One foreign policy question five years ago sent Destinee Faith Miller's dreams of being Miss American Universe up in flames and landed her back in her hometown of Phenix City, Alabama, with her tail between her legs. But like the mythological bird that her hometown is misspelled after, she rose from the ashes to create Destinee's Dolls, a thriving pageant consulting business knee-deep in pink, prints and glitz. A death at the local level of a national pageant lands her the job of pageant emcee, and Destinee dares to dream of bigger things-maybe even a reality TV show! But when judges start dropping like flies, she has her hands full just keeping herself alive long enough to see those dreams come true. Contending with catfights, car bombs, and the camouflage-colored funeral of a redneck's dream, Destinee gets a little help from her friends, family, and a pit bull named Clarabelle, to track down the killer and, more important, produce a simply magnificent pageant.
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Length: 231 pages (Kindle)
Source: Review Copy
Available Formats: Print/E-book
Publication Date: August 27th 2013 by Cozy Cat Press
Tiara Trouble is author Lane Buckman's first novel and am I ever glad that I had a chance to read it and review it for her.
I thought Tiara trouble was one of the cutest and well developed reads I've come across in ages. Usually I tend to stay away from books like this because I usually don't like anything to do with pageants but this one was definitely worth the read.
I loved Destinee! I thought she was a great heroine. She was smart, and strong and while I thought she may end up being a complete ditz but she really did surprise me by being the exact opposite of what I thought and I think that's what made me love the book so much.
With a triple homicide that not only puzzled Destinee but me as well. I honestly didn't see who the killer was until the end and I thought that since it was a cozy mystery that I would be able to figure out who was behind all the murders but I had no clue and when I did find out everything suddenly made sense.
I really enjoyed the authors writing style. She was able to mix romance, murder and pageants all together to create a really fleshed out mystery that while it was cozy, I found that there was a lot more substance to the story than I expected. The characters were great and I had quite a few laughs while I was reading the book which added to my over all reading experience because I love when an author can make me laugh.
Overall, Tiara Trouble was a very well written, fast paced cozy mystery that had a lot going on in it without being too busy. The story was interesting, the mystery was well plotted out and I the characters were just perfect and I'll definitely be on the look out for the second book.
I would recommend this one to fans of cozy mysteries that don't mind the odd curse word. While there is a romantic element to the story it is a clean read and I think fans of clean romances along with cozy mystery fans would find that this book has a lot to offer to the readers especially if you want a quick and fun read.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
I read this book for the following reading challenges:
2013 150+ Reading Challenge
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