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The Case of the Missing Blahnik (Fashion Avenue Minis Book 1) by [DeMaio-Rice, Christine]
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Length: 57 pages Word Wise: Enabled
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  • File Size: 256 KB
  • Print Length: 57 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00785QLNU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Like one of those tasty little cake pops from that corporate coffee place, The Case of the Missing Blahnik is a delicious sample of what is to come from the Fashion Avenue Mystery series. A prequel to Dead Is The New Black, the cast of characters is introduced, a dilemma presents itself, and hilarity ensues over blackout hangovers, dumpster dives and a very expensive missing shoe. Take a bite. You'll enjoy.
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If you like that snarky Sex and the City humor, then this book is for you. I absolutely loved the characters and their antics were hilarious as they tried to locate a very expensive shoe lost sometime during a drunken stupor. The writing was tight and the pacing fast, making for a quick, enjoyable read. After reading the sample of the author's full-length novel in the back of this book, I can't wait to start on Dead is the New Black next.
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I enjoy reading faced-paced books like this one that move smoothly and flow in a way that keeps me turning pages. Add great characters and an interesting plot, and you've got the perfect package for a short story. Laura is a tough, solid character whose wit had me laughing several times throughout the book. I enjoyed it.
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The Case of the Missing Blahnik is sort of a short throw-away prequel to the other Laura Carnegie/Fashion Ave mysteries. There wasn't much mystery, suspense, romance etc in this book. Ruby (Laura's sister), during a night of drunken carousing, somehow lost one of the uber-expensive Blahniks she borrowed from her employer. Laura needs to help Ruby find it so she won't lose her job (or worse, lose face) with her employer. Evidently, being thought of as a screw-up (even if you are), is worse than losing your job.

The hunt for the missing shoe just wasn't very interesting, no matter how sparkly or expensive the shoe was, and nothing about the characters or situation, involved me enough to even care. Luckily, I'm already acquainted with Laura, Jeremy and the other main characters and know how great they are, so this didn't bother me too much. Really loved the three other books and guess I shouldn't complain too much since I got this one free, but if you read this one first and are disappointed, please don't stop --- give the other three books in this series a chance or try some of Ms. DeMaio-Rice's other books (also writes as CD Reiss). That's my take on it, as always, YMMV.
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This is certainly not a polished brief introduction to the other books in this series. It is not even a rough draft and should be viewed as preliminary thoughts the writer has about her characters and the leitmotifs she will develop and intertwine in her furture works.

If one were to read this and think that it is demonstrative of the writer's craftsmanship, then I feel that such a person would be reluctant to persue the works further. Rather it is a curiousity in that it points to the trend that will be developed in future e.g. obsession with brands, fashion etiquette, city night life, and the eternal quest for romance in the big city. Those who wish to write should read this to see how poorly expressed ideas can germinate it polished story telling. Why this was released as a "prequel" causes me to ponder about the stratagems of the publishing world.
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This was a shortish novel, or novelette, or whatever, but even so, I found it really interesting from beginning to end. Although this book is set in Manhattan's fashion industry, I did not find that you needed a fashion background to follow this story. Ruby and Laura seem to work at very high end companies (believe it or not, most of the companies on 42nd Street are NOT high-end), and this gives the story a bit of glamour.

This was a fun story and I really enjoyed watching Laura and Ruby chase the missing Blahnik all over Manhattan. I felt that the characters really came alive, the story was fast paced, and it was well written. Considering that this was a free download, this was a real bargain!

I will be looking for other books by this author.
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My mind boggles when I think of shoes that cost almost $800 a pair. It would boggle my mind even more if I found myself in the same pickle as Ruby does in this story: losing one shoe from a $800 pair, and made even worse by the fact that they were on loan from my boss.

With her job in jeopardy, Ruby and her sister Laura go on the hunt for the missing red, over-priced shoe. The craziness that ensues while the sisters traipse all over Manhattan and Brooklyn backtracking Ruby's steps of the previous night and early morning is a madcap comedy of strange people and even stranger places. Will they find the shoe in time for work on Monday morning? And if they do find it, will it be in a condition that will conceal its travels around New York City?

Recommended for anyone looking for a good laugh or a quick mystery where nobody dies.
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By marinemom on January 10, 2013
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I read this after the first book. I loved the first book and thought this would be a little better. It did introduce the characters and set up the background for future stories. I recommend reading her 1st book after finishing this introductory novella.
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