Series ~ Fashion Avenue Mysteries, #2
Author ~ Christine DeMaio-Rice
Publisher ~ Red Adept Publishing
Published ~ 23 July 2012
Genre ~ Mystery
My Rating ~ 4 bites out of 5
Laura Carnegie and her sister Ruby started their own designer clothing line called Sartorial Sandwich. After working their butts off they’re pulling off their first show when disaster strikes. Their top model, Thomasina Wente, is found dead in the portable bathroom right before the big finale. Laura can’t believe she’s stumbled upon another dead body after what happened a few months ago in her former employer’s office, but unlike the obvious murder of Gracie Pomerantz, Thomasina is presumed to have overdosed. Presumed that is, until the police focus on Ruby as a likely suspect of Thomasina’s murder by poison. Laura is once again off and running to solve a murder before someone she cares about is sent to prison for a crime she doesn’t believe they committed.
A great addition to the Fashion Avenue Mysteries series. Fast-flowing, twisty plot, great characters and an excellent inside view of how big designers do things. I found Laura to be a bit irritating in her quest to find the real killer though. She’s a fashion snob, a little too preachy about what is hip and what’s not and too quick to judge the lives of ‘giraffes’ (supermodels) and rich people, but she is in fashion, so I cut her a little slack. I also was surprised she dropped everything to do with her fledgling company to help a sister she is in constant competition with and who appears to actively resent and hate most of the time. But then I don’t have a sister, so maybe I’m missing something there.
All-in-all an entertaining read and a surprise ending. I look forward to Book 3 and seeing who will be the next dead body Laura happens upon.
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