A nose for scent, and a mind for solving murder...
Meet Persia Vanderbilt, 'sensory specialist' extraordinaire, who moves to Gull Harbor to live with her aunt Florence and the 'Menagerie'--Florence's wild crew of felines, canines, and birds. Little did Persia know that when she signed on to work in Venus Envy--her aunt's bath and beauty shop and day-spa--she also signed on for adventure and mayhem. For all is not beautiful in the little ocean-side town of Gull Harbor, where things begin to go awry and murder rears its ugly head. And now Persia must safely find her way through the adventures that land in her path.
Books in the series (in order, first to last--this series is complete):
Scent to her Grave Grave; October 2005; Berkley
Prime Crime; ISBN: 0425205339
The fairest of them all... Lydia Wang is the newly crowned winner of a local beauty pageant--and the queen of mean. Used to getting what she wants, she ends up in an fight with Persia over the store's newest acquisition: the Mirror of Aphrodite. Reflecting only the most beautiful aspects of the person looking into it, the mirror is a huge draw and definitely not for sale--no matter how much Lydia is willing to pay. Persia arrives at the shop the next morning to find Lydia dead, the mirror missing, and one of the shop's treasured employees the prime suspect. Trevor's arrest is a blemish on the reflection of the shop, so Persia decides to take matters by the nose. To clear his name, she must sniff out the signature scent of a killer.
A Blush With Death; May 2006; Berkley Prime
Crime; ISBN: 0-425-20966-0 OUT OF PRINT
There's only one #1... There's a new makeover maven in town, and she spells big trouble for everyone at Venus Envy. Bebe Wilcox has just unveiled her own boutique, and she won't stop until her shop has put everyone else out of business. Nothing is out of bounds, from stealing fragrance recipes to computer hacking and sabotaging supplies. But when one of Bebe's pushy saleswomen ends up dead, the stakes become much more dangerous. Staging a public falling out with her Auntie, Persia gets hired at Bebe's Boutique and begins snooping for evidence of wrongdoing. But can she find the goods before the killer decides to find her?
Glossed and Found; January 2007; Berkley Prime
Crime; ISBN: 0425212947
Murder is never pretty... When Venus Envy's new makeup artist vanishes on the night of the Thanksgiving Gala, Persia knows that something is terribly wrong. The police think Lisa drowned--her car was found parked near Lookout Pier, and a storm had raged through town the night of the dance. But Persia refuses to believe it. Lisa Tremont was terrified of water and would never have gone out on a pier by herself, and Lisa had just confided to Persia that she'd discovered what happened to a missing inheritance belonging to her and her sister. Could Lisa have stumbled too close to the thief? Working against the clock, Persia must find her friend while fending off escalating threats from her ex-boyfriend Elliot as the holidays close in with their glittering beauty.