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Beauty to Die For: A Spa Mystery

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Juliette Taylor walked away from her career as a supermodel twenty-five years ago. Now approaching fifty – an emotionally complex milestone -- she co-owns a beauty supply company that makes skincare products for salons and spas. Her niche is pampering Christian women who usually spend more time caring for others than for themselves under the slogan:Isn’t it time someone to ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by B Books (first published May 1st 2012)
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Yo Leo Ficción Cristiana


When I think of this book, the first thing that comes to my mind is the image of the matryoshkas.

This novel is a mystery wrapped in another mystery and it seems unending. Each chapter is full of surprises and makes you wonder if the story is actually how you thought it would be initially: As a matryoshka.

The story, which already has an interesting argument, catches you from the beginning and turns on your detective skills. But what most caught my atte
1.5 Stars

Too long. Too much extraneous exposition. An unsatisfying ending. Unfortunately, a chore to finish.
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Former supermodel from those 1980 days of acclaim Kim Alexis teams up with best-seller Mindy Starns Clark to write the spa mysteries. Beauty to Die For is about one of those former-model types, twenty-five years after the hype.

Juliette Taylor gets the gumption to walk away from modeling through a magical afternoon meeting with the perfect dream man while stuck at an airport. Marcus Stone is at a crossroads moment in his life as well, and the two of them challenge each other to be true to themse
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Juliette and her business partner, Didi are heading to Palm Grotto Resort to talk about their beauty product line JT Lady. It looks like it is going to be a good weekend. That is until Juliette bumps into her rival, Raven. It seems that Raven is also heading to Palm Grotto Resort for some rest and relaxation. How much is the cost of beauty worth…murder? It seems that it is as Raven is murdered.

This book sounded like a fun, chick-lit, cozy mystery. This book for me was just ok. The reasons for th
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not the typical fast-paced mystery book that you could expect. This story unfolds slowly, because the mystery is building in pieces. However, even the most insignificant conversation can be the key piece to solve the mystery at the end.

As in the books of Agatha Christie, in this novel the most important is the development of the characters and their psychology because by reading it, you realize that the mystery is not easy to solve and there is always a surprise after another.

The fi
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
BEAUTY TO DIE FOR starts slow and doesn’t really pick up until toward the end of the book. It also seemed a bit over-long. There is a lot of spa information in there that I didn’t know (having never been to one) and I learned a lot. It was funny with the police trying to figure out which refrigerator was for what. I also liked Crystal. She was naïve, (and a bit predictable) but she was real where Juliette seemed to keep an too-perfect façade at all times—unless she was hiding from Raven or some ...more
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Former supermodel turned skin products producer,is running a wellness retreat at a spa when a former model dies while getting a wrap using her products. Is it linked to the counterfeit products she has been battling? And how will she deal with the re-entrance into her life of the One that Got Away?

I really enjoyed this story. The characters were interesting and the mystery more complex than I expected. And the setting was definitely a place I'd like to go... Fun.
May 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read this because I read another book by Clark (Whispers of the Bayou) and I enjoyed it. However, this book was predictable. I knew "whodunnit" much earlier than the "big reveal" and I founded the romance to be forced and cheesy. This book certainly was no page turner but once I was "in" I decided I might as well see it through. Uninspiring all the way around. ...more
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This stand alone is a cozy Christian romantic mystery set in a fabulous spa in the California desert. The Christian message was delivered thoughtfully. It was a nice change to have the romantic hero and heroine be in their 50s instead of being 20- or 30-something. The mystery itself was so so, but the information on the damage and terrorist implications of counterfeit products was eye opening. Anyone looking for an inspirational message will find it here.

I received this as an ARC some years ago,
Sherry Cross
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spa madness

Kim Alexis & Mindy Starns Clark have collaborated on a cozy mystery that keeps the reader turning pages. Set in a gorgeous spa in Czlifornia, the two main characters, Marcus Stone and Juliette Taylor each have backstories that are woven into the current mystery. The flashbacks are not the smoothest, but eventually the story is told. I would recommend this for mystery fans.
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book. Kept me guessing to the end who were the 'culprits' and who had done what. Good, clean cut romance. Damaged psyche, lonely people, relationships made and lost...had a lot of great ingredients in it! ...more
Adrienne Rivera
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow - I couldn't put this one down

So many stories within the story, yet they all lined up in the end. There were some great lessons here, without being too preachy, and enough plot twists to keep me on the edge of my seat. Great job!
Gillena Cox
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Mar 3-Apr 17. I took a long time reading this book because i was not in a reading mood.
The book however is entertaining on levels of romance and mystery.
I read the large print edition, very comfortable reading
Jun 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-books
tried this again, but just can't get into it ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Didn't see this coming

Liked the story, loved the story line and kept me glued to it until the end. Great who done it.
Nov 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm really not a huge fan of mysteries, which made BEAUTY TO DIE FOR: A SPA MYSTERY an odd choice for a book I selected to read and review. But, the cover is cute and the premise sounded adorable and fun, so it was worth a risk despite my slight genre bias.

So, starting off with the plot -- Juliette is an ex-supermodel who grew weary of the superficiality and chaos of her job, finally getting up the nerve to leave her career behind after a random encounter with he who would later be known as the-
Victor Gentile
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kim Alexis and Mindy Starns Clark in their new book, “Beauty to Die For” Book One in A Spa Mystery Series published by B&H Publishing Group introduces us to Juliette Taylor and Marcus Stone.

From the Back Cover: Twenty-five years ago, Juliette Taylor walked away from her career as a supermodel after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. She’s never regretted that decision–and never forgotten the man who gave her the courage to change her life.

These days Juliette’s ministry is providing enc
Juliette Taylor is visiting the Palm Grotto Resort and Spa in Cahuilla Springs, California, to lead a Christian retreat weekend. The ex-supermodel has a brand of exclusive skincare products, JT Lady, and Palm Grotto is one of her main customers. However, an internal investigation suggests that products are being counterfeited.

Also on his way to Palm Grotto is Marcus, an expert in disaster prevention and recovery. He met Juliette decades ago when she was at the height of her fame, and fell hard
Mercedes Cordero
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
This novel has a few great things going for it: a nice cover, a good premise that gets the reader interested and that gives the expectation of a cozy, fun and enjoyable murder/mystery ride. It is told from different, very well written point of views that flow nicely from one character to the next. It has a very, very likable male lead, written with the perfect man in mind and it works. Marcus’ character was written so well; this is the kind of man every woman wants. The story has a nicely writte ...more
Lisa Johnson
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Title: Beauty to Die for
Author: Kim Alexis & Mindy Starns Clark
Pages: 340
Year: 2012
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Beauty to Die for is the beginning of the new spa mystery series. The story uses Kim Alexis’ supermodel background and Mindy Starns Clark mystery writing skills. The setting is the Palm Grotto Resort and Spa in California. The novel is classified in the Christian mystery/suspense genre. There are two main storylines that are neatly wrapped up in the end.
Juliette Taylor is a former
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it

Summary: Juliette Taylor, former 80's supermodel and now beauty supply mogul is on her way to a spa retreat at the Palm Grotto Spa with her best friend and business partner, Didi when she runs into a former colleague and supermodel Raven. Famous for her red hair, Raven is infamous for her fantastic tips and vicious personality. When Raven and Juliette end up at the same spa, Juliette fears that Raven is trying to steal her business, but soon discovers that isn't the case when Raven ends up dead.
Sharon Tyler
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Beauty to Die For: A Spa Mystery by Kim Alexis and Mindy Starns Clark is a novel that combines romance, mystery/suspense and christian fiction. it is scheduled for release on August 1, 2012. Juliette Taylor was once a super model, but after a long talk in an airport with a stranger she was able to walk away from a life that was slowly killing her. Since then, she has partnered with a good friend and started a company that is now very successful, but facing so serious issues that could put everyt ...more
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beauty to Die For
Kim Alexis and Mindy Starns Clark

Book Summary: Juliette Taylor walked away from her career as a supermodel twenty-five years ago. Now approaching fifty - an emotionally complex milestone -- she co-owns a beauty supply company that makes skincare products for salons and spas. Her niche is pampering Christian women who usually spend more time caring for others than for themselves under the slogan: Isn't it time someone took care of YOU for a change? When Juliette arrives at the Pa
Ellen Dark
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book is a Christian romantic suspense about a former supermodel and the one who got away.
Juliette Taylor has transferred from being a supermodel in her twenties to a successful
business woman in her forties. Juliette left modeling at the peak of success and started a
cosmetics business. Her company supplies products to high end spas around America. Juliette's
company also runs retreats for women at the same high end spas.
When arriving for a Juliette Taylor Event" at Palm Grotto in Arizona, Juli
Arlena Dean
Author: Kim Alexis & Mindy Starns Clark
Published By: B & H Books
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
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Rating: 5


"Beauty to Die For" by Kim Alexis and Mindy Starns Clark was a good read. We got some drama, mystery, little romance, murder and lots of crimes going on...all that had a way of keeping you wondering just what, who....guessing till the very end. Be ready for a novel that will have some much going on you will have to pay close attention because of all of its tw
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

Beauty to Die For is a Spa Mystery.
It is a good who dun it mystery that kept me guessing till the end. I did not put the book down till I finshed it.
It is a clean read with a bit of a Christian flavor not much to turn anyone off.
Juliette Taylor was a supermodel who at the height of her career walked away from the money to choose a different path that made her happier.
Now she has a skin care company that sales mostly through spas. Now thier is someone
making fakes of her products and they a
Lenore Webb
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Do you watch shows like America's Next Top Model and Project Runway? I am never going to be a thin lil model but I do love watching them. Especially good to see that no matter what body image you are we are all insecure in our own viewpoints. Isn't that really just amazing?

Kim Alexis has been a top model for many years. Now with the help of Mindy Starns Clark (her new partner in crime) Kim is also a published author. Kim has been the spokesperson for several iconic American beauty brands. Her de
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it

This cozy mystery is written by Mindy Starns Clark, best-selling author, and Kim Alexis, an original supermodel of the 80's. Alexis lends her expertise in healthy living and behind the scenes in modeling. The authors are a winning combination. The main character is Juliette, a former supermodel who runs a successful skin care line and sponsors spa retreats especially for women who caregive or volunteer. Her theme is, “Isn’t it time someone took care of you for a change?” This year’s retreat is b
Brittany S.
I hate not finishing a book but I've been "reading" this book for 4 months now and I haven't even had the desire to pick it back up and see how it ends. I made it a little less than halfway through and I'm just not interested in the plot at all. I feel like with a good cozy mystery, if the mystery is good, I can read about any type of theme - the theme here being the spa/beauty aspect. If done right, not a big deal. But I was just bored out of my mind. The two main characters who are supposed
Kay Defreese
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beauty to Die for: A Spa Mystery is a nice little cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until nearly the end of the book. Raven, a top model has died while undergoing a spa treatment. It was determined that her death was a murder but who murdered her? It could be anybody because Raven was not liked by anybody. Everybody despised her but who hated her enough to murder her? Juliette Taylor was at the spa at the same time promoting her line of exclusive beauty products to Christian women. She is ...more
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