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!!!
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.
Quick read. Good character development and a perfect mix of humor and mystery. White keeps you guessing in this entertaining little whodunnit.
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.
A very fun, fast read. Great book for reading on vacation or on your lunch hour... short chapters, easy to pick up and put down during the day.