Murder Worth the Weight
by D.M. Barr
September 13 - October 8, 2021 Virtual Book Tour
Torres is a crusader against discrimination. She reluctantly accepts a job offered by handsome publisher Lyle Fletcher, a man with a vendetta, who sees the recent college grad as salvation for Trend, his fledgling fashion magazine. Torres, however, detests everything the publication stands for, and joins solely to transform its judgmental, objectifying content.
As an unexpected romance blossoms, the overconfident, justice-hungry reporter defies orders and infiltrates Mangel's world, only to find herself in the crosshairs of a vigilante group targeting the $60 billion diet industry. To this vindictive mob, murder is definitely worth the weight. But as Torres soon learns, unmasking the killer may save her life but shatter her heart: every clue seems to implicate Fletcher, her mercurial mentor and lover, as the group's mastermind.
Previously published as Slashing Mona Lisa.
This mystery explores the realm of weight, losing it, being shamed because of it, the struggle to accept one's body, and the potential of being murdered because of it. There is much about how media influences the public image, like magazines. Barr seems to tackle a particular subject in a novel and does a thorough job in this one of showing us the toxic world of body image.
I like Barr's writing style. Yes, there is a graphic sex scene in this novel, something I don't appreciate, but other than that, this is an engaging novel with a good mystery, well developed characters, and a strong message about body image. There is some humor included though it is often like sarcasm and is generally dark. There is lots of alcohol flowing, lots of flirting and certainly foul language. There are some surprising psychological twists too.
This novel would appeal to career age mystery lovers. You'll find some thought provoking comments about accepting yourself and others.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Suspense, Romantic Suspense, Psychological Suspense, Women's Fiction
Published by: Punctuated Publishing
Publication Date: 08/09/2021
Number of Pages: 340
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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