Skip to main content

Death by Inferior Design

Leslie Caine

Mass Market Paperback

List Price: 6.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


It was a great opportunity, a beautiful day, and a perfect setting: home designer Erin Gilbert was headed to a lovely Crestview, Colorado, neighborhood to engage in a friendly little design contest with her nearest and less-than-dearest competitor, the unspeakably handsome Steve Sullivan. Erin would do a room in one home. Across the street, Steve would do another. Between Gilbert and Sullivan, may the best eye win.

Neither designer could suspect that rearranging two spaces on a winter weekend would set off an uproar in the neighborhood—of quirky homeowners, passionate secrets, and marriages in need of extreme makeovers. Looking for a friend in this perilously unhinged environment, Erin wants to think that Steve might turn from competitor to ally…But somewhere between her faux wall finish and her custom window treatments, Erin is in for a shock: It seems that a killer has created this designing job just for her!

Praise For Death by Inferior Design

“Sparkles with charm, design lore, and a sleuth with a great mantra. Cozy fans will embrace the Domestic Bliss series.” —Carolyn Hart, Edgar Award-winning author of Letters from Home

"Home decorating tips to die for!” —Sarah Graves, bestselling author of the Home Repair is Homicide series

“Leslie Caine deftly merges hate-fueled homicide with household hints in her “how-to/whodunit” mystery.” —Mary Daheim, nationally bestselling author of The Alpine Pursuit

“Talk about extreme makeovers!” —Parnell Hall, author of With This Puzzle, I Thee Kill

“Leslie Caine paints a winsome heroine with family woes, furnishes a well-upholstered murder, and accessorizes with well-patterned wit and a finishing touch of romance.”—Deborah Donnelly, author of May the Best Man Die

"A mystery within a mystery, a winning heroine, a yummy love interest, some laugh-out-loud lines…and as if that weren’t enough, some terrifically useful decorating tips."—Cynthia Baxter, author of Dead Canaries Don't Sing

“Her latest decorating job will make you feel like you’ve stumbled across the deadly side of HGTV.” —Jerrilyn Farmer, bestselling author of the Madeline Bean mysteries

Dell, 9780440241751, 400pp.

Publication Date: October 26, 2004

About the Author

Leslie Caine was once taken hostage at gunpoint and finds that writing about crimes is infinitely more enjoyable than taking part in them. Leslie is a certified interior decorator and lives in Colorado with her husband, two teenage children, and a cocker spaniel.