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A Killer Closet: A Mystery

(Irene's Closet #1)

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In a fashionably cozy short mystery novel, Paula Paul introduces a tenacious heroine who leaves big-city life behind and returns to picturesque Santa Fe, New Mexico—where murder lands on her doorstep.
 
Irene Seligman loves the warmth and beauty of her Southwest hometown, but only one thing could make her quit her prestigious job as an assistant district attorney in Manhat
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Kindle Edition, 179 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Alibi
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Jody McGrath
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Irene has given up her job as an assistant DA in Manhattan to move home to Santa Fe to take care of her mother. She opens up a haute couture consignment shop, instead of studying for the New Mexico bar. On her first day of business, she opens the store to find a dead body in the closet. Now she is told she is a person of interest, so of course she, along with a zany group of friends, have to prove her innocence.

This book wasn't horrible, it just needed an editor and a little more work. There are
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Linda Strong
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Irene Seligman leaves her job as Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan and moves to Santa Fe, New Mexico to help her aging mother. She decides to open a high-end consignment clothing store and all is going well. Until ....

The night before her Grand Opening, she does a final walk through and to her amazement she finds the body of a friend of her mother's in the storeroom.

The intrigue and mystery of the dead woman creates a lot of buzz in her business, as well as sales. But when another body of
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I thought this was supposed to be a cozy but it isn't...just FYI for anyone that thinks it should be. There are some elements of a cozy but the f* bombs and cursing make it just a mystery in my book.

Ok, that aside, the book was interesting. There are the "little old ladies" that have no concept of danger especially when they put themselves in the middle of it, multiple murders in the newest consignment shop in town and a former NY DA that has found herself back in NM because her mother needs her
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Elaine
This is another highly entertaining murder mystery by this very talented author!

Irene Seligman has been guilt-convinced to leave her job as Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan to move back to live with her much married Mum, Adelle, in her childhood home. With the change in location comes a change in jobs - she decides to use her Mum’s fashion expertise to open an upscale consignment store. On the day the store is due to open, Irene goes in to make a shocking discovery - there’s a woman from
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Betty
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
An outstanding fast moving mystery which engrossed my emotions at once. The characters are so will become done that they became my friends. The storm scene high in the mountains in deserted mountains was outstanding. The actions of the story did not come together well and I lost my concentration at times.
Irene Seligman leaving her career behind, she returned to Santa Fe to live in the family home and care for Mother. As she opens an Haute
Consignment Shop, the body of one of her Mother's friend
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Mary Brown
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Synopsis:


In a fashionably cozy short mystery novel, Paula Paul introduces a tenacious heroine who leaves big-city life behind and returns to picturesque Santa Fe, New Mexico—where murder lands on her doorstep.

Irene Seligman loves the warmth and beauty of her Southwest hometown, but only one thing could make her quit her prestigious job as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan to return there: the guilt applied by her demanding mother, Adelle. After Adelle’s most recent husband dies, leavin
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Carolyn Injoy
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Killer Closet, by Paula Paul is an intriguing cozy mystery that had substantial twists and turns. I gave it four stars.

Irene Seligman leaves her job as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan to return to Santa Fe, New Mexico to come to her mother, Adelle's aid after the death of her most recent husband.

Their goal is to establish a haute couture consignment store. On the grand opening day, the body of one of her mother's friends is discovered in a closet. Than another woman in the same soc
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Review: A KILLER CLOSET: A MYSTERY by Paula Paul

Set delightfully in Santa Fe, a beautiful city with literally centuries of history-a patchwork of cultures-a community that breathes history-, A KILLER CLOSET is a cozy mystery with a sharp and poignant emotional edge. Irene Seligman, Santa Fe native with both Colonial Spanish and New Mexico Jewish ancestry, has carved a niche for herself: a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, tiny Brooklyn apartment, on her own--as emotionally she has been all
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Sarah
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Don't really remember much of this as I read it last year and it was at a time where I was toying with the idea of not writing notes when reading, as you can probably tell, that was a mistake.

What I do remember though is that it was a quick and fun cozy read, the characters are well written with humour and it's setting is lovely.

I'm looking forward to reading more from this series to see the ongoing development of the relationship between Irene and her mum Adelle.

*Huge thanks to Paula Paul, Rand
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Mave
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's an intriguing and engaging mystery, catches you from the first page and it's hard to put it down.
Irene comes home in New Mexico to help her mother in distress. She decides to open her own shop, Irene's Kloset, selling couture clothing. But before the inauguration in her shop are found two corpses. They were her mother's friends and were killed. The detective in charge of the investigation requires Irene not to meddle but she is very concerned about her mother and can not help but to interve
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Jennifer
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Paula Paul has once again delivered a top-notch mystery for your reading pleasure! “A Killer Closet” takes place in the present day in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Irene Seligman is an assistant DA in New York who decides to return home to care for her mother, Adelle. Adelle has located a retail space for Irene and they are preparing for the grand opening of their clothing consignment shop. On the morning of the opening, Irene walks into her new store and finds a dead body in the storage closet. The sh ...more
Brenda
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Irene Seligman’s career as a Manhattan ADA can’t compete with the needs of her aging mother, Adelle, back in Santa Fe. Without a law license and hoping for a more balanced life that will engage her mother, opening a consignment shop that carries haute couture should be the solution.

When Adelle’s friends start turning up dead in Irene’s Closet, trying to protect her mother and another elderly friend, Harriet, Irene finds herself embroiled in crime and not knowing who is really a friend or crimina
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AngryGreyCat
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
A Killer Closet opens with a body being found in the closet of the newly ready consignment shop about to be opened by mother and daughter team, Irene and Adelle. Irene is a big city DA, called home to help her mother through her latest financial crisis resulting from the death of her latest spouse. She decides to stay since her mother refuses to move to the city and open a high end goods consignment shop. The victim has connections to the shop and Adele and the clues begin to pile up as the loca ...more
Laura Reading
You may take the prosecutor out of the big city, but you can't take the investigator out of the woman.
This is a wild ride full of danger and complications. You won't know who to trust or why Irene does some of the things she does. Short answer, she just can't help herself.
I was very worried about Adelle and have hopes that the mother daughter relationship will change for the better.

Very tense moments populate this mystery. It goes to show that the title or position does not prove the person.

I di
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Nicole Ledwon
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of action in it and well developed characters. I love the premise of the book and how the story flowed. It was a fast paced book and I could not put it down. If you like murder mysteries and a bit of romance this is a book that you can really enjoy! I look forward to reading more from Paula Paul in the future!
Kelly
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
**I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

The idea behind the mystery was really good, it just didn't feel like it was executed very well. There were many parts where I felt confused, and the ending was very muddled. The setting was very well written. I've never been to Santa Fe, but I did feel like I was back in New Mexico reading it.
Kristina
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, cozy-mysteries
A Killer Closet is a cozy mystery by Paula Paul. Irene Seligman is returning to her hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her mother, Adelle Daniels needs her assistance after the death of her latest husband (Irene is not sure if it was husband number five or six). Adelle was left with penniless (she goes through money likes it water) and guilted Irene into coming home (otherwise Irene preferred to stay in Manhattan as an assistant district attorney). Irene is not licensed to practice law in New Mex ...more
Rosemary Rey
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A good read for those who love cozy mysteries. I wasn't quite sold on the premise that an Assistant DA in NYC would leave her role to run a consignment shop on her own in her birthplace of New Mexico. We all go back home again, but speaking as someone who went to law school and took the NY Bar exam, I'm just not one to sacrifice my career (unless burned out) that easily for a mother who wasn't very maternal nor seemed physically or mentally ill (which is what it would take for me to give up for ...more
EmmyT
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't know what to think about this book. Loved the setting, concept, plot, story development seemed unique and twisty.

Didn't like protagonist, Irene. She was rude to everyone including the professionals involved with the case and all other characters when having a conversation. Really got tired of her nastiness throughout the book.

By Chapter 18, I was hoping a satisfying twist would be that Irene gets killed and someone else takes over her lovely, designer, consignment shop.
Jan Locke
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good & bad guys

You jump right in to the plot & the action begins! Great characters as they begin to unfold but Adele never grew on me. The ending was predictable yet still fun to get there!!
Lisa Tollard
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really like this seriese

Set in the American Southwest the author creates vivid imagery. Story line and characters are strong and an enjoyable read
agnes kavanagh
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good read

I liked the book it kept my interest and didn't want to put down would recommend to others very good
Wanda Maynard
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Murder! But by who's hand? A great beginning to a mystery filled with lots of suspense, twists and turns. A KILLER CLOSET by Paula Paul reads more like a Gothic novel. This great mystery starts out showing A picturesque huge stone lodge sitting back in a shadowy mountainous region surrounded by tall pines leading into an unknown creepy dark forest lurking in the dead of night. Dead bodies in closets, and others disappearing for no reason. Could the deaths possibly be connected? If so, then what ...more
Grace J Reviewerlady
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is definitely a 'cosy' mystery. lots of fun with a bit of intrigue.
For me, it was too busy .. so much happening, too much coming and going, so many people involved and a tad confusing as to whether they were 'goodies' or 'baddies'!
However, the core characters of Irene, Adelle and Angel made for very entertaining sleuths; A little more simplicity wouldn't go amiss though. Enjoyable read.
Juli
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this upcoming book from Random House/Alibi via NetGalley in exchange for a fair, honest review**


Irene Seligman is a successful assistant district attorney in Manhattan. She enjoys her Brooklyn apartment and city life. But then her elderly mother's sixth husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her mother destitute and exceedingly needy. Seligman is guilted into moving back to Santa Fe to help her mother. She loves the old, run-down home she grew up in, but knows they will have to
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Jeanie
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I am impressed at how much mystery the author could stuff into this exciting short story. ‘A Killer Closet’ is a sometimes fun but overall suspenseful and hair-raising novel set in the beauty of Santa Fe. Irene moved back home after being an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. Her mother Adelle’s most recent husband had died, and her mother couldn’t bear to live alone. She had no money as her late husband left everything to his children and now in her 70’s, Adelle is afraid to live alone. ...more
DelAnne Frazee
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: A Killer Closet
Author: Paula Paul
Published: 10-11-2016
Publisher: Random House Publications/Alibi
Pages: 184
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Traditional Detectives
ISBN: 13: 9781101968468
ASIN: B01AQO16S4
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4.25 Stars


I received a copy of "A Killer Closet" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Description From the Publisher:

In a fashionably cozy short mystery novel, Paula Pau
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Elaine
Jul 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Title: A Killer Closet
Author: Paula Paul
Series: n/a
Pages:
Publisher: Alibi
Date: October 11, 2016

Summary:

Irene Seligman loves the warmth and beauty of her Southwest hometown, but only one thing could make her quit her prestigious job as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan to return there: the guilt applied by her demanding mother, Adelle. After Adelle’s most recent husband dies, leaving her with nothing, Irene decides to take a break from prosecuting criminals to move back to Santa Fe and
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Melodie
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Melodie by: NetGalley
The following are the notes I wrote after reading the early chapters of A Killer Closet by Paula Paul: 

“I just finished the first seven chapters and am not finding this book particularly good for a variety of reasons:

1. I can’t imagine any young woman giving up a job as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan to go live with her mother because her needy mother, aged 70, asked her to.

2. The mother is beyond annoying. So far she has no redeeming characteristics. If this character isn’t given
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Deana Dick
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Irene seems to have a good life. She is an assistant district attorney In Manhatten. . She has her own apartment and seems to be content . I loved her spunk and strong personality. Yes,Irene is feeling good and loving her life. What could possibly mess it up? Could it be the phone call from her mother ? That little phone will change Irene's life forever.

In a blink of an eye, Irene is moving to Santa Fe to take care of her seventy year old mother. I did think it was quick for Irene to give up ev
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Paula Paul writes novels that touch the heart and challenge the mind. She has published 25 novels, some with major New York publishers and some with small presses. They include historical fiction, mysteries, YA and literary novels.

She is a native of Texas. She wasn't really born in Lubbock, as her profile info states. She was actually born outside of Lubbock on her grandparents' farm. She grew up
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