I picked up Looks to Die For after reading a review on Nicole's blog, Blog Happy. It is by one of the co-authors of two other books that I enjoyed, and I am glad I picked it up. 3.5 out of 5.
As the wife of a prominent Beverly Hills plastic-surgeron, a dedicated mother of three, and an absolutely fabulous decorator to the stars, Lacy Fields is stunned to the tips of her Chanel-manicured toenails the night the police barge into her house and haul her husband off in handcuffs. With her handsome Dan accussed of murdering a young wannabe actress named Tasha Barlow, Lacy turns her talent from tracking down priceless antique furniture to chasing a clever killer.
Lacy is sure her husband has been wrongly accussed- but how to explain his mysterious behavior? Known as the Saint of Hollywood for his skill with a scapel, Dan seems to be keeping a secret or two. Still Lacy won't lose her faith or determination to find the real murderer.
With her best friend Molly Archer, a hot LA casting agent, at her side, Lacy tracks suspects ranging from a sleazy network TV star to an advertising exec who shoots Super Bowl commercials set on the moon. Is Tasha's loyal hometown friend really an enemy? Did an ex-con from her past return to destroy Tasha's new life? Lacy Fields will stop at nothing to protect her family-whether it's searching for the person who framed her husband or keeping the black hair-dye away from her fourteen-year-old daughter.
The mystery of this story was very well done, and I really enjoyed the characters- especially Lacy. She seems down-to-earth in a crazy world that is LA and a great mom to her three children. Her friend was great, and I loved her attitude. The only downside to the book was the constant name dropping of designers throughout the book, though I guess that is to be expected given the setting of the story. I will be looking forward to more of Ms. Kaplan's future novels.
Gotta get to bed. I have to be at school at 7:00 tomorrow! I am sooooo not a morning person!