Great read! I read her second novel first (A Body to Die For) and enjoyed it... found this one and it kept me guessing until the last few pages!!! it was originally recommended by Kelly Ripa on Regis & kelly as a great summer read... and she was right!!!
I truly enjoyed this book ~ it was a real page-turner, a "who-dunnit" which kept me guessing. I would have given it 5 stars (or more) except that the last few pages lost some of the wit and charm that had kept me so attuned for the other 380 pages.
IF LOOKS COULD KILL is set in Manhattan where the main characters work together at "Gloss Magazine." The author gives the reader a great inside look at both the magazine as well as the fashion industry. Her characters navigate different parts of the city from Greenwich Village to Tribeca to Chelsea to Central Park West in search of their stories and photo shoots. I particularly loved her descriptions not only of the locales but of the outfits worn by her characters as well. It was like being in a Sex And The City episode but, instead of following Carrie Bradshaw around, we get to tag along with Bailey Weggins, the crime story journalist for "Gloss. Since she writes about crime, her boss Cat Jones thinks she'll be perfect for trying to solve the mystery of "who killed Cat's nanny" and remove some of Cat's fears that she, herself, was really the intended victim. In order to get to the bottom of this fiasco, Bailey will travel out of Manhattan into beautiful Bucks County, PA, which, coincidentally, is the home of this reviewer. Imagine my surprise as Bailey drove into my hometown on a picture perfect day. Unfortunately, her trip wasn't as enjoyable as it might have been but you'll have to read the book to find out what happens.
So, all in all, I give this book a solid 5 stars in comparison to other books in this genre. I understand the author is working on another book with Bailey Weggins as the main character and I look forward to its release. It was nice for a change not to be reading about the male, alcoholic, divorced, bad-tempered, wisecracking private eye that so many authors are relying on nowadays to sell their books. Instead, we are given a female, who is a loser at love, dresses well, has an exciting job and thinks about things that we readers can associate with on a daily basis.
I think this is what some reviewers would call a "romp." It's engrossing enough, but it's intended to be glossy and a tad on the superficial side. Not the book for you if you want manly intrigue. But if you don't mind reading descriptions of every NY restaurant the characters are in and what they wore there, you'll be entertained. The characters are well-drawn. The author is a magazine editor in Manhattan and she certainly knows the underbelly of that world. I suspect some of her acquaintances will be afraid to open this book -- and they should be. Highly recommended for beach reading; not highly recommended if you're trying to impress someone who sees what you're reading.
Bailey Weggins, a clever writer for a leading women's magazine, Gloss, is dragged into a murder investigation by her editor-in-chief and boss from hell, Cat Jones. Cat is a woman who gets what she wants from her employees, so when she discovers that her nanny has been murdered she insists Bailey find the killer before the police do. Was the chocolate that poisoned the nanny meant for Cat, known for her love of truffles? But then, the beautiful, duplicitous nanny has an enemy list all her own. The investigation takes Bailey from the streets of New York City to the swankiest Connecticut suburbs and Bucks County retreats, and everyone is a suspect, including the catty editors at Gloss. Bailey proves that she is the original gutsy girl when she outwits the clever killer.
in this first book to bailey weggins series, we are introduced to bailey and her friends. bailey is interupted from her bedroom fun to help a friend in need. what bailey finds is not something she expected: a dead nanny. now bailey must find out who killed the nanny and why, without getting herself killed in the process.
while the book wasn't as exciting as i expected, it was still a page turner. kate white keeps you guessing on who the killer really is. through out the whole book, i found myself saying i knew it was this person, only in the next chapter finding myself saying the same thing about someone else. as it turns out, the only thing i was right about in the book was k.c.
My first Bailey Weggins mystery, with a little romance thrown in. Lots of references to fashion and Kate White's Cosmo influence is clear. Very breezy in style and it isn't one of those books that will be in your thoughts for long, once read. I'll be looking for the rest of the series as there is always room for the fluffy fun things in life.
I love all of the Bailey Weggins novels. I suggest you read them in order. This one is a good one because you have no idea who did it throughout the book. I like that. That is what I love about Kate White's books.
Written by the editor of Cosmopolitan, story takes place in Manhattan and Connecticut. Bailey Weggins gets a call from her boss at Gloss magazine when she finds a body in her town house. Bailey is a combination of Bridgett Jones and Nancy Drew~~~good read
Bailey's in bed with her commitment-phobic lover when she gets a frantic call from Cat Jones, her boss at Gloss magazine. It turns out that something is seriously clashing with the decor in Cat's chic Upper East Side town house: the dead body of the family's nanny. When Cat appears to have been the intended victim, Bailey is suddenly up to her bed head in a high-profile investigation that's perfect fodder for the tabloids. Faced with a glittering array of A-list suspects, Bailey's soon hotfooting on her blood-red slingbacks from Manhattan's exclusive enclaves to the tony estates of Connecticut in search of a killer story--and a murderer who could delete her name from the masthead for good.
This is the first entry in the Bailey Weggins series. Bailey's boss a Gloss magazine asks for Bailey's help when she finds the family nanny's dead body in her Upper East Side town house. Set against the goings on and machinations of a women's lifestyle and fashio magazine, White, who just happens to be the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, spins a fun, yet serious mystery with ah appealing new protagonist.
When her young nanny dies of poisoned chocolates meant for her, magazine editor Cat Jones enlists the help of freelance crime writer Bailey Weggins. Bailey's not really an investigator, but she knows the procedure: scope out the crime scene, interrogate possible suspects (including Cat's attractive photographer husband), reconstruct the victim's last hours, consult with pals, etc. Bailey's attention soon turns toward Cat's conniving colleagues at the magazine and farther afield. A down-to-earth heroine, a sturdy story line, and breezy prose make this debut novel by the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine a pleasure.
Excellent background on magazine journalism. Bailey Weggins is a very spunky, in-your-face protagonist with a tendency to get herself into more trouble than she needs to while solving this unuaual murder case.
The first selection of the "Reading with Ripa" Book Club, this piece of mystery fluff was enjoyable but not unput-downable. I could have done with less of the main character's booty calls, because I just wasn't that into the character. The action takes place at a high-end ladies' magazine called 'Gloss'. The editor's nanny has been found dead at home. Who was the intended victim...the nanny or the editor herself? A free-lance writer is enlisted to find out.
Meet Bailey Weggins, the thirty-something, single-again true crime writer for a leading Manhattan woman's magazine. Smart and savvy, she's got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing the truth in a story - especially if it's murder. Bailey's in bed with her commitment-challenged lover K.C. when she gets a frantic call from her high-maintenance boss at Gloss magazine. Grabbing coffee and a cab outside her Greenwich Village apartment -- the consolation prize in her divorce settlement -- Bailey reluctantly heads uptown. At Cat Jones's Upper East Side town house, she finds something that seriously clashes with the chic decor: the dead body of the family's live-in nanny.
As Bailey -- unofficially -- delves into the murdered girl's past, she finds no shortage of A-list suspects. But when a startling discovery suggests that Cat may have been the intended victim, Bailey is suddenly up to her bed head in a high-profile investigation that's perfect fodder for a tabloid headline: Is someone trying to kill the editors of women's magazines?
With the spotlight on New York's glitzy media world, Bailey interviews back-stabbing editors, straying husbands, and one sexy, six-feet-two psychologist who could make her decide to kick K.C. to the curb. Sporting her pair of red slingbacks and armed with the investigative skills she's honed as a true crime reporter, she sets out on a search that takes her from Manhattan's exclusive Carnegie Hill area -- the nanny heartland of America -- to the ritzy weekend estates of Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Bailey will need all her street smarts and some lightning-fast detective work to catch a killer who could end up deleting her name from the masthead for good.
Meet Bailey Weggins, the thrity something, single-again true crime writer for a leading Manhattan woman's magazine. Smart and savvy, she's got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing the truth in a story -- - especially if it's murder. Bailey's in bed with her commitment-challenged lover K.C. when she gets a frantic call from her high-maintenance boss at Goss magazine. Grabbing coffee and a cab outside her Greenwich Village apartment - the consolation prize iin her divorce settlement - Bailey reluctantly heads uptown. At Cat Jones's Upper East Side town house, she finds something that seriously clashes with the chic decor; the dead body of the family's live-in nanny. As Bailey unofficially delves into the murdered girl's past, she finds no shortage of A-list suspects.
Bailey is in bed with her committment=phobic lover when she gets a frantic call from Cat Jones, her boss at Gloss magazine. It turns out that something is seriously clashing with the decor in Cat's chic Upper East Side townhouse: the dead body of the family's nanny. When Cat appears to have been the intended victim, Bailey is suddenly up to her head in a high-profile investigation that is perfect fodder for the tabloids.