Shot Through Velvet: A Crime of Fashion Mystery
by Ellen Byerrum
Review by Sherry Lilley
Signet Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451232502
Date: 01 February 2011 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Lacy Smithsonian has found another one. On a nice, quiet tour of a velvet factory that will be closing in the very near future, she finds a dead body. The dead body was in a vat of blue dye, tied to a spool of velvet and thus was born the legend of the Velvet Avenger. The legend takes on a life of its own, threatening people, and making good on the threats, all through the book.
While Lacy is trying to find out who is behind the Velvet Avenger, she is also worried about her job and the future of everyone at the paper. There is new management, and he seems to be intent on destroying the newspaper. First he wants to move it off the main beat to an out of the way location, and then he's letting everyone know that their jobs are not all that important to the continued success of the paper. He seems to take particular delight in threatening Lacy. Lacy gets worried enough to think about encouraging the paper's own jinx to hang out with management.
The usual cast of supporting character is here, and they are as much fun as they always are. The fashion bites are fun. The lessons about velvet were very interesting. This is a good book. But, it is not as good as the earlier ones in the series. I was able to put this book down and come back to it later. That wasn't true of the earlier books.