Over Her Dead Body
Bailey Weggins was onto a good thing as contributing writer for
Gloss magazine --- but as we know all too well, all good
things must come to an end. Bailey's just sorry it had to be now.
With her first book coming out soon, she was counting on her
affiliation with Gloss to lend credibility to her debut
effort and help with its promotion. Now she needs to find a new
position, and quick.
Enter old friend and co-worker Robby Hart. While it might not be
the most prestigious of jobs, Robby is employed by celebrity gossip
rag Buzz. Before Bailey has had time to clean out her desk
at Gloss, she lands a new position as celebrity crime
journalist for Buzz.
While Bailey is glad for the new place to hang her hat, she finds
the job at Buzz a bit overwhelming. How is a girl supposed
to get any work done with the editor-in-chief, she-bitch Mona
Hodges, throwing copy at the writers and belittling them with loud
comments that can be heard throughout the office? While Bailey
manages to stay on Mona's good side, the same cannot be said for
the other Buzz employees.
Bailey barely has had time to organize her new desk when Mona fires
Robby in a loud and demeaning scene. When Mona turns up dead that
same evening, Robby catches the eye of the police as a prime
suspect. While Bailey doesn't think her old friend did it, one can
never be sure what someone will do when pushed far enough --- and
God knows, Mona knew how to push the buttons of even a saint. One
thing in Robbie's favor is Mona's ability to belittle and alienate
almost everyone she came in contact with. The list of people whose
lives would be made better by Mona's absence is a long one.
When interim editor Nash Nolan assigns Bailey to cover Mona's
murder for the magazine, Bailey grabs the opportunity to delve into
the mystery and see what she can come up with. An attack in Little
Odessa, a predominantly Russian neighborhood, and an attempt on her
life at a ritzy picnic in the Hamptons, are not enough to deter
Bailey from digging for more info.
As she digs, however, she crosses paths with Beau Regan, a gorgeous
and charming filmmaker. Is he the meaningless summer fling she's
been hoping for, or is he something a lot more serious? Only time
As always, Kate White brings us a charming and down-to-earth
heroine, and one adventure after another. This is an easy and
pleasurable summer read with plenty of well-paced suspense to keep
you turning those pages!
Reviewed by Amie Taylor on January 14, 2011