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Makeup & Murder

(Beauty Secrets #1)

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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  495 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Beauty consultant Ziva Diaz is a girl boss who doesn’t back down from anyone. When she’s attacked inside a client’s home and wakes to find a dead body, she gives up the safety of selling lipsticks for the dangerous role of detective. The dead man was her top client’s husband, and it turns out he used his money to buy more than happiness. With suspects piling up, a killer o ...more
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published April 2nd 2017 by Pink Sapphire Press
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Sabine
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A fun and quirky murder mystery. A lot of girlie talk about makeup obviously already due to the fact that Ziva is a beauty consultant. But once I got past that it was a great mystery with a lot of colourful characters and interesting situations.
☆☆Hannah☆☆
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. The mystery was great. I didn't ever figure out who it was before we were told. I liked how the main character and all of her friends were very likable people. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Amy
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Fluffy, slow-moving mystery with a predictable villain - but overall fun novel.
Lauren
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute cozy, good for makeup and beauty fans
Jason
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that I was concerned that this one would be very "girlie" because of the makeup theme-color me surprised and thrilled with this book! Our heroine, Ziva is not as girlie as I assumed she would be, she was fabulously tough and girlie and a no BS kind of person. Another great item of note in this book is the set of multi-cultural characters. A well structured mystery, and colorful characters help propel Ziva through the start of this wonderful series. ...more
Cindy
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute mystery plot and twists. Some profanity, sex situations.
Elissa
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Must.Love.Fashion
Perfectly narrated by Tonia Blake, our heroine, Ziva, initially seems . . . young. But one gradually realize her fixation on fashion and makeup isn't due to her being an arrested teenager but because this is her business. Funny and frequently campy, you will meet gangsters and dancers and matrons and mothers along with a few hunky fellows as a murder or two is investigated and solved. See if you can figure out "whodunnit"!
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Nancy Haddock
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun read

A fast-paced read with fun characters. The heroine is a hoot, and the plot is well-done. I'll read more by this author.
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Jana Gundy
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A funny good time!

This was such a good book! Ziva is a girl after my own heart and I loved every chapter. Our leading lady is a fighter and boy, you don’t want to get in her way when she’s mad! The mystery was great and Ziva’s friends and clients made the book even better.
Vicki Layne
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story

The author is amazing and has the ability to tell the story of what is happening and how the other persons were involved
Tara Brown
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**This review is for the audiobook on Audible.**

The audiobook Makeup & Murder: Beauty Secrets, Book 1 by Stephanie Damore, narrated by Tonia Blake is such a fun book to listen to! This is my first book from both the author and the narrator. I love cozy mysteries, so originally that is why I was drawn toward this series, but after making it through Book 1, I feel like it could also fall into the Chick Lit genre, which is also a favorite of mine. Is there such thing as Chick Lit Cozies? If there w
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Susan
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun ebook to read. And, since I had The Audible, a fun ebook to sit back and listen to. I always use The text to speech for all The ebooks that have it, but I was really happy with The Audible. The narrator, Tonia, was really good at not only portraying the different characters but The different emotions.

The main character, Ziva, a beauty consultant, is very likeable and the different people in her life seem to blend together seamlessly. This cozy mystery has murder as well as
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Susan
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun ebook to read. And, since I had The Audible, a fun ebook to sit back and listen to. I always use The text to speech for all The ebooks that have it, but I was really happy with The Audible. The narrator, Tonia, was really good at not only portraying the different characters but The different emotions.

The main character, Ziva, a beauty consultant, is very likeable and the different people in her life seem to blend together seamlessly. This cozy mystery has murder as well as
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Jenness Jordan
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love,Mystery and a spin of humor

As a student majoring in Creative Writing over the past few years, I have been learning how to create a successful story. Engages the readers. That is what Stephanie Damore has done with Makeup &Murder. One major aspect of creating a successful story is creating characters that are credible and relatable. A great story draws the reader in through engaging dialogue, settings that feed on all the senses and a plot that is fresh and unexpected. No-one truly wants to
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Nadine
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
In between OK and like: 2.5 stars. Lighthearted.

Ziva, a beauty consultant, gets mixed up in a murder or two, connected to one of her biggest clients. Not happy with how the detective is handling the case, she starts investigating herself.

It was hard to get into at first, hard to connect with Ziva. It got better later on though.

I’m not a makeup person myself, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like reading about it. But this book comes across as a bit shallow, even juvenile. Just a little!

A lighthea
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Cinda Inman
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very fun book to read. Ziva makes her living as a beauty consultant. When the summer issue of Beauty Secrets arrives, Ziva is off to her best friend, Aria's home, to show her the new nail polish colors. Next on her deliveries is Mrs. J who sounds like everyone's grandmother. She loves gossip and baking. Since Ziva loves sweets she always lingers at Mrs. J's. Her next stop is Marion Siebold. Marion is not home but she has given Ziva permission to enter her home and drop off things. Whe ...more
John Presler
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ziva Diaz is a representative for Beauty Secrets magazine. While visiting a client's home, Ziva is attacked and left unconscious on the kitchen floor. She awakens to find Marion, the homeowner screaming and the police knocking at the door. There was a dead body in the house, but Ziva does not know yet who the victim is. The next day, she learns that the victim is Roger, an investment banker and Marion's husband.

Things start to get complicated when a second corpse is discovered aboard Roger's sai
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Tex
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Makeup Delivery to Murder
(Disclaimer: I was recently provided a copy of the book. I decided to read it and provide my honest review.) Makeup and Murder, Beauty Secrets Book 1 by Stephanie Damore is a light-hearted read and your first introduction to Ziva the main character. There is a lot of laughs out loud moments, witty, funny, gossipy, and lively characters. Some of the plot’s potential places of murders (world-building)are interesting and fuels the page-turner tendencies of the book. Ziva is
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Dallass
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Very predictable.

Okay, I like an amateur detective as well as the next cosy reader, but I just wasn’t all that swept away with this book. It seems to tick all the stereotype boxes, as well as having minimal police input, yet the murder is solved and the police arrive in the nick of time.

Ziva was a fun character, I liked the characters that made up her circle of friends/clients. Each had a very distinct personality which at least made the character interactions amusing at times. The victim really
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Rita
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Exciting Murder Mystery!

This book has lots of action, suspense, hanky panky, and great characters that make you hang onto the edge of your seat to find out what is going to happen next.

Ziva’s job as at Beauty Secrets makes her and her clients happy but a jealous beauty competitor named Justine is a thorn in Ziva’s side.

When Ziva stumbles onto a dead body, she is determined to find out who the killer is. Ziva starts getting threatening notes followed by a break in that leaves her house trashed.
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Lisa Denn
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Makeup And Murder is the first book in Stephanie Damore's Beauty Secrets Mystery Series.

Overall I enjoyed the book but I did find some parts unrealistic and/or so over the top from the behavior one should expect from the characters. Sorry, but there is no way a mother would fly off for three or four days with a man she only just met. The behavior didn't mesh with the story.

Otherwise Makeup And Murder was a fun, quick read with a moderately challenging mystery. The characters were likeable - ex
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Linda
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Stephanie Damore's book, Makeup & Murder. It's the story of Ziva Diaz who sells Beauty Secrets products. She has a bff, Aria and an arch enemy, Justine Martin. When making a product delivery at Marion Seiebold's house, she finds blood, a distraught dog, and is grabbed by the neck from behind. She later learns that Marion's husband, Roger, has been stabbed in the heart! Since Detective Brandle seems overworked, Ziva decides to do some sleuthing to see what really happened. This m ...more
Lisa
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I LOVED this book! It was even more amazing to listen to the audio because the narrator really brought it to life. This author can really write some great characters. I loved the lady who who was a busybody. I hope she is in more books. It was so fun to see how the character was a beauty consultant and how she was able to have an excuse to explore more clues. What a clever idea. I had a bad case of hangover when I finished. So hard to start another book when I’m living in this world. A worl ...more
Lise
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ziva Diaz, a sales representative for Beauty Secrets, drops off an order at her client's home and finds a dead body. To get her life back on track, she follows the clue to a surprising solution.

Ziva is one cool chick and I don't say that lightly. She's a party girl who is really committed to her 9-5 business. I just wish I'd had half her sense at that age. Rather than phoning it in for both my job and my social life, I should have taken a leaf from Ziva's book. She's got it together. Even though
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Barbara Flowers
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This first in series is promising and a bit of a departure from the standard cozy formula -- no culinary female who falls for a handsome law enforcement type. Instead there's Ziva, a makeup consultant, who falls for Finn, the the appealing marina guy.

I enjoyed this book. It's well written and fast moving. The characters are intriguing, and the book is infused with a Janet Evanovich style humor. I love forward to the second book.

I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book. My r
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Cindy
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm soooo homesick!

I'll be honest...I just want to hop the first flight I can find to my hometown....Savannah! There is charm to spare in this book and I'm already looking forward to the next one....and some chocolate to go with! ;) This was a southern cozy! A great story, layered characters and of course the personal euphemism (ya'll know that real southern ladies don't cuss...not when they have a creative alternative!) if you like a good story, quick pace and a fantastic setting...these are th
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Janet Graham
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Refreshing Cozy Mystery
This cozy mystery is the first in a series that should be very good. The action is fast and the plot is complicated. There is plenty of humor to keep you smiling. The characters are great! The personalities are realistic as are the emotions. I will be reading more of this auithor’s work. I received a free copy (ARC) of this book and voluntarily chose to share my honest review.
Ilene G>
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This mystery is an easy and fun read. I enjoyed it immensely.

Ziva Diaz is a beauty consultant for a direct market cosmetics company. She gets involved in a murder and decides to solve it herself. I sold Avon years ago, so I appreciated what Ziva goes through to run her business. I like the characters. Ziva finds herself in some humorous situations. She is also attracted to Finn, whom she meets while investigating. I recommend this to anyone who likes a fun mystery.
Lady A
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
One More Chance?

Although the book started off well, the story started losing steam has multiple unnecessary characters were added. The book was mostly about Ziva and her awkward meetings with attractive men instead off murder. Some parts really keep your attention but the filler and the rushed storyline of Vincent took away from that excitement. I'm debating on giving the 2nd book a try.
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Shawna Shaheen
Mar 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Meet Ziva she is spanish. Ziva works for Beauty Secrets. Where she goes to women's homes and sell beauty products. Aria is her best friend. Ziva arch enemy Justine from 4th grade try to take away all of Ziva clients. Diva believes that Mrs. J. Won't leave her. On last client of the day Siva goes in Marion's house and finds her husband dead on the floor. This book is soso. I like Ziva and Asia's friendship. ...more
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