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The Fiancèe by Kate White

Reviewed by Lily Andrews

The Fiancèe is a mystery thriller novel by one of the best-selling authors, Kate White. The plot revolves around the Keaton family of Ash Keaton, Claire Keaton, and their four sons: Gabriel, Blake, and fraternal twins, Marcus and Nick.

The author uses the first-person narrative through one of the characters, Summer, who is Gabriel’s wife. The Keatons hold extravagant and lovely vacations in their family home but on this particular vacation, Summer feels uneasy and anxious as she, Gabriel, and her step-son, Henry make their way to the Keatons. As the get-together begins, Nick introduces his fiancee, Hannah, to the family during one of their dinners in the evening. Everyone is utterly surprised that Nick, known for his usual casual flings, wants to settle down with a woman he has hardly known for two weeks. The matriarch of the family, Claire, whom all her stepdaughters find controlling and judgemental except for Summer, is particularly not pleased with the announcement.

So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins Mystery by Kate White (Review #4)

So Pretty It Hurts Reviewed by Vickie Dailey

This is the sixth outing for Kate White’s amatuer sleuth Bailey Weggins. When Bailey’s boyfriend has another unexpected trip out of town – Bailey accerpts her friend and Buzz magazine co-worker Jessie’s invite to a weekend house party.

In a seculded old barn the guests assemble – Devon, the model turned singer, her manager & his wife, Scott the host of the party, Devon’s former boyfriend and his new girl all assemble to preview Devon’s new music. Everyone soons finds themselves snowed in. Tensions start to run high with hidden secrets. When Devon is found dead in her room – the power then goes out leaving the suspects in darkness.

So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins Mystery by Kate White (Review #3)

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Bailey Weggins returns in So Pretty it Hurts in a “country house party” themed mystery. While there are some variations for the standard formula-like the fact that people go home before the mystery is solved, most of the elements are there in this well executed book. A group of relative strangers are guests for the weekend at a remotely situated house, a mysterious death occurs and there is a snow storm that delays the guests’ departures. Therefore, the list of suspects is limited to the people at the house, even though the guests do eventually leave and the crime is not solved until much later. In fact, when the guests leave, it’s not clear if the death was a crime or just from natural causes.

Bailey Weggins, a true crime writer who freelances for the celebrity magazine Buzz, covers celebrity deaths, so when her friend Jessie invites Bailey to join her a house party for the weekend that was going to be loaded with big named people, work wasn’t really on Bailey’s mind. It wasn’t that is, until a famous model turned singer dies in her sleep. Bailey promptly starts nosing around and discovers some things that just don’t quite add up. The more Bailey investigates, the more sure she is that the Devon, the dead model, had help in her death.

Unlike some of the earlier books in the series, there really isn’t very much romance in the book. Bailey is uneasy in her new relationship and while there were couples at the house party, there was more fighting than romance. Another interesting omission is blood or violence. The victim died in her sleep and while Bailey gets herself into some scrapes, there really isn’t any blood, guns, knives or whatnot usually associated with murder. Those two elements lead to the one real negative with the book and that is there is painfully little action of any sort to drive the book. The mystery was interesting and well done, but the pace was quite slow in places.

This is the sixth book in the Bailey Weggins series, and fans of the series will surely be pleased with it, but readers who have not read any of the previous books will also enjoy this book. There isn’t really a need to know Bailey’s back story when reading So Pretty it Hurts.

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So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins Mystery by Kate White (Review #2)

So Pretty It Hurts Reviewed by Julie Moderson

I love reading Kate White books; she has a style of writing that is like listening to a friend tell you a story. I especially enjoy her Bailey Weggins mysteries because she has such great story lines and you really feel like you are part of the story and just can’t put the book down.

Bailey is invited to a weekend getaway at a record producer’s home, with Jessie Pendergrass who is her best friend and coworker at the Manhattan tabloid magazine the Buzz. Jess has a crush on Scott the record producer and doesn’t want to go alone and since Baily’s boyfriend, Beau, is away for the weekend she decides to go along for support. They are one of the last to arrive at the remote home surrounded by nature. The driveway into the home is over a mile and a half long.

When they meet the other guests they find Devon Barr a famous model who wants to be singer, her agent Cap Darby, his wife Whitney, Devon’s booker Christian Hayes, Devon’s best friend Tory, Tory’s boyfriend Tommy Quinn and Richard Parkin who is a writer for magazines like Vanity Fair. It was an interesting group and they joined in the conversations.

The Sixes by Kate White

The SixesReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

There have been many books and movies done about secret societies on college campuses and there have been a ton of books and movies about mean girls. So how about a book that brings the two themes together? Author White has written a doozie of a book that takes “mean girls” to a whole new level.

It begins with the very first line, “Something wasn’t right.” The reader is immediately hooked and is slowly reeled in as the protagonist travels further and further into the evil surrounding her. Phoebe Hall, an author of bestselling tell-all biographies of the rich and famous found herself disgraced when she is accused of plagiarism. When her boarding school roommate offers her a teaching position in a small Pennsylvania town, Phoebe leaps at the opportunity to leave New York for a semester. But things start going seriously wrong when a student disappears just months after her boyfriend vanished. Phoebe agrees to help when her friend, Glenda Johns, the college president, asks her to nose around a bit and see what she can turn up about the missing students. She starts asking questions and researching various people connected to the two students and uncovers some things that make her uncomfortable. Unfortunately, she has stepped into a few places others wanted to remain hidden. Things begin to turn seriously dangerous for Phoebe.

There is much going on beneath the surface of this sleepy college town with characters who have many faces. Phoebe constantly has to guess who she can trust and who is part of the larger cover up. The author has given readers a well paced, suspense driven book that will keep them guessing until the end who the good and evil characters are.

Hush by Kate White (Review #3)

hush1Reviewed by Vickie Dailey

Kate White’s new novel Hush is set to be released to the public in March 2010.

Hush is the story of Lake Warren, a private marketing consultant, and her client a prestigious fertility clinic.

Lake is attracted to Dr. Keaton, a new addition to the clinic. Nothing untoward occurs until the clinic has an employee dinner after which Lake and Dr. Keaton spend the night together. Upon waking on the terrace, Lake discovers Dr. Keaton dead. Since she is in the midst of a nasty custody battle with her ex-husband, Lake grabs her things and runs.

Kate shows up for work the next day to police questioning the staff, and she embarks on a journey to find out who killed Dr Keaton– while keeping herself from becoming the chief suspect.

Hush by Kate White (Review #2)

hushReviewed by Julie Moderson

Kate White is editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine. She is also the author of many fiction and nonfiction books. Very few high profile editors have successfully been able to balance overseeing a major magazine and being an independent writer.

Hush is is an excellent read. From the first page to the last you cheer on Lake to find out who the killer is and why.

Lake Warren had her own consulting business that came up with marketing strategies for clients in the health and beauty industries. She was separated from her husband Jack and her two children were at a camp. Jack was trying to get full custody of the children and Lake was upset.

Hush by Kate White

hushReviewed by Elizabeth Sheehan

An investigation is started as the victim is a doctor at the center. At the same time she is also in a custody battle with her husband.

As time progresses she realizes that someone at the clinic is guilty and is hunting her. She contacts a reporter, Archer, who is investigating fertility clinics and agrees to help.