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If Looks Could Kill [Mass Market Paperback]

Kate White
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May 1 2003
Meet Bailey Weggins, the thirty-something, single-again true crime writer for a leading Manhattan woman's magazine. Smart and savvy, she's got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing the truth in a story-especially if it's murder. Bailey's in bed with her commitment-challenged lover K.C. when she gets a frantic call from her high-maintenance boss at Gloss magazine. Grabbing coffee and a cab outside her Greenwich Village apartment-the consolation prize in her divorce settlement-Bailey reluctantly heads uptown. At Cat Jones's Upper East Side town house, she finds something that seriously clashes with the chic décor: the dead body of the family's line-in nanny.

As Bailey-unofficially-delves into the murdered girl's past, she finds no shortage of A-list suspects. But when a startling discovery suggests that Cat may have been the intended victim, Bailey is suddenly up to her bed head in high-profile investigation that's perfect fodder for a tabloid headline: Is someone trying to kill the editor's of women's magazines?

With the spotlight on New York's glitzy media world, Bailey interviews back-stabbing editors, straying husbands, and one sexy, six-feet two psychologist who could make her decide to kick K.C. to the curb. Sporting her pair of red slingbacks and armed with the investigative skills she's honed as a true crime reporter, she sets out on a search that takes her from Manhattan's exclusive Carnegie-Hill area-the nanny heartland of America-to the ritzy weekend estates of Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Bailey will need all her street smarts and some lightning-fast detective work to catch a killer who could end up deleting her name from the masthead for good.

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From Publishers Weekly

At first, it would seem to make sense for Parker Posey, the acclaimed actor who has played memorably ditzy dames in movies such as The Anniversary Party and Waiting for Guffman, to read Cosmopolitan magazine editor White's sexy new mystery novel. But White's heroine, Bailey Weggins, a 33-year-old true crime writer for Gloss magazine, is anything but a flake. She's a shrewd freelancer with a gift for catching the dark side of gender crime. And although Bailey is slightly frazzled from the Gotham dating wars, she's definitely not one of the walking wounded looking to Gloss (and its acerbic editor, Cat Jones) for life-changing advice. Posey's softness and Valley Girl intonations tend to defuse whatever strength White's story about a murdered nanny and a plot to knock off the editors of top women's magazines has to offer. Although the book has strong appeal, this production doesn't have enough oomph to captivate listeners.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

When her young nanny dies of poisoned chocolates meant for her, magazine editor Cat Jones enlists the help of freelance crime writer Bailey Weggins. Bailey's not really an investigator, but she knows the procedure: scope out the crime scene, interrogate possible suspects (including Cat's attractive photographer husband), reconstruct the victim's last hours, consult with pals, etc. Bailey's attention soon turns toward Cat's conniving colleagues at the magazine and farther afield. A down-to-earth heroine, a sturdy story line, and breezy prose make this debut novel by the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine a pleasure.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars KELLY RIPA PICKS A WINNER May 13 2002
I'd be the first to admit that I truly enjoy reading books along with a group. When Oprah announced the possible end of her six-year book club, it was a sad day for me. The sadness, however, was replaced with joy as other TV shows and newspapers jumped on the bandwagon and started their own book clubs. While Regis jokes that Kelly's book club could be better known as "beach trash reading," this statement couldn't be further from the truth with Ripa's first pick. Prior to this, I had never heard of Kate White and this is one of the reasons I love book groups....you get introduced to authors whose books you might not have picked out on your own. I'm happy to report that White's book is informative, enjoyable and an overall excellent "who done it." I read about fifty books in the mystery/thriller genre each year and I must admit that she had me guessing until the very end.
IF LOOKS COULD KILL is set in Manhattan where the main characters work together at "Gloss Magazine." The author gives the reader a great inside look at both the magazine as well as the fashion industry. Her characters navigate different parts of the city from Greenwich Village to Tribeca to Chelsea to Central Park West in search of their stories and photo shoots. I particularly loved her descriptions not only of the locales but of the outfits worn by her characters as well. It was like being in a Sex And The City episode but, instead of following Carrie Bradshaw around, we get to tag along with Bailey Weggins, the crime story journalist for "Gloss. Since she writes about crime, her boss Cat Jones thinks she'll be perfect for trying to solve the mystery of "who killed Cat's nanny" and remove some of Cat's fears that she, herself, was really the intended victim.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A pedestrian mystery March 9 2004
By Larry
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Warner Books, 2002 $22.95 0-446-53023-9
This debut novel by COSMOPOLITAN editor in chief Kate White arrived in the bookstores with much advance buzz. I was afraid that the buzz would be based on who the author is rather than the actual merits of the book. Given the plethora of superb mystery novels being published by authors who are themselves not celebrities, as well as, the fact that this novel is merely ordinary, my fears are well realized.
Bailey Wiggins is a true crime writer who works for "Gloss" magazine one of the major woman's magazines. She is called one Sunday morning to Cat Jones' NYC apartment. Cat is the editor and chief of "Gloss". The problem is that Cat has gotten no response from her child's live in nanny, Heidi, who appears to be at home in her apartment but is not answering her phone or door. Bailey is asked to come over and investigate. Heidi is soon discovered dead-poisoned, apparently, by chocolates intended for Cat. The murder might be similar to the recent death of an editor at another magazine. Could there be a connection? Cat asks Bailey to investigate.
When a celebrity decides to write a mystery the question must arise as to why?
Perhaps it could be to attempt to explain what their life is like or to give an insider's view into a certain industry be it entertainment, politics, warfare, law etc. They might have a favorite agenda to push such as environmental or medical concerns. The hope is the individual will succeed in, not only pushing their agenda, but, in writing a solid and entertaining mystery. Kate White has managed to put together a competent book. Actually, it is quite good considering that writing fiction is not what she does for a living.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Amateur Sleuth Mystery Oct. 3 2003
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Bailey Weggins is in bed with her so-called lover, when her boss, Cat Jones, from Gloss magazine, the magazine in which Bailey freelances about paranormal and mysterious happenings, calls with a frantic tone to her voice. Bailey rushes to Cat's aid, and the two of them soon find the body of Cat's nanny, dead in Cat's Upper East Side town house. Bailey begins doing some investigative research, and soon realizes that Cat was the intended victim of the murder. Now Bailey is searching high and low from Manhattan to Connecticut in search of the true murderer, when she realizes that the killer is now after her. Bailey now needs to stop the killer before she's the next victim of this vicious killing spree.
White has created a fantastic character in Bailey Weggins. She's lovable, enticing, and oh-so interesting. Her boss, Cat, is also someone who fans of IF LOOKS COULD KILL will learn to love, and viciously hate at the same time. A fun amateur sleuth mystery that every woman should keep on her bookshelf.
Erika Sorocco
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Drew for Grown-up Girls Oct. 2 2003
By HeyJudy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
IF LOOKS COULD KILL is a marvelous froth of a mystery, with a heroine who is the Nancy Drew of chick lit. A true crime writer at an important women's magazine headquartered in New York City, she is drawn into sleuthing when someone delivers a box of tainted chocolate truffles to her Editor-in-Chief.
Author Kate White brings a genuine city sensibility to this novel. At the same time, she offers an insider's peek into what life is like for those on the loftier positions of the masthead at a top magazine--no coincidence, since White, herself, is the Editor-in-Chief of COSMOPOLITAN.
IF LOOKS COULD KILL is good right up to the last page, and I look forward subsequent books in this series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars If You Must, Get if from the Library
If this is an example of a book from Kelly Ripka's list, I'm glad I've never thought to check it out. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Rate Buy!
A librarian:
I really liked the character of Bailey Weggins. She's funny, tough, brave and vulnerable in the way that most of us girls are. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars I have nothing nice to say
I wasn't going to write a review until I read what the others had written. But, I have to say that this book was SO boring. The end was so lame that I was mad when I read it. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing...
Kate White's novel mixes sex, surprise, and mystery skillfully, but not with out a few mishaps along the way. Read more
Published on July 27 2003 by Brittany Rose
2.0 out of 5 stars Blahhhh...
I can only say blahh for this book. I was on chapter 6 and was so not inot this book but i had to find out who was the candy person gone bad... Read more
Published on July 13 2003 by Jennifer Zwicker
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, yet simplistic
Bailey Weggins, a thirty-something freelance writer becomes involved in solving a murder when she discovers the body of her boss's nanny. Read more
Published on July 12 2003 by "tyressia"
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
I really loved this book. I will be honest, this is my first mystery book to read...EVER! And I couldn't have read a better first book then this one! Read more
Published on July 11 2003 by Erin Young
2.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Drew? Maybe because of the 3rd grade reading level?
I was intrigued by the hype--Bridget Jones/Sex and the City/Nancy Drew and figured this would be a good summer read. Read more
Published on July 8 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read
Kate White spins a tale that is a quick, fun summer read. The main character in this book truely leaves no stone unturned as she tries to help her boss find out who murdered the... Read more
Published on July 2 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Lite
I picked up Kate White's If Looks Could Kill during an impulse purchase at Kennedy Airport's bookshop. Glad I did! Read more
Published on June 30 2003 by CoffeeGurl
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