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Purses and Poison (Haley Randolph #2)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  565 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Fashion sleuth Haley Randolph is back for another murderous romp with the stylish set at Holt's Department Store...When Haley arrives at the Holt employee luncheon and fashion show, she spies a sick server hiding in a back room. Deciding to help out, Haley grabs a uniform. The catered array of food and personalized fruit bouquets from Edible Elegance is a hit until top fas ...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Kensington
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Annette Drake
Nov 07, 2014 Annette Drake rated it it was ok
I finished this book last night. I think the author, Dorothy Howell, did not like the protagonist she created. I wonder if she was under some sort of a deadline and didn't have the time to craft a mystery, but just wrote verbatim what the voices in her head dictated to her. I found the protagonist unlikeable. She was a silly, spoiled girl who cared only for herself. This is the second cozy mystery I have reviewed where I use those words to describe the main character. Is that a feature of this g ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Jenn rated it it was ok
This book...was pretty bad. Haley Randolph is a horrible human being who very occasionally does something nice. If you like those insipid Shopaholic books, you'll love Haley....she makes the same stupid mistakes and tells the same type of lies. The "who" in whodunit was pretty transparent. The ending was sad and pathetic, without meaning to be. Just, blech. It gets an extra star because it was very readable and I didn't give up on it. No, really. I'm feeling generous.
Nov 20, 2014 Ferne rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves to shop & particularly for new purses!
I read the first novel in the series earlier this year. I don't recall the exact time frame and decided I would try another title in the series. I classify this type of book as "light and fluffy" and I sometimes can enjoy the fun moments in a light read. However, I didn't enjoy this novel beginning on the opening page of Chapter 2 and unfortunately retain that opinion as I finished it.

A few paragraphs into Chapter 2, the main character, Haley Randolph says, "I pointed to a heavyset woman wearing
Mar 29, 2014 Cecilia rated it liked it
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Sep 20, 2013 Dalene rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2013
Original review posted at A Date with a Book

I am enjoying this series. There’s not a lot of depth with the characters, but definitely a lot of humor in the story. Haley is a perfect sleuth. As ditzy as she may seem because of her love of purses and not wanting to pay attention at times, she is able to settle down and solve the crime. She also is connected with her resources to assist her in getting what she need. I loved how Haley got wrapped up with the cat and kittens escapade.

The murder in
May 20, 2012 Cecelia rated it it was ok
I wasn't expecting a lot from this book. And in the end, I didn't get much. Pretty much a cliché book with it's never ending foreshadowing and thoughtless cliffhangers.
The characters were pretty bland and remained pretty two-dimensional throughout the whole thing. I especially disliked the way the main character was portrayed; she seemed like a totally independent stereotypical female that likes to "solve crimes". Sort of leaning towards the Nancy Drew side of this. Surprisingly I didn't hate
There has been another murder at Holt's department store, and of course, Haley Randolph just happens to be in the wrong place at the right time to be accused of murder. With all this new craziness, it is becoming hard to balance her new college courses, her job, her "boyfriend," and of course, her shopping. But somehow, Haley will rise above it all, and might just solve the murder.

Another super fun, light fluffy read. All of the fun of the Shopaholic books, but without the swearing and sex.
Dina Black
Jun 08, 2015 Dina Black rated it really liked it
Light humor/mystery. She reminds me of a lot of people. Means well, tries to do the right thing then it backfires on her.Gets in trouble but doesn't want to admit what she was doing so she becomes a sleuth trying to get to the bottom of the situation and clear her name.
Sarah Adamson
Oct 13, 2015 Sarah Adamson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Easy to read fun cozy mystery but just didn't interest me. I am not into fashion and didn't appreciate any of the handbag talk. I also didn't like the "relationship" between the main character and her boyfriend. Just was not interesting to me.
May 14, 2015 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Good gracious. Are there people like Haley in real life? I can't even fathom knowing someone like that...obsessed with purses, blind to the world around her, fixated on Cosmos quizzes so she can feign a relationship with Ty. Could barely finish it.
Jul 11, 2016 Regan rated it it was ok
The heroine in this one was such a turn off. If you're looking for a millenial out for herself, this is would work....but if you're looking for a solid heroine and a good mystery, this isn't it
Rachel Baynard
Mar 21, 2015 Rachel Baynard rated it did not like it
Hated it! Hated Haley so so SO much. Too materialistic, too into herself, proud to be a maniac on the road... Fashion is not everything and acting like people aren't as good as you because their clothes and cars aren't name brand is horrible. Never reading anything involving this chick again. It was bad enough forcing myself to read it.
Sep 24, 2015 Joni rated it liked it
I still pretty much liked it. The mystery was still pretty easy to figure out but how she gets there is always fun. The end of this one annoyed me though.
Jun 10, 2015 Krisnow18 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would read more in the series. Cute, quick read. Haley Randolph is not your typical heroine!
Oct 12, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it
Pretty good cozy mystery. Fun and light
Joan Mueller
Jul 12, 2015 Joan Mueller rated it it was amazing
Love this series. Fun character and plot
Ingrid Parker
Oct 29, 2014 Ingrid Parker rated it really liked it
Shelves: dorothy-howell
I enjoyed this book like the rest in the series. I laughed almost on every page. The mysteries to solve are very well plotted. I could not guess the murderer and that (being a mystery buff0 was/is the best part. I'm almost finished with the series and am sad that it will come to an end.

I hope Dorothy continues to add Haley Randolph delightful adventures.

P.S. to Dorothy, "Please don't have Ty and Haley get together to soon. That will spoil the fun with Sara Covington. Oh Crap!!!
Jun 25, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
Heiress Haley Randolph is still working in a Los Angeles discount store to keep herself in beer money and Snickers, when her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend is murdered at an employees' party. Haley had filled in for an ailing server, and she lies to the police, for fear that she'll be suspected. So she decides to investigate the death herself, finding herself under more and more suspicion.
Aug 09, 2009 Lisa rated it it was ok
Only about the second mystery I have read since my 'Nancy Drew' days. Kind of cute, mildly humorous, characters about as deep as a kiddie pool, a quick read. Definitely a 'summer read'. It is apparently the 2nd book about the lead character, but I won't expend any energy in hunting down the first one. If I stumble across it, I might pick it up.
Aug 21, 2009 Melodie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2009
This is the sophomore entry in the Haley Randolph series and not as good as the first one. Haley comes off as very unlikeable and a total airhead. I'll wait for paperback on the next one! I'm glad I picked this up cheap on eBay and turned it back around for more than I paid for it!
Apr 05, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
This book is hilarious! The terribly shallow, dishonest, self-centered main character is so awful she's hilarious! And once in a while she shocked me by doing something kind. I liked this more than the first one! Its just great for a relaxing, funny, murder mystery!
Sep 18, 2009 Jaynan rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Hayley Randolph. She's become the comic relief in my stressful life! This is far from the typical thriller/murder mystery. Hayley's logic is laugh out loud funny. I hope the author writes fast, because I can't wait for the next book.
Nov 12, 2010 Lesley rated it liked it
I liked this book.A bit cheesy and I didn't realize that it was #2 in a series so I had to catch up and figure out a little about book #1. And I am terrible at mysteries so I always look to the end to see who the murderer is before I get to it.
Dl Hood
Oct 14, 2009 Dl Hood rated it really liked it
The second in this new series successfully continues the hilarious escapades of a self-absorbed, but surprisingly savvy purse-aholic. She always knows just the perfect designer handbag to accessorize with, even solving a murder.
Aug 07, 2009 Katie rated it liked it
It was ok for what it was. Leading lady annoyed me at first then got to like her. Probally would have been better if I read the first book first, but not hard to understand if you didn't. But would of made characters more likeable.
Sep 03, 2010 Christine rated it it was ok
I'm not sure I can even finish it...very predictable and not a lot of depth in the writing. I didnwaste my time! The old saying...Don't judge a book by the cover...definitely applies. Cover was attractive .....story not so much!
Jun 07, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it
Another good entry in the Haley Randolph series. Haley gets into all sorts of trouble and solves the murder to get herself out of it and of course it ends in a cliffhanger. Can't wait to see what happens next!
Apr 18, 2013 Lizzie rated it really liked it
Mysteries it is definitly the season for mysteries, though Im moving to another series for a while I still love Haley, I really did like this book better than the first one but I still think the best is yet to come
Amber Jones
Oct 14, 2010 Amber Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another cozy mystery. Nothing gory, but the main character reminds me of Rebecca Bloomwood. Kind of ditzy and goofy. Easy read. There is a third book in this series and another book coming out next July.
May 25, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
Took a little longer to get into than the first one did, but it finished pretty strong. A bit predictable if you're big into mysteries and who-done-its, but entertaining all the same.
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Dorothy Howell writes for two publishing houses, in two genres, under two names. She writes mysteries as Dorothy Howell historical romance novels under the pseudonym Judith Stacy.
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Other Books in the Series

Haley Randolph (8 books)
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  • Shoulder Bags and Shootings (Haley Randolph, #3)
  • Clutches and Curses (Haley Randolph, #4)
  • Tote Bags and Toe Tags (Haley Randolph Series, #5)
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