Death by Inferior Design

Domestic Bliss Mysteries

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A Domestic Bliss Mystery #1
“Sparkles with charm, design lore, and a sleuth with a great mantra. Cozy fans will embrace the Domestic Bliss series.” —Carolyn Hart, Edgar Award-winning author of Letters from Home
“TREND: For killer decorating tips, pick up Death by Inferior Design...advice is woven into this whodunit featuring rival designers as sleuths.” –House and Garden Magazine
“This story is delightful in every way...entertaining, humorous, serious, and totally engrossing from the first page to the last. And sprinkled throughout are tasty decorating tips.” –Midwest Book Review
“Her latest decorating job will make you feel like you’ve stumbled across the deadly side of HGTV.” —Jerrilyn Farmer, #1 Los Angeles Times bestselling author of the Madeline Bean mysteries
Interior decorator, Erin Gilbert heads to picturesque Crestview, Colorado for a friendly (if sharks are friendly) competition: She’ll design a room in one home; and the impossibly handsome Steve Sullivan—her main rival—will do a room in another. The prize? A big feature in Denver Magazine, showcasing their interior design business.
Who could have dreamed the uproar to ensue in a neighborhood full of eccentric homeowners, jealously hidden secrets and a few marriages in need of total makeovers. Trapped together in the midst of chaos, could the charming Steve turn out to be a...friend?
But between her custom, cushy pillows and dramatic drapery, Erin uncovers a very undecorative dead body, too many suspects, and a killer who seems to have designs...on her!
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About the author

Leslie Caine was once taken hostage and gunpoint and finds that writing about crimes is infinitely more enjoyable than taking part in them.
She is author of three cozy mystery series: the Molly Masters Mysteries, writing as Leslie O’Kane, featuring Leslie's alter ego: a mother of two cartoonist who creates eCards; the Allie Babcock Mysteries, writing as Leslie O’Kane, featuring a dog therapist; and the Domestic Bliss Mysteries, writing as Leslie Caine, featuring interior designers Erin Gilbert and Steve Sullivan.

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Oct 26, 2004
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Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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The girl’s body lay on the riverbank, her arms outflung. Her blonde hair lay in matted clumps, shockingly pale against the muddy bank. Her face was like a porcelain sculpture that had been broken and glued back together: grey cracks were visible under the white sheen of her dead skin. Her lips were so blue they could have been traced in ink.

When the body of troubled teenager Elodie Duncan is pulled from the river in Abbeyford, the case is at first assumed to be a straightforward suicide. Detective Sergeant Kate Redman is shocked to discover that she’d met the victim the night before her death, introduced by Kate’s younger brother Jay. As the case develops, it becomes clear that Elodie was murdered. A talented young musician, Elodie had been keeping some strange company and was hiding her own dark secrets.

As the list of suspects begin to grow, so do the questions. What is the significance of the painting Elodie modelled for? Who is the man who was seen with her on the night of her death? Is there any connection with another student’s death at the exclusive musical college that Elodie attended?

As Kate and her partner Detective Sergeant Mark Olbeck attempt to unravel the mystery, the dark undercurrents of the case threaten those whom Kate holds most dear…

Requiem (A Kate Redman Mystery: Book 2) is the second in The Kate Redman Mysteries series from crime writer Celina Grace, author of Hushabye (A Kate Redman Mystery), Lost Girls and The House on Fever Street.

crime mystery, British crime mystery, police procedural, female detective

A Domestic Bliss Mystery #3
“Sparkles with charm, design lore, and a sleuth with a great mantra. Cozy fans will embrace the Domestic Bliss series.” —Carolyn Hart, Edgar Award-winning author of Letters from Home
“Caine delivers another top-notch Domestic Bliss whodunit...nifty decorating tips complete the package.” –Publishers Weekly
“The zany personalities and the interaction between them is the novel’s most appealing aspect...the author seldom wavers from a gripping, pulsing narrative.” –Daily Camera, Boulder
“Leslie Caine once again concocts an interior decorating themed mystery that is sure to please her fans. With numerous design tips brilliantly painted through the canvas, Caine’s storyline is smooth as silk as she expertly designs the perfect murder. The sexual tension between Erin and Sullivan keeps the reader turning the pages. Manor of Death is a designer’s dream!” –Fresh Fiction
In Crestview, Colorado, homeowners are getting their houses in picture-perfect shape for the upcoming Historic Home Tour. Interior designer, Erin Gilbert is hired to renovate Francine Findley’s magnificent Victorian mansion. But from the very beginning of her job, things are totally out of control. A ghost sighting (Erin certain does not believe those rumors about the Victorian being haunted...) leads to the discovery of a hidden dead space in the attic...and the scandalous death of a beautiful young woman!
Teamed with her intolerably self-assured competitor, Steve Sullivan, Erin finds herself up against the neighbors, an imaginative teen, a woman communing—supposedly—with the dead, and one very anxious client.
When a second person dies, Erin suspects foul play. If she can’t uncover the killer, she might just be next!!
A Domestic Bliss Mystery #2
“Sparkles with charm, design lore, and a sleuth with a great mantra. Cozy fans will embrace the Domestic Bliss series.” —Carolyn Hart, Edgar Award-winning author of Letters from Home
“An appealing heroine and warm, genuinely winning voice.” –Publishers Weekly
“A fast, breezy read.” –The Mystery Reader
“A great mystery that puts you on the edge of your chair until the end!” –Fresh Fiction
“A great mystery that puts you on the edge of your chair until the end!” –Fresh Fiction
Smart, talented interior designer Erin Gilbert is becoming great friends with her free-spending client, Laura Smith, whose stunning mansion is brimming with rare, expensive antiques...until she realizes the fabulous treasures she so carefully acquired for Laura have been completely replaced with fakes! When Laura's explanations sound as phony as the furniture, Erin is compelled to dig deeper into Laura’s glamorous life—the real antiques have got to be somewhere—until her investigation is interrupted by a murder!
It seems Erin has revealed the same cunning con artist who all but ruined her handsome-but-bitter archrival, Steve Sullivan. Erin wants answers but Sullivan dreams of revenge; so when detectives are called in, their perfect suspect is...the charming (almost, maybe, not quite, perhaps boyfriend) Steve Sullivan himself!
Now Erin must chase down the real killer before the cops drag Sullivan away in cuffs...that would put a real damper on their budding romance!
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