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So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins Mystery Paperback – Large Print, March 20, 2012
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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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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.
When Bailey starts to nose around, she finds herself a moving target—running closer to the truth and straight into danger.
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Demanding diva Devon makes a terrible impression on the Buzz reporters with her queen of mean demeanor expecting everyone to kowtow to her wishes. She also has the nerve to invite her former boyfriend Tommy and his current girlfriend to the party as flaunting Devon wants him back. Bailey finds Devon weeping. The model says she must leave as it is unsafe for her to remain at Cohen's house. Later she is found dead in her bed. The police believe she died from using Ipecac, a drug used to control eating disorders like anorexia. However, Bailey remembers how frightened the woman was and believes a homicide occurred. Her journalist instincts kick in as she investigates the diva's death while someone tries to get Buzz to fire her.
The latest Bailey Weggins investigation (see Lethally Blond) is an entertaining locked country house whodunit (snowstorms come in handy). Fans will find it difficult to put down the exciting So Pretty It Hurts as we try to identify who the culprit is amidst a house filled with suspects; of whom most detested the deceased. The characters feel so realistic that the audiences will want to find out what the group members have against Devon. The Bailey Weggins series is one of the most entertaining and realistic series on the market today.
Like I said previously, this book had all of the ingredients for a really good thriller or mystery. An isolated house in the country, a snowstorm that cuts off contact with the rest of the world, a dead body....what more could you ask for? For whatever reasons though, this book just didn't quite work for me. One of my main problems that I had was that I never connected with Bailey. I'm not sure that if I had read the previous books in this series if it would be an issue but I just never quite figured Bailey out. Her actions and need to "figure out" the mystery just rang a bit false. And I just didn't connect which took away from my enjoyment of the book. On a more positive note, I really enjoyed the creepy setting that the author created with this book. I loved the tense atmosphere during the time of the snowstorm and after Devin's body had been found. The author has a knack for creating really great settings as I felt similarly when I read The Sixes by her. I just wish that I had been more interested in the mystery and characters in this book.
Overall, I found that this just wasn't the book that I had been expecting. I didn't hate it by any means but found it to only be an okay read. If you are thinking about trying this author, I would recommend The Sixes instead which I found to be a much better read. As for me, I think that I'll go back and start with book one in this series at some point. Because I'm hoping that it will help with my lack of connection to Bailey and because the author has such a knack for great settings. Recommended with reservations (unless you are already a fan of this series...then I'm sure that you will enjoy it more than I did).
Bottom Line: A mystery that could have been so much more...
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher. The thoughts are my own.