Book Review and Giveaway: Deadly Fashion by Kate Parker

Deadly Fashion by Kate Parker

Deadly Fashion (The Deadly Series) 3rd in Series - Can be read on its own Genre – Cozy Historical Mystery JDP Press Approximately 266 pages Will be up on Amazon for preorder soon and GoodReads
Why would a man, knowing his life was in danger, turn his back on his killer?
In pre-war London, Olivia Denis wins a plum assignment from her newspaper when she meets the glamorous French fashion designer, Mimi Mareau. Mimi has it all, wealth, talent, acclaim, and a British duke for a lover. But on her first visit to Mimi's new Mayfair house of haute couture, Olivia finds something else - the body of an unknown man.
Mimi and her three French assistants say they don't know the man, but is that true? As Olivia spends time around the salon, she learns at least one of the women knew the dead man and four women are lying.
A British agent in possession of a terrible secret, an attempt on the life of a British leader, a fashion house in the middle of it all, and war marches closer. Can Olivia stop a murderer before he or she can strike again or shatter the fragile peace?

Rachael's Review 

Tweed, Espionage and Cloche Hats Pre WWII London 

It's 1938 and budding secret agent/society reporter for the Daily Premier, Olivia Denis finds herself interviewing the glamorous French fashion designer, Mimi Mareau when a German communist is found bludgeoned in the basement of the haute couture house. Olivia’s boss, Sir Henry suspects a leak and assigns her the task of uncovering who on ‘the committee’—a  collection of wealthy Jewish professionals, determined to save as many European Jews as possible—has turned coat and led a Nazi assassin to their door. Olivia having helped Sir Henry smuggle his own in-laws out of Germany is only too happy to lend her sleuthing skills to ferret out the murderer of such a noble man. 

In addition to ‘the committee’, Olivia investigates a wide array of suspects at the Mayfair house of haute couture–Nazi sympathizers, the Duke of Marshburn and his mistress, Mimi Mareau; Fleur, the standoffish chief cutter who recognizes the dead man; and Reina, the mousy head seamstress and possible ex-wife of the victim.

As a style obsessed, WWII history addict, this book was the high fashion point of my day.  And although it was the third book in Kate Parker’s Deadly Series, it completely held up as a standalone. I will now be delving into this series beginning with the first book.
The vivid vintage detail, the gritty backdrop and the intense atmosphere of a looming war transported me back to another era. Five Fashionable Thumbs Up!

Deadly Fashion (The Deadly Series)
3rd in Series 
Cozy Historical Mystery
JDP Press (December 8, 2017)
Paperback: 324 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0996483193
Digital JDP Press (January 11, 2018)

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Kate Parker has wanted to travel to 1930s England since she read her mother’s Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers mysteries when she was a schoolgirl. After many years of studying science, she decided a time travel machine was out of the question so she found herself limited to reading about the period and visiting historic sites. Her love of this fascinating and challenging period led her to the research from which the Deadly series grew. Eventually, she found it necessary to spend several days in the British Library reading old newspapers, which meant another trip to England. Near Christmas. A sacrifice she’d gladly make every year.
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  1. Thank you for being part of this tour!

  2. This sounds like a great historical mystery series. Can't wait to read.


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