TOTE BAGS AND TOE TAGS by Dorothy Howell

TOTE BAGS AND TOE TAGS

KIRKUS REVIEW

A SoCal hottie can’t stay out of trouble between trips to Starbucks.

Armed with her new degree from the University of Mixology, Haley Randolph is ready to face her latest quest for the über-exclusive Temptress handbag when she makes the mistake of telling her official boyfriend, Ty Cameron, about her achievement. Actually, it’s Haley’s BFF Marcie who brags about the UM degree, and it’s not Haley’s fault that he thinks UM is University of Michigan and that the degree is in business and not in the beverage trade, and it’s not really her fault that she sort of ends up using her “Michigan” degree to get a job with contract agency Dempsey Rowland. What does a contract agency do, anyway? No matter what, Haley’s sure that she’s up to the task until she finds out there are background checks that are likely to uncover her less-than-stellar credentials. In a turn of events both lucky and tragic, chief of security, Violet Hamilton, is killed, which should give Haley time to stay employed just long enough to earn a paycheck…well, and maybe solve her murder, too. Meanwhile, Haley’s high-maintenance mother insists that Haley help find her housekeeper Juanita, who had the gall to disappear instead of planning the menu for the latest dinner party.

The Valley Girl voice Howell affects for the series (Slay Bells and Satchels, 2011, etc.) is, as she might say, mad old school. A reboot of the basic formula seems urgently needed to increase the lolz.

Pub Date: June 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7582-5332-3
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Kensington
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2012




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