I'll eat when I'm dead

Barbara Bourland

Book - 2017

"When a note from Hillary Whitney lands on NYPD Detective Mark Hutton's desk two months after her funeral, he's convinced that the fashion director of iconoclastic magazine RAGE Fashion Book didn't merely starve to death. And once he begins investigating the circumstances surrounding her death and meets Catherine "Cat" Ono, a bizarre, brilliant, and beautiful editor, he can't let go of the case--and a world of intrigue awaits behind the perfectly primped and po...lished pages of this leading ladies' magazine."--

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New York : Grand Central Publishing 2017.
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328 pages ; 24 cm
Main Author
Barbara Bourland (author)
Review by Booklist Review

When her boss and longtime friend, Hillary Whitney, died last spring, alone in a sad, windowless room in the RAGE fashion magazine offices, Cat Ono suspected something beyond the cardiac arrest caused by Hillary's excessive thinness that the investigation ruled. Months later, Detective Mark Hutton is cracking the case back open, starting with a surprise interview with Cat. His handsomeness, charm, and surprisingly good style certainly help smooth over prickly Cat's annoyance that the NYPD bungled things the first time. Details behind Hillary's death are revealed merely halfway through the book, before Cat's job at RAGE takes a major turn, which she doesn't handle well, and further, occasionally unwieldy intrigue unfurls. Former magazine writer and web producer Bourland fills her debut with terrific characters Cat especially is wonderfully weird and well dimensioned and a heaping helping of froth and gloss that will turn readers into industry insiders. Delightfully, playfully skewering the fashion and beauty industries, this is like The Devil Wears Prada (2003) with more feminism, plus murder.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2017 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In her debut, Bourland attempts to update The Devil Wears Prada and kick it up a notch with the story of a thoroughly modern assistant editor at a Vogue-like fashion magazine who teams up with an NYPD detective to solve a murder mystery. The action begins when editor Hillary Whitney's body, in Dior pumps, is discovered on the floor of a Rage Fashion Book workroom. Police conclude she died from a heart attack caused by extreme dieting, but they reopen the case after seeing a cryptic message she sent her brother. Det. Mark Sutton interviews Hillary's silk-and-leather-clad friend and assistant, Flemish-Japanese Cat Ono, prompting Cat to try to dig up more about Hillary's untimely demise. As Rage struggles to compete against online startup Mania, Cat assists Hillary's replacement (the ambitious socialite Lou), while tracking Hillary's designer eye drops to an upscale Brooklyn cosmetics shop, then joining forces with friends and the police to uncover the shop's secrets. Bourland narrates at a quick New York City tempo, detailing perks, personal connections, and property values, both satirizing and celebrating fashion and feminism. Will the hot cop and the cool fashionista hook up? Can Rage pivot to adjust to a changing market? Can its employees pivot without ruining their stilettos? Do crimes committed by the cosmetics firm go beyond overcharging? The writing is stylish even when the answers are obvious. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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When the beautiful Hillary Whitney is found dead, her co-workers smell a rat, but hunting for clues in stilettos isn't all it's cracked up to be.Hillary is found deadof starvation, no lessin a locked workroom of the New York City fashion mag RAGE Fashion Book, and her co-workers are shocked, especially her close friend and RAGE's senior editor, Catherine "Cat" Ono. While her death isn't officially labeled murder, Detective Mark Hutton wants to dig deeper, smelling a career maker, and enlists Cat's help. Sparks fly between the two but quickly cool after a sting goes south, with Cat as bait. If Cat and her friend Bess Bonner, the magazine's associate editor, thought they'd seen enough death, they'd be wrong. After the fallout from the sting, Cat and Bess, in an attempt at damage control, are remade as the glam faces of RAGE, and the endless photo shoots, appearances, and dresses so tight they have to be sewn on are only relieved by alcohol and drugs, of which there are plenty. Hutton becomes increasingly alarmed by their behavior, and it looks like a RAGE employee has her own agenda and will kill to achieve it. Bourland's delightfully snarky (with names such as Whig Beaton Molton-Mauve Lucas) debut leans heavily on satire, poking razor-sharp fun at the beauty industry and the cutthroat world that Bess and Cat inhabit, and some scenes are laugh-out-loud funny: keep an eye out for the makeover Cat and Bess give two female police officers for an undercover job. However, for all the outrageous (and eye-opening) focus on makeup, beauty, fashion, and, of course, the desire to be thin, there are tantalizing glimpses of the vulnerability and insecurities beneath the surface, especially with Cat, who longs for her home in Brussels, the smell of her mother's horses, and freedom from the constraints that are put on women in the name of beauty. Death by beauty was never so much fun. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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