Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Rating : 3.0/5
Number of Pages : 274
Series : #2 Bath and Body Series
Format : Mystery
Reason for Reading : Cozy Mystery Challenge
India Ink the penname of Yasmine Galenorn is back with the second in the Bath and Body series. Persia is back as a sensory expert working in her Aunt's shop Venus Envy where she makes custom perfurm and aromatherapy blends for their customers. A rival firm has set in in the same town (Gull Harbour) led by Bebe Wilcox and she won't stop until she has put all of the competition out of business.
There are possible corporate espiange goings on as Venus Envy's roses are destroyed, their computer files are hacked and Persia's personal scent journal is stolen. Unfortunatley until there is proof there is nothing the police can do. To help Persia reluctantly agrees to go undercover and work for Bebe to look for dirt on the inside. Life becomes more compplicated when one of Bebe's sales girls (one of the cloned Belles) is murdered. Persia is on the list of suspects along with sexy and charming Killian who also has a score to settle with Bebe and her gang. As usual Persia is in too deep and puts herself in danger trying to save Venus Envy.
I enjoyed taking a trip back to Gull Harbour, but not as much as the first installment (Scent to Her Grave). I felt that a lot of time was spent building up the characters and that it took the plot a bit too long to really get going. It was well over half way when the murder occurred and that seemed quite late in the story to me. I will read the next in the series though as I do really like Persia and her Aunt and am interested to see how things develop with Killian.