All the world's a stage and Sabby Carlyle is the best dressed actress on it.
Sabby Carlyle lives a charmed life. She's rich, she's young, and she knows how to pair floral prints and stripes (the trick is to treat stripes like a neutral). Two years ago she walked away from her affluent Upper East Side life to pursue her passion for acting. Not counting an incident of accidental stage nudity (which thankfully happened in Jersey), the acting thing, and life, are perfect. She has great fashion sense, great friends, and more good hair days than bad. What more could a girl want?
In one night her idyllic life is shattered when her grandmother, doyenne of Manhattan society, is murdered.
Sabby dust off her haute couture, straps on a pair of stilettos and returns to the Upper East Side to find out the truth about her grandmother's death. She's willing to do whatever it takes to unmask the killer, beginning with rejoining the competitive, backstabbing (but always fashionable) UES social scene. She'll even flirt with a handsome FBI agent (not a hardship), and team up with a sexy, mysterious jewel thief. Now instead of attending auditions, she's attending gala events. Instead of learning lines, she's learning the fine art of breaking and entering, meeting unsavory characters in dark alleys, and trading pieces of couture for information.
As she scours Manhattan island for clues, she realizes it will take more than her acting skills and knowledge of vintage Dior to solve this whodunit. Someone on the Upper East Side will do anything to keep her from finding the truth, and if Sabby isn't careful, her newest accessory will be a made-to-measure coffin.
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Charade by Kristy Douglas I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Sabby is a college student. She is not the normal student. She is heiress to a multi-billion dollar empire. Yes, that is billions with a capital B. She has been raised by a grandmother in the luxury of the upper east side of New York City. Her mother and step-father are living in Paris so she has minimal quality time with them. This story begins with Sabby ditching her grandmother's call to go out with a friend. Sabby finally goes home to find her grandmother dead, the penthouse trashed and Millions in jewels missing. Sabby's story continues in a corkscrew fashion. Each level brings more twists,, turns and suspense. You have a group of characters introduced to you. Sabby deals with, her doorman (a friend and protector since she was a child), an FBI agent, an international jewel theif, an imposter jewel thief, a weasel of a jewelry fence and a plethora of upper east side elite. She becomes immersed in the goal of finding her grandmother's killer. There are twists and turns in the story on about every page. For the romance reader you will find two persons with a budding romantic interest in Sabby. Will she choose one of them? Will they find her grandmother's killer? This is a new author for me. After reading this book, I cannot wait for December to read installment two of Sabby's adventures. Whether you are a mystery reader or a romance reader, you need to read this one. It is well written with complex characters and a bit spell binding. Once you start you will not want to put it down.