BOOK REVIEW

DEATH BY INFERIOR DESIGN - LESLIE CAINE

When interior designer, Erin Gilbert, arrived for her assignment she was in for quite a surprise.  She noticed the van of one of her competitors, Steve Sullivan, parked in her clients' driveway.  What was he doing there?  Was he trying to steal her customer?  After all, Steve was in business three times longer than Erin and had three times the referrals.  He certainly didn't need this one too! 

It turns out that Steve was hired by another neighbor, Kevin, to do some work on his den.  Kevin's wife had been nagging him to redecorate their house so these two neighbors, Carl and Kevin, sent their wives off to a spa for a weekend while the work was being done.  They would be surprised upon their return.

A third neighbor, Randy, came up with the idea of making the redecorating a contest between Gilbert and Sullivan.  The two designers would be given the same amount of money to work with.  Randy was the editor of Denver Lifestyles.  The winner of the competition would be featured in his magazine.

What did Erin get herself into?  Well for starters, the contest judge dies.  Was it murder?  Erin also discovers a picture of herself as a child in the bedroom. Why was this photo there?  Erin was adopted.  Could this be the home of her real parents?

This is a fun mystery to read.  On the one hand, you have some lines that are very funny.  On the other, this is an intriguing mystery to read.  The book is fast paced and it will keep you guessing - not one that you can guess what is going to happen right at the beginning.  You have many subplots such as Erin's parents along with the death of Randy.  Leslie Caine has done an excellent job with this book and we look forward to more of her novels in the future.  Add this one to your list of books to read.  It is one you will enjoy.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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