55. Kate White – Lethally Blond

Hey everyone! Since the year’s almost over (yikes!), I’m reading a lot to try and reach my goal of 60 books this year. I think I can do it… here’s hoping!

So, earlier this week, I finished book number 55, Lethally Blond by Kate White. As you all know by now, I love Kate White’s books, and since this is the fifth book in the Bailey Weggins mystery series, I knew I’d be able to buzz right through it.

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Kate White – Lethally Blond (photo taken by me)

So, this book follows the main character, Bailey, who is a crime reporter for a gossip magazine. At the beginning of the book, an ex-fling named Chris reaches out to Bailey to ask for help.

Chris’ friend and coworker Tom has disappeared, but everyone seems to think he’s just run off, so no one is looking for him. Chris has a feeling that something is wrong, so he asks Bailey to look into it for him, since he knows she’s helped solve some murders before.

Bailey sets of determined to find Tom, and before long she does, but it’s just his body that she finds in his late parents’ abandoned vacation home. Now Bailey is not looking for a missing person, but a killer.

We follow Bailey through her investigation to find Tom’s killer and, in the process, her troubles with her love life.

As I’ve said before, I love White’s novels, so naturally I liked this book. As I was reading it, it didn’t seem as interesting to me as her other books, but I was totally surprised by the ending. I honestly had no idea who the killer was going to be throughout the whole book and the ending had a nice twist, so overall I liked the book a lot.

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50. Kate White – Over Her Dead Body

Yay! I finally read my 50th book of the year! The book was Over Her Dead Body by Kate White, one of her Bailey Weggins mystery series. If you’ve been following me at all, you know how much I love Kate White’s books.

However, this one was a little disappointing for me at first. Since this is the fourth book in a series and I’m familiar with the character, I expected to just jump right in and enjoy the book (as I had with the previous ones). But for some reason the book really wasn’t holding my interest at first.

I wonder if it’s because at the start of this book, Bailey loses her job that she’s held throughout the series and starts work at another place. Maybe since that story line was different it made it seem like I was starting an entirely new book as opposed to one from a series.

In any case, the book did pick up for me after a while. Basically, once the mystery part kicked in, I was hooked again. As I’ve said before, Kate White’s books are kind of cheesy, but I still love them and the stories keep me coming back for more.

Kate White - Over Her Dead Body (photo taken by me)
Kate White – Over Her Dead Body (photo taken by me)

So, in this book, Bailey Weggins starts at a new magazine, as I eluded to before. She hasn’t been working there very long when one night she goes in late to pick something up. She hears some strange noises from her boss’s office and heads over to take a look – only to find herself in the middle of a crime scene.

The cleaning lady is on her knees with a gash in the back of her head and Bailey’s boss is on the floor convulsing. She calls 911 and help comes, but the boss does not make it.

Since the magazine she’s now working for is a celebrity gossip mag, Bailey, as the resident crime reporter, is assigned the story of her boss’s murder. This means she has no choice but to investigate the case on her own.

Bailey comes up with numerous leads and follows them to find out who the killer was.

As I mentioned before, the book started off slowly for me, but once it got going, I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. I almost never figure out who the bad guy is in White’s books until right before it’s revealed, so with this one, I was hoping my first instinct would finally be right (of course, it wasn’t).

I was really intrigued to find out who the killer was, and I was taken (almost) completely by surprise. I like to think I figured it out just a moment before it was supposed to be revealed. 🙂

Anyway, I liked the book. I also can’t wait to read the next one, mainly because I want to see how her love life situation plays out next, haha.

I think the Bailey Weggins series was one of White’s first published works, so as I mentioned before, they do seem a little cheesy at times. I’ve read some of her newer books, and I think her writing has really developed, and I look forward to reading her newest novel after I finish with this series.

43. Kate White – A Body to Die For

I know I’ve been slacking lately on my reading (which is in part due to my utter lack of a to-be-read pile), but this weekend I read two books! This post is only about the first one and I’ll post about the second later this week.

So, this weekend was my cousin’s bridal shower. Because of that, I had to go spend the weekend at my grandparents’ house, which can get pretty boring. Luckily I brought two books with me (although I could have used more).

Kate White - A Body to Die For (photo taken by me)
Kate White – A Body to Die For (photo taken by me)

The first book I read was A Body to Die For by Kate White. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of Kate White. I really like her writing style and storylines. This book is the second in her Bailey Weggins series, following If Looks Could Kill.

In the first book, Bailey Weggins helps her friend and boss Cat investigate the death of Cat’s nanny. At the start of A Body to Die For, Bailey is on a weekend trip to her mom’s friend’s spa, to relax after dealing with investigating a murder.

However, on Bailey’s first night at the spa, a worker is found dead. Of course, Bailey does what she can to help her mom’s friend and tries to figure out what happened.

I really liked this book (shocking, I know). I actually read the whole thing in just one day, and I was so sad when it ended that I immediately ordered the next book in the series.

I’m always afraid when I read a new one of White’s books that I will see the ending coming, because a lot of the details in her books seem to be similar. However, with this book, I was totally off with my guess of who had done it.

As I’ve said before, I really like White’s writing style, and while there may be some cheesy romance parts, overall I really like her stories. They keep me interested and I always can’t wait to figure out how it ends. If you’re interested in mystery books, I’d definitely recommend these books.