Wednesday, April 26

Hostile Makeover by Ellen Byerrum

Review by Dawn Dowdle 

Lacey Smithsonian is interviewing Amanda Manville, reality TV makeover success story turned model.  Apparently all the makeover surgeries turned her sweet personality into that of a diva gone bad.  All Amanda wants to talk about is the death threats she's received.  She requests Lacey's help in stopping the stalker.  Lacy doesn't take much stock in the existence of a stalker.  That is until Amanda is killed. 

She and her boyfriend Vic Donovan are planning a getaway weekend until Lacey's mother and sister descend upon her.  How can she investigate Amanda's murder, survive her relative's visit, and keep Vic from meeting then?   

With Amanda's unpopular personality, the list of suspects is quite long.  How can Lacey weed out the real killer without putting herself in danger or her family since they keep tagging along? 

I really like Lacey.  She's so down to earth and fun.  I like her vintage clothing, too.  Her quirky family and relationship with Vic spice things up as well. 

I live not far from DC, and Ms. Byerrum has the fashion tone of Washington down to a T.  The tidbits always add to the story. 

Lacey's friends and co-workers are great additions to the story as well. 

I highly recommend this book and the whole series.

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