Stars: 3.5 / 5
I watched Killer Hair when it aired in 2009 on Lifetime Movie Network before I ended up reading the book and eventually the series. What attracted me to the series was the portrayal of Lacey Smithsonian by Maggie Lawson, her passion towards becoming a fashion stylist on a grander scale and her Aunt Mimi's magical bottomless trunk, filled with fabulous vintage clothes, fabrics, patterns and fashion memorabilia. This also pushed my interest into vintage clothing and fashion although I havent actually wore anything close. Here's my take on the first book in the Crime of Fashion series by Ellen Byerrum published in 2003.
Lacey Smithsonian works as a fashion reporter in Washington, D.C. - a city she keeps calling as "The City Fashion Forgot". She is best friends with Stella Lake - who runs her own hair salon that is catered by the rich and famous living in D. C. - and Brooke Barton - an attorney. The case ruled out as a suicide by the cops falls into Lacey's lap when her friend Stella insists that the dead woman was murdered. Angie Woods, a hairstylist famed for difficult rejuvenating hair-jobs, is found dead with cut wrists and bad hair. Upon insistence from Stella, Lacey performs her own investigation into the crime which she considers a crime of fashion for Angie would never have been found dead with bad hair in case she had indeed committed suicide.
The lead investigator on the case is Vic Donovan - her ex-love interest from her life in a small town called Sagebrush in Colorado - with she has to work much to her heart's discomfort. And Vic has every intention of bringing her back into his life despite Lacey rejecting his advances. Added to these are the staff at the paper she works for - Douglas MacArthur "Mac" Jones, her editor; Felicity Pickles, reporter for food blogs and posts and Tony Trujillo; her rival reporter - that continuously weave strings of web around her that sometimes makes her feel that she is being held from reaching more. Yet, she would not want to have anyone else as her colleagues. The plot continues with Lacey investigation the murder - or as Vic calls hindering his investigation - and trying to find if Angie Woods was indeed murdered and if she was then who killed her? And for what purpose?
The movie enchanted me a lot, but the book was a slow read. In fact I had pushed myself to read through it just because I had already watched the movie and wanted to see how it was on paper (which is my principle - always read the book that had made onto screen). Once the book reached Aunt Mimi's trunk that is when it captured me - hook, line and sinker. Also the little tips and fashion bites that Lacey keeps leaving as the plot moves along added more charm.
An easy read considering it being a murder-mystery that you want to pick up on days that keep you stressed or down. If you are not yet convinced, here is a fashion tip by Lacey from this book that should definitely move your hand towards it.
Lacey's Fashion Bite of the Day:
Never wear pink to testify before the Special Prosecutor! Accused of high crimes?