by Ellen Byerrum
Mass Market Paperback:
Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
Released: February 5, 2013
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Washington, D.C., fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian is trying to balance writing fashion news and getting her best friend, Stella, ready for her upcoming wedding. At Stella's bachelorette party, a friend and psychic, Marie Largesse, arrives with a stunning Russian shawl. A shawl, Marie warns, that is haunted and can curse those who mock it. When a party crasher mocks the shawl and is found dead the next day, the other guests blame the shawl and fear a curse has been unleashed against the wedding. But Lacey suspects there's a human behind the murder, and she must employ her Extra-Fashionary Perception to capture the villain before Stella can heroically cancel her wedding to avoid the curse.
Veiled Revenge is a cozy mystery. This book is the ninth in a series. While you can understand and enjoy this book without reading the previous novels, you'll probably enjoy it more if you have read them. There were many references to events in a previous novel, including spoiler information on how that novel turned out.
The characters were likable and engaging even when creating drama. Whether quirky, weird, flamboyant, or not, they were all unique. I don't care much about fashion, so I wasn't sure I'd like Lacey, but she's nice and wasn't a fashion snob like I half expected.
The book was almost more of a suspense novel than a mystery--will Stella get wed or not? And who killed the wedding crasher and is trying to kill Lacey, Stella, and Stella's fiancé? The mystery was clue-based. I was able to correctly guess whodunit about a third of the way through I didn't have any idea as to why or exactly who that person was until near the end.
There were no sex scenes. There was a fair amount of explicit bad language (about 55 to 61 bad words, depending on what you count as bad language). Overall, I'd recommend this personality-filled adventure, especially if you've read and enjoyed the previous books in the series.
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