Armed and Glamorous (Crime of Fashion Series #6) [NOOK Book]


Trench coats? hot or not?

The author of Grave Apparel proves you can solve mysteries without sacrificing style...

Unchallenged and unappreciated, fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian slips on her trench coat and high-heeled gumshoes to pursue a course in private investigation and a shot at a better job.

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Armed and Glamorous (Crime of Fashion Series #6)

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Trench coats? hot or not?

The author of Grave Apparel proves you can solve mysteries without sacrificing style...

Unchallenged and unappreciated, fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian slips on her trench coat and high-heeled gumshoes to pursue a course in private investigation and a shot at a better job.

When a wealthy and erratic D.C. socialite is discovered quite dead outside the classroom, Lacey gets to test those sleuthing skills. Was the victim on her way to share a dangerous secret with Smithsonian? And what does it have to do with a missing Louis Vuitton vintage custom makeup case?

Lacey must mix style with substance to unravel these tangled threads before she, or one of her best friends, gets caught in the sights of a cold-blooded killer?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440629921
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Crime of Fashion Series , #6
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 193,716
  • File size: 414 KB

Meet the Author

Ellen Byerrum is a journalist in Washington, D.C., and a produced and published playwright. She holds a Virginia private investigator’s registration. A Colorado native, she lives in Virginia with her husband. Visit her Web site at

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

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    It was ok. Not great, but not awful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

    A Fashionably Successful Mystery

    Considering that Lacey Smithsonian has developed a habit of discovering a then solving numerous murders, it seems overdue that she has finally signed herself up for a private investigation certification course. What the Washington D.C. fashion reporter hopes for though is that the class will help her to get out of the glamour ghetto and onto a more serious journalism beat. Despite her reputation for stumbling onto murders, Lacey never expected that she would leave the class only to discover the body of prominent socialite Cecily Ashton in the parking lot. Although the woman was involved in an acrimonious divorce and had hired their instructor to investigate her spouse, Lacey also fears that someone in her class may have had a hand in the crime, especially when a substitute surveillance instructor turns out to be an ex-KGB agent Lacey recently dueled with in Raiders of the Lost Corset. <BR/>While her private investigator boyfriend Vic Donovan is off at a conference, Lacey doesn¿t lack investigative support in the dubious forms of her best friends, hair stylist Stella Lake, attorney Brooke Barton, and her boyfriend/conspiracy theorist blogger Damon Newhouse. Lacey and her Scooby gang are soon investigating the burglary of Cecily Ashton¿s home and its connection with her famous collection of vintage clothing housed in spectacular closets.<BR/>Like Lacey Smithsonian, the mysteries by Ellen Byerrum are too often shunted into the fluffy chick-lit category. With a background as a Washington DC reporter and a registered private investigator, Byerrum provides credible details to a surprisingly serious plot lightened by Lacey¿s fashion tip columns. Lacey and Vic are a realistic, likable couple and her friends are as entertaining as they are aggravating. Always well-written, Crimes of Fashion mysteries shine and elevate to a level far above your average designer label laden novels. - Cindy Chow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    I Love Lacey, even when she's Armed & Dangerous... I mean Glamorous.

    As Chekhov might have said, don¿t put Lacey Smithsonian in the opening of your story unless you¿re planning for a murder to happen. Well, Armed and Glamorous not only provides us and Lacey a murder-slash-robbery, its mise en scene is a Northern Virginia academy for private investigators whose motto is NO LOADED WEAPONS IN THE CLASSROOM. Mixed in with the crimes, Byerrum provides a frothy frappe of fashionista fun. In addition to Lacey¿s usual sidekicks 'blonde attorney Brooke, starlicious Stella, and Damon Newhouse, who¿s made paranoia into a business', we are reintroduced to ex-KGB spy Gregor Kepelov and New Orleans psychic Marie Largesse, and meet a classroomful of private investigator wannabees and their teacher. After society divorcee Cecily Ashton is murdered-slash-robbed, Lacey, Brooke, and Stella take to the shooting range, and form a no-boys-allowed club, the PCC 'sorry, you¿ll have to read the book for translation of all acronyms'. Speaking of acronyms, there are a couple of other new Inside the Beltway 'ITB' pearls of acronymous fun waiting to be discovered: PDA 'no, not that PDA' and PWIP. Getting more serious, Armed & Glamorous has a chapter later in the book which explicates Lacey¿s internal conflict over being a fashion reporter as well as it has ever been stated. Lacey Smithsonian doesn¿t really want to be a fashion reporter, but because she is, murder 'with a little help from Our Lady of Fortuitous Coincidence' seems to find her, not only when she¿s investigating fashion stories, but also, as we find out in Armed & Glamorous, when she¿s engaged in extracurricular activities. Fashion is how Lacey understands a lot of the world around her. She parses Hansen the photographer, to name one character, by means of a thorough analysis of his fashion choices: ¿His fashion accessories consisted of half a dozen press passes to government buildings, including one for Congress and one for the White House.¿ We understand Hansen¿s psyche as well as we might were a psychoanalyst to psychoanalyze: ¿If you loved Hansen, it wasn¿t for his wardrobe. It was for the inner Hansen.¿ And in so doing, we come away with an understanding of what makes Lacey tick. On the food front, Stella and Nigel create the new drink sensation, the Washington Wintry Mix. And Felicity contributes to the baking arts with an almond cake with lemon filling and glaze, topped with whipped cream. Oh, and before I forget 'Department of Local Color': One out of every six people in DC is a spy. I¿m not going to give away the ending. I HATE spoilers. Let¿s just say Armed & Glamorous ends on a suitably Chekhovian note.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fun cozy

    The DC Eye Street Observer fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian would prefer to work the crime beat, but her editor refuses to okay the transfer because he considers her a great journalist whose column often turns into murder investigations. She enrolls in Bud Hunt¿s private investigation class that will enable her to become state certified as a private detective. During a class break, another student Willow goes out to the parking lot only to find the corpse of Cecily Ashton inside her car a bullet shot through the righte side of her face. They know it is homicide not suicide as no gun was found in the vehicle or nearby. Lacey interviewed the victim just last week re her clothing collection stored in a series of interconnecting closets in her home. There are plenty of suspects, but no solid evidence to make a case against anyone. Lacy investigates the murder that soon turns into a kidnapping and potentially a deadly experience for the heroine. --- Readers will enjoy the latest Crime of Fashion investigative tale (see GRAVE APPAREL and RAIDERS OF THE LOST CORSET) as the heroine once again uses her journalistic skills to try to identify the killer (and stay alive too). Ellen Byerrum is especially skilled at creating fascinating eccentric characters starting with Lacey who thinks outside the designer box her editor prefers to keep her locked inside of and the strong support cast who move the story line forward. Fans will relish ARMED AND GLAMOROUS, a cozy starring a fashionable trench coat, essential killer heels and designer whipping pearls. --- Harriet Klausner

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