A Body To Die For, by Kate White

Cover ImageFinished 6-19-09, rating 3.5/5, mystery, pub. 2003

Book 2 in the Bailey Weggins mystery series

Was I out of my mind? was all I could think as I fired up the engine.  The guy was a too intense, apparently humorless, small-city cop.  I couldn’t believe he was making my heart pound so hard.  This is what happens, I thought, when you go for months without physical contact.  You look at men who are total strangers and feel the urge to tear their boxer shorts off with your teeth.  You become attracted to a guy who probably bowls every Tuesday night and has a best friend named Choppy.

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Magazine crime writer Bailey Weggins is back and ready for some R & R after solving her first case.  She accepts an invitation to The Cedar Inn and Spa in rural Massachusetts.  It is owned by an old family friend, Danny, who would like some help in promoting the spa.  On her first night of relaxation Bailey discovers a murdered spa therapist and the R & R is over.  Danny asks for help so the Inn and Spa don’t suffer and Bailey is thrown into an investigation that will lead to more dead bodies before the mystery is solved.

Bailey has been flying solo since her break up with Jack, but now he is back, hat in hand, and she must decide if his excuses are enough.  There is also the cool, sexy Massachusetts detective that has taken a few opportunities to kiss her. 

There is less New York, but it’s still full of the sometimes sarcastic writing that is filled with pop culture references.  Bailey is still a New York gal, only stuck in a small town mystery.  I really liked this one.  It was full of surprises that I didn’t see coming.  I also learned a little more than I needed to know about a massage ‘with benefits’.

Lethally Blonde, by Kate White

Cover ImageFinished 6-13-09, rating 3.5/5, mystery, pub. 2007

Book #5 in the Bailey Weggins mystery series

It all started with a coincidence.  Not one of those totally creepy coincidences that make you feel as if someone has just walked across your grave.  In fact, later I could see that the phone call I got that late summer night wasn’t all that unexpected – but at the time it made me catch my breath.  And, of course, it was the start of everything horrible that happened…

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Bailey Weggins is a chic New York gal in her 30’s with a fun job and a revolving door of hot men.  She also seems to find trouble and danger if there is any to be found.  In this latest installment she is contacted by a hunk from her past, who just happens to be the next big It guy in a new prime time tv show.  Chris is worried that his friend and fellow actor, Tom, has disappeared.  The police aren’t too concerned about it and he knows that Bailey is a great one to get to the bottom of the things.  Bailey agrees to help and the two also fall back into bed together.  As her inquiries lead to a dead body, spooky calls, druggings, and more death, Bailey wonders if she’s in over her head.

I liked that this mystery took her away from her job at the magazine a bit and we were able to get a better feel for the city.  This was perfect for me since I picked it up and started reading it while in New York. 

Bailey is fun.  She is the hip New Yorker that you’d want to be friends with and share juicy stories.  And the mystery is good too- I didn’t have any idea until very close to the reveal at the end.  Not only is her ex Chris back, but another ex, Beau, is back and looking Bailey’s way.  Not sure how much bed hopping is appropriate, but it was close to my limit.  If you’ve never been the big town girl with a cool job, mysteries to solve, and attractive men in your bed then Bailey is just what you need.  Live vicariously through her.

Over Her Dead Body, by Kate White

Cover ImageFinished 10-21-08, rating 3/5, mystery, pub. 2005

True crime author Bailey Weggins is back in her fourth mystery in the Big Apple.  Bailey switches from one magazine job to another and is fast embroiled in a murder mystery.  Her nasty boss is murdered and there is no shortage of suspects and lies.  Bailey must work her way through the maze of red herrings and attempts on her life to find the truth and get the scoop for her story.

Bailey is a tough thirty-something divorcee living in Manhattan with a fun and feisty personality.  She’s like a big city Nancy Drew.

I’ve listened to two of this series on cd and really liked them, but this one was missing something for me.  It was still good, but Bailey felt a little tired.  I had no idea who did it until the very end, which was good, but the end didn’t really wow me after the multitude of possibilities. 

I would still love to hang out with Bailey and will read her other books.  Author, Kate White, is the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.