Review: Accessories to Die For (A Mystery), by Paula Paul. Random House Publishing Group – Alibi.

Book Description (From NetGalley)

 

Good old-fashioned murder lurks behind the Old World charm of Santa Fe, New Mexico. And nobody knows that better than former attorney turned consignment-shop owner—and part-time amateur sleuth—Irene Seligman.

When New York assistant DA Irene Seligman moved home to take care of her demanding mother, Adelle, she thought she was leaving a world of corruption and violence behind. But after opening her store, Irene’s Closet, and getting reacquainted with the locals, she learns that something’s rotten in sunny Santa Fe. Even upstanding citizens like her friend Juanita Calabaza, a Native American artisan, can’t seem to escape the decidedly unfashionable surge in crime.

Juanita’s handcrafted jewelry has been known to catch the eye of many a tourist on the plaza in Santa Fe’s historic district. But lately she’s been attracting the wrong kind of attention . . . from the police. With her son missing after falling in with a bad crowd, Juanita foretells the death of one of his associates—which comes back to haunt her when the scumbag actually turns up dead. Now Juanita’s trading in her turquoise beads for an orange jumpsuit, and Irene will need to call upon all her old investigative skills to clear Juanita’s name—before her friend pays the ultimate price.

 

My Review:

 

This is actually my second review of a Paula Paul Irene Seligman mystery. I reviewed the first book in this series, A Killer Closet, which introduced Irene and described her move from Manhattan Assistant DA to Santa Fe, New Mexico seller of gently used haute couture.

 

I was impressed with that debut book, and I am delighted to see that Irene’s adventures are continuing. I found myself surprised by the book–from the title, I expected an entertaining, witty mystery filled with fashionistas. But this book rises far above that. It is filled with the world of the Native Americans of the Santa Fe area, and their long history and significant culture. Ms. Paul wastes no time setting the stage for this episode, and we are swept along through an adeptly related saga. I found this book absorbing and thoroughly entertaining. I look forward to reading more in this series.

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