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Stilettos & Scoundrels

(Presley Thurman Mystery #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  576 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B003YJEQPY

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
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Published March 21st 2010 by Five Seas Ink (first published February 23rd 2010)
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Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful gem found amid the dross that seems to becoming the norm for cosy mysteries these days. The author provides a wonderful protagonist, Presley (Pres), who finds herself smack dab in the middle of the murder investigation of a senator with wandering hands (and unzipped trousers!)
I seriously enjoyed this tale (enough to download the second book and follow the author) and unlike a lot of cosies it wasn't dripping with sugary sweet romance, just the perfect amount of "will they or won't t
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
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
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
Feb 13, 2013 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
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Presley is an intriguing protagonist in this mystery, but her mother is someone this reader can do without. Some slight continuity issues, but other than that, a good mystery.
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
Jaidis Shaw
May 08, 2011 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 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 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
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 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 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
Never start reading a novel when you are feeling contrary. I did so with Stilettos & Scoundrels by Laina Turner, and for that reason, had trouble getting involved in the story. For instance, I thought Presley should have had a tape recorder running in her pocket when she went in to talk to her boss, who basically told her to 'put out or get out'

Luckily a good night's rest brightened my mood considerably and I have literally just 'turned the last page' in my Kindle reading app, and the more t
Jamie Brydone-Jack
After a MeToo moment, heroine Presley quits her job in HR and decides to become a journalist. The day after her first interview, her subject--a senator--is found murdered, the weapon being a stiletto heel. Was Presley the last one to see him alive? Her ex-boyfriend Cooper thinks she's a suspect.

Who murdered the senator? Does this spell the end for Presley's new career . . . and her freedom? Will old feelings resurface between her and Cooper, or will they be at each other's throats?

This is the de
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humor / romance fans / pet cozy fans
Recommended to Molly by: Amazon, Bookfunnel, Bookbub, Booksprout
Presley is a young career woman whose life takes a few unexpected turns. She has given up on shattering the glass ceiling, and is feeling a bit bored with her job in HR, when a slimy boss threatens her with a sleep with him or you are fired situation.

Maybe a future law suit in the making, but for now she decides a trip home might give her some perspective, while she is checking out options.

Naturally, she discovers when she visits her home town that her friends have grown and changed - some in
Sid Stark
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Stilettos & Scoundrels" combines elements of chick lit, romantic suspense, and cozy mystery, so if you like those genres, you're likely to enjoy this book. Presley leaves her high-powered life in Chicago to go home to small-town Illinois, where she reconnects with an old flame--actually, more than one old flame--and gets involved in a murder mystery. Hijinks and romance ensue.

The small-town Illinois setting is nice, and the mystery has a twist that I didn't see coming, which is always nice.
All in all I liked the story. The "sleuth" was adorable, very down-to-earth, I really liked her and her friend (even though I got quite riled up with Katy along the way and just can't understand why she does what she does). The men intrigued me too (and I would never have thought of the culprit before the end). But how she treats the sexual harassment at work is disputable (yes, this is reality in many companies. But still... I'd have liked stronger words and action instead of just walking away) ...more
Sarah Marriott

**** Spoilers*****

This book should have the promise of being a good page turner with murder, intrigue and mystery. Presley returns to her parents home after losing her job in the city. Whilst she is there a local senator is murdered and Presley sets about catching a killer. 

I am left feeling disappointed by this book. The story feels disjointed. One moment Presley says she needs to go see someone and the next chapter she is not doing this but has seen someone else. Similarly, there
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-challenge
Presley Thurman has just been fired from her job and is at a crossroad. She decides to head home for a visit with her family and friends to try and regroup. She soon finds herself in the middle of a murder case when a visiting senator is found killed by a stiletto to the neck. Will her pension for being nosy get her in hot water or on the radar of the murderer?

While I found this book a little slow moving as far as action with everything culminating in the last few chapters, I still found it to h
The intro and background dragged and OMG the Heroine is a shallow fashionista who fills the book with desciptions of all her designer clothes, and describes in detail every outfit she wears including shoes and accessories, then talks about everyone else's outfits. She is too shallow for me to relate to or care about. There were also too many TSTL moments and blundering and interfering in the official investigation that were unbelievable. This story was not my cup of tea. Toasted from my Ebook Li ...more
Jay Williams
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Hope I have the Right Shoes

An interesting mystery story with several interesting characters. Although the main character sets about to determine who has killed a local Senator, her primary focus through the story is on her clothes and shoes. I had high hopes that the stilettos would become a weapon, but no such luck. The style of writing provides good imagery and much detail about the clothes. I imagine I might have liked it better if I was more knowledgeable about women's clothing and accessor
Katie  Cunningham
This is the first book in the Presley Thurman Mystery series, where we meet Presley after she quits her job. The story is clean and the plot is interesting with lots of red herrings. Presley is stubborn and doesn't give up. Her mother is pretty funny, too. As much as I liked the book, I couldn't give it more stars because the editing was so bad.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Presley Thurman, a thirty-something red-head, was looking to reinvent herself after being fired at her job in the city. She wanted to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a writer but went back home to see her parents and friends. Presley gets involved with the murder of a senator in town and gets involved with an old school friend in solving the murder. There is a lot of funny mishaps along the way and is a nice book to read.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. The story itself was fine but unfortunately I couldn't warm towards the annoying, shallow, nosey Presley. She was immature and irritating with her determination to insert herself into the investigation for no good reason, her focus on appearances (so sick of the segues into descriptions of clothes and shoes and handbags and how she had/wanted each) and how judgey she was of others particularly as her own life was kind of a mess.
Sharon M. Turner
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When the head of HR gets fired, look out!

Presley told her boss to keep his hands to himself and he fires her. Where does a newly fired girl go when she is at loose ends, home to Mom and Dad. Within a day she is caught up in the murder of Senator. With several old boyfriends floating around and intrigue around every corner what does a smart nosey girl do? Why, solve the murder, of course.
Jodi Bennett
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Presley is at a crossroads in her life and does what all of us would do, she goes home to think things over. She is drawn into a murder and things go haywire from there. This was a cute mystery and the actual killer is something of a surprise, to me at least. You definitely get the small town feel and there are some great characters i this town. I am interested to see where the series goes from here.
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