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.

46. Kate White – Til Death Do Us Part

Ugh, I am swamped with schoolwork this week. But, I somehow I’ve still found reading time.

My latest book was ‘Til Death Do Us Part, the third book in Kate White’s series following Bailey Weggins.

Kate White - Til Death Do Us Part (photo taken by me)
Kate White – Til Death Do Us Part (photo taken by me)

In this book, Bailey gets a message from a woman named Ashley, who was a bridesmaid in a wedding with Bailey a few years earlier. Ashley tells Bailey that two of the other bridesmaids from that wedding had had sudden accidental deaths, but she is suspicious about them.

Ashley has reason to believe that the two deaths were actually murders, and she wants Bailey to look into it.

Bailey ends up in Greenwich, Connecticut, at the home of Peyton Cross, the bride of the wedding she had been in. She starts looking into the other bridesmaids’ deaths and before long finds herself right in the middle of trouble.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know how much I love Kate White’s books, and this is no exception. In terms of the Bailey Weggins series, I especially like this book. I was hooked through the whole book and totally sideswiped by the ending. I do like the series but I would more likely recommend White’s newer books to new readers.

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.

34. Kate White – If Looks Could Kill

Hey guys! I just finished another book.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love Kate White’s books. The last one I read was If Looks Could Kill, the first in a series following the narrator, Bailey Weggins. I was excited to start this one because now I’ll have more to read after it.

Kate White - If Looks Could Kill (photo taken by me)
Kate White – If Looks Could Kill (photo taken by me)

At the start of the book, Bailey is in bed with her latest flame when her friend and boss Cat calls her. Cat is freaking out because her nanny isn’t answering her door and she has a feeling something bad has happened. Bailey goes over and enters the nanny’s apartment through Cat’s basement to find the nanny dead.

I’m sure you can guess how the story unfolds. The nanny’s death is suspicious, and Bailey starts investigating it. Cat asks Bailey to look into it because she’s a reporter and has a good knack for noticing things others look over. It turns out that the nanny was murdered, and Bailey is left to figure out who did it.

I liked this book. One thing with Kate White’s books is that the setup tends to be kind of similar in all of them – a single woman in her 30s or 40s, living in New York City, is investigating a murder mystery for some reason. However, I still enjoy them.

I was really worried that this book was going to have the same twist as one of her other books I’ve read. It really seemed like it was going to be that way, but at the end, I was wrong. I was totally surprised by who the murderer turned out to be.

The one thing I didn’t really like about the book was how quickly it ended. I know mystery books usually wrap up pretty quickly once it’s solved, but this one seemed to be even shorter than most are.

Overall, though, I liked this book. I was eager to get home to read it while I was out, and I finished it in just a few (busy) days. I’m excited to be able to follow the series and read some more books by Kate White.

28. Kate White – The Sixes

I don’t know about you guys, but this summer has been off to a busy start for me! Last Thursday was my 2 year anniversary with my boyfriend, then Friday I had to wake up early to take a train to New York City for my sister’s bachelorette weekend! We celebrated Friday night and went out to a karaoke bar Saturday night, and after getting three hours of sleep I got up to take another train home so I could make it to my boyfriend’s graduation party! Talk about a long and busy weekend.

Anyway, all that train riding gave me plenty of reading time (when I wasn’t catching up on sleep), and I finished my newest book on Tuesday night. I didn’t have time to write this yesterday because I had to spend the day traveling to Massachusetts to pick up my bridesmaid dress for my sister’s wedding. Jeeze, I’ve been busy lately.

So the book was The Sixes by Kate White. If you’ve been following along, you know that I really like White’s books (check out my reviews of her other books I’ve read, Hush and Eyes on You). They are all kind of similar in nature, and once you’ve read one, you might be able to see the twists coming in the rest of the books, but I still really like them. I’m on a kick of suspense novels lately, feel free to suggest any you think I might like!

Kate White - The Sixes (photo taken by me)
Kate White – The Sixes (photo taken by me)

Anyway, The Sixes follows a woman named Phoebe who was a writer living in New York City until her life turned upside down. She had been writing books about celebrity gossip and was accused of plagiarism on her latest book. The allegations turned out to be true because her research assistant hadn’t labeled her research.

So Phoebe ends up taking a break from her city life and moving to a small town in Pennsylvania to work as an adjunct professor at a college where her friend is the president. One night, Phoebe is walking across campus to head to dinner when she notices a large crowd gathered in the lawn. It turns out that a student has gone missing, and Phoebe remembers that she had a conversation with the student recently. The student, Lily, confronted Phoebe to ask for advice on how to start her life over after getting into a tough situation. Those are all the details that Phoebe knows, but she wants to find out more, so she begins investigating.

Phoebe soon learns about a secret society of girls on the campus, the Sixes. She thinks that they might have something to do with Lily’s disappearance, so she starts to look into them. And then Lily’s body is found floating in a nearby river. This changes Phoebe’s investigation.

The dean of the school tells Phoebe that he thinks it might be the work of a serial killer, and presents her with similar cases in the area and at other schools. Phoebe now not only wants to figure out what is going on with the Sixes, but feels the need to find out who the murderer is too.

This book is full of turns, and I honestly didn’t know who the murderer was going to be until right before they are found out. At the beginning, the book might have gone a little slow, but I stuck with it and by the end I didn’t want to put it down. If you like suspense, this is definitely a good read.

26. Kate White – Eyes on You

Hey guys! I’m so glad to be getting back into the swing of things with reading a lot and posting on here. Besides reading, I’ve still been up to a lot lately since I just got home for summer vacation. On Monday night, my boyfriend and I went to the movies to the Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was so good. I must confess – I haven’t seen the first Avengers movie, but I like superhero movies so I still went to go see it, and I’m glad I did… besides the fact that our movie started skipping partway through! Have any of you guys seen it yet? What did you think of it?

Anyway, I just finished another book, Eyes on You by Kate White. I love Kate White’s books. A while back, I read Hush, and I couldn’t put it down, so I looked into other books she had written. I got Eyes on You and I’m currently waiting for another one of her books to show up in the mail. After that, I’m going to start reading a mystery series she has. I can’t wait.

Kate White - Eyes on You (photo taken by me)
Kate White – Eyes on You (photo taken by me)

So this book is about a woman named Robin who is a coanchor on a nightly celebrity-news-ish show. At the start of the book, she’s having a lot of success, both with her show and with a book she wrote about to be released. However, some weird things start to happen to her.

At first, she finds a nasty note slipped into her purse, but it quickly escalates. All these weird, creepy things start happening to her at work. Robin thinks she knows who’s behind all these attacks, but no one at her work will believe her, and she has to try to prove it by herself.

It’s a really good book. I love suspense novels (unless they’re cheesy), like Gillian Flynn’s books. I think Kate White’s books are just as suspenseful as Flynn’s, but less gory. One criticism I had is that since I knew the big plot twist in her other book I had read, I kind of suspected the turn in this book too, but it was still a good read.

I could hardly put this book down and I’m still looking forward to read White’s other books. If you’re into suspense books, she’s definitely an author worth checking out.