Raiders of the Lost Corset (Crime of Fashion Series #4)

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Lacey is busting with excitement for her first trip to France. She?ll be with her friend Magda Rousseau, corset creator for D.C.?s wealthiest (and kinkiest) citizens. And?best of all?the trip?s on her newspaper?s dime, since she?ll supposedly be there to report on haute couture. The real reason for the trip, though, is the Rousseau family myst?re: the whereabouts of a lost corset lined with jewels supposedly stolen from Russia after the assassination of Czar Nicholas?s family. But just before the big adventure, ...

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Overview

Lacey is busting with excitement for her first trip to France. She’ll be with her friend Magda Rousseau, corset creator for D.C.’s wealthiest (and kinkiest) citizens. And—best of all—the trip’s on her newspaper’s dime, since she’ll supposedly be there to report on haute couture. The real reason for the trip, though, is the Rousseau family mystère: the whereabouts of a lost corset lined with jewels supposedly stolen from Russia after the assassination of Czar Nicholas’s family. But just before the big adventure, someone poisons Magda. Could it have something to do with the priceless corset? To find out, Lacey must follow a thread from Normandy to New Orleans....

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451219039
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/5/2006
  • Series: Crime of Fashion Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 371,577
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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 www.ellenbyerrum.com.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    Horrible, terrible piece of "literature".

    The characters are extremely annoying. If I knew Lacey Smithsonian, I would not want to be friends with her since she just isn't very bright. If I knew Brooke Barton, I would punch her repeatedly in the face since she is obviously in a perpetual state of acid flashback and can't shut up about completely ridiculous things. (If you're going to create a character who digs conspiracy theories, please dedicate a moment to come up with a few conspiracy theories that aren't completely lame.) If I knew Stella Whoever, I punch her repeatedly anywhere I could reach since she is a hoochie.

    The story line through the series is not consistent. One minute Vic is a small town country cop then the next thing you know - he's a rich "sercurity consultant"! I know characters can develop over time but this was an attempt to re-write Vic's initial character explanation. Bogus!!

    The story line is beyond ridiculous - apparently ex-KGB agents are stupid, careless, lazy and easy thwarted by a small town country cop/rich prep-school-attending security consultant. Also, a multi-multi-million dollar historical artifact is no big deal. Who needs to involve the police or the FBI or the CIA? Let's not even get into the legal ramifications of recovering something like that - finder's fees etc. I'm all for fiction but this book is an insult to my intelligence (not that I thought I would be highly enlightened by reading this in the first place).

    In the end, this was one of the worst books I can remember reading. Please don't waste your money.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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    it was ok

    Not one of my favorites in the series. I could have done without some of the annoying characters but otherwise it was pretty good.
    I still think the 2nd book in the series was the best.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    Love Lacey Smithsonian!

    I really enjoyed this book even though it was probably my least favorite in the Crimes if Fashion Series. I didn't feel like this one was as fast-paced as some of the other ones. That being said, I still really liked the book and would probably read it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    Mystere tres bien. Romance internationale. And a pecan pie cake.

    Ellen Byerrum¿s RAIDERS OF THE LOST CORSET sends la belle Lacey Smithsonian to Paris and New Orleans on a wild, wacky hidden-gem chase with best friend Brooke and on-again/off-again beau Vic Donovan. Not only is RAIDERS a satisfyingly-solved mystery, Byerrum¿s fourth in her ¿Crimes of Fashion¿ series provides a serious Time of Passion for Lacey and Vic. I¿m not going to give away any more of the happily-ever-after (or not) than that¿just be on the lookout for pecan pie cake. The penultimate scene is so utterly funny and so truly cinematic, I can¿t wait to see RAIDERS OF THE LOST CORSET in the movies (I¿m seeing Reese Witherspoon as Lacey, and Hugh Jackman as Vic). Whoever stars in the movie, there¿ll need to be a special ¿Best inadvertent use of local color in an S&M scene in a mystery-slash-comedy¿ award that year (and one this year in the Edgars). RAIDERS is in general the most visually appealing of the Lacey novels, taking place as it does in one of the more artistic pockets of usually helmet-haired DC, in Paris (the City of Lights), and the pre-Katrina Big Easy. And then there¿s Lacey and Vic¿s cake-making scene. Hard to go wrong with this wonderful new addition to the Smithsonian catalog.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A crazy caper

    The Eye Street Observer ¿Crime of Fashion¿ columnist Lacey Smithsonian visits master corsetier Magda Rousseau as she lies dying in her workshop. With her last dying breath she begs Lacey ¿to find the corset¿. The two women were heading to France to find the expensive jeweled corset that was stolen by a Latvian soldier when the Bolsheviks killed the royal family.------------- She journeys to a farmhouse in Monk Saint Michel where Magda¿s relatives live. Magda believed it was hidden somewhere in the house but Jean-Claude Rousseau tells her that it is nowhere in the in the house and the only room locked up for decades is the coal room. When they remove the nails that keep the door permanently closed, Lacey finds a note with an address on it. There is no such number on the street in but her lover tells her there is a street by the same name in New Orleans. When she gets back to the states, she finds the address and the druggist who works there has an urn for her left there decades ago. A note inside the urn leads her to a crypt that has nothing inside but another address. When she goes there, the proprietor knows nothing about what they are looking for. After nearly being killed, Lacey continues the hunt while avoiding Magda¿s fate.----------------- This is a hilarious crime caper where one has the clues to find the bejeweled corset. The support cast, including the villains act in such a clichéd manner that reader will find themselves laughing out loud. The heroine is stubborn, intractable and totally adorable as she marches a path through France and New Orleans to find something that might not even exist. Ellen Byerrum has a hit series on her hands with her latest tale.------------ Harriet Klausner

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