Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Shot Through Velvet - 7th in the Crime of Fashion Mystery series
Author: Ellen Byerrum
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present/Rural Virginia near Washington,DC
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Ellen's Website/Blog: www.ellenbyerrum.com
This book is the seventh in a series called A Crime of Fashion Mystery. A really fun read and I am looking forward to reading more.
In this particular case, the victim was not wearing the color blue, he was blue. He was found in a vat of dye that was meant to dye velvet a beautiful dark blue shade. A reporter, Lacey Smithsonian, has come to interview the Manager of Dominion Velvet, the last factory of its sort in Virginia. He was not to be found at the time of the interview so the General Manager took over. Lacey had accompanied her significant other Vic Donovan, who was there to work out a security system for the factory. As the two toured the factory it became known that the factory was closing down and this was it's final day of work. As they walked through the factory dye house only one dye vat was busy but there was a problem as a spool of velvet was stuck half in and half out of the vat. When the spool was pulled up by the machinery a blue corpse came up with it. That solved the problem of the missing Manager and the song Blue Velvet kept running through Lacey's mind. There are numerous suspects as no one liked the man especially his employees. They had named him the Blue Devil. As it turns out Lacey's boss is a silent partner in the factory which makes it really interesting. It seems that the rumor is that the killer is the Blue Avenger and his calling card is a ribbon of blue velvet. Said ribbon pops up in Lacey's newspaper which makes her a target and also her job is at stake. So, Lacey and Vic become amateur sleuths and have to find the killer before they are taken out too.
A really fun book. There are fashion tips included in the pages of the book and this will certainly turn out to be a very good series. I love humor along with a good mystery and am so glad that these cozies have come into being. I look forward to them with anticipation. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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