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Trade Paperback
304 pages
Mar 2006
Revell Books

Decorating Schemes

by Ginny Aiken

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There’s nothing like a dead body to upset the color schemes of a room. Interior designer, Haley Farrell, almost tripped over the corpse while she was making plans to redesign a ritzy Georgian mansion. After the police are called, everyone is treated as a suspect, which gives Haley a terrible feeling of “been there, done that.”

Fans of this series will remember the quirky, but lovable interior designer from a previous murder investigation in which she was jailed for a short time. In this book, Haley has a bad case of déjà vu as she stumbles over her second dead body. Although it doesn’t appear she will be falsely arrested this time, she still feels an urgency to find the true killer. Since the prime suspect is a man who may be stealing her heart, she needs to find out the truth before it’s too late.

A delicious dash of humor and some cozy romantic tension fill these pages with fun. The mystery element is well done and includes a terrific cast of characters. The clues and motivation for the murder are slowly revealed, giving readers a chance to guess the killer’s identity. Setting the story within the framework of interior designing is an unusual touch that provides some clever angles.

Yet, at the heart of the story is Haley Farrell. Readers will love her because she needs to be loved. Her past includes some serious heartbreak, which is skillfully masked by her offbeat outlook and creative flair. Although it isn’t necessary to have read the previous book, it will certainly be an added bonus to have done so. Decorating Schemes takes interior designing to a whole new level! – Joyce Handzo, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Design job? Check. General contractor/sparring partner? Check. Dead body, mystery to solve, and guilty suspicion? Check, check, and check.

Haley Farrell is getting her life under control. She's got a great design business, a successful auction house, and loving friends and family. But finding a dead girl on the patio is not a good way to start a decorating job--especially when your general contractor is the main suspect. And the body is only the beginning.

Always curious and always in trouble, Haley sets out to solve the crime. Even though she finds Dutch Merrill infuriating, she can't believe he's involved. But with the karate chop cop, Lila Tsu, watching every move and the neighborhood "Jessica Fletcher" constantly under foot, will Haley be able to free Dutch? Or will she paint herself into a very dangerous corner--with a murderer lying in wait?