Jolie Goodman is a perennial good girl - which is how she wound up selling shoes at Neiman Marcus during the holiday season: She walked out on her brokerage job because her boss asked her to do something unethical. Now she's trying to start her own brokerage firm in Atlanta at the worst possible time. Also pressing on her mind is the fact that her boyfriend of the last few months is missing...along with her car. With problems piling on, she manages to make a new friend at work, but too late she realizes her gal pal Carlotta Wren is a serial party crasher - which is fun...at first. But no one's laughing when a body turns up at an upscale party they've crashed and they're the only people who weren't suppose to be there! Jolie vows she'll never crash another party...if she gets out of this mess alive.
"It's like, I can't decide between the Kate Spade sliders and the Via Spiga T-straps, you know?"
As soon as I saw this was set in Atlanta I was pumped! A book about my hometown -- bring it! A murder mystery/romance to boot - SOLD!
I absolutely love Jolie - she's a well rounded character that I could totally relate to. She's just quit her job working for Realtor Barbie (HAH) as she was asked to do something that she just morally couldn't do. While working on building up her own brokerage company she gets a job selling shoes at Neiman's. Selling shoes has to be easier than selling houses...right?? The first sentence cracked me up -- make that, the first entire scene cracked me up. Gosh, I'd love to know what it'd be like to just buy three pairs of thousand dollar shoes, just because. A girl can dream!
Jolie has filed a missing persons report on her boyfriend Gary. She hasn't seen or heard from him, but finds out that his car was found at the bottom of the 'Hooch...with a woman's body inside. Jolie has not been dating Gary for very long, so she's not really 100% sure what is going on...but is determined to get to the bottom of it.
At work, she meets Carlotta who invites her to an exclusive party that night. Jolie doesn't know, but Carlotta wasn't exactly invited to this shindig...she crashes local events for fun with her friend Hannah. Once Jolie realizes what she's doing she instantly feels bad, but is getting somewhere in her investigation and doesn't want to give up yet.
The twists and turns in this book kept me hooked. I couldn't put the book down because I just had to know what was going to happen next. Go, get it -- NOW!
"Focusing on mundane details allowed her to get through difficult times because they were reminders that life went on."
"...the 'Buckhead Bubble' - a magic bubble, he said, that surrounded he country-club set that lived in he ritziest part of Atlanta."
"It's the South and most people don't really care who they are as long as they wipe their feet."
"Loneliness had a comfortable, insular quality that could lull a person into feeling secure in a distorted kind of way...secure in the knowledge that she'd never have to expose herself to another person's feelings. If she didn't trust, she'd never be betrayed, and if she didn't love, she'd never be rejected."
"...being rich was as much a state of mind as it was a state of bank account."
"Jolie suspected the animal rights activists subscribed to the belief that everyone south of the Mason-Dixon Line was armed and anyone who flung red paint on a Southern woman's coat might get themselves shot."
"To recognize someone, you had to first know them."
"...white was a prestigious color with the implication that one had to have money to maintain anything white."
"There are times in every person's life when they find out what they're made of."
"...the only thing that went away faster if a person ignored it was time."
Writing Style: 5/5