TOO PRETTY TO DIE
Feisty debutante Andrea Kendricks is plunged into the search for the murderer who put a former beauty queen out of her misery. McBride's tightly wrapped plots and comedic touches make her latest one of the sassiest, most satisfying books of the Dropout Debutante mysteries. If, as is rumored, this is indeed Andy's last outing, she's wrapped up this wacky series with a fabulous tale.
Dragged to one of Dallas' latest rages -- a "pretty party" -- Andy is looking for the door, even though beauty guru Dr. Sonja Madhavi is holding court with her bag of Botox needles and ready to give all a free treatment. Then former TV anchor Miranda DuBois bursts in to the festivities, drunk and waving a loaded gun at the good doctor, swearing she ruined her face with bad Botox.
When Miranda's body is discovered the next day, police suspect suicide, but Andy knows beauty queens don't off themselves when they can blame it on somebody else. Too bad Andy's determination to find the killer unlocks too many dark secrets. Soon sharp implements are headed her way -- and Botox is the safest thing in them. (Avon, Feb., 336 pp., $6.99)