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Faux Finished (An Interior Design Mystery #1)

3.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  80 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
First in the new Interior Design mystery series-design tips included!

Seville, Indiana, has five traffic lights and one interior design firm-Designer Jeans, cofounded by Jean Hastings and her daughter, Jean Jr. Lately they're finding that the keen eyes needed for plotting color schemes and tracking down flea market treasures also come in handy for interpreting more sinist
Paperback, 214 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Berkley (first published 2007)
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Oct 31, 2010 Marie rated it liked it
In Faux Finished, Jean Hastings is an interior designer and owns Designer Jeans with her daughter, Jean Jr. They have just finished redecorating the dining room at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club and plan to celebrate with a grand reopening. Suddenly, there are two dead bodies and Jean is compelled to investigate.

This book was pretty good. It's a fun cozy mystery with an interesting side story (interior design) and likeable characters. I did have a little trouble keeping some of the characters s
Feb 25, 2008 Jeannen rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I picked this title up on the recommendation of a web site where owners of bookstores post reviews of mysteries. It got a good review, and consequently I will never trust any recommendation of that particular reviewer. This falls into the “cozy” genre of mysteries; the protagonist is an interior designer in a small southern town, and there is a lot of describing of interiors and the decorating process in the book. In fact, 57 pages into the book, all I’d read was descriptions of interiors and ca ...more

That's the "short" version. Yawn.

This book was a boring entry into a usually fun genre. I admit, there were pockets of humor, but nothing worth reading the book to laugh at, honestly.

The story jumped around so much, I found myself re-reading passages and pages, wondering if I'd fallen asleep and skipped whole paragraphs. The "villain" was hardly mentioned in the story, so I had no clue it was that person doing the bad stuff. That is as technical as I can get without marking this as a spoil
Chi Dubinski
Jul 05, 2014 Chi Dubinski rated it liked it
Jean Hastings and her daughter Jean Junior own an interior design firm called Designer Jeans in suburban Seville, Indiana. They've just completed a major design of the country club's dining room. But a local bookseller is found dead, and Jean doesn't believe it was an accidental fall off a ladder. She investigates with her sister-in-law Mary, much to the consternation of her son-in-law Matt, a member of the local police.
For those who enjoy American cozies, like Mary Daheim's books.
Heather L
May 01, 2011 Heather L rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, 2011
I had trouble getting into this one and keeping characters straight, even with the list of characters at front of the book. The book also needed greater attention to editing. There were a lot of double words such as "it it" or "the the," as well as a few issues with nouns and correct verb tense. The thing that really made me cringe, though, was reference to Agatha Christie's great sleuth "Hercule Perot." CRINGE CRINGE CRINGE!
Feb 18, 2016 Kristal rated it it was ok
Jean Hastings & her daughter own an interior design business, Designer Jeans. When a local bookstore owner falls to his death from a library ladder & then the club manager collapses while giving a toast, Jean decides to do someone is up to no good & sets out to discover the killer herself.
Mar 25, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok
This book would have been better with more editing. The story jumped all over and there were many inconsistencies. I was disappointed because it was also clean and could have been an exciting mystery.
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Jul 05, 2012 Dora Okeyo rated it it was ok
I finally finished this book and it's something splendid to read over the weekend as you relax.

Dec 17, 2013 Kim rated it did not like it
Shelves: funny-mysteries
A few chapters into, I knew I wasn't going any further.
Rather preachy about not investigating mysteries.
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Jean Hastings and her daughter, Jean Jr., of the interior design firm Designer Jeans, in Seville, Indiana, in the Interior Design mysteries.

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Seville, Indiana, has five traffic lights and one interior design firm -- Designer Jeans, cofounded by Jean Hastings and her daughter, Jean Jr. Lately they're finding that the keen eyes needed f
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