Crimes of Fashion

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.

Book One, Killer Hair (2003)

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.





Book Two: Designer Knockoff (2004)

When fashion columnist Lacey Smithsonian learns that a new fashion museum will soon grace decidedly unfashionable D.C., it’s more than a good story-it’s a chance to show off her vintage Hugh Bentley suit. And it’s not long before the dapper designer himself spots Lacey in the crowd. A reporter at heart, she manages to get all the juicy details about his past-including a long-unsolved mystery about a missing employee. Could it be linked to the disappearance of a Washington intern or the recent Bentley boutique robbery? Lacey sets out to unravel the murderous details in a fabric of lies, greed-and (gasp!) very bad taste…


Book Three: Hostile Makeover (2005)

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.

Book Four: Raiders of the Lost Corset (2006)

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.

Book Five: Grave Apparel (2007)

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.

Book Six: Armed and Glamorous (2008)

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.

Book Seven, which is a new release, is Shot Through Velvet (2011). I have not read it yet, but it is on my list:

Fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian is touring a failing velvet factory in Virginia on its final day of operations-and finds one of the factory owners dead, lashed to a spool of velvet and soaked in blue dye. The workers are delighted, since they blamed the “Blue Devil” for killing their jobs.

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…

Happy Reading!

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