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Stilettos & Scoundrels (Presley Thurman Mystery #1)

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Re-edited as of 10.17.2012

Presley Thurman 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-bo
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Published March 21st 2010 by Five Seas Ink (first published February 23rd 2010)
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Stilettos & Scoundrels by Laina Turner is about Presley Thurman; a 30-something shoppaholic/coffeeholic HR manager who got fired after blocking her boss's repeated attempts of sexual harassment. She recently broke up with her cheating bf, too. Having nothing else to do in the big city, she agrees on a friend's offer to work as a freelance editor for an online magazine which required her to make an interview with Senator Tom Daniels in her hometown. The Senator was found murdered with a stile ...more
Presley is a Senior Human Resource Manager at McLaughlin Industries. Right in the beginning of the book, she gets fired from her job. She definitely has to find some kind of work since she loves shoes and shopping! As you can see from these quotes:

"Enough reflecting, she said to herself, unlocking her door. There were more pressing things to worry about--like finding a new job. The bills wouldn't pay themselves, and she didn't have a sugar daddy in her back pocket. Stepping on the foyer, she kic
My father got this book for free from the author herself in 2010 while he was visiting New York for work. He was appreciative, but he didn’t read much anymore by then, so the book just gathered dust in one of our house’s shelves by the time he got back. For years I saw the book and I never thought anything of it, until midst of 2013 when I started reading. I saw it in the aforementioned shelf and the cover always drew my attention. Since then I always meant to read the book but never got to it, ...more
Jaidis Shaw
May 08, 2011 Jaidis Shaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stilettos & Scoundrels by Laina Turner-Molaski is a quirky tale with all of the essentials: murder, mystery and great fashion! Presley Thurman is just your average single female trying to make her way up the corporate ladder while looking the best she possibly can. So when her boss fires her after she refuses his advances, she naturally prepares thinking of ways she can have a career and her shoe collection at the same time. Quickly being offered a job for a newspaper, Presley heads to her s ...more
Rebecca Graf
I originally was going to tackle these stories separately, but I would be repeating myself too much. Maybe if I hadn't read them all so soon after each other I could have done it successfully. So, I'll review the Presley Thurman Mysteries as one.

All of these stories are centered around one person, Presley Thurman. She is an outspoken woman who acts before she thinks many times. She is not afraid to take a chance and will despite the consequences. She also seems to be a magnet for trouble. Murder
Kathleen Kelly
Mar 18, 2011 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it
Stiletos & Scoundrels gave me a chuckle in a lot of the spots. The main character, Presley, yes her mother had a fondness for Elvis, is a zany type of character. She gets fired from her job in the big city of Chicago where where she lives. She loves the windy city and lives just blocks away from the busy downtown shopping area. She has a passion for shoes, Starbucks and snooping. I think it was a good thing she got fired because she is wasting her talents in my opinion being a HR director. S ...more
May 18, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
STILETTOS & SCOUNDRELS by Laina Turner-Molaski is an interesting chick lit/suspense/mystery/romance.It has a large cast of characters each one with their own insight into the problems,and their own way of thinking. It is well written with details and style. This is a quirky tale of murder,mystery,fashion,chick lit spin,climbing the corporate ladder,sensual harassment by an employer,scandals,and adventure. Presley has adventures abound,is fired from her job after refusing to slept with her bo ...more
Feb 13, 2013 D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I don't normally pay attention to editing as I work with social media and forget not to shorten everything anyway (ie texting). However, I found myself re-reading paragraphs when the wrong pronoun was used. I had to think about what the author was trying to say when "they" was used instead of "we".

The second thing I failed to understand was how the main character (Presley) worked as a Human Resource Manager and managed to get fired from her job when she was the victim of sexual harassment. Isn't
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
I couldn't finish this book. I didn't find the main character likable at all, she seemed immature to me. The author chooses to spend a lot of time going into detail about the main character's clothes and accessories that became annoying. I have read other series where this is done but is handled much better. The other thing I was having difficulty with was the change from first to third person at random times which throws off the flow of the story. Unfortunately, I probably won't be reading any ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Franci rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I am reading a mental 'junkfood' mystery. I do this a lot when I find the kindle versions free on Amazon. A lot. Seriously, I 'spend' more on free books than I do any other kind, heh.

At least this one isn't a paranormal mystery, those are like crack to me. So sad...

ETA Okay, this book blows. I tried to muddle my way through it, but only made it about 35% before the crappy writing and unlikable characters got to me. I will read some serious trash too, so you know this one had to be pretty ba
Gayla Glass
The basis of the story is good. Presley is a bit annoying. The author tells the story from Presley's point of view but strays every now and then she throws in thoughts from Cooper or another character. The editing was bad. Lots of mistakes. Presley mentions Simons parentage before she actually discovers the truth!
Kathy Davie
Dec 11, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
First in the Presley Thurman Mystery series revolving around an idiot woman I would prefer to see die. Gee, Kath, tell us what you really think...

My Take
Omigod, the woman is oblivious...what am I saying? She's not a woman, she's still an immature girl who has got so much growing up to do yet. At age 33. Her whining about having to actually listen to Brian is a major indicator. Grow some balls, girl. She's overly obsessed with accessorizing and, yeah, I know a lot of other books have had characte
Dec 29, 2016 Courtney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, new-adult
DNF ~25%

Probably worth noting, I did read an early version of this book (the 2010 version vs edited 2013 version) but I can't imagine the story or characters would change much.

Nothing happened for like the first 4 chapters. I don't know why I kept reading. But I did. Not for long though because this book just did nothing for me.

At first it was just that it didn't grab me but I held on anyway because I've found some books that I really enjoy that started slow. But after the actions of the heroi
Michelle Douglas
This is a very entertaining read. It's rather a complicated story of gambling debt, cheating husband and wife, a dead Senator and everyone with a history. Presley loses her job in HR when her boss made another pass at her and didn't appreciate her flinging a hot cup of coffee into his lap. She has always wanted to be a writer and a friend offers her a job writing for his online magazine. She reluctantly heads home to her parents and starts to write her story on Senator Daniels and that's when al ...more
Feb 13, 2017 Carol rated it liked it
Fast moving mystery

Very fast paced mystery. Some of the characters are a little slow in development of the plot. Small hint of a little love story.
Apr 25, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fashionista meets shopaholic meets amateur sleuth. Stilettos & Scoundrels is a story that is tons of fun, sassy, quirky and will leave the reader laughing as they race through the pages to see what happens next and solve the mystery.

Presley Thurman thought that she was on the path to her destiny, fulfilling her life and career desires. That is until one day she had enough with her boss's advances and chooses to stand her ground and not let him bully her into staying at her job (his ultimatum
Apr 14, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Se
#1 in Presley Thurman Mystery

I don’t know where to start in reviewing this book. First, it took forever for the murder to actually happen, (Chapter 6.) But before that even happened, this reader had to wade through a ton of useless scene that set up the character’s background. None of them endeared me to this story or character. I found Presley to be self-centered, caring more for her looks and material things than the people or events in her life.

When I read a cozy I either want to be swept aw
Lauren Jones
“Why are you here?” I snapped, on the defensive without quite knowing why. Just the look on his face took away any good mood I had at seeing him. Ignoring my tone, Cooper said calmly, “Senator Daniels was found dead this morning. You were the last person he met with yesterday, so I need to ask you a few questions.” “Oh my God!” My hand flew up to my mouth, my heart racing. I didn't know what I expected him to say, but that sure wasn't it.

Who would ever think of using a stiletto as a murder weapo
Paula  Phillips
Are you a fan of Stephanie Plum or Holly Woods ? Do you love reading books about females who love detective work but get into mischief along the way ? I know I do as I have always been interested in the crime solving type books and shows and often I could imagine myself like these characters - always finding trouble. They are also good books if you want a laugh and wanting a mystery that isn't too gory. The other thing I loved about Laina Turner's books is that each one has alliteration in the ...more
Charles Ray
May 16, 2016 Charles Ray rated it really liked it
After one too many advances from her lecherous boss, Presley Thurman chucked her high-paying PR job and went back home to her small town, with the thought of pursuing freelance journalism. When a U.S. Senator turns up dead the day after she’s wrangled an interview with him, Pres feels compelled to solve the murder. Well, since whoever killed the senator seems to want her dead as well, she kind of has no choice.
Stilettos & Scoundrels by Laina Turner is the first book in the Presley Thurman se
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Stilettos & Scoundrels
By Laina Turner
3-3.5 Stars

Stilettos & Scoundrels is an intriguing cozy mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. Interesting characters, an intricate mystery, with a touch of action and suspense.
Presley Thurman has had enough of her lecherous boss so she quits her job and goes home to visit her family. She can't believe her luck when she finds out Senator Tom Daniels is in town. An interview with him, and subsequen
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Jun 06, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: chick lit and mystery lovers
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: Nurture Your Books
Laina Turner-Molaski has got some GREAT writing skills. I was really surprised to see how good her writing really was. She blends the perfect amount of suspense with the perfect amount of chick lit, and turns out a book for her readers that is totally engaging!

Presley Thurman is a character I can relate to in SO many ways! She LOVES shoes. So do I! I loved that part of the story. But, anyway, she's just wanting to live her life for herself, and her boss. Well, he thinks that she should do EXACTL
M. Addison
Apr 05, 2016 M. Addison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
My rating: 4

This was my first novel by Laina Turner, and while it was her debut novel, the writing style just didn't work for me. That being said, I was able to look past it and enjoy the story. It just felt very amateur compared to other novels and debut novels that I've read.

We first meet Presley Thurman at her job in HR and she's just been fired from her job for dodging her boss's sexual harassment attempts. She's a shopaholic and has to support that, so she finds a new job through a friend
Jun 04, 2013 Adriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Presley loses her job; she is able to move on as a writer. Laina Turner described Presley’s weaknesses in various areas but mostly with relationships with men and her own mom. At times, the dialogue was truly funny. I found Presley very opinionated and shallow when it came to certain people yet, with a sense of perception. I did like all the controversy that went on with her mom on just about any subject… such as the fact that her mom didn’t like it when she overslept and breakfast was on t ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
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Bri Clark
Mar 09, 2011 Bri Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Stilettos and Scoundrels pulled me in with it's fun title and equally enticing cover. After reading the blurb (which you will find below) I knew I had to check it out. Laina weaves a splendid tale of a small town girl returning home to find that the statuses of long ago high school chums have changed dramatically as adults. There is the former hunk who is not so hunk, and the bad boy turned cop. In fact technically there are two of those I suppose.

She created and excellent balance between
May 26, 2011 Elsie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Okay, I'm not going to spend too much time on this review because, frankly, I didn't really enjoy this book. I felt that Presley was a spoiled brat who always got her way (or thought she should). I think she was supposed to come across more "sassy", but to me she just seemed ridiculous. The character reminded me a little of Rebecca Bloomwood from the Shopaholic books - although I enjoyed those books, so I'm not sure what the problem was with this one.

There were also A LOT of secondary characters
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A wonderful and quirky who dun it with a chick lit spin! I fell in love with Presley Thurman from page one and couldn't wait to hear all about her adventures. The large cast of characters was hard at times to remember who was linked with whom, but once it was all settled I couldn't find out who was the killer and why they committed the murder. I had my thoughts and debated a few times, but in the end she got me and I couldn't wait to find out all the details!

The one thing that I didn't fall in l
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