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Murder Wears a Little Black Dress

(Resale Boutique Mystery #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Every woman would kill for one . . .
Manhattan fashionista Kelly Quinn thought she’d left her upstate New York town far behind . . . until the Seventh Avenue expat returns home to revamp her grandmother’s consignment shop into an upscale boutique—and unwittingly sets a trend for murder . . .
After her rising career as a Manhattan buyer is derailed, Kelly has mixe
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Published January 22nd 2019 by Lyrical Underground
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Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The start of a new series and new author for me. I will read this author again. It has been a while since I have read any Chic Lit but this book has traces of it along with a mystery and possible paranormal element. The cover is attractive and leads you into the tale.
Kelly Quinn has inherited her Grandmother consignment shop and has plans to change it an upscale boutique. There is some disagreement with the present staff. Kelly has planned a big sale to remove merchandise and bring new items. A
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Murder Wears a Little Black Dress by Debra Sennefelder is the first book in a new cozy mystery series that seemed to be a little bit cozy mystery, little bit of chic lit and a slight nod to psychic abilities.

Kelly Quinn has moved home to Lucky Cove to take over her grandmother's resale shop after her career in New York as an assistant buyer crashed. She's is second guessing her decisions about her move, her life and the shop as she tries to begin her life all over again. Then a psychic visits he
Micky Cox
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can life get any worse than getting canned from your big city job and then running home to take over your dead grandma's dying thrift shop? Apparently so, as Kelly finds herself not only embroiled in drama over "haunted" items in the shop, but also a murder suspect! A great new series that really draws you in and has you reading rapidly to attempt to unravel the mysteries that surround Kelly and the store. Added bonus, this book is available on audiobook.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Kelly Quinn has returned to Lucky Cove to take over the consignment store left to her by her grandmother. She hopes with her fashion education and experience she can take the shop in another direction. She is holding a 3-day sale to get rid of the old so she can reopen with her new ideas. Everything starts to fall apart when a customer claims to have a vision of a murder when she tries on a little black dress. Faster than you can say “consignment” the public assumes Kelly’s sh
Linda 📚

I had the pleasure of reading an early ARC of MURDER WEARS A LITTLE BLACK DRESS—the debut story in the new Resale Boutique Mysteries. It’s trendy and fast-paced with plenty of suspects, entertaining characters, and home and hearth details to appeal to cozy fans. I enjoyed this story from cover to cover. The author plotted the scenes much like you put together a chic ensemble with accessories. At the end, the reveal is well pulled together and appealing.

Kelly Quinn’s granny left her a consignment
Susan Kennedy
This was a fun little mystery. Centered around a resale boutique, it was a bit about family and friends as Kelly came back to her hometown to take possession of her grandmother's boutique.

After trying on a black dress, the local psychic has a vision of a murder. This story revolves around this and other murders that take place. Kelly tries to clear her name as a suspect and gets entangled a bit deep.

It's a fun cozy mystery that was easy and enjoyable to read. I enjoyed the characters and the st
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kelly Quinn’s job as a fashion buyer in New York City comes to an abrupt nasty end. Then, her grandmother passes away, leaving Kelly a consignment shop in the suburbs of New York. Kelly isn’t thrilled to return to her hometown of Lucky Cove, but this could turn out to be a huge opportunity. She plans to renovate the store and make it her own.

Things immediately take a turn for the worst when a customer, who happens to be a psychic, tries on a black dress and has visions of a murder. It doesn’t t
Murder Wears a Little Black Dress is the first book in the Resale Boutique Mystery series and I liked that the mystery element had a paranormal twist. I also liked that the story focused on more than just the murder that took place. There was a true emphasis on fashion, consignment, and the taking over of a boutique that had been owned and run by her grandmother. With Kelly trying to change things up it created tension with the existing employee and loyal customers and when one of her garments w ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited when I heard author Debra Sennefelder had started a new series! Already in love with the first book in her Food Blogger Mysteries (can’t wait for the second), I knew I was in for a good read. I was wrong. It was a GREAT read!

Hooked from page one with an unhappy customer/consigner, and a do-we-have-to-have-this-talk-again moment between protagonist Kelly and her store employee, I was reminded of my twenty plus years in retail. I felt like I was standing in the store watching it a
Carla Johnson-Hicks
4.5 stars rounded up. This is the first book in the new Resale Boutique Mysteries. I really enjoyed reading this smart, sassy, fast-paced mystery. Kelly Quinn has returned to her hometown of Lucky Cover after losing her job in New York City, attending her granny's funeral and finding out that her granny left her the consignment shop that was her pride and joy. Kelly, who has a degree in fashion, plans to take the rundown shop and revamp it into her own fashion boutique. All does not go as planne ...more
Murders Wears a Little Black Dress by Debra Sennefelder takes readers on a journey to Lucky Cove, New York. Kelly Quinn has inherited her grandmother’s consignment shop, Lucky Cove consignment Shop much to her Uncle Ralph’s disappointment. Kelly has big plans to make the shop profitable and change it into an upscale boutique. She is having a three day sale to help clear out the unwanted items. Bernadette Rydell, the local psychic, comes in and tries on a little black dress. While wearing the dre ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder Wears a Little Black Dress, the first in the Resale Boutique Mystery series, was an absolute delight to read. Protagonist Kelly Quinn wasted no time stitching her way into a permanent place in my heart. She’s young and makes mistakes, but she values her friends and she’s devoted to her grandma’s memory. The psychic element was tremendous fun! The setting and the characters were so perfectly described that by the end, I was joining in the merriment and wishing I could be there in person. I ...more
Dawn Michelle
I am going to start with what I DID NOT like about this book and then move on to the rest of my review:

1. PLEASE, whom do I need to speak to to stop authors from using the premise of the main character being seen as guilty when the murder occurs? Especially in almost ALL new, first book cozies? Please, please, P L E A S E stop this. It is old, overdone and is driving me [and quite a few other people from what I have read] crazy. It has been done to death [seriously, no pun intended there] and it
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
The first book in a new series and it was very enjoyable! I love cozies anyway and this one checked off all the boxes of what I expect - a protagonist that inserts themselves into an investigation while not being a detective/police officer, red herrings, twists in the plot and with the characters, multiple suspects..the list goes on.

I have not read many series that center around a thrift/consignment store and so I found this one quite interesting since Kelly took over this store when her grandmo
Teri Griffis
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a first book in a new series but I'm not sure how I feel about it. I feel the plot is like many other cozy mysteries and, of course, the main character is a suspect. The writing was a little wordy, the characters a little blah, and the plot was "gray".
Peggy R
Having read Ms. Sennefelder's Food Blogger mystery series, which I enjoy, I decided to give the Resale Boutique Mystery a try. I found this book to be an fast paced, entertaining read. Kelly Quinn is an enjoyable protagonist. She is fun, feisty, determined and can get herself in trouble quickly. The cast of secondary characters are interesting and enjoyable as well. The mystery is woven throughout the story nicely, and the author throws in some nice twists that surprised me and made for a good r ...more
Mary Brown
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder Wears a Little Black Dress
Resale Boutique Mystery, Book #1
Debra Sennefelder
5 Stars


Every woman would kill for one . . .

Manhattan fashionista Kelly Quinn thought she’d left her upstate New York town far behind . . . until the Seventh Avenue expat returns home to revamp her grandmother’s consignment shop into an upscale boutique—and unwittingly sets a trend for murder . . .

After her rising career as a Manhattan buyer is derailed, Kelly has mixed feelings about relocating back to
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was another book that I wished didn't have to end. Although I'm happy that once the showdown happened and the killer was arrested, the book didn't end there. The actual ending chapter was so heartwarming in many ways! The book was well-written and plotted with a cool twist at the end.

Kelly Quinn had lost her job as an assistant buyer for a NYC store, but her Granny had willed her the consignment shop she owned, which Kelly was going to revamp into a stylish resale boutique. Pepper, her gran
Leith Devine
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book in the Resale Boutique Mystery series. It was a fun paranormal cozy mystery that has potential. I didn't like all the name brand dropping, I thought it got a little old after a while.

Kelly Quinn's grandmother left her a consignment shop in her will, great timing since Kelly just lost her job as a fashion buyer. One of the first customers is a psychic who tries on a dress and screams that someone murdered somebody in it! That doesn't help the reputation of the shop, and it
Miss W Book Reviews
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder Wears a Little Black Dress is the first book in the Resale Boutique Mystery Series.
This book is half cozy mystery and half chic-lit, in my opinion, which is a great mix.
There is a little romance but not enough to distract from the mystery.

I very much enjoyed the story here. I think the author did a great job with character development as well as a complex story line. I like the premise of a consignment shop as a setting for a mystery.

I did think I had it all figured out half way through
Jeanie Jackson
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now I am hooked on two series from Debra Sennefelder. The new Resale Boutique Mystery series hits all the points I love about cozy mysteries. Murder Wears a Little Black Dress provides a challenge for the protagonist Kelly Quinn, it offers her a strong support system of people that we can love, and it offers an intriguing mystery with an unusual slant, not to mention a really great title. For some reason I am attracted to books with resale/consignment shops so that one hit just right, too. Kelly ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murder Wears a Little Black Dress by Debra Sennefelder is the 1st book of the Resale Boutique Mystery series, and a good start. Kelly Quinn lost her job in the fashion industry in New York City, but she inherited her grandmother's consignment shop in Lucky Cove, in upstate New York. Kelly has been using her talents to turn the store into an upscale boutique. During a big three day sale, the local psychic tries on a dress, then she has a vision of a man being murdered. Kelly is determined to get ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I am not usually a fan of fashion/consignment cozies but this one really grabbed me.
I found the characters entertaining and the whodunit kept me enthralled and guessing.
I look forward to reading the next in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of the book.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Formula for murder: Take one former Manhattan fashionista who now runs her late Granny’s consignment shop, add a local psychic, a difficult customer, the psychic’s lookalike psychic cousin, and one little black dress.

Kelly Quinn’s life is not the way she hoped it would be when she left for fashion school several years ago. First, she was fired – fired! from her job at a top-notch fashion boutique in NYC with her career seriously derailed. Granny, Martha Quinn, passed away, leaving Kelly the cons
RO G'ma
Murder Wears a Little Black Dress is the first book in Debra Sennefelder’s Resale Boutique Mystery series. If this first book is any indication, this will to be an entertaining series that combines aspects of cozy mystery, chick lit, and light paranormal genres. The storyline is well plotted, and the well-developed characters are fun. This quick and easy read has a lot of humor and enough twists and turns, plus red herrings to keep the reader quickly turning the pages.

Kelly Quinn, who recently l
I really enjoyed this book! This is the first book I read by Debra Sennefelder. I definitely want to read more of her books.
The setting of a consignment shop was original and I love the part it played in the mystery. I also enjoyed the references to fashion, (and I am not a fashionista). I like her characters. I enjoyed reading their interactions. Kelly, the main character, has returned to her hometown. She has some relationship issues to work on, (for instance her sister and a high school frie
 Reading Reindeer
This very delightful and intriguing cozy mystery is the first in a brand-new series, Resale Boutique Mystery #1, with likable charcters (even the villains are comprehensible) and a puzzling mystery, plus accusations of the paranormal. Protagonist Kelly never intends to be the Feckless Heroine, but she practically can't avoid it. Returning to her Long Island hometown, Lucky Cove, after she is unjustly fired from her department store assistant buyer position in New York City, and her beloved grand ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun, new cozy series, featuring fashion and murder, while introducing readers to Kelly Quinn and friends! After assuming ownership over her recently deceased grandmother's resale boutique, Kelly is haunted by townsfolk after a local psychic says the previous owner of the little black dress in her store was worn during a murder. Kelly is able to pinpoint the past owner of the dress all while she works on building business for her shop as locals aren't sure they want to participate in buying goo ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nicely written mystery which ended with a hint of a romance, but not overly done. Hopefully the romance will bloom in the next book. It was nice to read a mystery novel without an underlying social message (two of the mystery books I have recently read have addressed fracking and the opioid epidemic.) This one is a really nice, light read
Marie McNary
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a solid first book in a new series. I thought the characters had depth and were entertaining. The mystery had me hooked and I didn't even come close to guessing who the killer was. I know nothing about fashion, but was entertained by how the author sprinkled her knowledge on the top into the book to make it more detailed.
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Debra Sennefelder is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.

Born and raised in Ne

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