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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Death on Heels by Ellen Byerrum

Death on Heels by Ellen Byerrum
Published By: Penguin Publishing / Signet
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Format: Paperback - 336 pages / Kindle - 460 KB / Nook - 458 KB
ISBN: 0451236130
Genre: Mystery Suspense Thriller / Chick Lit

About The Author:

Ellen Byerrum writes the popular Crime of Fashion mysteries, set in bustling Washington, D.C., The City That Fashion Forgot. Featuring style sleuth Lacey Smithsonian, who solves crimes with fashion clues, the eighth book, Death on Heels, takes Lacey out of her comfort zone and into the Wild West where she confronts her past and an old boyfriend who is accused of murder.

While researching fashion, Byerrum has collected her own assortment of 1940s vintage dresses and suits, and the occasional accessory, but laments her lack of closet space. She has been a D.C. reporter in Washington, a playwright, and holds a Virginia P.I. registration. Although she currently resides in Denver, fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian will continue to be based in Washington, D.C.

Byerrum is currently at work on the ninth book in the Crime of Fashion series, Veiled Revenge. You can find more about Ellen on her Website or on Facebook.

Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA)
Ellen Byerrum's Death on Heels Tour Page on Chick Lit Plus

BUY THE BOOK: Death on Heels

Disclaimer: At the request of the author, publisher and Chick Lit Plus, a paperback edition of the book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event.

Virtual Book Tour Event: On Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in association with Chick Lit Plus, author Ellen Byerrum participated in a virtual  book tour event with a Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.

* Two Virtual Tour Event Contests To Enter*

To enter the contest, click on the above link and post a comment on Ellen Byerrum's Death on Heels Tour Page on Chick Lit Plus to win a $10 Amazon gift card! If you purchase your copy of Death on Heels by April 2nd and send your receipt to , you will get five (5) bonus entries. 

Death on Heels Book Giveaway Contest!

Author Ellen Byerrum will be giving away one (1) print copy of Death on Heels on each of the blog stops during her virtual book tour. To enter the contest, click on the link below and leave a comment with your name and email address. The winner of the print copy of Death on Heels will be chosen on April 2nd, the last day of her virtual book tour. The winner will be chosen using number generator. The winner will receive the print copy of the novel by the author's publisher. 

Book Description:

When fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian moved to Washington, D.C., from rugged, small town Sagebrush, Colorado, she thought she'd never look back. But when her former boyfriend, cattle rancher Cole Tucker, is arrested for the murders of three women, Lacey digs her cowboy boots out of her closet and hops on the next plane.

She is certain of Tucker's innocence, until he abducts her during a daring courthouse escape. Is Tucker capable of murder, too? Or is there a larger conspiracy in the small town? Lacey needs to rustle up all the help she can get for this case before her old flame is snuffed out for good ...

My Book Review:

Never say never ... Lacey Smithsonian had vowed never to return to Sagebrush, Colorado ...

In the latest installment of the Crime of Fashion Mysteries, Lacey Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.'s fashion reporter and pseudo murder mystery sleuth, is heading back home to Sagebrush, Colorado, to prove that her ex-boyfriend is innocent of murder. Sexy cowboy cattle rancher Cole Tucker has been arrested for the murder of three women, and claims he was set up, but an anonymous tip call and evidence found on his property isn't helping his case. When Lacey goes to the courthouse to see Cole prior to his arraignment proceedings, their visit turns into a jailbreak escape with Lacey being kidnapped by Cole. While on the run Cole enlists Lacey's help on proving his innocence and using her "Fashion" clues to uncover the identity of the real killer. What ensues is a wild goose chase to figure out this murder mystery, and Lacey has help from her usual cast of characters to help her out. Will Lacey's unique fashion sense and nose for ferreting out clues prove Cole's innocence? One thing is for certain, Lacey is going to get to bottom of this murder mystery!

Death on Heels is a fun, fast paced whodunit that will keep you in stitches! The storyline is well-written and intriguing, it engages the reader to follow along with Lacey as she works her fashion sense and penchant for crime solving on this latest murder mystery adventure. The characters are realistic and fun-spirited, their interactions and dialogue with each other make the story so much fun to read, their antics will keep you laughing all the way through the book. I absolutely loved Lacey, she is so sassy, self-assured and feisty, one can't help but love this woman! Lacey's Fashion Bites articles were fantastic, I loved her fashion-sense mixed with her own witty style and sarcastic flair for describing the dos and don'ts for fashion forward women. I was really intrigued with Lacey's penchant for vintage 1930-1940s clothing, it made me wish that there were pictures in this book just so I could satisfy my curiosity. I also loved Cole's character, his sexy cowboy swagger had me on drool alert, his interactions with Lacey were thoroughly entertaining and kept me snickering. The supporting cast of characters are so much fun, their individual personalities and interactions add that much more entertainment value to the story. Finally, I love how the author added a nice touch of romance to this mystery story, I think the mixture of mystery and romance made the story more compelling. This story has so much action and adventure, the many twists and turns will definitely keep the reader on their toes as they turn the pages.

When I signed up to participate as a host for this virtual book tour, I didn't realize that Death on Heels was part of a series, and I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy it since I didn't read the first seven books in the series. My worries were for naught as this book would also make a great stand alone story. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed reading this book, and my interest has been peaked enough to go back and read the other books in the series.

Death on Heels is an entertaining whodunit story that has a really cool mix of suspense, romance and  fashion tidbits that will not disappoint murder mystery suspense fans and romance / chick lit fans as well.



  1. Thanks Samantha for the opportunity to read and review the book and for hosting Ellen's virtual book tour event.