Ellen Byerrum Crime of Fashion! Oh My!
The Crime of Fashion is a wonderful cozy mystery series, written by Ellen Byerrum. The series is running strong, with nine books in the series.
Lacey Smithsonian writes a fashion column for a newspaper in the nation’s capitol. She wants to be a hard news reporter, but no one takes her seriously, and she is stuck writing about crimes of fashion. You would be surprised (or probably not), at the fashion faux pas in the political hub of the country.
Of course, as an amateur sleuth, she always tends to be at the wrong place at the right time. This is another series, where we have a single woman, who happens to be in love with a former cop turned private eye. Brook and Stella are her BFFs, who have definitely different perceptions of things, but it adds to the well rounded characters in the books. Her EFP (extra-fashionary perception) pops clues up to help solve the murders. I wish we could all be that in tune with our sixth sense.
The settings are truly spot on, as she does her research, and even when she makes up a store or street in town, the others around it are quite real. Ellen has her pulse on the area, true as life. It is exciting to read the stories and being able to picture in my mind the areas as real.
Ellen keeps things real in the stories by actually having gone through private eye school, getting her license in the state of Virginia. She has been a news reporter in the past. She loves vintage couture. And, her first two books were turned into Lifetime movies! I saw them, and they were very close to the books!
Other than learning about what is wrong to wear with what, we also get to learn key information about fabulous vintage clothes, via a ‘magical trunk’ left by a relative. If you want to learn a little bit about couture and occasionally its history, this is the series for you.
Crime of Fashion Mystery Series:
- Killer Hair – 2003
- Designer Knockoff – 2004
- Hostile Makeover – 2005
- Raiders of the Lost Corset – 2006
- Grave Apparel – 2007
- Armed and Glamorous – 2008
- Shot Through Velvet – 2011
- Death on Heels – 2012
- Veiled Revenge – 2013
- Lethal Black Dress – 2014
Find out more about the Crime of Fashion series at http://www.ellenbyerrum.com.