A fun series about upper-class suburbia: private school, dinner at the club, shopping in town...and murder.
Amanda Worth wouldn't be caught dead in a discount store, she had too much money, and was too class-concious for anything but the best. Susan Henshaw found her in a dressing room at the grand opening of the new outlet mall, with a Hermes scarf knotted tightly around her neck.
What could have possessed Amanda to go to a mall she described as "tacky", and why was she murdered, and in such a way?
I enjoyed this, I found it to be well written, it held my interest and I wasn't able to guess the murderer. Who would have thought one could make a suburban housewife's life so interesting.
I read most of this series years ago and for some reason got sidetracked after the previous book, so I was delighted to discover four "new" books to read as I remember loving the series. Unfortunately, this was just not a compelling book - while some level of consumerism was inevitable, given the murder location (a hot new mall opening) the book and the characters come across terribly shallow. The mystery was well paced, though I did feel like critical information was held back to the end. The plot suffered from having an unsympathetic victim and a few too many twists. A quick read with some series character development, but I think I'd recommend new readers go back to the beginning of the series.
This actually is one of the better ones in the series. SHE SHOPPED TILL SHE DROPPED . . . DEAD. As her wealthy friends and neighbors knew, Amanda Worth wouldn't be caught dead in a discount store. But she was. Susan Henshaw found her in a dressing room with a Hermes scarf knotted murderously tight around her elegant neck. What possibly could have lured Amanda to the grand opening of the new outlet mall? Susan shops around for the answer and discovers that on the seamy side of suburbia, the seven deadly sins are alive and kicking. Greed, envy, illicit romance, financial chicanery -- anything goes. For in this pristine Connecticut village, murder is suddenly the fashion. And one size fits all....