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If Looks Could Kill

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If Looks Could Kill

Bailey Weggins Mystery Series, Book 1
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Meet Bailey Weggins, the thirty-something, single-again true crime writer for a leading Manhattan woman's magazine. Smart and savvy, she's got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing the truth in a story-especially if it's murder. Bailey's in bed with her commitment-challenged lover K.C. when she gets a frantic call from her high-maintenance boss at Gloss magazine. Grabbing coffee and a cab outside her Greenwich Village apartment-the consolation prize in her divorce settlement-Bailey reluctantly heads uptown. At Cat Jones's Upper East Side town house, she finds something that seriously clashes with the chic décor: the dead body of the family's line-in nanny.

As Bailey-unofficially-delves into the murdered girl's past, she finds no shortage of A-list suspects. But when a startling discovery suggests that Cat may have been the intended victim, Bailey is suddenly up to her bed head in high-profile investigation that's perfect fodder for a tabloid headline: Is someone trying to kill the editor's of women's magazines?

With the spotlight on New York's glitzy media world, Bailey interviews back-stabbing editors, straying husbands, and one sexy, six-feet two psychologist who could make her decide to kick K.C. to the curb. Sporting her pair of red slingbacks and armed with the investigative skills she's honed as a true crime reporter, she sets out on a search that takes her from Manhattan's exclusive Carnegie-Hill area-the nanny heartland of America-to the ritzy weekend estates of Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Bailey will need all her street smarts and some lightning-fast detective work to catch a killer who could end up deleting her name from the masthead for good.
Meet Bailey Weggins, the thirty-something, single-again true crime writer for a leading Manhattan woman's magazine. Smart and savvy, she's got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing the truth in a story-especially if it's murder. Bailey's in bed with her commitment-challenged lover K.C. when she gets a frantic call from her high-maintenance boss at Gloss magazine. Grabbing coffee and a cab outside her Greenwich Village apartment-the consolation prize in her divorce settlement-Bailey reluctantly heads uptown. At Cat Jones's Upper East Side town house, she finds something that seriously clashes with the chic décor: the dead body of the family's line-in nanny.

As Bailey-unofficially-delves into the murdered girl's past, she finds no shortage of A-list suspects. But when a startling discovery suggests that Cat may have been the intended victim, Bailey is suddenly up to her bed head in high-profile investigation that's perfect fodder for a tabloid headline: Is someone trying to kill the editor's of women's magazines?

With the spotlight on New York's glitzy media world, Bailey interviews back-stabbing editors, straying husbands, and one sexy, six-feet two psychologist who could make her decide to kick K.C. to the curb. Sporting her pair of red slingbacks and armed with the investigative skills she's honed as a true crime reporter, she sets out on a search that takes her from Manhattan's exclusive Carnegie-Hill area-the nanny heartland of America-to the ritzy weekend estates of Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Bailey will need all her street smarts and some lightning-fast detective work to catch a killer who could end up deleting her name from the masthead for good.
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About the Author-
  • Kate White is the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. She and her husband, a television anchor in Albany, live in New York City.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 7, 2002
    Audio reviews reflect PW's assessment of the audio adaptation of a book and should be quoted only in reference to the audio version. Fiction IF LOOKS COULD KILL: A Bailey Weggins Mystery Kate White, read by Parker Posey. Time Warner Audio Books, abridged, four cassettes, 6 hrs., $25.98 ISBN 1-58621-481-0 At first, it would seem to make sense for Parker Posey, the acclaimed actor who has played memorably ditzy dames in movies such as The Anniversary Party
    and Waiting for Guffman, to read Cosmopolitan
    magazine editor White's sexy new mystery novel. But White's heroine, Bailey Weggins, a 33-year-old true crime writer for Gloss
    magazine, is anything but a flake. She's a shrewd freelancer with a gift for catching the dark side of gender crime. And although Bailey is slightly frazzled from the Gotham dating wars, she's definitely not one of the walking wounded looking to Gloss
    (and its acerbic editor, Cat Jones) for life-changing advice. Posey's softness and Valley Girl intonations tend to defuse whatever strength White's story—about a murdered nanny and a plot to knock off the editors of top women's magazines—has to offer.
    Although the book has strong appeal, this production doesn't have enough oomph to captivate listeners. Based on the Warner Books hardcover (Forecasts, Apr. 8).

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 8, 2002
    Bridget Jones meets Nancy Drew in Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief White's impressive debut novel, which provides plenty of New York glamour and glitz, besides a smart, sexy heroine and a cleverly constructed murder mystery. When Cat Jones, editor of Gloss
    magazine, calls, employees jump. And when she calls freelancer Bailey Weggins on a Sunday morning with a frantic plea for assistance in a personal matter, Bailey responds quickly. Cat has found her live-in nanny, Heidi, dead. When it turns out that Heidi was poisoned, Cat freaks out and insists that Bailey, whose specialty is true-crime reporting, help her discover who's done it. Though Heidi was the victim, Cat may well have been the intended victim. Either way, there are plenty of suspects among the guests who attended Cat's party the night before. The Gloss
    media world offers plenty of sex, greed, money and cutthroat maneuvering—and few reliable friendships. Bailey navigates this universe with pluck, luck and savvy, and emerges as a viable candidate for rookie sleuth of the year. Bailey not only plays detective but also manages to juggle her freelance assignments and her rocky romantic entanglements in entertaining fashion. Best of all, on top of the dead-on depiction of the media world she knows so well, White keeps both sleuth and reader guessing until she's ready to rip away the blinders and reveal the clues hidden among the school of (red) herring. Agent, Sandra Dijkstra. (May 3)Forecast:With an author as media savvy as her heroine, BEA and ALA appearances and a five-city tour, this Mystery Guild featured alternate and Doubleday Book Club selection is going to sell a lot of copies, not just to celebrity hounds but to mystery regulars who appreciate quality.

  • Lisa Scottoline, author of Courting Trouble "Sex and the City meets the murder mystery, and Bailey Weggins is a sleuth a girl could love-gutsy, savvy, and even a self-confessed 'shoe slut.' What wicked fun!"
  • Linda Fairstein, author of The Deadhouse "Sharpen your talons before you turn the pages of Kate White's wonderful new book. IF LOOKS COULD KILL peeks between the lines of America's glossiest magazines from the very top of the masthead, to offer a deliciously deadly glimpse at an insider's world of fashion and style."
  • Diane Mott Davidson, author of Sticks & Scones "IF LOOKS COULD KILL is a stunning, self-assured debut. Ms. White treats the reader to the inside scoop on the politics of magazine-publishing, and fills her marvelously-written whodunit with so many twists and turns that I was kept guessing to the end. Brava!"
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