Saturday, August 24, 2019


Today I'm a stop on the blog tour for
Book 2 in the DIY Diva Mysteries
by Paula Darnell

DIY Diva Laurel McMillan rejoices when her student Jennifer's peacock pillow wins a design contest; that is, until Jennifer's husband Matt is smothered with the very same pillow. When the police confiscate her prize-winning pillow, Jennifer freaks out, and Laurel fears that Jennifer may be more upset about losing the pillow than about Matt's death. But the police arrest disgraced nurse Edna Elkins, not Jennifer. Begging Laurel to find the real killer, Edna insists she's innocent, but Laurel's not so sure, and when Laurel encounters Jennifer while walking her lovable Labrador retriever, Bear, she's left with more questions than answers. Should the crafty DIY Diva play DIY Detective or does Edna really belong in jail?



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This second installment in the DIY Diva Mysteries is just as delightful as, if not more than, book one, DEATH BY ASSOCIATION.

I loved being back in the gated community of Hawkeye Haven with protagonist, Laurel McMillan and her adorable Lab, Bear. Like book one, I was absorbed in, DEATH BY DESIGN within the first few pages. Ms. Darnell’s writing has that certain flow that makes for an easy read, even as she is drawing you deep into the story.

Along with the main mystery, there are a few other things going on in this tale that makes it hard to find a dull moment. Really, there was never a boring or slow scene where I could set this book down. Author Darnell can be blamed for nothing else getting accomplished in my life for the day I spent enthralled with her words.

For fans who have waited for, DEATH BY DESIGN, you’re going to be thrilled with this this addition to the series. New readers won’t have a problem following along. But be warned newbies, you will want to buy the first book after reading this one!

Oh, did I mention there are recipes?!

About Paula Darnell

 An instructor at five colleges over the years, Paula Darnell most often taught the dreaded first-year English composition classes, but she's also been happy to teach some fun classes, such as fashion design, sewing, and jewelry making. Paula has a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and a Master's degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno. Like Laurel, the main character in Death by Association, Paula enjoys all kinds of arts and crafts. Some of her memorable projects include making a hat and a cape to wear to Royal Ascot, sewing wedding gowns for both her daughters, exhibiting her textile and mixed-media artwork in juried art shows, and having one of her jewelry projects accepted for inclusion in Leather Jewelry, published by Lark Books. She sells some of her jewelry and hair accessories in her Etsy shop: Paula's interest in DIY craft projects and fashion led to her writing hundreds of articles for print and online national publications. Living in a guard-gated community governed by a homeowners' association gave Paula the idea for the setting of Death by Association. She finds that residing in an HOA community can be both a blessing and a curse. A Happy-New-Year greeting from her community association called on residents to “start the new year by reviewing your Rules and Regulations booklet,” something unlikely to top anyone's list of New Year's resolutions. Paula lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband Gary and their 110-pound dog Rocky, whose favorite pastime is lurking in the kitchen, hoping for a handout 

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  1. Thank you for your review on "DEATH BY DESIGN" by Paula Darnell and for being part of the book tour.

    Sounds like a fabulous book, but I knew it would be. I can't wait for the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. This book sounds interesting. I like the cover. This is a new to me author and I would love to try one of her books. Thanks for the chance.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

  3. Thank you for the lovely review. I'm so happy you liked Death by Design, and I hope other readers will enjoy it, too!
    Paula Darnell, Author