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Over Her Dead Body
by Kate White
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Warner, 2005 (2005)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Like your mysteries beyond cozy? Kate White's series starring magazine crime writer Bailey Weggins layers fun and frothy happenings over the underlying puzzle, just like the perfect cappucino. As this episode opens, Bailey is hurt when her friend and boss Cat Jones tells her that Gloss is in trouble and her services are no longer needed. Luckily, an old friend, Robby Hart, quickly lands Bailey a crime writing position with celebrity gossip magazine Buzz.

Though Bailey has immediate reservations about the magazine's foul-mouthed editor Mona Hodges, she hangs tough. Soon, it's Robby who's been handed the pink slip (by Mona) and he enlists Bailey to pick up papers he left behind. She stumbles upon an unconscious Russian cleaning lady and a murder scene, and poor Rob (who surely wouldn't hurt a fly) is a prime suspect. Bailey is assigned to write the story on her boss's killing, a perfect excuse to indulge her curiosity in an investigation. The problem is that there are motives galore, including celebrities holding tight to secrets, their agents and spouses, and Buzz staff members.

A personal bonus from the case is that Bailey meets a hot new man, and her relationship with Beau heats up as the murder mystery progresses. Of course, Bailey solves it (and a subsequent killing), but what makes this series so much fun are her witty comments - for example, she labels a woman a 'Photoshop blonde' who looks young from a distance, but has been 'kind of digitally corrected - there's a ton of makeup over Botoxed and collagened skin.' For a light, entertaining cozy, you can't go wrong spending time with Bailey Weggins.

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