Monday, February 18, 2013

Veiled Revenge by Ellen Byerrum

When it comes to fashion, no one knows it quite like Lacey 9780451239518Smithsonian, ‘Crimes of Fashion’ columnist in Washington, D.C.

Working as a fashion reporter in Washington, D.C., Lacey dishes advice to the clothing-clueless big wigs on the political scene as she improves the town one fashion disaster at a time.

In Veiled Revenge Lacey’s best friend, Stella, is finally getting married and fashion is the utmost importance when planning a wedding. But the clothes may have a different effect for this wedding party. Marie Largesse, bridesmaid and fortune teller, bring a stunning Russian shawl to Stella’s bachelorette party. She warns the shawl can either be a blessing or curse for the one who wears it.

A party crasher mocks the shawl and the next day is found dead. Could the shawl really be cursed? Lacey believes otherwise and sets out to find the killer in order to give her friend the ‘happily every after’ she deserves.

Author Ellen Byerrum, a journalist herself, has created a realistic protagonist in Lacey that readers are drawn to and adore. The cast of supporting characters are well developed, engaging and add to the intrigue of the story. The reader is placed in Washington, D.C., amid the action.

The story flows smoothly and keeps you guessing until the end. With twists and turns, Veiled Revenge will be hard to put down once you begin. Bits of fashion tips are also scattered throughout the story as an added bonus.

Veiled Revenge is the 9th installment in the Crime of Fashion Mystery series, but can be read on its own. However, to really appreciate the protagonist and the journey she has made, I would recommend reading the series in order. The others books include: Killer Hair (August 2003), Designer Knockoff (August 2004), Hostile Makeover (August 2005), Raiders of the Lost Corset (July 2006), Grave Apparel (July 2007), Armed and Glamorous (July 2008), Shot Through Velvet (February 2011), and Death on Heels (February 2012).

Author Ellen Byerrum’s website is

Veiled Revenge by Ellen Byerrum, A Crime of Fashion Mystery, Obsidian, @2013, ISBN: 978-0451239518, Paperback, 336 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Thanks for stopping by today. Do you enjoy books set in the nation’s capital?


  1. Mason - Oh, interesting! A combination of fashion and mystery. We don't always think about it consciously but what we wear is a big part of how we see ourselves. So it makes sense to have a fashion columnist as a sleuth. Thanks for sharing this series.

  2. This sounds like a fun series - and I love the idea of a cursed shawl!

  3. I haven't read any in this series. It's going on my list.

  4. I really like this series and the character of Lacey a lot. I've read them all except this new one!

  5. Thank you for the lovely view of Veiled Revenge, Mason. I'm so gratified you enjoyed Lacey on her ninth outing.


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