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If Looks Could Kill (Bailey Weggins Mystery #1)

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White's "New York Times" bestselling debut is now in paperback. New York true crime writer Bailey Weggins is dragged into a murder investigation by her boss, magazine editor Cat Jones, whose nanny is murdered by poisoned chocolate truffles meant for Cat.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published March 31st 2002)
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Tea Jovanović
Not quite like Stephanie Plum, you would like this author and her series as much... :) Pure joy! :)
Colette
I hated this book. It took me half the book to figure out why: the author explains every little detail. If the main character Bailey does something, then she explains why. She tosses in a few big words every now and then to remind the reader that the character has an ivy league education and was an English major. However, the words just seemed out of place in the storyline.
Angela Mitchell
I read this series to date in the month of August. Very light reading, summer fare. I enjoyed the main character quite a bit. Fairly suspensful plots, but the endings of all but one of these (don't remember which) were terrible! The author was totally reaching when selecting the villains. However, for some reason I stuck it out through the entire series, but I don't think I'd admit it to any of my English Lit profs.
Denise
“If Looks Could Kill” by Kate White, is the first of a series featuring the character, Bailey Weggins. This series is full of suspense and mystery, with a soupcon of wit. It takes place in the fast paced world of magazines. Baily is a freelance writer who works for Gloss, a magazine aimed at today’s woman. She contributes true crime articles to the publication . Her sometimes friend, Cat, is the editor of Gloss, and she is in trouble. Cat is the object of an attempted murder spree, and she turns ...more
Erika
This was a fun and interesting read. I will absolutely continue reading the rest of the books in the series!

If Looks Could Kill is a mystery book!.

Lately I've been feeling an urge to read mystery-thriller books and this was just what i needed to feed it rightly. The mystery was compelling enough to keep me wondering and reading.

Now, throw into that mystery a Sex and the City vibe and you're good to go!

I really love sex and the city, the TV show at least, I have not read the book (I didn't know
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Lauren Fidler
3.5 stars.

this is a quick read (which is saying something since it clocks in at about 330 pages). bailey is likable enough - she talks fast, isn't afraid to swear, and says the things you're probably thinking as things happen (which is rare in a mystery). the narration, however, is a bit clunky in parts. sometimes, bailey reads like a 1920s flapper-cum-journalist...you can almost (almost) hear her say, "he's got a face only a mother could love on payday" with iambic intonation. it's a bit awkwar
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Karin Slaughter
I wanna say that this one is my favorite, but they all end up being my favorites because Kate is such a wonderful story teller. She helmed Cosmo for years, and you can really see in everything that she does that Kate is above all a woman who supports other women. We need more like that! And also more books from Kate. I think she has a new one coming out this summer and I can't wait. Though it might publish around Cop Town, so get Cop Town first!
Nancy
I liked it except, why is it that the "sullen civil servants who move at the speed of drying paint" have to be fat? Are there no skinny people with bad work ethics? Are all civil servants lazy and fat? Why is it bad to use stereotypes about race or color or gender but not about weight? WHy is it okay to denegrate overweight people? Can you tell from this that I am overweight? I would be just as offended if the comment was about a person of color and I am white.
Missy
It's hard to believe this book was ever published. The first 200 pages were gaggy froufrou. (I invented "gaggy" for this use). Coffee, clothes, food, shower- Coffee, clothes, food, shower- Coffee, clothes, food, shower. Then it finally developed into a story for the last half. I'm not saying I liked it. Even though 3 stars= liked it. It's just that it was such a big improvement over the first half.
Dawn
I don't know that this really deserves four stars, but I gave the last book I read three stars and I liked this one better. It was a good mystery that kept me guessing until I finally peeked at the ending -- something I almost never do! I suspected everyone at various points of the book. I liked that Bailey was mostly pretty smart and didn't just stumble onto the mystery or the solution like they do in cozies. She did actual legwork and put thought into solving it. One mystery she didn't solve b ...more
Gwylenn
I finished this book in 2 days (mostly at work). Every time a detail started bugging me, the main character would point it out and explain it better. This is the best murder mystery I have read in a long time and plan on getting the next one from the library tomorrow!
David
The book started slowly in the first couple of chapters. A frantic call from her friend and editor Cat because the nanny won't answer the door, and the nanny said she would be there that Sunday morning. So begins the first of the Bailey Weggins novels. Bailey is a crime reporter for Gloss, a woman's magazine. She freelances, so she doesn't have a set schedule, and she is exempt from the meetings in "the pit."

While investigating this crime, Bailey travels across several states, never quite knowin
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Marjorie
Bailey Wiggins works for a tyrant editor, Cat Jones, at a woman's magazine where she writes human interest or crime stories. Cat also confides in Bailey and when Cat wonders why the nanny won't answer the door, she calls Bailey. Bailey soon finds herself trying to solve the murder of the nanny, Heidi. Soon Cat finds herself thinking she is the one who should have been killed. Bailey keeps plugging away at the leads and figures out who done it.

While the story was good and writing was okay, it do
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Alice
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Meurtre sur Papier Glacé?
"J'aime beaucoup cette petite collection peu connue de chez Marabout dans laquelle j'ai déjà lu plusieurs auteurs différents et j'avais gardé la série de Kate White en réserve."

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...
"Bailey travaille dans un magazine de mode et sa patronne, Cat Jones, n'est pas toujours facile à supporter. Malheureusement, c'est également sa meilleure amie. Alors quand celle-ci va retrouv
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Emily
A fun, breezy mystery narrated in first person by Bailey Weggins, crime and human interest freelancer for Gloss magazine in New York City. Bailey's friend and Gloss editor, Cat Jones discovers her nanny dead in her home and asks Bailey to investigate as she likes to hedge her bets and thinks Bailey might find some things the police overlook. Bailey's investigation takes her in several different directions, which gets kinda tedious after a point, particularly as most of them don't pan out, but he ...more
Brittany
Aug 13, 2008 Brittany rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of mystery books
Recommended to Brittany by: My mom?
How I Came To Read This Book: I recall raiding my mom's book collection one summer and reading this, as well as Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber & the first Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants book.

The Plot: Bailey Weggins is a freelance crime reporter with a real-life detective gig, after the editor of a swanky magazine narrowly avoids certain death via a box of poisoned chocolates meant for her - but consumed by her unsuspecting nanny instead. Bailey goes through the typical riga
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Marie
I just recently discovered this series of 'Bailey Weggins' mysteries, this book being number one. I absolutely LOVED this series. It is a light mystery read and this suited me just fine as I grew a little tired of some of the over the top, extremely graphic murder mysteries I had been reading. One critic describes this series as "Nancy Drew meets Sex and The City" and I fully agree. This series has a refreshing, contemporary feel with a murder mystery thrown in. I enjoyed Bailey's sharp, sarcast ...more
Mary Havlovic
If Looks Could Kill was the November book read for our Sisters-in Crime group. The story line takes place in NYC. Bailey Weggins is a 33 yr. old recently divorced crime writer who writes for Gloss magazine. She is best friend's with the editor of Gloss, Cat Jones, whose nanny is murdered in the apartment connected to Jones' home. Jones developed enemies in the magazine world once she became editor of Gloss as a result of her high maintenance and the world revolves around me attitude. She asks Ba ...more
Carl Alves
The story starts off with free-lance journalist Bailey Weggins being called by her boss to investigate her nanny not answering a call, when they find a dead body. Even though she's a writer and not a cop, Bailey is given the task of investigating this murder. Bailey's character to me was much more style than substance. She's too cool, too sassy, and not much like a real person. Her relationships in this story fell flat and did not remotely interest me. It seemed as if they were there just so she ...more
Marcia Ferguson
It's funny, because I purchased this book in 2002 and never read it. That tall 'to-read' pile is a big one! I suppose I had a feeling I might not enjoy it. On the plus side, there was more 'mystery' than I expected, but I couldn't get past how unlikeable I found the character Cat. And so I couldn't imagine why the main character seemed to consider her a friend. And I'm guessing the author would portray characters differently, a dozen years later. Too many characters I didn't like, because of the ...more
Ashley FL
Read this after reading Kate White's non-fiction book.

I thought this was a great fluffy little mystery. The mystery had a lot of twists and turns, and though they were pretty predictable, it was fun to be along for the ride. My only quibble was that I think the author was putting a lot of herself into the characters, but it is a minor quibble.
Scilla
Bailey Wiggins is a free lance crime writer for women's magazines in New York City. She mainly works for Gloss magazine editor Cat Jones. One morning she is called to Cat's fancy apartment. There she finds the nanny, Heidi, dead with vomit all over the nanny basement apartment. It is determined that Heidi was murdered by poison in chocolates. Cat asks Bailey to investigate. At first, Bailey believes the intended victim is Cat. Bailey begins getting hang up phone calls from an unlisted number, fi ...more
Frances Kelly
I'm ambivalent about this book. I read it quickly, so the pace is good, and I could somewhat relate to the narrator/protagonist, but in certain ways, I did not find her as compelling or quite the good company provided by some other authors. For example, Amanda Kyle Williams' character, Keye Street, is much more interesting and believable. I thought it was a good story and had some well-designed plot twists, but it had an excess of detail. The other issue is, I was not wild about many of the "sup ...more
Becky
This is a good book if you're looking for a quick read. Some of the characters lack depth which is unfortunate, however there are also points when unnecessary characters are added (not sure if they will come into play later in the series or what). All in all a nice relaxing murder mystery!
Robin
Jan 18, 2009 Robin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
I bought this one when it came out a few years ago because it was one of Kelly Ripa's "Reading with Ripa" picks... I figured if anyone would pick frivolous fun, it would be her. One of this mystery's gimmicks is that it is supposed to offer a sly, insider's glimpse into the world of fashion magazines. However, compared to The Devil Wears Prada, this book was pretty weak on that score (and I doubt it would have fared much better in my mind had I read this one first). The characters were pretty ho ...more
Mikeuma05
The book has a good story and the mystery factor was good. I just feel like there was something missing though. This was my first time reading this author and the writing style was not extremely exciting. There was nothing in this book that made it a gripping page turner or anything like that. Overall it was a good book, it just was not my favorite.
Jennifer H
This murder/mystery was fun to read, even though I was constantly thinking 'who are these people?' I guess everything and anyone outrageously fabulous lives in NYC. =) It did make me jealous how the characters could pop into different restaurants and what not just walking down the street from their house. In any event, the story was good with enough twists to keep you guessing who the killer might be (it was the person I originally expected anyway). There were some flimsy parts that seemed to ju ...more
Stephanie Tuell
in this first book to bailey weggins series, we are introduced to bailey and her friends. bailey is interupted from her bedroom fun to help a friend in need. what bailey finds is not something she expected: a dead nanny. now bailey must find out who killed the nanny and why, without getting herself killed in the process.

while the book wasn't as exciting as i expected, it was still a page turner. kate white keeps you guessing on who the killer really is. through out the whole book, i found myself
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Erin
The book is neither great nor is it horrible it's just ok.

Bailey's boss (and friend) calls and begs her to come over and check on her nanny because she isn't answering her door and she believes something bad has happened. It was a pretty lame beginning to a mystery book and it took forever to get to the body.

The book has a pretty slow pace and there were a few parts that felt like slight ripoffs to me. The biggest is Bailey has a older male friend who reminded me a lot of Kinsey's male landlor
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Shannon Porter
Pretty good, thought it was someone else for quite awhile so I liked that. Kept me reading to the end; I didn't skip ahead.
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Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of nine works of fiction—six Bailey Weggins mysteries and three suspense novels, including her latest, EYES ON YOU. For fourteen years she was the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, and though she loved the job (and the Cosmo beauty closet!), she decided to leave in late 2013 to concentrate full time on being an author.

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