Irene Seligman enjoys her job as Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, but when her mother's latest husband dies leaving her only a mansion in need of repair, Irene comes home to Santa Fe. At first the idea of a consignment shop selling couture clothing seems like a no lose proposition. Her mother has friends who would be willing to sell some of their older outfits, and Irene knows how to run a business.
Setting up the store is progressing well, and Irene is happy to be back in Santa Fe, but on opening day, she enters the back room to find one of her mother's friends dead. Finding the body attracts attention to the store, but when Irene finds herself a person of interest, she's not sure the notoriety is worth it. When another body is found, she worries that her mother is in danger and with one of her mother's friends investigates the killings.
The is a fun cozy mystery. Irene is a strong character, capable of running a store, taking care of her mother, and finding a killer. The author has populated the book with ethnic characters and sophisticated ladies. Although it's amusing for awhile, the antics of these characters becomeannoying by the end of the book.
Scenes of Santa Fe are well done. I thought the setting was one of the best parts of the book, particularly when the investigators go back into the hills to check out a palatial hunting lodge.
If you like cozy mysteries, this is a good one.
I received this book from Alibi for this review.