Interior Motives: a book review


Interior designer Haley Farrell and contractor Dutch Merrill argue over just about everything–even their rhyming last names. Could it be a budding romance, or is it business as usual for these creative cohorts? Unfortunately, they don’t have time to figure it out. Marlene Weikert, their newest client in a renovation project, has just died, and Haley suspects it was not by natural causes. Who would have killed Marlene? Could it be the friendly nurse? One of Marlene’s contentious sons? Or maybe the doctor who provided Marlene’s medication? Armed with her designer’s eye for detail, Haley sets out to solve the mystery. Written by a popular author, Interior Motives perfectly combines interior design, mystery, and chick lit to create a hot new hybrid genre readers will love.

My Review: 

Quirky, klutzy and bullheaded interior designer Haley Farrell is back in the final installment of the Deadly Decor Mysteries, a rare hybrid combination of interior design, chick lit and suspense.

I’ve loved every book in this series, but it has taken years to finally get my hands on the last one, and I was so excited! Interior Motives didn’t let me down.

Written in first person point of view, the inner workings of Haley’s mind and her snark never fail to make me laugh. Her interactions with Dutch Merrill are total gold, everyone says they belong together – except the couple themselves! I’m not certain quite what I felt for their budding romance. Sometimes they worked well together. Other times I swear that if they married, they wouldn’t last long before they killed each other!

Dutch ran a bit too hot/cold for my tastes. Sometimes he acted so nice, but more often than not he acted like a complete jerk – or maybe closer to stalker.

Then there is Bella, Haley’s neighbor. A wannabe – excuse me – legally pet detective. Proud owner of a Detective’s license that she earned online. To quote Haley: “Be afraid. Be very Afraid!” Crazy Bella is a laugh riot, her and her to maniac cats: Bali H’ai and Faux Bali, spread mayhem and mishaps wherever they go! Bella determinedly follows Haley around everywhere, determined to help her solve the case. Only unfortunately, subtlety and tact (not to mention smarts) are things she has little of.

I just wish that there was one more book in the series. It felt like there should have been. Not everything was wrapped up as well as I would have liked. I need to see how everything turned out in the end. Haley vs. and Dutch, her father’s mystery issue, and a certain possible – and destined to be epically funny – romance between Bella and a certain unnamed someone.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: clean.
Language: clean.
Drinking/Drugs: clean
Blood/violence: Very mild, only one fight. No blood.

Amazon Kindle Link
Amazon Paperback Link – Unfortunately, Interior Motives is out of print and only available in used and new.

Happy Reading y’all!