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So Pretty It Hurts by Kate White

So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins MysterySo Pretty It Hurts. Finished audio 2-28-14, rating 3/5, mystery, pub. 2013

Unabridged audio 10 hours 36 minutes.  Read by Renee Raudman

#6 in the Bailey Weggins series (If Looks Could Kill) (A Body To Die For) (Til Death Do Us Part) (Over Her Dead Body) (Lethally Blond)

Bailey Weggins, the Manhattan-based thirtysomething true-crime journalist, is in a good place. She’s enjoying her regular gig at Buzz, a leading celebrity magazine, getting freelance work, and hoping her first book will garner attention. In the love department, she’s finally back in the game with her recently-turned-exclusive boyfriend, Beau Regan. When Beau heads out of town one early December weekend, Bailey accepts an invitation from her office friend Jessie to a music mogul’s house in the country, hoping for a fun, relaxing getaway. But a weird tension settles over the houseguests–a glamorous crowd that includes the famously thin supermodel Devon Barr. An impending snowstorm only adds to the unease. So when Devon’s lifeless body is found in her bed, Bailey immediately suspects foul play. When Bailey starts to nose around, she finds herself a moving target–running closer to the truth and straight into danger. 

from Goodreads

I fell in love with Bailey Weggins in 2008 and I read the first five books of the series within a year.  Bailey has that cool New York City vibe, with the cool job, the great apartment with a view, and hunky men falling in line.  She writes about true-crime and most often seems to be right in the middle of it.  If I were Bailey I wouldn’t worry so much about solving the murders as I would hiring a bodyguard to keep dead bodies and murderers far away.  I’m not sure I like the stories as much as I like Bailey.

Bailey is invited for a weekend out the city where she gets a chance to party with some big players in the music and modeling biz.  Not surprisingly, one of them ends up dead.  A freak snowstorm keeps them all together in the country long enough for some more nefarious shenanigans and Bailey is hot on the scent of a new murder.  Once back in the city she must wade throught the multitude of suspects (ok, maybe just 8 or so) because the cops don’t think it was murder.  And her beau Beau comes back and wants more of a commitment.  And she’s been suspended from her job at the magazine for making threats.  And she finds herself in more than one deadly situation.  Bailey is a busy girl.

Bailey made too many conscious decisions that put her in harm’s way for me. That coupled with her insecure reactions to Beau and she felt more like a green around the ears 20-something, not a professional  in her 30’s who has seen more of her share of dead people and had more of her share of relationships.  Maybe I was expecting too much out of Bailey since it’s been so long.

I think this could easily be read as a standalone. It might even be better actually.

I checked the audio out of the library and thought Renee Raudman did a great narration.

March 6, 2014 - Posted by | 3 Star Books

14 Comments »

  1. Oh boy! looks like another series that I can sink my teeth into:)

    Comment by pinkim95 | March 6, 2014 | Reply

  2. I’ve never read this series but Bailey does sounds like a great character.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | March 6, 2014 | Reply

    • Kate White is the editor of Cosmo so I think she knows about Bailey 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 16, 2014 | Reply

  3. I have not read this series, but glad to know that stood well alone. I like Renee as a narrator and may just go that route since I finished up some audios.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | March 6, 2014 | Reply

  4. This book sounds really good. I’d have to start with the first book in the series and work my way through, even if it works as a standalone.

    Comment by Vicki | March 8, 2014 | Reply

  5. I’ve wondered about this series. I may have a book or two, but have never picked them up. I love the NYC vibe, so maybe I should start this series sooner rather than later.

    Comment by Thoughts of Joy | March 8, 2014 | Reply

    • I do like Bailey, but when I go back and look at my reviews they are consistently 3.5, so I’m not claiming I;m in love with the series, BUT it definitely has a NYC vibe.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 16, 2014 | Reply

  6. I hate it when professional women are portrayed as ridiculous in books. 😦

    Comment by Pamela D | March 8, 2014 | Reply

    • Yes, it gets on my nerves, especially when I want so badly for her to mature a bit!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 16, 2014 | Reply

  7. Libraries are a great resource for audiobooks! Glad this installment can be read as standalone. Sounds good!

    Comment by Lucy | March 10, 2014 | Reply

    • I get all my audios at the library 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 16, 2014 | Reply


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