Grace Carroll. Died With a Bow (2012) 281 pp. [pbo]
Publisher’s description: “April in San Francisco may be all about layers, but it also marks one year since the stylish Rita Jewel began working at Dolce’s, an upscale boutique. And while it may seem like a glamorous world, someone’s about to get ugly.... Things have been less than pretty for Rita lately. There’s her lackluster love life. Then Dolce hires a new salesgirl. Fast-talking fashionista Vienna Fairchild is young, confident, and horribly entitled. She’s rearranged the store and relegates Rita to answering her phone—and the men are ringing for Vienna as though it were going out of style. Lucky for Rita, Dolce has tickets to a charity bachelor auction—but what to wear? While Rita opts for something simple, Vienna stuns the crowd in a breathtaking black dress with a pink bow on the back. Rita is even more stunned when she sees Vienna in that same dress the following day—dead on the sales floor of Dolce’s. With Rita’s fingerprints all over the scene and a believable motive, she’s going to need to find some clues and throw together the perfect outfit that says: ‘I’m innocent.’”
Setting: San Francisco