#BookReview: Handbags & Hooligans by Laina Turner

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

Handbags & HooligansSummary:

Presley went to Vegas to watch her friend Anna get married and the event turned into solving the mystery of her brothers girlfriend disappearance. But Ashley wasn’t exactly the school teacher she appeared to be. Who was she and was she kidnapped?


I just recently read Necklaces and Nooses and enjoyed a quick and fast-paced mystery. I was so ready to dive into another Presley Thurman mystery, and especially one that takes place in Vegas! Once again the action starts right away and really doesn’t let up throughout. There’s a teacher/stripper who has disappeared, illegal gaming, and a hot-or-not romance to entertain us throughout the pages. Just like with the previous book in this series, I thought this ended quite abruptly for how much build up we have, but still an enjoyable mystery read.

4 stars

laina turnrAuthor Bio

As a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child).
As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.
Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.
Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.
Taking the plunge to write books (cozy mysteries and chick lit) that she actually let people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to being a real author, having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, Writing is a Lifestyle, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.

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