Death Of A Beauty Queen
by Barbara Jean Coast
I loved this book…turn on the Puppini Sisters, grab a cup of your favorite tea and settle in for a fun trip back in time.
~Tea and A Book
Death of a Beauty Queen is a romp through a time period that many readers will still remember from their childhoods.
Author Barbara Jean Coast has penned a novel filled with intrigue, excitement, fun, drama, and fashion!
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews
…Lots of fifties fashion, lots of flirting, and most importantly of all, a very well crafted mystery at the heart of it all that will keep you guessing and reading until the end.
~Rantin’ Ravin’ and Reading
The story is well written and entertaining; it was easy to be drawn in.
~Christa Read and Writes
I really enjoyed my Great Escape to Santa Lucia. I had a nice visit with people I had “met” in Book One — townsfolk too, not just the girls at Poppy Cove.
This whodunit is fun and will captivate you from the start.
~Shelley’s Book Case
Lots of drama , fashion , murder, mystery and is a clean read.
I enjoyed going back to Poppy Cove in the 1950’s. It is a more relaxed pace, unlike today. The setting is charming, the main characters are too.
~Melina’s Book Blog
…the authors have created a delightful time and place that gathered me into the community of colorful characters, proper fashion, and murder.
~The Editing Pen
Death of a Beauty Queen: A Poppy Cove Mystery
(Poppy Cove Mystery Series Book 2)
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (May 9, 2014)
E-Book File Size: 353 KB
It’s the 1950’s in Santa Lucia, California, and the height of the social season. Time for the new Miss Santa Lucia, Nora Burbank, to display her loveliness at a high society fashion show produced by the city’s own fashionistas–Margot and Daphne, owners of Poppy Cove, the most elegant and “in” little dress shop in the county.
Nora steals the show in her designer gown and custom-made necklace created by local jeweler Isaac Mendelson, and used on the sly by his apprentice son-in-law, Efrem Goldberg. At the conclusion of the show, the young queen is allowed to keep her dress and a replica of the necklace for her own. But Monday morning, Efrem arrives in a panic at Poppy Cove to beg Margot and Daphne’s assistance in tracking down the real necklace, which he believes was inadvertently switched for the replica backstage. The girls get involved in Efrem’s dilemma and try to help him before Isaac’s any the wiser. But before that can happen, Miss Santa Lucia is found dead in her bed and the necklace is missing.
Who killed Nora Burbank? Is it someone jealous of her new royal position and all of its perks? Or did she just happen to be in the way when a thief attempted to steal her diamond-studded necklace? Did Nora have the real or the fake necklace, and how much did the thief and murderer know about it? But, of course, before the girls can find the killer, they’ll have to create several beautiful ensembles, calm numerous irate clients, and flirt with their ever-so-attentive boyfriends, before solving this mystery.
About These Authors
Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff, both of whom reside in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Barbara Jean, however, is a resident of Santa Lucia, California (eerily similar to Santa Barbara), where she enjoys long lunches, cocktail parties, fancy dinner dates with attractive and attentive gentlemen. Her interests include Alfred Hitchcock movies, reading Carolyn Keene, music by popular musicians, such Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, shopping for new dresses, attending society events and always looking fabulous in kitten heels. DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN is her second novel in the Poppy Cove Mystery Series.
Andrea always imagined herself being a supersleuth girl detective and writing adventurous stories, full of mystery and intrigue since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She resides in Kelowna, BC, Canada, where she writes under the pen name of Barbara Jean Coast with her co-author friend, Heather Shkuratoff, and travels often to California to further develop the stories and escapades of the Poppy Cove Mystery Series. Andrea has also published freelance articles about fashion, current events, and childcare, and is currently blogging on WordPress about creativity and poetry, as well as researching for her own literary novels.
As an avid mystery reader, Heather joined lifelong friend Andrea Taylor to create the Poppy Cove Mystery Series, written under the pen name of Barbara Jean Coast. Growing up in a family of talented crafters and sewers, Heather developed her own skills to become a dressmaker and designer, which helps to give rich detail and character to their stories. She lives in Kelowna, BC, Canada, but spends much time in California, researching for the novels and doing her best to live like Barbara Jean.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barbarajean.coast & https://www.facebook.com/pages/Poppy-Cove-Mysteries/375180072578350
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