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Dead Is the New Black: (A Fashion Cozy Mystery) (Laura Carnegie Mysteries Book 1) by [Rice, Christine D.]
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  • File Size: 730 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MEG38C
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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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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 scenes...one 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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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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Before I launch into this review I want to share a little anecdote: I had just finished reading The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulous (who emailed me just the other day!) and was looking for something a little lighter. I try to alternate my literary fiction with some "chick-lit" or easy reads, just to give my brain a break. I had stock-piled many books downloaded on my Kindle for free and was excited to dive into the selection. I started and stopped FIVE DIFFERENT BOOKS before stumbling upon Dead is the New Black. The other five books, of which I won't name, were so terrible I couldn't read more than one chapter. The ending was obvious, the writing was poor, and the cliche's were endless. I wanted some light reading, not bad writing! Anyway, when I started Dead is the New Black, my hopes weren't high, but I found myself in for a nice surprise. I kept reading.

Dead is the New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice is a great story that combines the fashion industry with a kicky murder mystery all set in The Big Apple. Laura, the novel's protagonist, is a pattern-maker for Jeremy St. James, a fashion mogul (whom in all respects, is gay). She worships the ground Jeremy walks on knowing there is no way he'll ever return her affection; love is blind. And, much to Laura's delight, she is the only member of Jeremy's staff that he doesn't treat like scum beneath his feet. It has something to do with her immense talent as a pattern-maker. I didn't even know what this was until I read this book. A pattern-maker takes the design and perfects it on paper and then recreates it on a mannequin until it is absolute. Apparently, this is a career that takes a lot of skill and is quite literally the backbone of major designers entire lives. Who knew?
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