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So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins Mystery by Kate White (Review #4)

So Pretty It Hurts Reviewed by Vickie Dailey

This is the sixth outing for Kate White’s amatuer sleuth Bailey Weggins. When Bailey’s boyfriend has another unexpected trip out of town – Bailey accerpts her friend and Buzz magazine co-worker Jessie’s invite to a weekend house party.

In a seculded old barn the guests assemble – Devon, the model turned singer, her manager & his wife, Scott the host of the party, Devon’s former boyfriend and his new girl all assemble to preview Devon’s new music. Everyone soons finds themselves snowed in. Tensions start to run high with hidden secrets. When Devon is found dead in her room – the power then goes out leaving the suspects in darkness. Read the rest of this entry »

So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins Mystery by Kate White (Review #3)

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Bailey Weggins returns in So Pretty it Hurts in a “country house party” themed mystery. While there are some variations for the standard formula-like the fact that people go home before the mystery is solved, most of the elements are there in this well executed book. A group of relative strangers are guests for the weekend at a remotely situated house, a mysterious death occurs and there is a snow storm that delays the guests’ departures. Therefore, the list of suspects is limited to the people at the house, even though the guests do eventually leave and the crime is not solved until much later. In fact, when the guests leave, it’s not clear if the death was a crime or just from natural causes.

Bailey Weggins, a true crime writer who freelances for the celebrity magazine Buzz, covers celebrity deaths, so when her friend Jessie invites Bailey to join her a house party for the weekend that was going to be loaded with big named people, work wasn’t really on Bailey’s mind. It wasn’t that is, until a famous model turned singer dies in her sleep. Bailey promptly starts nosing around and discovers some things that just don’t quite add up. The more Bailey investigates, the more sure she is that the Devon, the dead model, had help in her death.

Unlike some of the earlier books in the series, there really isn’t very much romance in the book. Bailey is uneasy in her new relationship and while there were couples at the house party, there was more fighting than romance. Another interesting omission is blood or violence. The victim died in her sleep and while Bailey gets herself into some scrapes, there really isn’t any blood, guns, knives or whatnot usually associated with murder. Those two elements lead to the one real negative with the book and that is there is painfully little action of any sort to drive the book. The mystery was interesting and well done, but the pace was quite slow in places.

This is the sixth book in the Bailey Weggins series, and fans of the series will surely be pleased with it, but readers who have not read any of the previous books will also enjoy this book. There isn’t really a need to know Bailey’s back story when reading So Pretty it Hurts.

So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins Mystery by Kate White (Review #2)

So Pretty It Hurts Reviewed by Julie Moderson

I love reading Kate White books; she has a style of writing that is like listening to a friend tell you a story. I especially enjoy her Bailey Weggins mysteries because she has such great story lines and you really feel like you are part of the story and just can’t put the book down.

Bailey is invited to a weekend getaway at a record producer’s home, with Jessie Pendergrass who is her best friend and coworker at the Manhattan tabloid magazine the Buzz. Jess has a crush on Scott the record producer and doesn’t want to go alone and since Baily’s boyfriend, Beau, is away for the weekend she decides to go along for support. They are one of the last to arrive at the remote home surrounded by nature. The driveway into the home is over a mile and a half long.

When they meet the other guests they find Devon Barr a famous model who wants to be singer, her agent Cap Darby, his wife Whitney, Devon’s booker Christian Hayes, Devon’s best friend Tory, Tory’s boyfriend Tommy Quinn and Richard Parkin who is a writer for magazines like Vanity Fair. It was an interesting group and they joined in the conversations. Read the rest of this entry »

So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins Mystery by Kate White

So Pretty It HurtsReviewed by Elizabeth Sheehan

Bailey Weggins is a true-crime journalist working for Buzz located in New York city. She is invited by a co-worker to a weekend house party about 2 hours from Manhattan and which they find very secluded. Their host is Scott Cohan a music mogul. An interesting array of guests attend; with the main one being Devon Barr a famous model. Along with being extremely flirtatious we find that Devon has an eating disorder. As luck would have it Devon is found dead by Bailey.To make matters worse a wicked snow and ice storm makes it impossible for any of the guests to leave and the police are unable to get there for a while. While in Devon’s room Bailey discovers a bottle of syrup of ipecac which causes vomiting. When the police do arrive they find that the bottle is missing and Bailey then begins to doubt that Devon’s death is accidental.

As she investigates she is shoved down a flight of stairs and when she returns to Buzz she is asked to leave her job. She is persistent and all ends well. Read the rest of this entry »