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So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins Mystery (Bailey Weggins Mysteries) Hardcover – March 20, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

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“[A] delicious tale.” (New York Post)

“Intriguing, well-developed characters and fast-paced action make this mystery an entertaining read.” (Romantic Times)

“After two stand-alones from White, it’s good to have Bailey back in her sixth outing (after Lethally Blond, 2007). She’s a smart, sexy sleuth with a growing fan base.” (Booklist)

“Entertaining. . . . A fast-paced insider look at the seedy underworld of fame. Fans of the series and readers who love tabloid drama will be enthralled.” (Publishers Weekly)

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At long last, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sixes and the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan brings back the sassy crime writer turned amateur sleuth Bailey Weggins in an addictive story involving the mysterious death of a supermodel.

Bailey Weggins, the Manhattan-based thirtysomething true-crime journalist, is in a good place. She's enjoying her regular gig at Buzz, a leading celebrity magazine, getting freelance work, and hoping her first book will garner attention. In the love department, she's finally back in the game with her recently-turned-exclusive boyfriend, Beau Regan. When Beau heads out of town one early December weekend, Bailey accepts an invitation from her office friend Jessie to a music mogul's house in the country, hoping for a fun, relaxing getaway. But a weird tension settles over the houseguests—a glamorous crowd that includes the famously thin supermodel Devon Barr. An impending snowstorm only adds to the unease. So when Devon's lifeless body is found in her bed, Bailey immediately suspects foul play: she can't stop thinking of the day before, when a frightened Devon shivered in the woods and pleaded, "I have to get out of here. . . . It's not safe for me." When Bailey starts to nose around, she finds herself a moving target—running closer to the truth and straight into danger. With her trademark irreverent wit, Bailey is a heroine who keeps us laughing while on the edge of our seats. New and longtime fans alike will devour this eagerly awaited mystery.

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Product Details

  • Series: Bailey Weggins Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061576603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061576607
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Griffin VINE VOICE on December 26, 2011
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So Pretty It Hurts is loosely based on the theme of a murder weekend mystery, featuring a group of guests invited to the country home of a rich and famous record producer. Most of the guests are amongst the rich and famous (or at least the periphery), including super models, a rock star, a writer, an agent and his wife, two women from a celebrity gossip magazine, and the assorted housekeepers, personal assistants, and other staff. An unexpected snowstorm strands the party at the country home, forcing the group to spend more time together than planned.

One of the guests from the celebrity gossip magazine is actually a true crime writer, and the heroine of So Pretty It Hurts, Bailey Weggins. Sensitive to atmosphere and the tense personal relationships amongst the group, Bailey is quick to observe everyone's behavior and actions. When one of the models dies unexpectedly, followed by a power failure, Bailey's thoughts immediately turn to potential murder and motives.

Once she returns to New York City, Bailey suspects that someone has capitalized on the model's anorexia and what appears to be an accidental death is actually murder. As Bailey tries to uncover the truth through research and interviews, she becomes caught up in a web of deceit and trickery that threatens her career and eventually, her life.

So Pretty It Hurts builds tension through several near resolutions of the crime, exposing the weaknesses and obsessions of several characters before finally revealing the perpetrators for a crime subtler than the reader has perhaps expected.
The sixth Bailey Wiggins mystery, So Pretty It Hurts is a story that mixes mostly fun with a few tense moments. The only part of the book I did not enjoy was Bailey's immature relationship with her new boyfriend, Beau. Bailey's approach to this romance seemed out of character, and distracted from the overall story. Otherwise, So Pretty It Hurts is an amusing and enjoyable mystery story.
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A new spin on an old formula. The weekend house filled with guests, one of whom dies under mysterious circumstances, first attributed to a possible eating disorder, but could it have been murder? Throw in a snowstorm so no one can leave and calamity ensues. There were a lot of characters to keep straight to the point where I remembered the page number where they were first introduced so I could go back and figure out who was who, but there are plenty of red herrings, and quite the surprising twist at the end. I like the Bailey Weggins character and the fact that she's a crime reporter makes her snoopiness into crimes more believable than some other mysteries where the book seller or the caterer are always falling over dead bodies and solving the crime. There is also the relationship with the new boyfriend and they allude to questions regarding him as well, so something more to guess at. Don't worry if you haven't read the other Bailey Weggins books; sufficient background is given to cover her history and has little to do with the current story. (The books have been released far enough apart that even if we have read the previous ones, it's hard to recall her history.) All in all, an enjoyable read that kept me guessing.
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I'd been waiting for this latest entry into the Bailey Weggins series for a while, as I really enjoyed Kate White's other books. And while "So Pretty It Hurts" doesn't disappoint -- it's got plenty of "Sex in the City" moments, cute shoes, danger, and big-city moments -- the plot wasn't as strong as its predecessors.

Bailey is invited to accompany a good friend to an upstate getaway at the country home of a famous music producer. She gets more than she bargained for when she arrives in the midst of drama. An over-the-hill model, her ex-boyfriend, her booker, her agent, her best friend, and a few other members of the entourage are on less-than-friendly terms. When the model turns up dead of an apparent heart attack, celeb crime reporter Bailey senses something's amiss. But can she find the killer before the killer takes her out of circulation -for good? Suspects and motives abound, from a jealous friend to an angry employee.

The overall setup is strong enough, but several critical plot points hinge on weak suppositions -- like that it's a surprise that models have eating disorders, or that they're known for smoking like chimneys. I'm a 40-something suburban mom, and *I* knew that -- so I would venture that a Vanity Fair journalist would have an inkling of that lifestyle. I also figured out "whodunnit" in short order. But the biggest problem was that everyone involved was so unappealing and nasty that I didn't really care who killed the model or why.

All the same, it was a quick, entertaining read. I like Bailey, and I look forward to more mysteries with her.
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I'm a fan of Kate White and Bailey Weggins so I'm glad to see the character is back! This book was hard to put down but I have to say I felt a bit cheated at the end (hence my removal of a star). If you have never read a Bailey Weggins mystery before they're a bit like Cosmopolitan (White is the editor) meets Agatha Christie. This one was no exception and you would be fine to start with this without any background info on Bailey and find it a great cosy mysetery. For those who have followed the series, this does continue the soap opera that is her love life as well as a strong mystery with compelling characters. Hard to put down, a little cheated in the end, but worth an afternoon!
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