Saturday, March 24, 2012

Dead is the New Black

Dead is the New Black
   ~ Christine DeMaio-Rice
Publisher ~ Christine DeMaio-Rice
Published ~ 9 September 2011

My Rating ~ 4 out of 5

Laura Carnegie is a pattern maker for big fashion designer Jeremy St. James. She fell in love with him practically from the day she interviewed for the job and even though they work closely together and she’s still in love with him five years later, she’s done nothing about it because Jeremy is gay. However, she loves her job and the time in the early mornings that they spend together before everyone else arrives to work, so she continues to love him from afar. Until the morning she’s a little late and finds him standing over the dead body of his financial backer, murder weapon in his hand. Uh, oh. That doesn’t look good.

This was an excellent mystery! I couldn’t figure out who the killer was. I bopped back and forth between suspects and even considered that Jeremy really did kill the bitch, um, I mean, moneybags. Interspersed with a murder to solve, a counterfeit clothing ring to bust, a childhood sibling rivalry to put to rest and a love interest trying to make himself known we are educated on how the big designers and the fashion industry work.

Having no clue and really no interest in fashion didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying the process in which these exclusive fashions are made, from beginning to end. I’ve always enjoyed the show How It’s Made and this book is a bit like that only with interesting characters, a twisty plot, a murder and a counterfeit clothing mystery thrown in. Most excellent!

*Red Adept provided a copy of this book to me for review. Please see disclaimer page.

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