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3.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 5 3.32 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate White Narrator: Kate Walsh Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bailey Weggins Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781607880318
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Bailey Weggins, the very clever and the very irreverent true crime writer for Gloss, a leading women’s magazine, is in desperate need of a little R&R after solving the murder of her boss’ nanny. A trip to the Cedar Inn and Spa seems like the perfect remedy. Bailey, totally full of Zen after her deep tissue massage, looks forward to all of the other treatments. Getting ready for bed, she realizes she forgot the Rolex that her father gave her before he died. She and Piper, her massage therapist, go back, only to discover a dead body getting a seaweed wrap. 

The body turns out to be Anna, another massage therapist. Detective Beck arrives, and against her better judgment, Bailey becomes infatuated with him, forgetting her tepid relationship with her boyfriend. Bailey learns that one of Anna’s clients died of heart failure after she worked on him. Then the spa owner’s second husband, who was clandestinely pursuing Anna, becomes suspect number one. 

But Anna’s past also provides numerous suspects. Was she killed by a client who’d been rebuffed? Or by a male therapist who she’d apparently spurned? Or the son of the heart attack victim who blames the spa for this father’s death? Or by someone from her deeper past? Bailey keeps digging, getting closer to the truth. Then there’s a second horrifying murder at the inn, and it’s clear that Bailey’s life is in danger. Nothing prepares her for the answer she finds as she finally discovers who the murderer is.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “White…details the finer points of Ayurvedic treatments and sento baths with an inside’s assuredness. And even non-Cosmo readers can appreciate the scandalous twists: ‘Happy ending’ massages! Teenage sex! Death by seaweed wrap! As fun and frivolous as a champagne facial.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Fans will find Bailey’s sassy wit as engaging as ever and are sure to admire the skill with which White pulls together all the threads.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Humor, sex, romance, well-conceived characters, and a cleverly structured plot make this a satisfying read. Walsh’s fine narration brings it all together nicely.”

    AudioFile

  • “White, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan , cleverly offers her readers a whole tray full of tasty red herrings to nibble on. Almost everyone in the story is a suspect, but the fun lies not only in trying to guess whodunit but also in watching Bailey evolve as a woman (with two sexy guys after her) and a detective, who follows where the case leads.”

    Booklist

  • “Once again, White’s background as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan shines through in her snappy dialog, tight plotting, and insider humor. She will certainly hold her own among the many talented mystery mavens.”

    Library Journal

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 2/2/2014

    " This book solidified that I don't like mysteries. SNORE! I don't care who did it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamye | 1/30/2014

    " I listened to this book and the 2nd half was much better than the first. I didn't like the narrator so had trouble getting past that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/21/2014

    " ok spa myst "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/6/2014

    " I simply love reading the Bailey Weggins mystery novels by Kate White. "A Body to Die For" is the third book I've read by this talented author, and second in the Bailey Weggins series. Ms. White keeps me guessing and changing my mind nearly every page and the ending is always a delightful surprise. Can't wait to read the next book in the series, "Til Death Do Us Part"! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 12/29/2013

    " I didn't like this one as much as the first book because I found this one a little slow to get into. I was not surprised at the end of the book when I found out who the bad guy was. I really like to be surprised and I wasn't on this one. I still liked this book and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. I really like the Nancy Drew meets Devil Wears Prada feel of the Bailey Weggins character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 12/22/2013

    " This was a good book. I read it on a long plane trip - couldn't put it down when I got there, either! It's one of those thrillers that just keeps you hooked the whole time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laren | 12/21/2013

    " Set your book in a spa, add a murder mystery, and you've got a book I want to read. This one was enjoyable, with enough plausible red herring suspects to keep me guessing, although not entirely until the big reveal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/4/2013

    " not as good as her first...kinda predictable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/18/2013

    " Pretty good. A fun and easy weekend read or by the beach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christiangal | 11/18/2013

    " To me, it's fun to read a book of fiction about a writer that is also a detective of sorts! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 11/16/2013

    " I found the main character annoying, and not very well written. But I didn't guess the ending, which is a plus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 10/27/2013

    " I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one. The plot was flimsy and I knew whodonit pretty early on...maybe that is why I didn't enjoy it as much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheri | 8/17/2013

    " Quick light read, which was what I was looking for! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/10/2013

    " This book keeps you guessing who's the killer the whole way through. It's a good book to keep you on your toes! I'd recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/29/2013

    " Not as good as the other books she's wrote but still a good book. All her books will keep you guessing who the killer is til the end. Don't read this book in a spa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 6/19/2013

    " I love the Bailey Weggins series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/15/2013

    " Same old Kate White book about Bailey Weggins. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 4/11/2013

    " Pretty easy read, nice fluffy murder mystery set in a day spa/inn....before it was over I'd suspected nearly every character of the murder. But I'm a terrible detective so other more clever folks might figure out who dunnit before the end. Easy breazey beach reading at it's best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/20/2013

    " My favorite mystery writer and that means a lot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 11/16/2012

    " This was pretty good mystery chick-lit, although sometimes the storyline became convoluted and at other times it was unrealistic. My favorite thing was the setting--a fancy spa in western Massachusetts. It had a pretty good ending too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 9/17/2012

    " Great light read! Fun book with intrigue, murder and humor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 7/25/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun quick read. Love Baily's humor, always getting into trouble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elesa Labanz | 6/26/2011

    " Nice light murder mystery with a twist that's not such a surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/5/2011

    " good mindless beach read : ) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 3/4/2011

    " Ha ha this book is billed as Nancy Drew turned Cosmo girl. It was. Fun easy read great for relaxing with a glass of wine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 3/3/2011

    " So far a light-weight read. Started reading it while at a spa, so that was fun.

    Final thoughts: complete fluff, but not insulting to the reader. I really enjoyed it. I would read more by Kate White. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kati | 3/1/2011

    " It's a so-so mystey... The heroine, Bailey, finds herself a a friend's spa for the weekend and ends up trying to solve murders that are taking place that weekend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamye | 11/30/2010

    " I listened to this book and the 2nd half was much better than the first. I didn't like the narrator so had trouble getting past that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natajia | 9/8/2010

    " Not the best mystery book i've ever read, but still interesting enough to buy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 8/29/2010

    " Chick lit meets mystery... not a bad way to spend a few nights reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/1/2010

    " Second in the series & you pick up where Bailey left off. Again - grabs the reader & keeps you wanting to read more to figure out the mystery behind each chapter and how each character is linked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 7/29/2010

    " Pretty easy read, nice fluffy murder mystery set in a day spa/inn....before it was over I'd suspected nearly every character of the murder. But I'm a terrible detective so other more clever folks might figure out who dunnit before the end. Easy breazey beach reading at it's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 7/17/2010

    " Pretty good plot. Kept me guessing until the end. Slightly drawn out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliza | 7/11/2010

    " The second Bailey Weggins novel brings the reader to the Cedar Inn and Spa, and, frankly, I never wanted to leave! Kate White draws a tale of lust, murder, and hidden identity. And those last twenty or thirty pages? Another twist the reader doesn't see coming. Tons of fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 6/10/2010

    " Not the best but not the worst, either. I personally was not too fond of the way she writes, and from the descriptions of some things you can definitely tell she's the editor of Cosmo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/4/2010

    " I liked this even better than the first in the series.
    It had a more plausible twist at the end.
    If you are looking for a light summer page turner, this is a great series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/6/2010

    " If you are a female detective and you keep investigating murders, at SOME point the killer is going to be the person you are having sex with/planning to have sex with, so you might want to just start looking there at the get go. "

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Author Kate White

Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of several stand-alone novels and the Bailey Weggins mystery series. She is also the author of popular career books for women.