Friday, February 08, 2013

Kim Alexis's and Mindy Starns Clark's Beauty to Die For ~ Reviewed

Beauty To Die For (Spa Mystery)

By Kim Alexis & Mindy Starns Clark
Release Date   Apr 1, 2012
Pages   352 

Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  1433672936  

Juliette Taylor walked away from her career as a supermodel twenty-five years ago. Now approaching fifty – an emotionally complex milestone -- she co-owns a beauty supply company that makes skincare products for salons and spas. Her niche is pampering Christian women who usually spend more time caring for others than for themselves under the slogan:Isn’t it time someone took care of YOU for a change?When Juliette arrives at the Palm Grotto Spa to host a spiritual retreat, she runs into an old modeling colleague, Raven, who had always been disliked in the industry for many reasons. She isn’t there for the retreat; in fact, her presence at the spa is somewhat mysterious.Not long after Raven makes a cryptic threat to Juliette, the unsympathetic back-then beauty is found dead, poisoned by something in the green clay of a chai soy wrap. The following morning, a banner for the retreat has been unceremoniously altered:It’s your turn to be nurtured, to be restored . . . to be murdered.Suspicion is directed at Juliette who has history with Raven and certainly knows how to use beauty products. But for murder?! Now she must find the real killer before the police really take care of her.

Beauty to Die For, written by Kim Alexis and Mindy Starns Clark, is a story about long lost love, murder, beauty treatments, and living the life God intends for us.

Twenty-five years ago, Marcus and Juliette met in an airport and their lives were changed by the encounter. However, circumstances kept them apart until Marcus, through his connections with the FBI, found out Juliette's business and maybe her very person are in danger. Marcus comes bearing a peppermint patty and his heart, hoping that his one true love might love him back. Juliette has never gotten over TOTGA (The One That Got Away). When they meet again, sparks fly.

And Juliette and Marcus find hot water beyond the relaxing spa pools. 

This novel is a charming read full of romance and light girlfriend style storytelling. However, it dips into some intriguing twists and turns going where I did not expect it to go. A satisfying and escapist read with enough meat to make it a page turner.   

Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer

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