Laura Carnegie gave up on the man of her dreams a long time ago. He's fashion designer Jeremy St. James, and not only is he her boss, everyone knows he's gay.
When he's arrested for murder, secrets come to light and nothing is what it seems. If Laura can just solve this crime, keep the cops off her tail, break up a counterfeiting ring, and get the show on the runway by Friday, she might stop being Seventh Avenue's perpetual loser.
Christine DeMaio-Rice introduces the fashion world in a whole new way with her novel, Dead is the New Black. Not only does it take readers through the ins and outs of the industry, it piques their interest with a dead body.
When Laura Carnegie walks into her boss's office, the last thing she expects to see is a dead body with her boss holding the murder weapon. Even though he's arrested, Laura knows that Jeremy St. James couldn't have killed Gracie, the financial backer for his company. But the police are only trying to prove his guilt. So Laura takes it into her own hands to prove his innocence.
Laura is a very likeable character. Scratch that - an incredibly lovable character! She's smart, a great pattern-maker, in love with her gay boss, and has no filter between her brain and mouth. The latter trait being what gets her into the most trouble. And, it really does get her in heaps of it, causing readers to laugh out loud.
Readers will love the main character of this fashion murder mystery, along with the ever-twisting plot. The only downside is that for those readers who don't all ready have a small understanding of the fashion industry, the details can be a little tiresome. As well as the vast number of characters that work in the Jeremy St. James office.
However, it's all worth it when the mystery is unraveled and the outcome is no where near what readers will predict.
rating: 4/5 cups