Veiled Revenge: A Crime of Fashion Mystery
by Ellen Byerrum
Review by Sherry Lilley
Signet Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451239518
Date: 05 February 2013 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Lacey Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., fashion reporter, believes in the power of clothes. They can set a mood, lift your spirits, telegraph your intentions, and, now apparently, they can be haunted.
Lacey's best friend, Stella, is finally getting married, and to her bachelorette party, Marie Largesse, friend and fortune teller, brings a Russian shawl, beautifully embroidered and with a legend. It is a shawl, Marie warns, that can bless or curse the wearer. When Leonardo, a snarky hairdresser from Stella and Lacey's past, crashes the bachelorette party and mocks the shawl, no one is happy. But when he is found dead the next day, people wonder if the curse has been unleashed. Lacey has her doubts, and she must use all her Extra-Fashionary Perception to find out the truth and make sure the wedding is not cancelled.
First, Leonardo dies. Next, Lacey, Stella and Nigel are almost run down in the street. Now, Stella is declaring that she can't marry Nigel, even though she loves him, because it means his death, and hers, and everyone she loves. Lacey is not fond of Nigel, but Stella is her dearest, bestest friend, and Stella loves Nigel. So to keep the wedding on track, Lacey tries to find out who killed Leonardo, and why.
There's also the little matter of the wedding dress that Stella hates. She, Stella, bought the wedding dress in a spur of the moment feeding frenzy at a wedding dress sale. Sure, it was a good deal, and on almost anyone else, it would be perfect. But it's not really Stella's style. So, along with finding Leonardo's killer, Lacey has to solve the dress issue.
The book is wonderfully entertaining, but the mystery, in this one, was too easy. I guessed way too early in the book who did the evil deed. Still, the book is fun to read, and maybe the solution will not be as obvious to another reader.