The newest in the Crimes of Fashion cozy mystery series by Ellen Byerrum was released last month, and while I have not had a chance to read it yet, I have read and enjoyed the first six. Lacy Smithsonian, fashion writer, is interesting and smart. The history incorporated into each book through Lacy’s affinity with her aunt’s clothing is almost paranormal in nature and is certainly fun.
Crimes of Fashion” columnist Lacey Smithsonian delves into her latest mystery when hot new stylist Angie Woods supposedly commits suicide, but Lacey believes otherwise and teams up with a gorgeous ex-cop to find the truth, an investigation that leads her to a congressional staffer.
As makeover madness sweeps the nation’s capital, reporter Lacey Smithsonian interviews Amanda Manville, a TV makeover show success story. But with Amanda’s beauty comes a beast in the form of a stalker with vicious intentions.
Lacey can’t wait to see France for the first time with friend Magda Rousseau, corset creator for D.C.’s wealthiest and kinkiest. Lacey’s job there is to report on haute couture, but the real reason for the trip is the supposed Rousseau lost treasure: a corset lined with jewels. But just before the big trip, someone poisons Magda. Could it have something to do with the priceless corset? To find out, Lacey must follow a dangerous thread that will lead her to the answers–and perhaps the missing jewels.
When a holiday sweater-hating diva is found beaten and left for dead wearing a hideous acrylic number that screams Christmas, “Crimes of Fashion” columnist Lacey Smithsonian must unravel the mystery before she becomes the next fashion victim.
Fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian pursues a course in private investigation in order to have a shot at a better job and gets to test her skills when a D.C. socialite is discovered dead outside the first class.
But when another nickname, the “Velvet Avenger”, makes the rounds, and ribbons of blue velvet start popping up, it could be more than Lacey’s job at stake-it could be her life…