THE FIRST SELECTION OF THE "READING WITH RIPA" BOOK CLUB!
From Kate White, the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, comes the sensational New York Times bestseller that's turning heads everywhere. Meet Bailey Weggins-the thirty-something, single again Manhattan true crime writer with a sixth sense for truth, fashion, and murder most dishy...IF LOOKS COULD KILL
Bailey's in bed with her commitment-phobic lover when she gets a frantic call from Cat Jones, her boss at Gloss magazine. It turns out that something is seriously clashing with the decor in Cat's chic Upper East Side town house: the dead body of the family's nanny. When Cat appears to have been the intended victim, Bailey is suddenly up to her bed head in a high-profile investigation that's perfect fodder for the tabloids. Faced with a glittering array of A-list suspects, Bailey's soon hotfooting on her blood-red slingbacks from Manhattan's exclusive enclaves to the tony estates of Connecticut in search of a killer story-and a murderer who could delete her name from the masthead for good.
At first, it would seem to make sense for Parker Posey, the acclaimed actor who has played memorably ditzy dames in movies such as The Anniversary Party and Waiting for Guffman, to read Cosmopolitan magazine editor White's sexy new mystery novel. But White's heroine, Bailey Weggins, a 33-year-old true crime writer for Gloss magazine, is anything but a flake. She's a shrewd freelancer with a gift for catching the dark side of gender crime. And although Bailey is slightly frazzled from the Gotham dating wars, she's definitely not one of the walking wounded looking to Gloss (and its acerbic editor, Cat Jones) for life-changing advice. Posey's softness and Valley Girl intonations tend to defuse whatever strength White's story about a murdered nanny and a plot to knock off the editors of top women's magazines has to offer. Although the book has strong appeal, this production doesn't have enough oomph to captivate listeners. Based on the Warner Books hardcover (Forecasts, Apr. 8). (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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Grand Central Publishing
April 29, 2003
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