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Book Review: Killer Hair by Ellen Byerrum

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The first of Ellen Byerrum’s Crime of Fashion series is full of enough twists to make Medusa’s hair stylist proud. Lacey Smithsonian (love the name) is one of the most down to earth, lovable and fun amateur sleuths created. Byerrum glides throughout Killer Hair with the grace and skill of Yamaguchi.

When hair stylist on the rise Angela Woods gave White House Staffer Marcia Robinson a makeover, Angie was quickly thrust into the limelight. Marcia was being interrogated by an area prosecutor over her bawdy website and her questionable association with congressmen.

A Washington DC., fashion reporter, Lacey Smithsonian has been asked by Stylettos manager and stylist, Stella Lake, to explore Angie’s suspicious death. Angie was found at her work station with her waist length hair chopped off and her wrists slashed. The cops are quick to call it a suicide and are not interested in delving deeper.

Lacey suspects something sinister is at the root of Angie’s premature demise and dons her investigative cap to get to the bottom of things when events start to smell as foul as a discounted perm. Kudos to Byerrum for not writing Lacey as an airheaded bimbo or an unbelievable risk taker when bodies start to pile up.

Byerrum’s protagonist is a cut above the usual ho-hum sleuths lining mystery shelves and is an absolute delight. The secondary players are a whimsical addition and enhance Byerrum’s debut rather than smother it with inane antics. Hallelujah!

Although Killer Hair starts a bit slow, it flows along gracefully once it secures its stiletto jeweled footing. Lacey artfully interrogates and with that little move, Byerrum gains an edge and revitalizes the genre.

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About Diane Morasco

Diane Morasco is a triple fusion ethnically – vanilla, caramel and chocolate – and creatively – designer, media proprietor and writer. Ms. Morasco was born in the juicy apple and with a panoramic view of the Hudson River still calls the city home. She is the Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer, and Publisher of J Fox Ink™ (JFI), Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer of Diane Morasco Enterprises™ (DME), which is the parent company of Morasco Media™ (MM), and The Book Resort™ (TBR). Ms. Morasco first cut her teeth interviewing the immensely talented cast members of Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Sons of Anarchy, as well as Kurt Sutter himself. She counts Ron Howard, Eddie McClintock and the Sons of Anarchy cast and team members for inspiring her to spread her wings into the film and television arena. She is the former Editor-in-Chief for Alwayz Therro Magazine, former reviewer for RT Book Review and still guest scribbles as her schedule permits for Blogcritics, Examiner, The New York Review of Books, and a sundry of periodicals. Ms. Morasco has a genuine fervor for animals, butter cream cupcakes, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Chicago Fire, Elementary, Castle, Major Crimes, Grimm, the beach, cinnamon gum, music, movies, shooting pool, hiking, Italy, HSN, QVC, and curling up near the ocean with a gripping novel !
  • Pj Schott

    Fantastic.

  • Diane

    Fun read, Pj!