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These days, not even a new wardrobe can keep fashionista Rita Jewel from feeling blue. Perhaps the cure is a cooking class with a celebrity chef! But her appetite is ruined when murder becomes the main course…    As a salesgirl at Dolce’s, a chic boutique outfitting San Francisco’s wealthiest women, Rita has the world’s greatest job. So why does she feel like last season’ These days, not even a new wardrobe can keep fashionista Rita Jewel from feeling blue. Perhaps the cure is a cooking class with a celebrity chef! But her appetite is ruined when murder becomes the main course…    As a salesgirl at Dolce’s, a chic boutique outfitting San Francisco’s wealthiest women, Rita has the world’s greatest job. So why does she feel like last season’s Christian Louboutin stilettos—worn and out of style? Maybe it’s because her love life needs a makeover ASAP. From carrots to caviar, Guido Torcelli is the celebrity chef du jour. Perhaps signing up for his cooking class will serve as a much-needed distraction for Rita.   But when Guido’s shot to death, Rita knows she’ll soon top the list of suspects. Guido was killed at his culinary school the same night she scrawled her phone number on a menu and handed it to him. Now she’s got to find the murderer before she’s forced to take all her meals in the prison cafeteria…  


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These days, not even a new wardrobe can keep fashionista Rita Jewel from feeling blue. Perhaps the cure is a cooking class with a celebrity chef! But her appetite is ruined when murder becomes the main course…    As a salesgirl at Dolce’s, a chic boutique outfitting San Francisco’s wealthiest women, Rita has the world’s greatest job. So why does she feel like last season’ These days, not even a new wardrobe can keep fashionista Rita Jewel from feeling blue. Perhaps the cure is a cooking class with a celebrity chef! But her appetite is ruined when murder becomes the main course…    As a salesgirl at Dolce’s, a chic boutique outfitting San Francisco’s wealthiest women, Rita has the world’s greatest job. So why does she feel like last season’s Christian Louboutin stilettos—worn and out of style? Maybe it’s because her love life needs a makeover ASAP. From carrots to caviar, Guido Torcelli is the celebrity chef du jour. Perhaps signing up for his cooking class will serve as a much-needed distraction for Rita.   But when Guido’s shot to death, Rita knows she’ll soon top the list of suspects. Guido was killed at his culinary school the same night she scrawled her phone number on a menu and handed it to him. Now she’s got to find the murderer before she’s forced to take all her meals in the prison cafeteria…  

30 review for Murder After a Fashion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sallee

    I've read at least one of the other books in this series and I don't remember it as being so focused on clothes. Yes, I know the series is all about accessories and fashion but there was so much describing what the characters were wearing, what they were going to wear, how the male characters dressed, what they drove and how affluent they were. I feel that at least 1/3 of the wording in this book was fashion related. This did not allow for complete story line development and it seemed pieced to I've read at least one of the other books in this series and I don't remember it as being so focused on clothes. Yes, I know the series is all about accessories and fashion but there was so much describing what the characters were wearing, what they were going to wear, how the male characters dressed, what they drove and how affluent they were. I feel that at least 1/3 of the wording in this book was fashion related. This did not allow for complete story line development and it seemed pieced together. Also, Jonathan, the ER doctor made a comment about one of the book's characters who had to go to ER for treatment. This violates HIPPA, the patient privacy act and no doctor would have commented on seeing that patient. The fact that the main character gained access to someone's house illegally even though the murderer was caught, the police did not do anything about it and that makes the prosecution of the crime in court at risk. I read the whole thing with a growing sense of dismay. The other book in the series that I read seem much better put together. I don't plan on reading any more of this series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary (Biblophile)

    This so-called mystery read like a fashion magazine. Totally boring. I know it's about fashion, but do you need to go on in excruciating detail about what everybody is wearing and what a great dresser you are? I got to the point that I didn't care what happened and tossed the book aside. Won't be reading anymore in this series. This so-called mystery read like a fashion magazine. Totally boring. I know it's about fashion, but do you need to go on in excruciating detail about what everybody is wearing and what a great dresser you are? I got to the point that I didn't care what happened and tossed the book aside. Won't be reading anymore in this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I want to like these books. I do enjoy the San Francisco setting. However the main character is so shallow and the fashion so over the top it's getting hard to take. Even the men's clothes are described in so much detail. There has been no character growth in three books. I honestly feel these are getting worse as the series goes on. I want to like these books. I do enjoy the San Francisco setting. However the main character is so shallow and the fashion so over the top it's getting hard to take. Even the men's clothes are described in so much detail. There has been no character growth in three books. I honestly feel these are getting worse as the series goes on.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Final book so I could finish up the series. Disappointed. The choice of victim is weak, as is Rita’s link to him – makes no sense she would be considered the murderer or her motive to find out who is weak at best. There was a little more depth, with rich descriptions of a House Tour for charity, a visit to the Zoo, and the Cliff House. But Rita and her relationships are still the same, with no progress. And, the book ended very abruptly.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    One of the things I enjoy about living in small town Montana is the lack of pressure to be "fashionable." The life of a woman who lives for name-dropping high end fashion is a little hard to identify with. But I enjoyed this mystery with all its admitted superficiality. Even though I can scarcely remember the arbitrary ending a day after I read it. One of the things I enjoy about living in small town Montana is the lack of pressure to be "fashionable." The life of a woman who lives for name-dropping high end fashion is a little hard to identify with. But I enjoyed this mystery with all its admitted superficiality. Even though I can scarcely remember the arbitrary ending a day after I read it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Rita Jewel has the perfect job, selling gorgeous clothing to the San Francisco elite. She has the perfect boss,Dolce, who understand and adores her and sometimes gives her free clothing from the high end boutique. She has three men she sometimes sees, not always in the best of circumstances. She's even taken a cooking class from a celebrity chef. Still she feels like something's missing. Her job doesn't seem as thrilling as usual, even with the gossip and fine fashions. Her boss thinks she needs Rita Jewel has the perfect job, selling gorgeous clothing to the San Francisco elite. She has the perfect boss,Dolce, who understand and adores her and sometimes gives her free clothing from the high end boutique. She has three men she sometimes sees, not always in the best of circumstances. She's even taken a cooking class from a celebrity chef. Still she feels like something's missing. Her job doesn't seem as thrilling as usual, even with the gossip and fine fashions. Her boss thinks she needs more excitement in her life. Perhaps she's missing the thrill she found in the past when solving the murders of a customer and a fellow employee. Dolce suggests that maybe Rita should try to reconnect with some of the handsome young men in her life. Rita takes this advice and also decides that she should get back on her self-improvement track. When she goes to her cooking school to sign up for another class with Guido, he brushes her off and quickly shoves her out the door. Later that night, Rita finds out that Guido has been murdered, and that she may have been the last one, other than the murderer, to have seen Guido alive. Suddenly, her ennui is gone. As the last person to see Guido alive, and having solved two other murders already, Rita feels it is her duty to help her Detective, Jack, and solve this crime, for Guido and herself. Could the murderer be a member of the victim's family, on of his students, and a self-proclaimed 200-year-old vampire, or someone a little more close to home, and will Rita be able to solve this case in time to clear her own name or before becoming a victim herself? Rita Jewel is self-involved and a bit ADHD, but underneath it all, she does have a good heart. She's a bit like a jaded and slightly darker version of Elle Woods from "Legally Blonde". Sometimes she comes off as naive and annoying, yet for some reason one can't help but root for her, or at least have a laugh when her mind suddenly veers off track and begins focusing on completely unrelated topics. This book may be a bit formulaic and the main characters a bit difficult to connect with at times, but it still manages to make for an entertaining read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have to say first that there was a lot that I really loved about this book. I really enjoy the character Rita. She is sassy, funny, and insecure. She loves her job working in fashion and really loves her boss. She has three men that she sees off and on. A doctor, detective, and a gymnast. The thing that did not get more than 3 stars for me were the feeling of being rushed while reading. Things were left unfinished. What happens to Mirra? She is suspected then all of a sudden left off as nobody I have to say first that there was a lot that I really loved about this book. I really enjoy the character Rita. She is sassy, funny, and insecure. She loves her job working in fashion and really loves her boss. She has three men that she sees off and on. A doctor, detective, and a gymnast. The thing that did not get more than 3 stars for me were the feeling of being rushed while reading. Things were left unfinished. What happens to Mirra? She is suspected then all of a sudden left off as nobody. A snake goes missing in the zoo. I was expecting Rita to at least find the snake in the office. I would have liked the killer to make a big confession and possibly have put Rita's life in danger add more to the build up. I am over all very happy with this book and look forward to the next one. It was still very worth the read and still worth giving a chance. Minus the few missing parts I really enjoyed the book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 sta Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  9. 5 out of 5

    C.

    I really don't care for this detective. She is such an egotist she thinks the police should not only be grateful for her help, but give her a medal. Also, the amount of paper spent on writing about clothes (not my thing at all) could save a few trees. She seems to solve the mysteries more by dumb luck than by any ability or intelligence. I really don't care for this detective. She is such an egotist she thinks the police should not only be grateful for her help, but give her a medal. Also, the amount of paper spent on writing about clothes (not my thing at all) could save a few trees. She seems to solve the mysteries more by dumb luck than by any ability or intelligence.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mickey

    I did something I rarely do- I quit reading this about 1/3 of the way through. I understand that the main character works in fashion, but I don't need a constant laundry list of all the designer names the author can throw in. Who gives a rat's ass what the cop is wearing? HIS clothes aren't part of the mystery. I did something I rarely do- I quit reading this about 1/3 of the way through. I understand that the main character works in fashion, but I don't need a constant laundry list of all the designer names the author can throw in. Who gives a rat's ass what the cop is wearing? HIS clothes aren't part of the mystery.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    Note to self: do not buy anymore Accessary mysteries. too boring. Too many discrepencies.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    This was a very slow start. I was not impressed with this particular book of her series. The first book was really well done but this one is leaving me hanging. Hope the next one is better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alice Lubrecht

    This started out interesting but quickly bogged down in some unrealistic assumptions. The ending was not planned well and just so of dropped you at the end.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Esther Bergman

    The character is not bad but I find lots of loose ends not tied up by the end of each book in this series. I also think they end rather abruptly.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jill

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan Moxley

  17. 5 out of 5

    L.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lichen

    Too much commentary on clothing for my interest. Others mike like it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sabra

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Svoger Have

  22. 5 out of 5

    Johnny Carruthers

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jean Kovats

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Miller

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Moore

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amelia-Irene

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paula

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