Previously published as Writers' Block.
When Samantha Clair agreed to publish journalist Kit Lovell’s tell-all book on the death of fashion designer Rodrigo Alemán, she could scarcely have imagined the dangers ahead. But she soon finds herself on a roller-coaster ride into the dark realms of fashion, money laundering and murder, armed with nothing but her e-reader and her trusty stock of sarcasm... A pitch-perfect crime caper that offers a glimpse into life behind the glamorous facades of fashion and publishing.
Social historian Flanders (The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London) makes her fiction debut with an amusing mystery set in the eccentric world of British book publishing. Samantha "Sam" Clair, a snarky middle-aged editor at London publisher Timmons & Ross, faces serious problems when gossipy journalist Kit Lovell delivers a potentially libelous manuscript with new revelations about the death of fashion icon Rodrigo Alem n. Soon a courier is killed and residences are burgled in attempts to swipe the manuscript, and Sam's encounters with suave and seedy lawyers as well as Alem n's brother hint at criminal activities connected to Alem n's fashion house. When Kit disappears, Sam joins in the investigation with Helena, her elegant solicitor mother, and attractive Insp. Jacob "Jake" Field (a nod to Insp. Charles Field, the model for Dickens's Inspector Bucket). The array of delightful and believable characters, as well as a neat turn at the end, will leave readers well satisfied and anticipating the next installment.