From Kate White, the New York Times bestselling author of the Bailey Weggins mystery series and several standalone novels, comes So Pretty It Hurts, fans of If Looks Could Kill, Over Her Dead Body, and Lethally Blond have been waiting for.
Bailey Weggins, the sassy amateur sleuth and 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. She’s determined to find out who’s responsible, but her investigation could provoke the killer into striking again…
About the Author
Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of the standalone psychological thrillers The Secrets You Keep, The Wrong Man, Eyes on You, Hush, and The Sixes, as well as eight Bailey Weggins mysteries, including Such a Perfect Wife. White is also the author of several popular career books for women, including I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve and editor of the Anthony and Agatha Award nominated The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. She lives in New York City.
Hometown:New York, New York
Date of Birth:1950
Place of Birth:Glens Falls, New York
Education:Union College, 1972
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Maybe it's been too long between Bailey Weggins stories (the last one was out in 2007), but I was a little disappointed in this one. Bailey and a co-worker head for a house party weekend at a remote (albeit fancy) cabin in upstate New York. When a supermodel ends up dead, Bailey latches on to the thought it must be murder, even though events point toward an eating disorder fatality. The Bailey I remember had a great relationship with next door neighbor Landon, who spends his few scenes with a head cold in this story. Her mother was a hoot, and is limited to a couple phone calls this time. And her relationship with Beau, supposedly of so much concern, began so long ago that I don't remember her angst over his trip to Turkey. To be honest, White's last two stand alone novels were much better, and the early Bailey books a treat.
So Pretty It Hurts in my opinion mostly falls under the cozy mystery heading. Bailey Weggins our protagonist is working for a gossip magazine as the crime reporter. She¿s rather independent and impetuous not to mention she has a reporter's curiosity, which can get her into trouble. Bailey is invited to a party in upstate New York by her workmate and since her boyfriend is in Arizona she accepts (partly as a way to get back on him for leaving in the first place). Most of the guests are centered around a famous fashion model, Devon, her friends and acquaintances. They end up getting stuck in at the house because of a snow storm. The party turns south when Devon died in the middle of the night. Bailey suspects possible foul play. After they are allowed to go home Bailey can¿t let it go, she believes that someone gave the already unhealthy Devon a push over the edge. Her suspicions grow dramatically when Devon¿s mom claims Bailey tried to blackmail her, which can be death to a journalist career should it not be disproven.Overall I think this was a pretty good book. It was easy to read, enough puzzles to keep it interesting and Bailey was a pretty decent character intelligent and caring but sometimes curiosity overrode her better sense. I enjoyed the book and I don¿t think one needs to read the previous books in the series before this one. It's worth the time if you like cozies.
This is my first Bailey Weggins Mystery and I have to say I loved it. Fast paced mixed with humor, romance, mystery. It has it all. I highly recommend this book. I won this from Goodreads.
I love all of Kate White's books! I think her writing is witty, suspenseful and entertaining. I've read all the Bailey Weggins series and very much look forward to more Bailey adventures!
Another wonderful Kate white book! They are truly my favorite. Couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next one!