I'll eat when I'm dead / Barbara Bourland.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: "When a note from Hillary Whitney lands on NYPD Detective Mark Hutton's desk two months after her funeral, he's convinced that the fashion director of iconoclastic magazine RAGE Fashion Book didn't merely starve to death. And once he begins investigating the circumstances surrounding her death and meets Catherine "Cat" Ono, a bizarre, brilliant, and beautiful editor, he can't let go of the case--and a world of intrigue awaits behind the perfectly primped and polished pages of this leading ladies' magazine."-- Provided by publisher.
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      I will eat when I am dead.
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Booklist Reviews 2017 April #1

When her boss and longtime friend, Hillary Whitney, died last spring, alone in a sad, windowless room in the RAGE fashion magazine offices, Cat Ono suspected something beyond the cardiac arrest caused by Hillary's excessive thinness that the investigation ruled. Months later, Detective Mark Hutton is cracking the case back open, starting with a surprise interview with Cat. His handsomeness, charm, and surprisingly good style certainly help smooth over prickly Cat's annoyance that the NYPD bungled things the first time. Details behind Hillary's death are revealed merely halfway through the book, before Cat's job at RAGE takes a major turn, which she doesn't handle well, and further, occasionally unwieldy intrigue unfurls. Former magazine writer and web producer Bourland fills her debut with terrific characters—Cat especially is wonderfully weird and well dimensioned—and a heaping helping of froth and gloss that will turn readers into industry insiders. Delightfully, playfully skewering the fashion and beauty industries, this is like The Devil Wears Prada (2003) with more feminism, plus murder. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 March #3

In her debut, Bourland attempts to update The Devil Wears Prada and kick it up a notch with the story of a thoroughly modern assistant editor at a Vogue-like fashion magazine who teams up with an NYPD detective to solve a murder mystery. The action begins when editor Hillary Whitney's body, in Dior pumps, is discovered on the floor of a Rage Fashion Book workroom. Police conclude she died from a heart attack caused by extreme dieting, but they reopen the case after seeing a cryptic message she sent her brother. Det. Mark Sutton interviews Hillary's silk-and-leather-clad friend and assistant, Flemish-Japanese Cat Ono, prompting Cat to try to dig up more about Hillary's untimely demise. As Rage struggles to compete against online startup Mania, Cat assists Hillary's replacement (the ambitious socialite Lou), while tracking Hillary's designer eye drops to an upscale Brooklyn cosmetics shop, then joining forces with friends and the police to uncover the shop's secrets. Bourland narrates at a quick New York City tempo, detailing perks, personal connections, and property values, both satirizing and celebrating fashion and feminism. Will the hot cop and the cool fashionista hook up? Can Rage pivot to adjust to a changing market? Can its employees pivot without ruining their stilettos? Do crimes committed by the cosmetics firm go beyond overcharging? The writing is stylish even when the answers are obvious. (May)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.