Friday, November 1, 2013

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Tiara Trouble

Tiara Trouble:
A Destinee Faith Miller Mystery

New Series
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (August 27, 2013)
Paperback: 230 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1939816160
E-Book File Size: 609 KB

What happens when Dynasty meets Honey BooBoo, they have a baby, and that baby is raised by Charlie’s Angels? You get TIARA TROUBLE, a bedazzled cozy mystery full of gritty glitz.
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 tulle.
A death at the local level of a national event 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 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.


Review: Lane Buckman writes this cozy with what she knows best, the pageant circuit. This is the first novel in a new series and it proves that this is going to be a wild ride. 

The book starts with Destinee witnessing the murder of a beauty queen who pretty much breaks her neck on a pad of butter!

Destinee is just a fantastic character and her business is a hoot and her rivalry with fellow pageant girl, Tishelle, who just happens to be a royal Bee-oytch! And yes that is with a capital B! makes this book a riot.

I have to admit, I'm not the kind of girl that goes in for all the pageantry stuff and it took me a little while to warm up to Destinee, because well, its hard not to take her as shallow at first, but she really is a good one. And I want her closet.

Who wouldn't!

Tiara Trouble starts off a bit slow as far as the murder goes. It is almost to the midway point when you know that Harland's death was possibly foul play and then another pageant judge turns up dead and well that's when all the real action starts.

As for the killer, you will definitely be surprised! Which is always a good thing when reading a cozy mystery.

This was really a super fun read and hopefully a start to a long and hilarious series

Rating: 4 flowers

mebwAbout This Author
Lane Buckman is a former beauty queen from Phenix City, Alabama. Growing up, she wanted to be Miss America, a criminal lawyer, a super model, the President, a Bond girl, a brain surgeon, a journalist, a back-up singer for Duran Duran, and a college professor of Medieval Literature. In order to fulfill those dreams, she became a writer. She lives in Texas with her family, and enjoys every miserably hot second of it.
Her solo debut novel, TIARA TROUBLE, is available from Cozy Cat Press on October 28, 2013, with a sneak peek launch the week prior at the BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL. TIARA TROUBLE, a light-hearted cozy mystery, marks a departure from Lane’s earlier works in the darker horror/fantasy genre.
The well-received THE ORDER OF THE BLOOD (Black Bed Sheets Books, April 09, 2011), co-authored with Nicole Vlachos, was Lane’s first novel. She has ghost written and consulted on two others.
Follow Lane on Facebook and Twitter, and keep up with her world on her blog.

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Lane said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! I really appreciate it.

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