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If Looks Could Kill (Bailey Weggins Mystery #1)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  2,987 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
Bailey Weggins, a clever writer for a leading women's magazine, Gloss, is dragged into a murder investigation by her editor-in-chief and boss from hell, Cat Jones. Cat is a woman who gets what she wants from her employees, so when she discovers that her nanny has been murdered she insists Bailey find the killer before the police do. Was the chocolate that poisoned the nann ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2002)
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Tea Jovanović
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not quite like Stephanie Plum, you would like this author and her series as much... :) Pure joy! :)
Jan 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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
Oct 13, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery
“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
Mar 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
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 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
Karin Slaughter
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kate-white
Was not impressed with plot. The characters were annoying - but that was a huge impact on the whole story. It was a bit predictable. I will attempt the second in the series to see if this gets better.
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: serial-mystery, 2016
In Kate White's If Looks Could Kill, the first installment in the Bailey Weggins mystery series, she told us a compelling and intriguing mystery about what lies beneath the surface. When Bailey Weggins, a true crime writer for a magazine, receives a call from her fellow friend and co-worker Cat, about her nanny Heidi being unconscious in her bedroom, Bailey helps her find out and discovers that Heidi had died. Later on, they talk to the police about the discovery and learn she was poisoned by tr ...more
Pat Dedert
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very likable main character, believable except for her tendency to engage in very risky behavior! The writing style is good and very engaging. I feel lucky to have stumbled on this author in her first outing and will be soon reading her second Bailey Wiggins mystery.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kept me guessing until the very end. Thrilling, and I loved the characters.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good beach read. Written by former editor in Chief of Cospolitan
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Easy, quick read. Liked the main character and that her decisions were not idiotic / in there for dramatic purpose only. Nothing complex about this book, but nice mindless entertainment.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love Love Love the Bailey Wiggins Series!! Hope that there are more coming in this series.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Mary Havlovic
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"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
I remember more about the circumstances of me reading this book than I do about the book itself. I was sick, bed bound by doctors orders and sleeping about 14 hours a day. My mom was kind enough to drag a small bookcase next to my book so that during the time I was awake, I had books within reach to kill time. I had found this book at a thrift store for next to nothing and had no idea what I was in for. I recall falling asleep while reading this and purposely putting it aside other times as I gr ...more
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Intrepid crime reporter gets involved when her boss’ nanny turns up dead.

Bailey Weggins, freelance reporter, lives in New York City, has good fashion sense and a job at Gloss Magazine that’s too good to be true. So when her boss and friend, Cat Jones, calls her early one Sunday morning to say that the nanny, Heidi, hasn’t shown up and there’s no answer in the basement apartment where the nanny lives, Bailey feels she can’t say no and agrees to go to Cat’s apartment to help her in her time of nee
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Carl Alves
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Good book. Kate White's Bailey Weggins is a force to be reckoned with. She is an enchanting reporter who writes pieces for Gloss magazine.

Her boss and friend, Cat Jones, calls on her inquisitiveness to find out why her nanny, Heidi, was killed.

Misdirection plays a part in solving the mystery. This was suggested by a contact of Bailey's, a psychologist, Jack. This is our introduction to this character, who is featured in other books in this series.

Bailey is a bit of a mess emotionally. She still
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Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of nine works of fiction: six Bailey Weggins mysteries and five psychological thrillers, including the most recent, The Wrong Man, and the upcoming The Secrets You Keep (March ‘17). 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 201 ...more
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