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Product Details

  • Series: A Fashion Avenue Mysteries
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466338121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466338128
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,299,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although this novel is billed as a cozy mystery, it is far more than that. Dead Is the New Black is a complex novel, woven with delicate finesse by the author. At it's core is a heroine that underestimates herself on many different levels. But she's smart, talented, and takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of everything. 

...I really enjoyed this book. It's been polished to perfection by the author and that really shows. The careful crafting and layering of details made me feel like a part of the novel. That characters were well developed and the setting is fabulous. --Quirky Gurl Media

About the Author

Christine has been in the fashion industry for 20 years, and has been writing for 15. Which says more about Christine's A.D.D. than it does about either fashion or publishing. She lives in Los Angeles with her two children and her long-suffering husband, who moved with her from Brooklyn to LA so she could pursue a career in film. You see how well that worked out.
Finally, the two sides of her life meet with Fashion Avenue Mysteries. She figures she has enough material to continue the series for another 15 years, if you all have the patience to keep reading.

More About the Author

I moved to Los Angeles to study screenwriting at USC, and even though you couldn't drag me back into the screenwriting business with the promise of money or candy, I love screenplay structure. Use it all the time. It is the crowbar that removes my head from my rectum when such a procedure is required.

I love all types of speculative fiction, and yes I admit to reading vampire books and YA. However, I have not yet met a vampire that inspired me enough to write about him, which is probably the only barrier between myself and a bathtub full of royalty checks.

People (meaning, my friends) have begged me for years to write about the fashion industry, so I'm doing that in the form of a cozy mystery. It's a funny story, which it had to be because the fashion industry can't be taken seriously.

On that, I bid you a fond farewell. Thanks for reading this little bio.

Customer Reviews

I read this book in an afternoon and immediately bought the next one.
India M. Drummond
Even though the book was a little slow to begin with, it began to hold your interest with all the plot changes.
Not only was this a good mystery with interesting characters, but it was so very well written!!
Barbara Mcauliffe

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Bookish Witch on September 12, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I was blown away by this book. Rice has penned a novel that is phenomenally well-written, real to the core, and just damned good. I was immediately sucked in to the plot and the character's life. This novel is full of original witticisms and some killer one-liners. Her description is spot-on and so eloquently put I'm jealous of her skills. The novel is littered with the kind of details one notices in real-life, but that rarely make it into books. It shines with Rice's in-depth knowledge of the fashion industry - I felt smarter after reading it. Dead is the New Black is laugh-out-loud funny. If this author is anything like her wry, witty protagonist, I want to be her friend.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Silver's Reviews on January 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
A garment show in a week, late hours, working on the weekends, and then a dead body shows up. Oh no.....a very unwelcome setback.

Jeremy was the one who was standing over Gracie when Laura walked into the office that Sunday morning. Could he have killed her or just found her on the floor with a scarf wrapped around her neck? Hmmmmm.....with material fragments on his hands and clothes, and his being the only one in the office, who else could they suspect? No one for now, but Laura couldn't believe Jeremy killed Gracie, and since Laura was in love with him she tried to find out who really did strangle Gracie.

Regardless, the police arrested Jeremy, and their investigation continued while he was in jail. Laura also was conducting her own investigation, but it wasn't going very well for her. She kept trying to figure out who besides Jeremy would have a reason to kill Gracie. Perhaps Carmella killed him and not Jeremy for no other motive than a good old-fashioned garment district reason? Or how about her husband who found out about her affair. Or more likely what about Mario who may have done it out of sheer jealousy. And....there definitely was a lot of jealousy and competition in the office and throughout the entire garment industry from what I could see.

The book allows a glimpse into what goes into the preparation for a garment show and the mindset of the garment industry's men and women. If you are a "fashionista" you will definitely enjoy this book. The clothes sound marvelous. There are also funny particular one was when Laura and her sister were trying to get into an upscale restaurant without reservations.

Miss Demaio-Rice is a talented story teller.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Angie Chung on September 1, 2012
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I feel bad for giving it a terrible review, especially since it looks like most peope loved it. I absolutely hated this book, almost didn't finish, but I try not to start something I don't finish.

The main character is so unlikeable, it is difficult to care what she has to say, and boy, does she have a lot to say. I like fashion as much as the next person, but the detailed descriptions on EVERYTHING almost put me to sleep. My lil' sister is a fashion designer, and even she couldn't finish the book. I find Laura very stuck up, a bit racist. Her fantasy about Jeremy and the way she keeps Stu around as the "second best" as she describes it makes it even harder to like her and makes Stu look like a stupid guy pining for someone out of her league, which she thinks she is. Her relationship with her sister is superficial, I wonder why they even "like" each other since she spends a lot of time talking badly about her. I do like her sister better than Laura, with all her flaws and perfection, she just seems like more of an interesting character.

Laura's self righteousness is bugging. Again, sister is in Fashion so I understand how they feel about counterfeits and such, and not to mention the legality of it, but the way she looks down on people who wear fakes makes me want to bury her in fakes.

The mystery aspect of it is boring I would not categorize this book as mystery at all. I guess half way through the book who the killer was and who was involved with what.

I am glad I downloaded this book for free when Amazon listed it under free section. I wouldn't be happy if I had spent $$ on it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. McCullough on January 19, 2012
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Dead is the New Black fulfils all my requirements for a classic detective story.

Set in the New York fashion world, it immediately attracted my attention. Christine DeMaio-Rice knows a lot about her background, and this makes the book especially fascinating and enjoyable to read. The sophisticated atmosphere takes us by the throat from the first page.

Then there are the characters. Laura and her work mates, particularly Jeremy St James, are vividly drawn. Laura, we learn straightaway, is hopelessly attracted to Jeremy. (She wonders herself if she would have dared to allow their relationship to develop if she hadn't believed he was gay - because then there would have been a risk that it might become serious.) So we feel sympathy for her from the start, and at the same time realise that we are in the hands of a writer who can give us characters with depth. Laura's sister Ruby is a bright contrast. Stu becomes more likeable the more we see of him. And Cangemi, the cop, is a much cleverer detective than we are led to expect at the beginning.

The handling of the plot is all we could ask for. The clues are thrust at us in a way we should be able to pick up - but almost certainly won't. The murderer appears in the first few chapters. When Laura arrives at her desk to find coffee waiting for her, she tells us, she knows that Jeremy must be already there, because he is in the habit of buying coffee for them both on his way to work. The coffee, unusually, is spilt - which is not like Jeremy, she thinks. But when she goes to his office, she sees that he is in a state of extreme distress - he has found a dead body there.
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