Black Tie Only Author:Julia Felton From book cover: It is a party invitation to kill for: a dazzling black-tie gala in honor of Princess Diana and Prince Charles's visit to America, and from New York to Hollywood the society columns sizzle with the details of the grand affair. The guest list is a who's who of international celebrities, power brokers, politicians, and millionaires... more » - everyone who is anyone and some who are dangerous.
Interweaving mystery, romance and royal splendor, BLACK TIE ONLY is a riveting, fast-paced story about the bonds of friendship and the threat of secrets from the past. As the royal gala approaches, 3 women inextricably drawn together by a pledge made years ago, are tested to the very limits of love and loyalty:
*Alexandra Winthrop, an extraordinarily talented songwriter, is the wife of one of the world's wealthiest hoteliers and the confidante to whom Princess Diana turns for a special favor.
*Jette Michaud, television's hottest new star, is the image of flamboyant independence in public but privately suffers as the vulnerable mistress of a Mafia don's notorious son.
*Mary Lee Wilde, journalist, best-selling author, and daughter of an abusive celebrity mother, is a troubled loner drifting into a reckless double life.
BLACK TIE ONLY pulses with intrigue as these three are reunited with their former classmate, Diana. Together they finally confront the memories of the night that changed their lives forever.
Julia Fenton is the pseudonym for a prominent producer and entertainment lawyer and a bestseliing novelist.
From Publishers Weekly
This slick, formulaic first effort, written under a pseudonym by a "bestselling novelist" and a "prominent entertainment lawyer," is a farfetched suspense story set in the world of wealthy and powerful celebrities. It follows three young American women, Alexandra, Jette and Mary Lee, who meet at an exclusive English boarding school where the future Lady Diana is their friend and classmate. One of their teenage pranks, which they keep secret, has tragic consequences, and continues to haunt them throughout the years, during which time all three return to the U.S. Alexandra wins fame as a songwriter and ultimately marries a fantastically wealthy hotel executive. Jette, a successful actress, becomes the mistress of an explosive and unpredictable Mafia don, and Mary Lee, after writing a bestseller, rises to the top as a talk-show hostess. When the Princess of Wales asks her old friend Alexandra to host a party for her and the Prince during their visit to the States, an escalating series of events is set into motion, culminating in kidnapping, extortion and an attempted assassination.« less