Diane Vallere, a 20-year retail fashion veteran, has a new debut coming up for release on June 5, 2012 which, in a nutshell is a funny cozy mystery centered around a fashion director's murder. We reviewed this story, Designer Dirty Laundry, and what comes next is our take on the book.
A Brief Summary:
Samantha Kidd, ex-buyer turned Trend Specialist, designed her future with couture precision, but finding the Fashion Director's corpse on day one leaves her hanging by a thread.
When the killer fabricates evidence that puts the cops on her hemline, she trades high fashion for dirty laundry and reveals a cast of characters out for blood. The flatfoot in heels becomes sort of a private-eye and goes about unlocking the identity of the killer. In her race for solving the mystery, she must keep pace with a diabolical designer before she gets marked down for murder.
An entertaining and fun cozy mystery…
This book reminded us a lot of the Death On Demand cozy mystery series by Carolyn Hart. The narrative is written from Samantha's perspective and in a sense, the story is similar to the detail memoir of the lead character.
Hoping to make a new start, she moves to a small town from New York and starts a job in a local fashion company only to encounter a corpse in the elevator on her first day of work; a corpse which later disappears and makes people skeptical about her.
From this bang in the beginning of the novel, some small events happen which at the end imply that the female heroine is being framed up.
There is a lot of fashion talk in the book, as this is an area in which the author has significant expertise, and while she goes about finding clues as who is the killer, the reader gets to know about the big buckets of activity in the fashion value chain and some industry trends.
Overall, an impressive cozy mystery from a promising author.
Our Rating: 3.2
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