Crime of Fashion Mystery No 8
Feb 2012/ 978-0-451-23613-5
by Laura Hinds
Lacey Smithsonian has a successful career as a fashion reporter.
She lives and works in Washington, DC, where she also has a boyfriend
named Vic Donovan, a retired police chief from her hometown of Sagebrush,
Colorado. Lacey's ex-boyfriend, Cole Tucker, still lives in Sagebrush
and has been arrested and charged with murder. He is a suspected
As much as Lacey hoped to never go back to Sagebrush, she now feels
that she has to. She cannot believe for a minute that Cole would
kill anyone, let alone kill three women. Yet when Lacey has a few
minutes with Cole before his arraignment, he kidnaps her and takes
her on the lam. Could it be true that Cole is a serial killer, and
Lacey was all wrong about him? Or is he innocent and merely desperate
to have Lacey uncover the true murderer?
If you like a fast-paced, mystery, chock full of twists, turns
and interesting characters, you'll enjoy this book. Although this
is the most recent book in the Crime of Fashion series, it could
be read as a good starting point to get to know Lacey, since her
backstory is explored in Death on Heels.
I loved the Colorado setting, the small-town feel of Sagebrush,
and the Fashion Bites sprinkled liberally though out the pages.
Lacey and her friends and family are intelligent and realistic characters,
and Byerrum uses them to their full potential. The plot is believable
and intriguing, and who-done-it not readily apparent.
Byerrum's books Hostile Makeover and Killer Hair,
both part of the Crimes of Fashion series, have been made into Lifetime
Reviews of other titles in this series
Makeover, No 3
of the Lost Corset, No 4
and Glamorous, No 6
on Heels, No 8