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Before I launch into this review I want to share a little anecdote I had just finished reading The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulous who emailed me just the other day and was looking for something a little lighter I try to alternate my literary fiction with some chick lit or easy reads, just to give my brain a break I had stock piled many books downloaded on my Kindle for free and was excited to dive into the selection I started and stopped FIVE DIFFERENT BOOKS before stumbling upon Dead is the New Black The other five books, of which I won t name, were so terrible I couldn t read than one chapter The ending was obvious, the writing was poor, and the cliche s were endless I wanted some light reading, not bad writing Anyway, when I started Dead is the New Black, my hopes weren t high, but I found myself in for a nice surprise I kept reading.Dead is the New Black by Christine DeMaio Rice is a great story that combines the fashion industry with a kicky murder mystery all set in The Big Apple Laura, the novel s protagonist, is a pattern maker for Jeremy St James, a fashion mogul whom in all respects, is gay She worships the ground Jeremy walks on knowing there is no way he ll ever return her affection love is blind And, much to Laura s delight, she is the only member of Jeremy s staff that he doesn t treat like scum beneath his feet It has something to do with her immense talent as a pattern maker I didn t even know what this was until I read this book A pattern maker takes the design and perfects it on paper and then recreates it on a mannequin until it is absolute Apparently, this is a career that takes a lot of skill and is quite literally the backbone of major designers entire lives Who knew I guess it s always the little people that make the biggest difference in most situations One morning, as Laura is arriving extra early at the office so she can have coffee with Jeremy and no one else, things take a nasty turn Her coffee is spilled over her desk, the place is in disarray, and Jeremy St James is standing over Gracie, his financial baker, holding a piece of material that was used to strangle her OOPS A dead body, and of course, an important person being literally over shadowed by another important person Jeremy St James looks as guilty as O.J Simpson we all know he did it , but Laura just can t believe the man she loves would do something like this Thus begins her quest to prove the man she most admires innocent of the murder charge that sends him to jail Demaio Rice tells a great story The characters are fleshed out and realistic She throws in just enough twists and turns to steer you away from the killer s identity, and although I figured it out long before the end of the book, I kept reading for two reasons 1 It was well written and a good story 2 I had to be sure I was right.The book is fully of witty writing with lines that made me laugh out loud You were supposed to take off the label when you got home Those people were just too stupid Seriously, how many times do you want to say this to someone I learned a lot about the fashion industry in this book, too There is so much work that goes into a runway show, than you could even imagine I have a newfound respect for people that work in the garment industry.Dead is the New Black is a book I d recommend others to read While it falls predominately into the chick lit category, it has enough grit to be a great detective story, too I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars, and the only reason I pull back to 3 is because I thought the killer was a bit obvious but that s just me I look forward to other books by this author.Christine Deamaio Rice has worked in the fashion industry for 20 years She is a graduate of the USC Screen Writing program, but has decided novels are her genre I look forward to other books by her if I understand what I m reading correctly, this book is the first in a series I love this picture of the author, too The main character, Laura, is obsessed with getting her scissors back throughout the entire book A quirky, fun little detail. Overall Feedback The author of this book contacted me on Facebook to see if I would be interested in reviewing it She did caution me that I hope it is not too girly for you Understandable seeing that my favorite author is Stephen King and well I am a guy last I checked Well first and foremost Christine, it was not too girly and thank you for the gift of a well woven tale of mystery in the fashion world I was entertained and I learned something to boot This one will have the reader thinking they have the whodoneit but missing the mark The descriptions of the fashion scene may not appeal to the average reader but for those of us that like detail in our story this will rock your world Christine obviously knows the inner workings of the fashion scene and she flaunts it for our entertainment You will learn to love to hate the main character but in the grand scheme of the fashion world, does she not fit I enjoyed every girly word of this novel and will be looking at of Christine s work as should you.Point of View Laura, seemingly pretentious b , but accurate example of my idea of a Fashionista This may make me falling into a stereotype but they are there for a reason You as the reader will hate to help Laura but she is the lead in this tale so get used to her.Voice Having too much is never enough That is what I take from it but I could also see that having that attitude shall break your soul.Character Development When an author can cause me to hate the lead character but drive me to finish the story then I say the character development is spot on.Plot Although this would classify as a stereotype, I can see this happening in the real fashion scene and so could you if you are honest with yourself.Dialogue Not being in the fashion scene but understanding enough to get by, I would say that I could see each and every point as true to what have been if this was in the real world.Pacing I have never learned so much in a hour As that is how long it took me to read this and even if you do not read like a mad bibliophile you shall not find yourself lost in thought during this read.Setting Not being in the fashion world, but now being learned, I would say that I could see this really really happening Watch the headlines folks Continuity Closed up nice and tidy without a crack in the plot anywhere Once again Christine bravo and I will look for from you. 4 stars This book reminded me of a lot of subjects Heidi Klum, Devil Wears Prada and Rebecca Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series, because of all the fashion jargons mentions of designer labels All that s missing is Tim Gunn saying Make it work while clapping his hands Okay, that was totally irrelevant, but I just felt like adding it, LOL.I like the mystery that surrounded the death of Gracie Pomerantz, the financial backer of fashion mogul, Jeremy St James It s up to pattern maker Laura Carnegie no relation to that famous Carnegie to prove that her gay boss wasn t involved in the murder and to find out the truth Intriguing, yes Had me guess the culprit for about 4 7 times, another yes And when I got to the fashion show, BAM I was lost with all the glitz and splendor Somehow, during these mystery quest, I found myself uttering Heidi Klum s famous words One day you re in The next day you re out. If you love sewing, The Devil Wears Prada or just want to know how clothes are made from the ground up and I really mean from the ground up then this may be your book If you want to know what a pattern maker does, then you will most likely enjoy this book BUT if you are looking for a mystery that makes sense, then you may want to take a pass.The mystery in this book takes second stage to all the folderol that goes on behind the scenes of a fashion show It can be interesting to read what goes into the making of an outfit, but when I had to look up too may unknown words and phrases to follow along with the story for instance, I needed to look up just what does a rabbit have to do with pattern making I just stared getting bored.The time line behind this book makes no sense, the characters are annoying, dis likable, biased and prejudiced The mystery is mysterious only in that there are so many red herrings and other people doing dastardly deeds that you just can t keep your mind on the original murder. 3.5 4.0 If Devil Wears Prada gave you the inside feel of what goes on in fashion mag biz, this will do the same but in the fashion industry itself I happen to love fashion so I really enjoyed all the details that CDR wrote in this one I even pictured Laura, the h, and her sis like the Mulleavy sisters of the Rodarte label And yes, this is fiction but the whole time I was reading it, l was wondering who the characters can be IRL.Anyhoot, enough of that rambling I thought the story itself moved a bit slow and didn t really pick up til midway thru However, if you love details, it ll make up for the pace You ll get a good understanding of what goes on inside a fashion house The mystery aspect kept me guessing the whole time, maybe it was just me The characters were well developed I m not necessarily Laura s biggest fan but I understood some of her insecurities at least I didn t quite get her relationship with her sister which did work out in the end, her feelings towards Jeremy nor some of her interactions with her colleagues And I thought Stu deserved pages All this being personal preference of course, so I know not all will feel this way.Having said all that, if you enjoy CDR s writing, I think you ll enjoy this one too Smart writing, witty dialogues, funny moments in unexpected ways An enjoyable read altogether. I feel bad for giving it a terrible review, especially since it looks like most peope loved it I absolutely hated this book, almost didn t finish, but I try not to start something I don t finish.The main character is so unlikeable, it is difficult to care what she has to say, and boy, does she have a lot to say I like fashion as much as the next person, but the detailed descriptions on EVERYTHING almost put me to sleep My lil sister is a fashion designer, and even she couldn t finish the book I find Laura very stuck up, a bit racist Her fantasy about Jeremy and the way she keeps Stu around as the second best as she describes it makes it even harder to like her and makes Stu look like a stupid guy pining for someone out of her league, which she thinks she is Her relationship with her sister is superficial, I wonder why they even like each other since she spends a lot of time talking badly about her I do like her sister better than Laura, with all her flaws and perfection, she just seems like of an interesting character.Laura s self righteousness is bugging Again, sister is in Fashion so I understand how they feel about counterfeits and such, and not to mention the legality of it, but the way she looks down on people who wear fakes makes me want to bury her in fakes.The mystery aspect of it is boring I would not categorize this book as mystery at all I guess half way through the book who the killer was and who was involved with what.I am glad I downloaded this book for free when listed it under free section I wouldn t be happy if I had spent on it. This book is beautifully baffling It is filled with rich, and sometimes confusing details about the fashion industry But rather than giving for dummies explanations of everything, the author just throws them at you figuring you ll get it eventually It works I felt like an observer to something I wasn t fully a party to.It reminded me of the best Agatha Christie books, and maybe just a little of Alfred Hitchcock It definitely requires a commitment and I don t think it s for everyone but I thought it was great fun Recommended to me by Leslie Really enjoyed this The voice reminded me if Stephanie Plum, only different I m in awe of mystery writers How do they do that A LOT of research has gone into this book, or it draws on expert knowledge of the fashion industry or both Well done 4 Couture Stars Well, Well..CD Reiss is a master manipulator of writing I was first introduced to her writing style in her Songs of Submission Series That entire series blew me away and I quickly became a super fan She has the ability to write such beautiful words with the most heartfelt meaning I can feel what she is writing through the power of her pen I guess computer now.So, this book is a mystery That is right, a mystery with no sex It almost made me shiver with that thought No Sex I will admit that I m not much of a mystery reader but I do love fashion and New York so I decided to jump in.In a mystery, there are always so many characters so you need to be on the ball while reading Laura Carnegie is a pattern maker in the fashion world She works for Jeremy St James, fashion designer, who is gay and the guy that Laura can never have They are busy preparing for fashion week as his show is one with the hottest buzz But what happens when the backer to the designer is found dead in Jeremy s off Seems like an open and shut case arrest Jeremy for the crime, right Well as you know, mysteries are not open and shut What you think is never what it seems Laura is not convinced of Jeremy s guilt and decides to do a bit of sleuthing The cops aren t happy with her digging around their case She elicits help from her sister, Ruby, and her friend, Stu who has feelings for Laura to help her prove Jeremy s innocence There are twists and turns and you think you know who did it and of course then comes another fork in the road I enjoyed reading this book It s good to read other genre and spread your wings I will definitely read the next book in the Laura Carnegie Mysteries I look forward to seeing Laura s future in fashion and hopefully love BR with my Pinkie J A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review, thank you. `Kindle ⇨ Dead Is the New Black ⇨ A RED ADEPT SELECT FOR OUTSTANDING BOOK IN ITS GENRE Laura Carnegie Gave Up On The Man Of Her Dreams A Long Time Ago He S Fashion Designer Jeremy St James, And Not Only Is He Her Boss, Everyone Knows He S Gay When He S Arrested For Murder, Secrets Come To Light And Nothing Is What It Seems If Laura Can Just Solve This Crime, Keep The Cops Off Her Tail, Break Up A Counterfeiting Ring, And Get The Show On The Runway By Friday, She Might Stop Being Seventh Avenue S Perpetual Loser Edited By Lynn O Dell Of Red Adept