Monday, January 21, 2019

Murder Wears a Little Black Dress by Debra Sennefelder: Review & a Giveaway!

Murder Wears a Little Black Dress

 (A Resale Boutique Mystery)

by Debra Sennefelder

About the Book 


Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Lyrical Underground (January 22, 2019)
Paperback: 200 pages
ISBN-10: 1516108965
ISBN-13: 978-1516108961
Digital ASIN: B07CR2CG63
Manhattan fashionista Kelly Quinn thought she’d left her upstate New York town far behind . . . until the Seventh Avenue expat returns home to revamp her grandmother’s consignment shop into an upscale boutique—and unwittingly sets a trend for murder . . .
After her rising career as a Manhattan buyer is derailed, Kelly has mixed feelings about relocating back to Lucky Cove, in spite of her big plans for the soon-to-be-renamed Curated by Kelly Resale Boutique. What’s left of her luck starts running out when a customer puts on a black lace dress that triggers visions of someone being murdered. As if the haunted “Murder Dress” isn’t enough to kill business, the psychic’s doppelganger cousin has just been found bludgeoned to death.

Was Maxine LeMoyne the real target or was it a case of mistaken murder? With some creepy pre-Halloween bargain hunters walking the night and Kelly suddenly a person of interest, a second murder rocks the close-knit town. Now Kelly could be the one who ends up talking to dead people when she’s stalked by a killer determined to take her out in high style . . .

About the Author

Debra Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique Mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.

Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie and Billy.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Women's Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America.

Author Links:  Website – Facebook – Goodreads 

My Thoughts

Murder Wears a Little Black Dress is the debut novel in A Resale Boutique Mystery series.  Kelly Quinn has inherited her grandmother’s consignment boutique and she is determined to make it work.  Kelly lost her job as an assistant buyer in New York and her old boss has had her blackballed in the fashion industry. She wants to make changes to the shop to feature clothing and accessories only (getting rid of furniture and tchotchkes).  Pepper Donovan, her grandmother’s friend and employee does not like the changes Kelly plans to make to the shop (I want to know how a shop making no profit can afford an employee).   I thought Murder Wears a Little Black Dress was a quick, easy to read cozy mystery.  It is fashion oriented with detailed clothing descriptions.  The mystery was straightforward and avid mystery readers will find it a piece of cake pinpointing the killer.  I wish the author had provided more details on Kelly’s past.  Some information is imparted throughout the book and details on how she lost her job is slowly revealed.  Kelly has tension with Ariel Barnes over an incident that occurred back in high school.  Again, the information is slowly provided as the story progresses (very drawn out).  To me it should have been an emotional part of the story, but the feelings were not there.  There is a smidgeon of paranormal in the story and a hint of romance.  Murder Wears a Little Black Dress is a lively cozy mystery with fashionable clothes, personable characters, murder, mystical forces, and mayhem.

Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, #2)Murders Wears a Little Black Dress comes out on January 22 and is for sale AmazonB&NKobo, and Google Play.  Debra Sennefelder's next book is The Hidden Corpse which releases on March 26.  It is the second book in A Food Blogger Mystery series.  In honor of the tour, the author is giving away an Enthrill code for an ARC of Murder Wears a Little Black Dress.  To enter, please leave a comment below with your name and email address (so I can contact you).  The contest ends on January 30 at 11:59 p.m.  Good Luck! Please take the time to visit the other stops on the tour for reviews, characters interviews, spotlights, author interviews and giveaways (schedule below). I will return tomorrow with my review of Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber (I was unable to feature it when it released).  I hope you have a warm day (it has been so cold lately).  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader


January 21 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

January 21 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

January 22 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 22 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW

January 23 – My Reading Journey – REVIEW  

January 23 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 24 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW

January 24 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 25 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW  

January 25 – Readeropolis – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

January 26 – Mallory Heart's Cozies – REVIEW

January 26 - Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW

January 27 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 27 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW

January 28 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

January 28 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

January 29 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW

January 29 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

January 30 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

January 31 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 31 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

February 1 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 1 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 2 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW

February 3 – Laura`s Interests – REVIEW

February 3 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT


  1. I love the cover and the cute little cat. I have this book on my TBR. Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  2. Thank you for your review on "Murder Wears a Little Black Dress" by Debra Sennefelder and for being part of the book tour.

    Sounds like a book that I would love to have the opportunity to read. Adorable cover!
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    1. Congratulations! You are the randomly selected winner. I have forwarded your information. Enjoy!

  3. I love the cover. Can’t wait to read this.

  4. It sounds divine .
    I look forward to reading this.
    The cover is "Sassy" I dare say .