Sleuthing in Stilettos by Debra Sennefelder

It’s my stop today on the blog tour for Sleuthing in Stilettos by Debra Sennefelder. Many thanks to Lori of Great Escapes Virtual Blog Tours for the invite.

Title: Sleuthing in Stilettos (Resale Boutique Mystery #5)

Author: Debra Sennefelder

Published on: 6 December 2022

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sleuthing in Stilettos is the fifth book in Debra Sennefelder’s Resale Boutique Mystery series.

Kelly Quinn, the owner of Lucky Cove Resale Boutique is once again caught up in a murder mystery. This time it’s closer to home as her Uncle Ralph is one of the main suspects in the case. Locals in Lucky Cove seem to harbor hostility toward Miranda Farrell, proprietor of a new shoe store. Nevertheless, Kelly invites her along to a Chamber of Commerce meeting.

The next day, Miranda is found dead on the floor of her store… and Uncle Ralph is found kneeling beside the dead body. Breena, the store assistant tells the police that Ralph might have killed Miranda, after all, the two had multiple arguments in public recently.

Kelly feels compelled to investigate, despite her detective boyfriend’s objections—not to mention her commitment to promoting Small Business Saturday. But her effort to pump up sales may fall flat. After her presentation to the committee is sabotaged, the Chamber gives her the boot—and tongues start wagging. Now she has to do some fancy footwork to find the killer…

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I have been following this series from the start. I love Debra Sennefelder’s storytelling and this series has everything that screams COZY with a dash of fashionista. Kelly is the owner of a consignment store. She loves to explore, experiment and buy clothes and accessories – for herself and for the store.

Sleuthing in Stilettos begins with just another business day at Lucky Cove. But things change when the residents learn that Miranda is back. Kelly meets Miranda – and no idea that the residents do not like Miranda. Kelly’s attention towards trendy shoes drew her to Miranda’s shoe store and Kelly ended up inviting Miranda for the Chamber of Commerce meeting.

But, at the meeting, Kelly realizes not everyone is happy to see Miranda. She soon learns that Miranda was a former resident of Lucky Cove and moved away when both her husbands died… One of her husbands was Uncle Ralph’s best friend and when the friend died, Ralph had, as per Miranda’s words, started a witch hunt to prove her guilty. But Ralph was unsuccessful.

Finding Miranda dead the next day is not something that Kelly expected. And finding Uncle Ralph next to the dead body… NOPE! Unbelievable. Ralph’s son Frankie coerces Kelly to investigate. Later, Summer – Ralph’s second wife, wants Kelly to prove her husband’s innocence. Kelly too cannot keep her nosy self away from the case.

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One thing I found hilarious is the way Kelly interviews her suspects. Well, I haven’t come across an amateur sleuth who asks the suspects “Where were you at the time of the murder?” OR “Did you kill the victim?” it is definitely courageous and a tad rash on Kelly’s part to openly ask such questions. Don’t get me started on the number of times she’s asked to “Get OUT!” Lol!

The mystery behind the murder kept me guessing till the end. The suspect list was long and it did seem like many residents of Lucky Cove had a grudge against Miranda. But who would have finally crossed the line and kill her?

As a side story, we have Kelly ‘losing her mind.’ First, she ‘misplaces’ her laptop mouse. Then, her apartment door is open and her cat ventures into the store, making a few customers leave in fury. (They were allergic to cats.) Then comes the biggest gaff – during her presentation to the Chamber of Commerce, her family tree is revealed… Only Kelly, Uncle Ralph, Ariel and Frankie knew that Ariel was Ralph’s daughter. (Ariel’s mother had a brief affair with Ralph.) Now, the secret’s out in the open… Ariel and Kelly’s relationship is already strained and the ‘surprise revelation’ at the Chamber of Commerce meeting did nothing but ruin the friendship even more.

The storytelling is excellent. Character development is good too. The ending was a huge surprise. I couldn’t identify the killer before Kelly did. Their identity too was a shocker as it was unexpected. Not in a million years did I think they were involved in the murder.

Sleuthing in Stilettos by Debra Sennefelder is a must-read for all cozy mystery fans. Entertaining, engrossing and whole lotta fun.


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