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Bias Cut

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  257 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Burned out and bitter after a string of disappointments, Nicola Strozyk takes a short-term gig assisting Laurie Sparks, the design world's reigning enfant terrible. Barely in his twenties, Laurie has built himself an empire encompassing a chic Manhattan boutique and a role on an obnoxious reality series. Part worldly sophisticate and part cheerful scatterbrain, Laurie is b ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Luft Books
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Dec 12, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2013
I got this book when it was free on Amazon, but after the first twenty pages, I knew that I would have enjoyed it even if I'd purchased it (this is my highest praise). I really liked the relationship between Laurie and Nicola, and rooted for both of them. They each gave the other something that he or she was lacking, but not in an overly sappy way. Laurie helped Nicola feel present in her life and vital in his, while she provided him with the sort of non-maternal grounding that he desperately ne ...more
I ranked this 3 stars but 3.5 would be a better fit. I purchased Bias Cut on Book Bub & didn't get to it for a while, but now I'm glad I did.
It's an enjoyable read that surprised me in its well plotted out story that I didn't expect. A great "summer read".
Lea Setegn
Nov 10, 2013 Lea Setegn rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK and read it in one sitting. However, I acknowledge that this could be an experience particular to women who are:

* In their 40s.
* Familiar with the fashion world.
* Familiar with 1980s pop culture. (Typically goes hand-in-hand with being fortysomething these days.)
* Conversant in the ways of gay men of a certain type. (Because, as cute as he is, Laurie is not a lot more than a type.)
* Familiar with "raising" a twentysomething as a friend or mentor. (Been there, honey, and it look
May 01, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-free
The ideas in this book are pretty cool. The how they get into the mystery bit. However it just takes too long to get any tension and once you get there, it is back and forth between too fast and who cares. 52% before there is any death or danger.

Then there is another issue. There is more depth to the descriptions of clothing than the characterization. Especially odd when what little hint there is of the main person's character is that she doesn't care much about clothes. So why does she obsess s
Jerilyn Marler
Aug 25, 2013 Jerilyn Marler rated it really liked it
I searched through the stack of books by my bed looking for something lighter than my usual murder mystery/international intrigue fare. I knew nothing about this author. We'd received the book as a gift from her uncle who is a friend of my husband's. I'm so glad I decided to give it a shot. Love Ms. Richter's writing, the delightful characterizations, the peek into the fashion world. It takes time to get to the mystery/suspense at the heart of the story, but I enjoyed hanging out with Nicola and ...more
Donna Murray
May 25, 2013 Donna Murray rated it it was amazing
If you need proof that Indie books can actually be better than many conventionally published books, try this one. In my view it was enjoyable in every way–solid plot, interesting background, but best of all an especially wonderful friendship between the two main characters. Of course it is a mystery, so that “biased” me somewhat, but look at it this way: I’ve read a ton of them!
janet havrilla
Jun 13, 2017 janet havrilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deceiving title

This turned out to be a really good read. Once I started I couldn't put it down. The author brings very vivid images to the table and you can't help but get lost in it.
Dany Denise
Jun 07, 2017 Dany Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

Romance, Mystery, Humor is it any wonder I couldn't put it down. Hopefully I can find more be this author.
Pat Cline
Jun 06, 2017 Pat Cline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unique story line. Keep s your interest, enjoyed.

Would recommend to my friend reader's.
Liked the style of writing,and fun to read, didn't want to lay down,glad I found.
Nov 05, 2013 Judie rated it liked it
Nicole, newly arrived in New York City after a career in research in Los Angeles, got a job researching fashions of the mid-1980s for Laurie, a young, flamboyant, easily-rattled fashion designer. When Nicole shows up for work wearing her roommate’s raincoat, he is totally thrilled by it and sought more information about the designer.
They are able to trace it back to a store in LA that sells clothing used in movies and television shows and learn in what show it was worn, by whom, and who was c
Jun 18, 2013 Candy rated it really liked it
When the author sent me this book for review, I wasn't sure it was something I would be interested in. It is set in the fashion world. I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of a girl. And not even a fancy t-shirt. Like the "free" ones you get when you do a 5k. Hanes is my friend. Haute couture is wasted on me. LOL

HOWEVER, it is also a chick-lit book with some mystery thrown in and I was feeling like reading some good chick lit, so I decided to give it a whirl, figuring that I would just toss it if I coul
R. Diskin Black
Apr 25, 2014 R. Diskin Black rated it it was amazing
This book was pure pleasure! A sordid tale of murder and mayhem in the fashion world, Richter with this clever story takes the reader from New York to Los Angeles to Paris to the desert of Nevada (a town called Decline!) and back to New York before its "please-don't-end" last pages. The protagonist, Nicola, is a completely believable and immensely likeable modern 40-year-old woman who finds herself working for reality TV and fashion sensation, Laurie, an infuriating, selfish, fabulous 20-somethi ...more
Kristeen Shuga
Feb 04, 2013 Kristeen Shuga rated it it was amazing
I want to start off that I won this book from the Goodreads Giveaway.

In this novel, we meet flashy but chic Laurie Sparks with a clueless and carefree spirit who is renowned fashion designer. Along with him is his sidekick, Nicola of whom is blunt, motherly and has an issue with having to protect Laurie from the world. The story is off an running as they search for clues to help find out why a certain designer did not sew or design his third appearance of fashion week.

The story was well written
Feb 06, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I just want to say that I received this book as part of the First Reads giveaway.

I thought this book was going to be way less entertaining than it actually was. I thought it was going to be more of a clichéd love story when I first read the synopsis but in the end I really liked how the book turned into more of an investigation novel.

I didn't like Nicola at first, she was a bit boring, but as the novel continued I really liked her relationship with Laurie and how far she was willing to go to pro
Lynda Kelly
Jan 13, 2014 Lynda Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. It's one I downloaded over a year ago but kept skating over in favour of something more "me"" as I'm no fashion fan. However, although it's set in the world of fashion it doesn't matter and you don't get bogged down with it in the least.
I just adored Laurie and his and Nicola's relationship especially as she took no nonsense from the little pixie (who I picture as a smaller and younger Julian Clary but I imagine the author's American and may not kn
May 25, 2013 Furio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To give the author her due this mystery has some unquestionable assets:
- writing is in order;
- editing is professional: there are no mistakes and or inconsistencies except possibly one at the end;
- the general ideas for plot and characterization are also quite good and interesting. Especially good is the idea of not having the two leads getting involved with each other: a very young and flamboyant gay stylist and a middle-aged straight woman are bound not to.

The problem is that the reading exper
Jen Selinsky
Apr 18, 2013 Jen Selinsky rated it it was amazing
"Bias Cut" follows the story of Nicola Strozyk and fashion designer Laurie Sparks. While Laurie is young, glamorous, and a star on a reality TV show, he is also lacking in life experience. This is where Nicola comes in. Even though she is almost the complete opposite of Laurie, the two of them seem to hit it off and become instant friends.

Nicola and Laurie draw inspiration from each other, thus driving the two of them to visit swanky parties in search of rare fashion items. As the two of them t
Dec 09, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
Granted, I am the target audience for this book - I lived, loved and was formed by the 80s. I'm a SoCal girl who became a New Yorker. I understand fashion. I've been to those tea shops. So, perhaps no surprise that I found this *such* a fun read. Richter is spot-on with her characters, whom I both love, and her banter and description (yes, I think the fashions need to be described in a book about a fashion designer). So, even though the plot took a while to get rolling, I didn't mind at all. It ...more
A.G. Lindsay
Jul 06, 2013 A.G. Lindsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I found this a fun, quick read (although I kept picturing Laurie (the wonderkind fashion designer) as Austin Scarlett from the first season of Project Runway.)

The mystery part doesn't seem to start until about half-way through the book. Until then, it's Nicola and Austin, er, Laurie running around in sort of a screwball comedy/slapstick quest for the designer of a coat Nicola was given by her room-mate.

It's a diverting read and also seems to "read true" about the NYC fashion week and also the "r
Aug 17, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, mysteries
I liked this a lot, and hope that there's a sequel with these characters. It's an interesting juxtaposition between a 40 year old researcher (Nicola) who really doesn't care about clothes, and an over-the-top 20-something fashion designer (Laurie) who lives in another world where he sparkles and wears extravagant makeup while creating his collection and starring in a reality TV show. Laurie realizes there is something strange about another designer's collection, and once he and Nicola start inve ...more
Feb 06, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing
**Please Note: I received this book for free from Goodreads First-reads**

Bias Cut was a gem of a book. Fast paced and with wonderfully developed characters I couldn't put it down. Richters descriptions are beautiful without being wordy or over the top. The main character, Laurie Sparks, could have been a nightmare but remained quirky and prissy yet still likable.

I would absolutely recommend this book to people and look forward to the next book that Richter puts out. My only criticism is the cov
Dec 29, 2013 Sheila rated it did not like it
I downloaded this book as a free ebook, I don't think it was worth even that. The story started out okay. The characters were a bit different, then the more into the story you got, the cruder the language became. I don't think that it is necessary to have that type of language in a book, it ruins the whole story. The characters became more weird as well. I would not recommend this book or the author to anyone.
Marge Mclaughlin
I subscribe to the Kindle books & Kindle news daily mail and usually really quickly scan free books for descriptions of interest, which is how I found Bias Cut. I really liked the characters in this book. As I read along I was traveling with them through the scenes and adventures. The story line was not that compelling to me, but it didn't matter, whatever Nicola and Laurie were doing or saying, I enjoyed being there with them.
Tania Beatty
Dec 22, 2015 Tania Beatty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ooooooo, sparkly!

I got this book because A) it was free, and B) the beginning made me think it'd be worth the download. Oh, I am so glad I did! This book is smart, has great pacing, and the characters sparkle. I got to the end and wanted to read about their next adventure. No, really. Where's the next one?
Sherry Hammond
Mar 28, 2015 Sherry Hammond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Quick Read

I had a hard time putting this book down and when I did I kept thinking about the characters. I thought the author did a great job of character development. It was a fun read and a book that can be read quickly.
Oct 09, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I won this book through GoodReads First Reads Giveaways.

I loved this book. It really hooked me in the beginning and held on to me until the end. This book was fast paced and very easy read. I would recommend to anyone who loves crime, drama, and suspense.

Excellent book!
May 05, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
My dear friend, Morgan wrote this. You can read a preview of it here:

I was lucky enough to read the whole work and it's genre crossing and wonderfully three dimensional.
Sara Bartlett
Nov 07, 2013 Sara Bartlett rated it liked it
This story started out slow for me, I kept wondering where the mystery was! But it picked up, the plot was fun, fast and interesting. The end was like a whirlwind, and a little improbable with two stories merging, but it was a quick and fun read.
Donna Darner
Jan 02, 2016 Donna Darner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique characters, keeps you guessing until the end

Unusual concept for character's, fun yet still a mystery. I hope there are more to come. I can't wait to see what they come up with next.
Apr 14, 2015 Cyndi rated it really liked it
A light, but very enjoyable read. I fell in love with the characters so now I've just bought Lonely Satellite. By the same author, it has many of the same main characters in it as Bias Cut, although the synopsis sounds like it's an entirely different type of story..
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