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The average rating for Death Defying Acts: A Novelization based on 2 reviews is 3 stars.has a rating of 3 stars

Review # 1 was written on 2012-10-09 00:00:00
2008was given a rating of 3 stars Lashandia Billingsley
I always love a Bailey Weggins mystery--they are fun and sassy and light as far as murder mysteries go! Baily Weggins is a true crime writer for Gloss magazine who has a knack for stumbling across dead bodies, and puts her best modern Nancy Drew to the test when helping to solve them! In Over Her Dead Body, we see Bailey forced to consider a new career path when her friend and editor Cat informs her that she is taking Gloss in a new direction, one that includes less true crime and more feng shui. With another smart and intricate mystery, and the same loveable Bailey at the center, I found the fourth book to be just exactly the perfect getaway read this week! About the Book Bailey Weggins is a free-lance journalist in NYC who finds herself out of her long-term contract and seeking out a new opportunity. She finds it at a national celebrity gossip magazine where she is asked to cover celebrity crimes. Anyone who has read Bailey Weggins before knows that though she is a crime writer, celebrity magazines aren't a great fit. But, its a replacement for her previous long-term gig and she is finding her way through the seedy gossip-filled celeb world. Bailey knows this may be a temporary stop in her career, when not long after she begins at the magazine, she stumbles across the aftermath of a murder in her own office. Bailey finds her very disliked editor-in-chief attacked late one night, while a party is raging nextdoor at the offices of their sister-magazine. Save for a cleaning woman who was also attacked, no one appears to be around the office. Bailey calls 911, but soon finds herself wrapped up in the case herself. Her acting editor-in-chief asks her to cover the murder for the magazine. As Bailey begins to hunt down leads, she finds herself planted in the mystery as more than just a witness. Mysterious events seem to surround her. Is Bailey being followed? Or was she just at the wrong place at the wrong time? As Bailey digs deeper, she begins to think her life may be in danger. The only way out is to find the killer before the killer finds her... Reflection Bailey finds herself in a time of transition in this book. She's broken up with the man in her life, she is out of her regular job, and she is forced into carving a new path for herself forward. I admit, I remember how shocked I was to hear long-time friend and boss Cat change the direction for Gloss magazine to a direction that doesn't include true crime writing or human interest stories. But thankfully, an opportunity arises at just the right moment at Buzz'a weekly magazine filled with all things celebrity, including celebrity crime covered by none other than the incredible Bailey Weggins! Bailey's new boss Mona is no picnic to work for'Bailey herself witnesses a dressing down or four, but manages to escape the wrath of Mona largely due to her background as a "respectable" writer. Still, no one is exactly devastated when Mona turns up murdered, the body discovered by none other than Bailey. I have to say that on a re-read, I was quite fascinated by Mona. Her methods were severe and frankly inappropriate, but she also seemed to be great at her job. She's quite the figure! Bailey also finds herself interested in someone new, and there's actually this incredibly humorous sequence where Bailey wants to find out his name and fakes a call to the place she met him to trick it out of the receptionist. This is the Bailey I love! She is imperfectly adorable'doing something many of us would do because she saw a cute guy and couldn't stop thinking about him! It was interesting seeing Bailey vulnerable'liking someone more than she realized, and maybe more than she was ready for, while also being insecure about the level of reciprocation from him. This entire book is a fresh start for Bailey in a way! New career, new love interest. Bailey is at the most vulnerable in life that we have seen her, and it added a new layer to her character that really pulled me in. This Bailey is no less fierce than in the previous books, but she is also humbled by life, insecure at times, but still her gutsy-girl self that I've come to love! I loved when we got to see her have a particularly ballsy interaction with a difficult witness, and then hear that she was shaking a bit during it. It was so refreshingly normal and showed her true confidence in her vulnerability in a way. I was caught AGAIN this re-read, sure that I knew who the culprit was and being wrong! I remembered bits of the ending but it tricked me again! This fun and sassy installment was just as amazing on a re-read, and I highly recommend it! Don't forget that we are nearing the publication of the newest Bailey Weggins novel on May 7, 2019!
Review # 2 was written on 2019-02-09 00:00:00
2008was given a rating of 3 stars Douglas B Robbins
around page 275 of this "novel" (and i use that term generously, out of love), i had an epiphany. these books are terrible. i mean, like really, really bad. the writing at times is stilted, the plots convoluted, the characters whorish and cardboardy. and you know what? i love them. i do. i love them for their trashiness, for their refusal to be anything other than what they are, for being my newest smut-lit crush. yes, i just coined that genre. bailey is back, this time with a new job!!! she works for BUZZ, not GLOSS. whatever. turns out her new editor is a total she-satan and makes miranda priestly look all warm and fuzzy. or something. here, the dead bodies are predictable, you know the bitchboss has to go. the first line warns the reader that things aren't what they seem. and they aren't. but, if you follow your gut, once more you'll probably figure out the killer before bailey does. here's what i don't get. bailey says things like "i'm going to turn over some rocks and see what icky things pop out" but then when the icky things pop out, she acts like it's the last thing she wanted. also, if she uses the word "soupcon" one more time, i might have to commit a murder of my own. figuratively. the saddest part is that the next book is the last in the series for now and i'll have to find something else to fill the gaping hole that bailey will leave in my reading schedule. p.s. beau regan is the worst name EVER. sigh.


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