In this mystery in the USA Today bestselling Murder, She Wrote series, Jessica Fletcher visits New York City during fashion week, only to discover someone has rather fatal designs...
Jessica is in Manhattan to attend the debut of a new designer. Formerly Sandy Black of Cabot Cove, the young man has reinvented himself as Xandr Ebon, and is introducing his evening wear collection to the public and—more important—to the industry’s powers-that-be: the stylists, the magazine editors, the buyers, and the wealthy clientele who can make or break him. At the show, the glitz and glamour are dazzling until a young model—a novice, taking her first walk down the runway—shockingly collapses and dies. Natural causes? Perhaps. But when another model is found dead, a famous cover girl and darling of the paparazzi, the fashion world gets nervous.
Two models. Two deaths. Their only connection? Xandr Ebon. Jessica’s crime-solving instincts are put to the test as she sorts through the egos, the conflicts of interest, the spiteful accusations, and the secrets, all the while keeping an amorous detective at arm’s length. But she’ll have to dig deep to uncover a killer. A designer’s career is on the line. And another model could perish in a New York minute.
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Murder, She Wrote – Design For Murder is the 45th book in the A Murder, She Wrote Series. It’s always a joy to spend some time in Cabot Cove with Jessica Fletcher, but with this book she is in New York City attending a fashion show which a former resident is showing his new line of dresses. It was very interesting to get a look at what happens prior to the time the models go down the runway. The models are getting the final touches to their makeup when Rowena excuses herself claiming not to be feeling well and returns just in time to take her stroll down the runway. Shortly after, she returns backstage, collapses and dies. When another model, who had nothing to do with the show is also found dead, the police aren’t considering them related, but Jessica is so sure. When Jessica learns that the former Cabot Cove resident, Sandy Black had ties to both of the females she feels the need to learn what happened to them and hopefully clear Sandy Black of any involvment. Jessica finds herself looking into the practice of a prominent plastic surgeon who has done work on both of the women. She is also interested in investigating the cosmetic business sponsoring the fashion show. I addition, Jessica is becoming a little concerned about all the attention that recently widowed lead detective Aaron Kopecky is paying her. She’s not sure if he is just friendly, interested in her thoughts since she is a mystery writer or something more personal A well plotted story with an interesting “behind the scenes” look at the fashion industry. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
High fashion murder meets its match with Jessica Fletcher! I can only dream that some of my favorite cancelled TV shows had been blessed with a new breath of life in novels such as this series. The Murder, She Wrote books were always to me a series my late mother enjoyed as much as the television show that spawned them, and books my older sister still looks forward to reading. Not having been a fan of the show due to a childhood fear of actress Angela Lansbury (Don’t ask), I saw no reason to read the books. Now having read several in the series, I can see why Murder She Wrote is still going strong. MURDER, SHE WROTE: DESIGN FOR MURDER is another fascinating, well plotted book that I found difficult to put down. High fashion and murder go wonderfully together as the theme for this story. Throw the brains of Jessica Fletcher into the mix, and you have a fantastic mystery that you’ll be talking about with your friends. So, to my Mom, sister, Mr. Bain, and most of all, Ms. Lansbury, I have been converted, and am now a Murder, She Wrote fan.