Designed for Death

Murders by Design

After becoming a widow, interior designer Deva Dunne relocates to Florida in the hopes of creating a new life for herself away from the lingering memories of her beloved husband. When she finds her client and neighbor dead, the residents of her condo almost all become suspects. Soon Deva doesn't have time to worry about being alone as she is inundated with male attention, including that of a killer.

Jean Harrington delivers a delightful heroine with this cozy mystery. Deva Dunne is an interesting mixture; she is a vulnerable widow and yet she doesn't back down from a killer. She’s not looking for romance and yet she has at least three men interested in more than her interior design skills. She is entertaining to watch as she uncovers clues and almost blunders her way tracking down a killer.

Both Lieutenant Victor Rossi and neighbor Simon Yaeger make interesting leading men, and possible suspects. They both seemed to take on typical roles, the sarcastic policeman and the suave man about town, but they were fun to read about. I enjoyed the fact that there was a constant niggle of a doubt with both of the men, keeping both Deva and the reader on high alert. The residents of the condo are definitely eclectic and it was entertaining to get to see how they all interacted with the designer. I was fascinated by the glimpses I got into an alternate lifestyle and adored meeting the victim’s best friend. While I wasn't completely sure just how I felt about the heroine by the end of this story I am looking forward to seeing what other kinds of adventures she can get up to.

Book Blurb for Designed for Death

An Eye for Detail, a Nose for Trouble

Interior designer Deva Dunne's latest project comes to a screeching halt when blood on the carpet leads her to the body of her client, an exotic dancer with a mysterious past. But the murdered woman is not the only resident of the posh beachfront condominium with secrets, and investigating officer Lieutenant Victor Rossi considers them all suspects.

Though wary of working in the killer's midst, Deva continues decorating the unit for the new owner. When she stumbles upon clues that might help crack the case, she can't resist doing a little digging of her own, despite Rossi's orders to quit meddling. Now, she's juggling the investigation, her career and sexy neighbor Simon Yaeger, who seems interested in more than her etchings.

Deva can't help but be flattered by all the male attention—that is, until she realizes the killer has designs on her, too...

67,000 words

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2015 3.50