Fashion designer Jeremy St. James is everything Laura Carnegie could want in a man. He's gorgeous, rich, and talented. The fact that everyone says he's gay doesn't stop her from dreaming of being in her boss's arms. As a matter of fact, she suspects his inaccessibility is part of his charm.
When Jeremy's backer is found dead in his office and he's accused of the crime, he trusts Laura, and only Laura, with the keys to the design room. She wants him back and out of jail, and in the process of exposing a counterfeiting ring and finding the real killer, she uncovers the secretive man under the temperamental artist; a man who is most definitely not gay, and a man who might not be that inaccessible after all.
If you love Project Runway, or enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, try Dead Is the New Black.
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The author of Dead Is the New Black also writes under the name C.D. Reiss, and she is well known for her erotic romances. The Fashion Avenue Mysteries contain no erotica and not a lot of romance. As I've come to expect with her other writing, Ms Reiss dives head first into the research and detail behind her characters' lives. Dead is the New Black provided some very interesting detail in the fashion industry including what it would be like to work in a "design house". The rich detail makes the story come alive. I really enjoyed this story. It had sort of 1940s gum-shoe feel to it, and I could envision Humphrey Bogart playing the part of Detective Cangemi. Laura Carnegie is a pattern maker for a relatively new design house, and her world is turned upside down when one of the major investors is found dead. With every plot twist I changed my opinion about who was the murderer, and I was completely surprised in the end. Dead Is the New Black is a fun whodunit that any fashionista or reader who appreciates good writing will enjoy.
A garment show in a week, late hours, working on the weekends, and then a dead body shows up. Oh no…..a very unwelcome setback. Jeremy was the one who was standing over Gracie when Laura walked into the office that Sunday morning. Could he have killed her or just found her on the floor with a scarf wrapped around her neck? Hmmmmm.....with material fragments on his hands and clothes, and his being the only one in the office, who else could they suspect? No one for now, but Laura couldn't believe Jeremy killed Gracie, and since Laura was in love with him she tried to find out who really did strangle Gracie. Regardless, the police arrested Jeremy, and their investigation continued while he was in jail. Laura also was conducting her own investigation, but it wasn't going very well for her. She kept trying to figure out who besides Jeremy would have a reason to kill Gracie. Perhaps Carmella killed him and not Jeremy for no other motive than a good old-fashioned garment district reason? Or how about her husband who found out about her affair. Or more likely what about Mario who may have done it out of sheer jealousy. And....there definitely was a lot of jealousy and competition in the office and throughout the entire garment industry from what I could see. The book allows a glimpse into what goes into the preparation for a garment show and the mindset of the garment industry’s men and women. If you are a "fashionista" you will definitely enjoy this book. The clothes sound marvelous. There are also funny scenes...one particular one was when Laura and her sister were trying to get into an upscale restaurant without reservations. Miss Demaio-Rice is a talented story teller. She will make you laugh, have you sympathizing with the characters, make you wonder about some of them and what they are thinking, make you believe that you have the mystery solved, and then she throws something in to get you off track. She will definitely make you want to be part of the craziness and fun going on in her book and make you want to be friends with all of characters or at least work with them. The book was first-rate in terms of humor, characters, and plot. DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK is a witty, entertaining book you won't want to miss. 5/5
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for a review. Laura Carnegie (no relation, as Laura says) is in love with her boss, fashion designer Jeremy St James. When Laura finds a dead body in Jeremy's office she soon discovers that a lot of things in her life, including the people in it, are not what they seem. When the police arrest Jeremy, Laura tries to prove his innocence. Her life becomes filled with suspense, intrigue, backstabbing, drama, love triangles galore, unrequited love, and a whole lot of fashion. It almost sounds like a daytime soap opera doesn't it? But it's not, it's a fashion avenue mystery. The almost overload of fashion designing information makes sure this idea is firmly planted in your head. However, by the second half of the book, you are wholly ensconced into the mystery with Laura as she works to remove the suspicion off of herself, tries to find missing buttons, investigates her co-workers, breaks up a fashion counterfeiting ring, and we can't forget the fashion show. DeMaio-Rice has written a definitely interesting read, and for anyone with fashion sense (of which I have none) this will highly enlighten and entertain. For us fashion-challenged the mystery and the plot twist will be more than enough to hold you til the end.
Laura is an amazing pattern maker with a crush on her boss. She arrives at work one morning to find him standing over a dead body. The cops think Jeremy killed his financial backer, but Laura just can't picture the man of her dreams doing something so terrible. She sets out to do a little investigating on her own and gets in way over her head. There isn't one person in her life who turns out to be what she thought they were, including her family. This story was well written, fast paced and fun. I know almost nothing about the world of fashion. But the story was told in a easy to comprehend way. I never felt lost in a world of technical jargon. The characters were real and Laura was very likeable. The author was able to keep me guessing about the murder because so many of the characters were unlikable. I liked the realness of the relationship between Laura, her mom and her sister. Definitely a fun murder mystery that I would recommend to my friends. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.