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The Book Blurb:
A mind-bending code spawned from the mind of a madman…or maybe just a jealous ex.
A desperate race through the cathedrals and hotels of New York City…with a teeny bit of time for shopping, it’s true.
An astonishing truth concealed for years, unveiled at last…with more than a little help from a supercute new guy.
As if a recent breakup, scrounging for rent money, and lusting after designer shoes weren’t enough, Melanie Prescott starts receiving obscure codes and clues from a menacing stranger. She attempts to solve the mysteries — enlisting the help of a tall, dark, and handsome new friend — with high hopes for the multimillion-dollar reward guaranteed at the end (handbags, sunglasses, and shoes, oh my!). That is, if she can survive the deadly game.
I found the entire trilogy at a yard sale and I was thrilled to find all three books at one time. I am not a patient reader, when there is a trilogy, I want to read them all, right now. Sometimes I turn into a whiney book brat about trilogies. Which is funny when you consider, I have one book out, everyone that reads it wants a sequel and of course, I balked. Now, what am I doing? Writing a sequel. Oh, well, I digress, I found these three books that had a play on words in which fashion and designers took center stage. Hooked!
The first book is The Givenchy Code and it is one of the thrill a minute mysteries, that, I love! Including puzzles, clues, hints and deadly dangers.
Melanie is a girl that at one time appeared on a reality show and when she receives a message alluding to that, she wants to ignore it. She is being encouraged to paly a game called Play or Die. That pretty much freaks her out, to begin with. With promises of riches beyond her wildest dreams and her safety, she is lured into the game. that is when she meets up with former Marine, Matthew Stryker. He is given the role of her protector. He had been assigned to another girl before and that didn’t work out so well, for the girl.
Matthew is more determined, to make up for that, now.
This story takes you all over New York, to some of the best known and well-cloistered secrets, providing all the ciphers, clues, and codes needed to come into play in the best locations.
Believe it or not, I am not giving away any secrets here. The story is full of real secrets that are so fun to uncover. The story is extremely well written and fast paced.
It was a lovely way to spend a few days reading all three books. There are two other books, that I will review later. with names like The Manolo Matrix and The Prada Paradox, we are in for a fashionably good time.
If you like subtle references to Designer clothing, shoes, and handbags, you might enjoy this cocktail of mystery, codes and a Fashionista. It is a fun mystery with perhaps a little romance thrown in the mix. I give it four pulsing hearts. It was a solid read and fun to boot.