Hostile Makeover (Crime of Fashion Series #3)

Hostile Makeover (Crime of Fashion Series #3)

by Ellen Byerrum
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Hostile Makeover (Crime of Fashion Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ellen Byerrum pulls another superlative Crime of Fashion out of her vintage cloche, simultaneously sticking a hatpin in America's spinning-out-of-control passion for makeovers. Now, Byerrum spins a mystery out of (very luxurious) whole cloth with the best of them, featuring characters we come to know and love a little bit more each time (Lacey Smithsonian, her boss Mac, sometime paramour Vic, best friend Brooke) and even some we've come to know and not love (evildoer-with-sugar-and-chocolate, food editor Felicity). But her talent for creating memorable one-off and secondary characters is positively Dickensian. This time, we meet devil's spawn dress designer Amanda Manville, who won a makeover contest that turned her as ugly on the inside as she became beautiful on the outside Tate Penfield, Amanda's secretive ex-fiance jinxman Harlan Wiedermyer (read the first couple of paragraphs of the book and laugh out loud) my favorite new characters, Lacey's mom Rose and her former cheerleader sister Cherise and on down to a waitress in a donut shop spotting her potential 15 minutes of fame. All these wonderful characters combine with Byerrum's gift for clever plotting and snappy dialogue to fashion a perfectly entertaining, keep-em-guessing-til-the-end whodunit. I look forward to each installment in Ellen Byerrum's Crimes of Fashion series. Be sure to read the first two Lacey Smithsonian novels, DESIGNER KNOCKOFF and KILLER HAIR, if HOSTILE MAKEOVER is your first. Just by coincidence, Bob Woodward's book on Deep Throat happened to be the book I read right before this new book of Ellen's. This DC expatriate will take Lacey Smithsonian's wacky Washington world any day of the week over the real Washington, DC, of Watergate and other, more recent, evildoings.
Slim20 More than 1 year ago
This was pretty good, but I think the second one was better. I kind of figured out who the murderer was like half way in. It was still a good light easy read.
Cassandra Clifford More than 1 year ago
loved it.
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