submitted by Sarah W
Ben Decovic is a former homicide detective who busted himself down to patrolman after the senseless death of his wife.
Corrine Tedros is a former nobody who wants money, respect and the immediate death of her husband’s rich uncle who is withholding both.
Croy Wendell is hired to do a crime. He doesn’t find out his clock is stopped until it’s far too late.
Jack Carson witnesses a perfectly arranged murder gone horribly wrong, but can’t unlock the memory – he’s got late stage Alzheimer’s.
This isn’t Carl Hiaasen’s Florida.
This is noir, done right.
Designer Knockoff by Ellen Byerrum is the latest Lacey Smithsonian mystery. As a fashion reporter for a second-rate Washington D.C. newspaper, she investigates the disappearances of two young women. Occurring decades apart, they begin to seem related as Lacey delves into the contemporary fortunes and World War II era history of the Bentley fashion empire.
Lacey’s Aunt Mimi left her a trunk of (now) vintage dresses, a “Bentley” suit, patterns, photos and letters from the 1940′s. These provide clues to the mysterious fate of a talented designer who worked for the Bentley plant during the war.
Lacey continues to develop as a character – and to wage her ongoing battle against the monochrome suits that are the norm in Washington. Her relationship with her co-workers and a bevy of eccentric friends are a plus, as is insight into the strict clothing regulations during the war.