All That Shines

Glitter Bay Mysteries Book 2

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
250 Pages
Reviewed on 07/10/2021
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

All that Shines by Diane Bator is the second book in the Glitter Bay Mysteries. Sage isn't thrilled with her sister's latest idea for Vintage Sage that involves putting on a fashion show to celebrate the new location for the store. She's certainly not pleased that Laken also hired a fashion designer she doesn't get along with to help. Tagging along with Sebastian Haywood III is his protege, who becomes a surprising friend to the sisters as well as a possible suspect when Sage finds the designer's body in the store. Unfortunately, Sage now has another problem. Her problems only get worse when people from her past arrive in town, and she's stuck searching among them to find a motive for Sebastian's murder. Can Sage make it through the fashion show and keep the grand opening of her new location on track as she attempts to catch a killer?

The relationship between sisters Sage and Laken is at the heart of Glitter Bay Mysteries. They have a bantering dynamic as siblings usually do with differing opinions. Still, they also provide a great source of support for each other in any circumstance, whether it's keeping Vintage Sage going or tracking down a killer. The story revolves around the dynamic of these two sisters and their attempts to keep their shop on track with the new location. The mystery focuses on the murder of Sebastian, and his introduction provides both the core of the mystery and immediate friction for Sage. He's instantly a big personality and provides humorous situations through his high-maintenance and difficult attitude. He's confident in himself and his abilities with everyone below him, which sets up immediate motives that lead to his death. He's set up as a conflict for Sage as they constantly clash, but he's also a source of comic relief with the snarky comments made about him that include 'yappy little dude' and 'pompous gerbil.' The instant conflict he provides gives Sage a motive and an added incentive to find the real killer. Diane Bator delightfully blends humor and mystery in a story that keeps you constantly entertained. The writing style is lighthearted and upbeat with playful banter, a witty plot, and charming characters that develop the comedic tone. All that Shines is a mystery that's funny, charming, and delightful with strong writing, humorous moments, the bond of sisters, and plenty of fashion.