Universe and saw the true lengths some of the girls were willing to go to in order to win the crown. It was an eye opening experience for her and will continue to haunt her for years and years to come. Up until recently, Destinee thought she saw the depths to which people could sink. She will soon learn differently.  The next chapter takes place in April of last year and continues on in a type of retrospective style. The entire story is told from Destinee's view point in a very narrative tone. It is a bit different than I am used to, but when I got to the end I figured out why it was important. Just go with it and trust in it. It really does make sense in the end. One of the things I really liked about Destinee, is that she tries very hard to be the good, kind person.  She tries to rise above insults and slights and is very aware of being a role model and exactly what that means. This doesn't men she let herself get pushed around. Destinee firmly, but politely, sets her expectations and encourages you to meet them. She is the type of person that I try, and fail (to be honest), the majority of the time. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying she is perfect. Oh no. Destinee can also be a bit of an idealist as well as seem the ditzy blond. Of course, her major bloopers have all managed to be caught on camera and shared with the world . This more than anything has helped to keep her humble and down to earth.  Bottom line, I really liked this book. I totally connected with Destinee. She is likable and real and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m a high school student in Brooklyn. I picked up Tiara Trouble because it looked like a fun mystery, and it was! The main character’s southern speech reminds me of when we lived in North Carolina when I was little. I would recommend this book to my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Tiara Trouble on vacation and I couldn’t have made a better choice. It’s a lighthearted mystery, full of laughs. The plot develops smoothly after a couple of suspicious deaths in the beauty pageant microcosm of Phoenix City, and the mystery builds to a surprising climax. Hands down, the best of this book is in the characters. The protagonist Destinee Faith Miller is southern charm run amok, yet you get the sense that her tongue is tucked firmly in her cheek as she delivers her witty one liners and southern wisdom. Destinee’s wholehearted devotion to fashion and decorum make her instantly likable. The rest of the cast includes the genteel momma, the religious zealot, and the beer-drinking bad boy next door. I’ve never read anything to compare with the funeral scene, which is southern humor at its best. I hope Tiara Trouble becomes a series. It’s the perfect book for people who love a good mystery that stays light. The fashion tips sprinkled throughout add to the story.