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Killer Hair: A crime of Fashion Mystery Mass Market Paperback – 1 July 2003
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Home of the helmet hairdo and Congressional comb-over, Washington, D.C. is a hotbed of fashion faux pas. If anyone should know, it's "Crimes of Fashion" columnist Lacey Smithsonian. She dishes out advice to the scandal-scorched and clothing-clueless, doing her part to change this town-one fashion victim at a time...
An up-and-coming stylist, Angie Woods had a reputation for rescuing down-and-out looks-and careers-all with a pair of scissors. But when Angie is found with a drastic haircut and a razor in her hand, the police assume she committed suicide. Lacey knew the stylist and suspects something more sinister-that the story may lie with Angie's star client, a White House staffer with a salacious website. With the help of a hunky ex-cop, Lacey must root out the truth...
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- Publisher : Signet; Reissue edition (1 July 2003)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 276 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451209486
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451209481
- Dimensions : 10.92 x 1.78 x 17.27 cm
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Angie was found sitting in the chair at her work station, with her waist length hair hacked off and her wrists cut. The police have already declared it to be a suicide and are no longer interested in investigating.
At first Lacey doesn't want to investigate, but things look suspicious to her and since the police won't investigate, she's going to have to.
Angie Woods had recently become famous for the make over of Marcia Robinson, a woman who was being investigated by a special prosecutor over her involvement with congressmen and a web site she had.
Could this be the reason for the murder? Did Marcia tell her something while getting her make over. Or was it her employers at Styletto's, Boyd Radford, the sexist pig who grants managerial promotions to anyone who sleeps with him, everyone says Angie turned him down. His soon to be ex-wife Josephine, who is anxious to watch out for her share of the business, or his son Beau, (called shampoo boy) by everyone at the salon.
What about Leonardo, another stylist who was furious with Angie because Marcia was supposed to be his client, but in a fit of pique, he had walked out that day and Angie had been the only stylist available when she came in.
Then Lacey gets a call from another stylist, Tammi White at another Syletto's salon who tells her Angie gave her something before she died. But before Lacey can get to the salon, Tammi is found dead in her chair. (Also a suicide).
Lacey can't convince the police, or Victor Donovan, (a former sheriff from Colorado) that Lacey has lusted after for years, that it was murder. After all, what happened to the weapon and why were both Angie's and Tammi's long, long hair missing from the salons.
Things move fast as Lacey tries to solve the crimes, but that doesn't prevent more murders from occurring and now she has to worry that her paper will fire her for investigating a murder when she should be writing her fashion column.
This book is very funny. Lacey and her friends Stella & Brooke are very likeable.
I like her fellow reporters, especially Tony Trujillo
Victor is the guy Lacey has been dreaming about for years, even though all they shared was one kiss at a party. I like the interaction between them.
The mystery is interesting. A lot of suspects, but a logical killer. Lacey does real investigating, not just being there when the killer suddenly decides they want to confess.
No Low Lights. Should be a good series.
I have passed this around two writers critique groups, and told total strangers about it in the bookstore.
If you're looking for a light read, not much blood and gore, and characters that make you laugh (one believes Washington DC men are victims of a plot that blocks pheromones, rendering men unattracted to the women in town) you'll appreciate Ellen Byerrum's launch of Lacey Smithsonian. This is a hoot!