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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; First edition (June 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446531480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446531481
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,090,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bailey Weggins, the heroine of Cosmo editor-in-chief White's bestselling debut, If Looks Could Kill (2002), proves that her sleuthing ability was no fluke in this solid follow-up. Depressed by her nonexistent love life, Bailey, a freelance true-crime writer for Gloss magazine, leaves Manhattan for some R&R at the Cedar Inn and Spa in Warren, Mass., owned and run by an old friend of her mother's. Her first night there, however, she stumbles on the corpse of one of the inn's female therapists-wrapped in silver Mylar paper. Anna Cole's murder, on top of the accidental death of a male client months earlier, could spell doom for the inn, unless Bailey can get to the bottom of things. Meanwhile, Jack Herlihy, the smooth shrink from her prior outing, surfaces with a plausible excuse for his earlier disappearing act, while "dashing" Jeffrey Beck, the local detective who's looking into Anna's murder, also attracts, despite his cool professional demeanor. Bailey bravely deals with threats (a dead mouse wrapped in Mylar in the mail), deftly pumps people for information (a scene with a local waitress is a gem) and comes to a startling conclusion after the murder of a second therapist just before the heart-stopping, heroine-in-peril climax. Though the glamorous New York magazine world has only a small role here, fans will find Bailey's sassy wit as engaging as ever and are sure to admire the skill with which White pulls together all the threads.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Bailey Weggins, the smart-mouthed true-crime writer for Gloss magazine, returns in a book equally as entertaining as its predecessor, If Looks Could Kill [BKL My 1 02]. Last time Manhattan was the backdrop for murder; now the scene shifts to the country, as Bailey tries to help an old friend figure out why the guests at her inn/spa are turning up murdered. And murdered in particularly nasty ways--the first is packaged like a leftover sandwich in the shiny mylar paper used for herbal wraps. White, editor-in-chief of cosmopolitan, cleverly offers her readers a whole tray full of tasty red herrings to nibble on. Almost everyone in the story is a suspect, but the fun lies not only in trying to guess whodunit but also in watching Bailey evolve as a woman (with two sexy guys after her) and a detective, who follows where the case leads. Kelly Ripa, of Live with Regis and Kelly, chose Looks as her first book-club selection, so this follow-up is sure to have a ready-made audience. Ilene Cooper
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Customer Reviews

A good story with a great female lead character.
James N Simpson
I read "If Looks Could Kill," when it first came out in Hardcover a few years ago, and I must say that I was very much happy with this, the sequel.
Jonathan Burgoine
I hadn't figured it out because it was implausible.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Griffin VINE VOICE on May 20, 2003
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A Body to Die For is the second book of a new series featuring Bailey Weggins, a freelance magazine writer who specializes in true crime stories. In this installment, Bailey travels from NYC to Massachusetts for some rest and relaxation at a spa owned by a long time friend of Bailey's mother. Shortly after Baily arrives, a spa employee is found murdered. Bailey soon discovers that this is not not the first death during the past few months at the spa, and that several other intrigues are also going on.
In the true spirit of nosy writers who interfere with police work, Bailey begins interviewing reluctant spa employees and other bystanders, and following up on clues. At the same time, Bailey is managing her conflicted romantic life, finding herself interested in both a boyfriend from the past and one of the policemen involved in the murder case.
Kate White's writing style is breezy and not unlike that of the fashion / beauty magazine Ms. White edits. The phrasing is awkward or blunt at times, and Bailey frequently acts like too much of a neophyte for her crime writing background. However, A Body to Die For is a swift paced read perfect for lazy summer afternoons.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on May 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Although "A Body to Die For" did possess a rather intriguing storyline, ultimately the book did prove to a bit of a bland read for me.
Bailey Weggins is in dire need of some rest and relaxation -- her workload is beginning to get to her and her promising romance with Jack Herlihy (a professor of psychology) seems to have mysteriously fizzled. So that when close family friend, Danny Hubner, who owns and runs a health spa and inn (Cedar Inn) in Warren, Massachusetts invites Bailey to spend the weekend there, it seemed to be just the ticket. Except that Bailey discovers the dead body of one of the massage therapists in one of the treatment rooms. A quick talk with Danny reveals that things have been rather strained lately, and that Danny has been at a lose to figure out what's been going on. And so Bailey volunteers to help out her friend by snooping around. But the clues are few and leads hard to come by. However Bailey is determined to discover what's going on at Cedar Inn as well as unmask the killer, esp after the killer sends Bailey an ominous message warning her to stop her investigation...
If you're stuck somewhere over the weekend with nothing to do and no where to go (like an airport, or a hotel room) then you really won't feel too shortchanged if you invest your time (and money) on this book. The trouble with "A Body to Die For" was that it was 1) a bit of a bland read; 2) the mystery took too long to unfold; 3) the clues and suspects were really scarce; 4) there were very few clever twists and turns; and 5)for a seasoned professional crime columnist, Bailey seemed unbelievably naive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By penandra on June 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book I've read by Ms. White, and while I might read the earlier book, chances are I'll check it out of the library rather than purchase. I never saw the supposed closeness in the relationship between Bailey and Danny so, although I finished the book, it was tough for me to generate any empathy for the characters.
Bailey, a crime-writing divorcee from Manhattan comes across as Nancy Drew without George, Bess, or Ned. Having said all that, if you're looking for a nice easy read while laying in the beach or taking a flight --- this may be the book. If you leave it behind, you probably won't spend alot of time wondering whodunnit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick G on June 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Crime reporter Bailey Weggins is in need of some rest and relaxation, and there is no better place than the Cedar Inn, an out of the way country spa, but Bailey's restful weekend is about to turn into the hunt for a killer.
Bailey doesn't like mingling with the snooty and up-tight, but a good massage is a good massage, and she's enjoying all the pampering until she stumbles, literally, over a dead woman wrapped up like a mummy in one of the spa's treatment rooms.
Now on a full murder investigation, Bailey begins interviewing the socialites that inhabit the spa and finds a long list of suspects, among them; a jilted lover, a shady husband, and a group of employees with something to hide. As Bailey gets deeper and deeper into her investigation she finds more questions than answers, and to make matters worse she finds herself falling for the detective assigned to the case.
Hoping to help the owner of the spa, Bailey wants to catch the killer, but another murder pushes her farther away from the truth, and forces her across state lines chasing clues until she becomes the killer's next target.
` A Body To Die For' is a great follow-up to `If Looks Could Kill,' and fans of breezy, entertaining mysteries are in for a treat. The plot unfolds quickly as the murder sets the stage in an enjoyable page-turner guaranteed to keep you engrossed. Bailey is a funny, quirky, and quick-witted character, one that readers will root for no matter what situation she is thrown into. Kate White's fun mysteries are the much needed spark in a genre that is becoming stale. Her novels are fast-paced and smart, with plot twists that are exposed at just the right time with just the right amount of suspense to keep you engrossed.
A good, enjoyable mystery, perfect for the beach or plane ride.
Nick Gonnella
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Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of ten works of fiction--six Bailey Weggins mysteries (including So Pretty It Hurts and If Looks Could Kill), and four suspense novels: Eyes on You, The Sixes, Hush, and the upcoming The Wrong Man (June 2015). She is also the editor of The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, which will be published in March of this year.

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Kate's writer's eye has been described by the New York Times as "scathingly observant." The Los Angeles Times says of Kate's work: "It's like devouring a box of chocolates!" Publisher's Weekly recent review of her most recent book, Eyes on You, called it "timely and engaging," adding that "it's [White's] devious mind that puts the thrill in this thriller." Her books have been published in 18 countries. Romantic Times said: "The surprise begins almost instantaneously. Not only is the lead character immensely relatable, but the mystery surrounding whoever is trying to sabotage her holds up until the very end and the culprit is a complete surprise."

For 14 years, Kate was the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, taking it to number one on newsstands and keeping it there. Though she loved the job (and the Cosmo beauty closet!), she decided to leave in late 2013 to work full time as an author, a long-time dream of hers.

Like many mystery writers, Kate fell in love with the genre after reading her first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of Redgate Farm, and she still admires those cliffhanger endings created by "Carolyn Keene."

She is married and the mother of two children. She once had her young daughter stalk her through the woods so she could better describe the sounds of someone being followed.

Kate is also the author of several hugely popular career books, including I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve, and Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do.

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