Title: Shoes To Die For
Author: Laura Levine
Release Date: 2005
Publisher: Kensington Books
Pages: 273 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
“If clothes make the man, then what do Jaine Austen’s elastic-waist pants and T-shirts make her? A fashion nightmare, according to her neighbor, Lance. She doesn’t expect Lance–who works in the designer shoe department at Nieman Marcus–to understand…which is how she ends up visiting his favorite boutique, Passions. While the couture is definitely not for Jaine, the staff’s gossip is. Tiny orange-haired clerk Becky starts complaining about her co-worker Giselle–a.k.a. “Frenchie”– a brittle blonde who, when she’s not making fun of customers behind their backs, adds extra-marital notches to her Chanel belt. Though Jaine doesn’t land a new look, she does land a new job when Passions’ owner gives her a chance to write their new magazine ads.
But when Jaine arrives the next morning to pitch her ideas, she finds Frenchie pitched over, stabbed in the neck by one of her own stilettos. Now all Jaine has to do is figure out who hated Frenchie the most, in a case of death by designer knock-off…”
While the book is hilarious and the characters amazing, the actual plot is really good. From reading the reviews of this book and the synopsis it’s easy to disregard this book as a good mystery. When you actually read it, it’s actually a fantastic mystery.
You have Jaine investigating murder and the messes she gets into are so ridiculous but in a good way, yet it doesn’t take away from the mystery. I was so convinced it had been this one character as the killer, and I had a secondary character that I suspected. I was so excited that the two people I thought were the killers, one actually was!
Ok back to how hilarious this book is. Jaine is that typical “chick lit” romantic comedy clumsy girl who the guy always ends up falling for. Even though she is single and there’s not even a prospect for love. The dialogue from her character at one point or another we can all relate to.
I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes chick lit, romantic comedies, or a good mystery with other great components.
Now I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from this book (Page 17).
“How am I supposed to get into this?” I asked, waving it out the dressing room door.
“It’s spandex,” Lance said. “It stretches.”
Somehow I managed to squeeze myself into it. And for the first time in my life I knew what it felt like to be a sausage.