ABOUTT HE BOOK -
Whenever Terry Mangel’s body acceptance revival meeting rolls into town, local diet execs and “fat shamers” turn up dead, often in grotesque, ironic ways. All single murders in small suburbs, no one’s noticed a pattern, until rookie investigative reporter Camarin Torres takes a closer look.
Torres is a crusader against discrimination. She reluctantly accepts a job offered by handsome publisher Lyle Fletcher, a man with a vendetta, who sees the recent college grad as salvation for Trend, his fledgling fashion magazine. Torres, however, detests everything the publication stands for, and joins solely to transform its judgmental, objectifying content.
As an unexpected romance blossoms, the overconfident, justice-hungry reporter defies orders and infiltrates Mangel’s world, only to find herself in the crosshairs of a vigilante group targeting the $60 billion diet industry. To this vindictive mob, murder is definitely worth the weight. But as Torres soon learns, unmasking the killer may save her life but shatter her heart: every clue seems to implicate Fletcher, her mercurial mentor and lover, as the group’s mastermind.
Previously published as Slashing Mona Lisa.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
By day, a mild-mannered salesperson, wife, mother, rescuer of senior shelter dogs, competitive trivia player and author groupie, happily living just north of New York City. By night, an author of sex, suspense and satire. My background includes stints in travel marketing, travel journalism, meeting planning, public relations and real estate. I was, for a long and happy time, an award-winning magazine writer and editor. Then kids happened. And I needed to actually make money. Now they’re off doing whatever it is they do (of which I have no idea since they won’t friend me on Facebook) and I can spend my spare time weaving tales of debauchery and whatever else tickles my fancy. The main thing to remember about my work is that I am NOT one of my characters. For example, unlike as a real estate broker, I’ve never played Bondage Bingo in one of my empty listings. As a yo-yo dieter, I’ve never offed anyone at my local diet clinic. While I’m a bit paranoid, I’ve never suspected my husband of wanting to murder me for my inheritance. Well, that’s not entirely true, but let’s go with that for now. And while I’ve volunteered at senior centers, I’ve never mastered the hula hoop. But that’s not to say I haven’t wanted to…
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MY THOUGHTS -
I have fallen in love with this author! This book exceeded my expectations. Even after reading two of her other books, and loving them as well... this book was STILL better than I thought it would be!
This is a story about injustice and discrimination. Not against color or religion, or race. It's discrimination against body size. How many times have we seen this happen? This is reality - Sadly enough the majority of people in America are overweight and still the perfect body size is... a twig!
Great characters! I loved Cam, the main character, she was sweet, yet brave and bold. I also liked, kind of, Lyle. It was a on again, off again relationship between he and I. I did end up liking him, as soon as I could make up my mind. But - the character who stole my heart, and my laughter, was Rachel, the receptionist! She was hilarious and became such a great, devoted, friend to Cam.
This story definitely keeps you guessing all the way through. Had me fooled! I really thought I had it figured out, but was wrong. This is a great suspense/mystery, complete with a few murders.
But... surprise, surprise... it is also a Chick-lit/RomCom. Actually it felt more chick-lit with a touch of suspense thrown in. Which is one of my favorite genres. So, what I am trying to say is - THIS BOOK IS FUN! One minute I was trying to figure out "who done it" and the next I am laughing out loud. And then there is also a very sad period that really got to me and put me in tears. So, a little bit of everything!
The perfect book (for me!). Loved it with a capital L! OK DM Barr, I'm ready for another one, bring it on!
*** A bit of a warning, there is swearing, talk of sex and one semi-graphic sex scene.
- Thank You!
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