~ If Looks Could Kill

by Kate White | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 044661257x Global Overview for this book
Registered by thebookmistress of Toronto, Ontario Canada on 5/22/2003
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by thebookmistress from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Thursday, May 22, 2003
Just picked up this intriguing mystery set in the exciting cut-throat world of Manhattan magazine publishing -- written by the editor of Cosmo. Will make this my first book ray once I am done.

Journal Entry 2 by thebookmistress from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, May 26, 2003
A really enjoyable, breezy read. You can tell the author is very fashion and style consious (everyone's outfit is detailed, as is every room we walk into), but it doesn't detract from the book. Interesting characters, surprising twists, good writing - highly recommended as a new author to watch out for. And the narrator's man problems ring very true.

Journal Entry 3 by thebookmistress from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, May 28, 2003
I am now a bookray!

My members are (tentative order):
cestmoi (up the street and around the corner)
Tyressia (ON)
net (BC)
ladyofunicorns (CA)
shellyann (CA)
erika412 (IL)
ESofista (Portugal)
Dani75 (Germany)
nikel27 (Germany)
Zyana (Portugal)
16stepper (AZ - back to the US)
grover3d (WV)

I will get released in the wild by the last bookray member. However, I am still open for more new members - I'd like to keep moving as long as possible.

Journal Entry 4 by thebookmistress at -- Controlled Release in Toronto, Ontario Canada on Saturday, June 14, 2003
Released on Saturday, June 14, 2003 at Being mailed to a fellow BookCrosser to read and release. in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

Off to "cestmoi" to start the bookray. We are still accepting new members.

Journal Entry 5 by cestmoi from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Thursday, June 26, 2003
Just received..aren't I seeing you on Saturday!!!???? Thanks, I'll journal again when I've read it.

Journal Entry 6 by cestmoi from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 29, 2003
Starting to read this tonight (well..its morning already!). Couldn't sleep and woke up looking for something to read; I must have had too much fun tonight at dinner.
It was so nice to meet you Nina and hopefully will see you again soon!
I'll journal again when I've finished this, probably in a day or two! Mystery is still my favourite genre and I love finding new authors.

Journal Entry 7 by cestmoi from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Monday, June 30, 2003
Just finished. For a first mystery novel - not bad. The loose ends were tied up well and I was guessing til right to the end...but I felt the author left out a lot of clues that she didn't throw in until right at the end - so there was no way to "guess" whodunnit. There was also one fact that was saved til the rather dramatic ending (dont' want to give it away)...that seemed too convenient for the plot wrap up. Overall though, I did enjoy it and will keep my eyes open for her next novel "A Body to Die For".

Thanks nkwriter for introducing me to yet another mystery author and series to follow!

This goes off to Tyressia on Wednesday (tomorrow is a holiday!).

Journal Entry 8 by cestmoi from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 04, 2003
Mailed to Tyressia today.

Journal Entry 9 by Amorae from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Thursday, July 10, 2003
I received the book today in the mail (thanks cestmoi!). Perfect timing, as I had just finished the novel I was reading, and I was trying to figure out what to read next. So, I'll start "If Looks Could Kill" tonight, and I'll journal again when I've finished reading it. :)

Journal Entry 10 by Amorae from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Saturday, July 12, 2003
Bailey Weggins, a thirty-something freelance writer becomes involved in solving a murder when she discovers the body of her boss's nanny. The story unfolds like a usual mystery - the suspects are considered one by one, and Bailey follows a number of false leads before suddenly discovering the real killer at the end of the novel.

"If Looks Could Kill" was a quick, easy read. I loved that it was set in New York City, and it was very sexy at times. It was obvious to me that White had inside knowledge of the Fashion Industry herself - every character's outfit was described in lengthy detail, and that helped me form a detailed picture of each character in my mind's eye.

Unfortunately, I felt that the story dragged in places. Bailey followed one lead after another, but without any real depth or insight. Just one task after another, as if I was watching someone go through their daily routine - and it stirred up about that same level of excitement. The writing style was very simple. It was meant to be edgy at times, using slang and words someone young might utter, and I suppose it fit in with the New York theme. The entire tone of the novel was very light, even while it tackled such a heavy topic as murder.

As far as the characters go, I liked Landon best out of all of them, and I wish he had been given more depth as a character. Unfortunately, he only appeared in a couple of scenes. The same was true of Jack, who I also instantly liked. Oddly enough, I didn't quite take to any of the women, including Bailey herself. They all seemed aloof, whiny, and just slightly out of my grasp and understanding.

Bottom line: a light, entertaining read, but simplistic and predictable in the end.

The book will head out to net on Monday. :)

Journal Entry 11 by Amorae at on Monday, July 14, 2003
Released on Monday, July 14, 2003 at postal release in Postal release, Postal release Canada.

Book was mailed out to net - enjoy! :)

Journal Entry 12 by net from Creston, British Columbia Canada on Monday, July 21, 2003
Received in the mail today (thanks tyressia!) I have one book to finish, then I'll start this one. I'll journal again when I'm done.

Journal Entry 13 by net from Creston, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, August 06, 2003
This would have made a great beach book. Unfortunately, I didn't make it to the beach this week. An entertaining, easy read. Sending it off to ladyofunicorns when I next get to the Post Office.

Journal Entry 14 by ladyofunicorns from Santa Fe, New Mexico USA on Saturday, September 06, 2003
Received this bookray! I am adding to my pile of rays/rings to be read and as soon as I am done, I will make another journal entry!

Journal Entry 15 by ladyofunicorns from Santa Fe, New Mexico USA on Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Pretty good book! Had problems putting it down! Hope everyone else enjoys it!

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