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Designer Knockoff (Crime of Fashion #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  914 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
When fashion columnist Lacey Smithsonian learns that a new fashion museum will soon grace decidedly unfashionable D.C., it's more than a good story-it's a chance to show off her vintage Hugh Bentley suit. And it's not long before the dapper designer himself spots Lacey in the crowd. A reporter at heart, she manages to get all the juicy details about his past-including a lo ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Signet
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Kirsty Hoggons
Nov 02, 2014 Kirsty Hoggons rated it really liked it
I honestly had no idea what to expect with this book. When I read the back it sounded like it would be an easy read and something different to anything that I have read before; so I bought it. I was not disappointed. Sure, I wouldn't say that it was written in the best possible way but the storyline was unique and (surprisingly) had quite a few plot twists in it. I literally did not want to put this book down because there was so much happening that I just wanted to know what would happen next. ...more
May 30, 2007 Jennifer rated it liked it
This is better than "Raiders of the Lost Corset," which isn't saying much. The ending was mildly surprising, and the plot drew me in because of the historical aspect. I am a sucker for mysteries involving unsolved crimes that happened long ago. The vintage clothing tie-in was more interesting and relevant to the mystery than other fashion angles that the author stretches for in her other novels. Still not impressed with this author. I don't know how to describe it, but the way she describes thin ...more
Min Yue
Jan 27, 2017 Min Yue rated it liked it
Another not-so-bad book in the Crime of Fashion Series.

Well the mystery isn't bad but (view spoiler)
Jun 13, 2016 Aparna rated it liked it
Stars: 3.5 / 5
Recommendation: An easy mystery read that is weaved through the world of fashion, style and dressing from the view point of a fashion stylist.
Designer Knockoff is the second installment in the Crime of Fashion Series by Ellen Byerrum published in August of 2004. Like I mentioned in my previous post about Killer Hair, the movies Killer Hair and Hostile Makeover on Lifetime Movie Channel based of the books of the same name spurred the interest in me to read the series. They are easy
Annika De
Dec 27, 2016 Annika De rated it really liked it
I have to say, this book really got off to a rough start. Three pages in and I was convinced I would hate it, but gosh darn it, it grew on me. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had far more plot than the average cozy mystery, and by the end, I was flying through the pages, completely intrigued. The main character, Lacey, is a fashion columnist who starts digging into a decades-old murder. I liked the fact that she actually uses good investigative journalism skills – so many novels like ...more
Feb 10, 2015 cloudyskye rated it liked it
I like the story and the fashion bits, the writing not so much. First person narrative would be better, I'm sure, this way I'm having a hard time getting on board with Lacey. I find her somewhat inconsistent. She is clearly very interested in fashion, but she doesn't want to write about it? The way she dresses is quite ladylike, but her behaviour isn't, throwing a balled-up paper at a colleague's head. Also the overuse of the word "slacks" irks me. Never read that one this often in a book. Maybe ...more
Bridget Bailey
Oct 25, 2013 Bridget Bailey rated it really liked it
This was the first book by this author that I have read. I didn't realize until i had already started the book that this is the second in her series of the journalist, Lacey Smithsonian. You do not need to read the first book before you read the second one. It refers to some parts of the first book but no huge giveaways that would give away the whole first book. I like that this chick lit book added a hint of suspense and mystery rather than just a love story. I would almost say this is less a l ...more
Karen Hufman
Feb 14, 2015 Karen Hufman rated it really liked it
This is the first I've read in this series and I enjoyed it. Lacey Smithsonian (okay, I do think they should have come up with a different last name- maybe the reason for it was explained in a previous book) is a fashion reporter for a small DC newspaper. I'm not into fashion at all but I still mostly enjoyed her comments on DC's lack of it! She gets wrapped up in two mysteries: one involves her great aunt's friend who disappeared during WWII and the other involves a missing intern. She has a qu ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Gwen rated it liked it
As Lacey Smithsonian proves yet again, clothing does make the woman (and a fashion clue is nothing to sneeze at!). Somehow, Lacey manages to turn the fashion beat at The Eye, a DC paper, into a crime-solving operation yet again. I feared that a cane might be used to good effect, as scissors were in #1, but my fears were ill-founded. This book made me want to wear more vintage clothing (of course!), and also contemplate the power of family -- Gloria Adams', Lacey's, and the Bentleys'. In the end, ...more
Oct 24, 2010 Nicole rated it really liked it
I was first introduced to this series through Lifetime Television. Last year they ran two of the books in the series as made for TV movies, Killer Hair and Hostle Makeover. I really enjoyed them and decided to check out some other books from the crime of fashion series. I'm really glad I did. Great read, the first time in a long time I have read a book all the way through without switching back and forth among other titles.
Sep 12, 2011 Karyogini rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-on-2011
Quinky-dink! Coincidence that she has all the connections/evidence?

It's an entertaining read. At some point I was beginning to get annoyed with her but at some point I was glued to the book... I found that amusing. I especially like the part of Miguel and Stella. :) Poor Smith though. She can't seem to get a break on men... or at least 1 man. :P

Not as predictable as the 1st book. :) Still want to know what happens to our girl here so I'll read the next book. :)
Nina P
May 13, 2011 Nina P rated it it was amazing
If you've ever wanted fashion, romance, mystery, and a good read. Well you have come to the right place. Ellen Byerrum's Designer Knockoff had a bit of each and makes for great laughs and all arounf great time. I enjoyed this book fully. Lacey is my fashion hero and she totally converted me into a fan after the first couple of pages of the first book in the series. This book is amazingly written and has a great storyline. I love it!
Feb 21, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. It was better than the first and made me laugh out loud multiple times. I love all of the DC references, and the exploits of Lacey, while unbelievable, are definitely enjoyable. All in all, this book makes me want to continue the series.
Feb 12, 2008 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kimberly by: Gift from my mom
This was a fun book, especially since the heroin is a reporter in Washington, DC on the "fashion beat". It was very light hearted and a quick read filled with the typical Washington scandal. I'll have to read more from Byerrum.
Linda Smatzny
Jun 20, 2013 Linda Smatzny rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Crime of Fashion Mystery series. The main character, Lacey Smithsonian, gets involved with two missing women . One is from the present time and one is from sixty years ago during WWII. This time the fashion is all the forties.
Aug 12, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
Better than the first one. Not a fantastic novel, but it is a good, light read. There are a lot of characters in this book, but she does a decent job of reminding the reader who the many different people are.
shannon Marie
Jan 19, 2017 shannon Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better the second time

I've read the whole series, but when I buy books I like to re-read them after a good amount of time goes by. I always seem to discover something new, and I did with this book as well. Ellen writes wonderful books
Apr 24, 2011 Carolyn rated it liked it
Ellen Byerrum spoke at an Author Talk at our neighborhood library--Duncan in Del Ray. I'm enjoying her series, Crimes of Fashion Mysteries--simple, fun, quick. I particularly like the fashion and vintage references.
Bill Blocksom
Oct 25, 2014 Bill Blocksom rated it really liked it
This one was just as good if not better than the first. Very enjoyable and hard to put down once I began reading it. A very fun read!
Apr 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Very fun, cozy read! Love this series! Onto Hostile Makeover~
Martina Kopel
Aug 14, 2014 Martina Kopel rated it it was amazing
I love the warmth of her Aunt's chest.
Sep 21, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Love the sharp wit of Lacey Smithsonian!
Irena Politzer
Mar 30, 2010 Irena Politzer rated it liked it
This was a cute chick-lit/mystery, set in Washington DC. I enjoyed it in a fluffy, escapist way. Not the best I've read in the genre, but definitely enjoyable.
Nov 29, 2010 Nicole rated it really liked it
More laugh-out-loud, fun fluffiness...
T.M. Carper
Aug 05, 2011 T.M. Carper rated it it was ok
A solid follow-up to "Killer Hair". A light mystery with good characters and plenty of twists.
Dec 02, 2013 Dee rated it it was amazing
The best of the Lacey Smithsonian stories I've read...she's funny, sassy and such a fashion plate. I love the vintage fashion angles of the books.
May 01, 2013 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A funny quick read. Another enjoyable Lacey Smithsonian trip through DC uncovering murder and mayhem.
Feb 28, 2010 Addie rated it liked it
This was a very fun read. Light and entertaining. Interesting mystery with fun historical and fashion twist.
Jun 14, 2013 Diana rated it really liked it
Much better than the first book of the series. I love Lacey and enjoy her wit and her newspaper column. The column is very smartly written.
Nov 27, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2009
Book #27 read in 2009

This series is a little slow. I'm not sure how much I really like it. This book was okay.
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Ellen Byerrum is a Washington, D.C., news reporter, novelist and playwright. She also holds a Virginia private investigator's registration. Her Crime of Fashion mysteries star a savvy, stylish sleuth: Lacey Smithsonian, a reluctant fashion reporter in Washington D.C., "The City Fashion Forgot."
Lacey would rather be working "hard news," but her nose for nuance, eye for a great story, and talent f
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Other Books in the Series

Crime of Fashion (10 books)
  • Killer Hair (Crime of Fashion, #1)
  • Hostile Makeover (Crime of Fashion, #3)
  • Raiders of the Lost Corset (Crime of Fashion, #4)
  • Grave Apparel (Crime of Fashion, #5)
  • Armed and Glamorous (Crime of Fashion, #6)
  • Shot Through Velvet (Crime of Fashion, #7)
  • Death on Heels (A Crime of Fashion Mystery #8)
  • Veiled Revenge (A Crime of Fashion Mystery, #9)
  • Lethal Black Dress (A Crime of Fashion Mystery, #10)

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