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Designer Dirty Laundry (Samantha Kidd Mystery Series)
1st in Series
Polyester Press (June 5, 2012)
Paperback: 274 pages
E-Book ASIN: B0088IEQPQ
Meet Samantha Kidd.
Ex-buyer turned trend specialist turns amateur sleuth! She designed her future with couture precision, but finding the fashion director’s corpse on day one leaves her hanging by a thread. And when the killer fabricates evidence that puts the cops on her hemline, even a chance run-in with hot shoe designer Nick Taylor can’t keep her life from unraveling. She trades high fashion for dirty laundry and reveals a cast of designers out for blood. Now her job, her love life, and her future are put on hold as she tries to expose a diabolical designer before getting marked down for murder.
What do you do when you show up for the first day of your new job and find your new boss dead? Well I would turn around and run as fast as I could, but not Samantha Kidd. She faints while someone else calls 911. Then she becomes the prime suspect due to the killer’s master set up. Not the new life she imagined for herself…she has no choice but to turn her fashion trending talents into sleuthing talents before she loses everything.
Such as entertaining read. I immediately fell head over heels for Samantha Kidd. Everything was stacked against her and she did not give up. She had no idea who to trust and was being hounded by a mortgage company to verify her employment and the police who were determined to find her guilty. Her inner dialogue and outer antics were hilarious.
The story is very well written with a tight plot and a quick pace. There were several potential suspects and I was completely surprised when the killer was revealed. Seems Samantha and I missed the same clues 🙂
I really enjoyed the fashion/department store backdrop. The author brings her life experience into the story and it shows her passion for the field.
This story will put a smile on you face and maybe even have you laughing out loud!
I am excited to continue reading this series. Is there romance on the horizon for Samantha? What is next on the job front? I can’t wait to find out.
I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries, and the Material Witness Mysteries.
The Costume Shop mysteries debuted with A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR, which introduces Margo Tamblyn, costume shop owner, who helps solve a murder after one of her clients is found dead at his own costume party (dressed as Sherlock!). MASKING FOR TROUBLE, the second in the series was released last October and Dressed to Confess will be out in August 2017.
The Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST and CRUSHED VELVET . The third, SILK STALKINGS, was just released.
The Style & Error Series features former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY ; BUYER, BEWARE ; THE BRIM REAPER ; SOME LIKE IT HAUTE, GRAND THEFT RETRO, and Pearls Gone Wild. (A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor).
The Madison Night Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in midcentury design (studying Doris Day movies to get the look right). Books are PILLOW STALK ,THAT TOUCH OF INK , and WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL . A prequel novella, “Midnight Ice,” can be found in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE .
(A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor).
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