When lightning literally strikes, fashion columnist Lacey Smithsonian fears it's a sign that something may soon rock her life. Sure enough, she's right. Murder and mayhem are just around the corner.

Lacey is assigned to write about Amanda Manville, an ugly duckling turned supermodel thanks to a reality-TV makeover show. Amanda and her entourage are in D.C. to launch a new fashion line, and Lacey sees that Amanda's appearance isn't the only thing that's been transformed. Once a kind woman who volunteered at a battered women's shelter, she is now a demanding witch, unceasingly barking orders and criticism to everyone within earshot. She believes that someone is out to murder her, and, having heard of Lacey's previous crime-solving escapades, has a special request: If she dies, she wants Lacey to find out who did it.

Lacey, a plucky heroine with a penchant for vintage clothing, is unstop- pable when it comes to uncovering the truth. Her quick wit, a host of colorful characters and a gaggle of gorgeous guys, including Lacey's hunky love interest, join forces to create a fast, fun, entertaining read. (Aug., 288 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jo Peters