by Diane Vallere
Kindle Edition – Read December 25, 2013
Original Release Date: June 2, 2012
Length: 274 pages
Official Description: This is book #1 of the Style and Error Mystery series
In the seamy world of designer clothing, you’re bound to find dirty laundry…
Samantha Kidd, ex-buyer turned Trend Specialist, designed her future with couture precision, but finding the Fashion Director’s corpse on day one leaves her hanging by a thread. When the killer fabricates evidence that puts the cops on her hemline, her new life begins to unravel–with humorous results. She trades high fashion for dirty laundry and reveals a cast of designers out for blood. Now this flatfoot in heels must keep pace with a diabolical designer before she gets marked down for murder.
This is one of those books that is considered a ‘cozy mystery’ its light, easy to read, and a bit out there. So this girl, Samantha Kidd, gets hired at a department store in a small town, that she grew up in, to be a trend specialist by an ex designer. So she gives up a successful career in New York City to buy her family home that still has all it’s ’60s style decor, down to the shag carpet and Avocado appliances, and then finds out the guy who hired her didn’t tell anyone that he hired her and now he’s dead. Of course everyone blames her and most of the story is rather impractical and obvious. Though the actual person of interest, the killer, was cleverly concealed as you follow Sam around looking for clues. I can’t say this is the best mystery ever, but it was fun, I was kind of annoyed with the subtle love interest aspect, because there were few guys who seem to be interested in her, IMO, but whatever that’s not what the story was about. We don’t know how the story ends for Ms Kidd. Granted this is the first in a series. The story was a bit silly and out there even in a fictitious world. The cops were a bit dense and there were just so many things that don’t jive, but oh well, that’s entertainment. I think I would have enjoyed it more if the whole fashion aspect was toned down or felt more realistic, but I’m not a big fashionista, just a bookish person.
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