Lacy Fields is the wife of a prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, a dedicated mother of three, and an absolutely fabulous decorator to the stars. But when her husband is accused of murdering a young wannabe actress, Lacy finds out she has a killer instinct for hunting down murderers as well as antique furniture. With her best friend Molly Archer, a successful L.A. casting agent, Lacy tracks suspects from a sleazy network TV star to an advertising exec busy shooting Super Bowl commercials set on the moon. Her detecting leads Lacy into some startlingly funny situations, like stumbling onto a George Clooney movie set, clad only in La Perla lace underwear.
Looks To Die For is set amidst the glamour of status-seeking, celebrity-loving Los Angeles. This first in a series of Lacy Fields mysteries takes readers inside a fashionable world of gossip, name-dropping, and murder. The suspense-meets-shopping page turner signals the arrival of a savvy and stylish new voice.
From Publisher’s Weekly: (starred review)
“Having collaborated on three books (The Men I Didn’t Marry, etc.), Kaplan flies solo in this zany crime novel introducing ace amateur sleuth Lacy Fields. A well-heeled Los Angeles matron and celebrity interior designer giddy about clothes, furniture and keeing up with the Joneses, Lacy adores her children and her glamorous hubby, Dr. Dan, a popular plastic surgeon known as the ‘Saint of Hollywood.’ When Dan’s arrested for the murder of Tasha Barlow, a young actress, and the police and even Dan’s attorney believe he’s guilty, the devastated Lacy launches her own no-holds barred investigation. Lacy survives tangling with an ex-con, arriving at George Clooney’s movie-set trailer in nothing but La Perla lingerie, finding a dead body in the trunk of her Lexus and wresting with a crazed commercial producer. Name-dropping, price-quoting Lacy is a hoot as she makes the best of many tight situations, like the time she wore ‘that size 6 Dolce & Gabbana gown to a charity ball.’ Suspense fans looking for frothy, wacky fun will be well rewarded.”
More praise for Looks to Die For
“When the pampered wife of Hollywood’s A-list plastic surgeon must clear him of suspicion in the death of a B-list actress, all hullabaloo breaks loose. But Janice Kaplan’s trademark attitude serves her well in this, her first mystery: Lacy Fields sleuths with sass and class and the result is pure delight.”
–Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Cage of Stars
“An appealing heroine, breathtaking pace, and gilded lives suddenly tarnished make Janice Kaplan’s Looks to Die For a spectacular mystery debut. Intelligent, beautifully crafted, and riveting.”
–Carolyn Hart, author of Dead Days of Summer
“Deliciously dishy! A fun and fast-paced read you won’t want to end.”
–Meg Cabot, author of Size 14 is Not Fat, Either and Queen of Babble