The Crime of Fashion Mystery Series


“Lacey Smithsonian skewers Washington with style.” 

                 —bestselling author Elaine Viets


“Devilishly funny... Lacey is intelligent, insightful and spunky. . . . thoroughly likable.”      

                        —The Sun (Bremerton, WA)


"Laced with wicked wit."



“Byerrum spins a mystery out of (very luxurious) whole cloth with the best of them.”                      

                                      —Chick Lit Books


“Fun and witty... with a great female sleuth.”

                                         —Fresh Fiction



Killer Hair


“[A] rippling debut. Peppered with girlfriends you’d love to have, smoldering romance you can’t resist, and Beltway insider insights you’ve got to read, Killer Hair adds a crazy twist to the concept of ‘capital murder.’” 

—Sarah Strohmeyer, Agatha Award–winning author of Kindred Spirits and the Bubbles Yablonsky novels


“Ellen Byerrum tailors her debut mystery with a sharp murder plot, entertaining fashion commentary, and gutsy characters.” 

   —Nancy J. Cohen, author of the Bad Hair Day mysteries


“A load of stylish fun.” 

                                      —Scripps Howard News Service


“Lacey slays and sashays thru Washington politics, scandal, and Fourth Estate slime, while uncovering whodunit and dunit and dunit again.” 

                                           —Chloe Green, author of the

                                 Dallas O’Connor Fashion mysteries


“Killer Hair is a shear delight.” 

                         —national bestselling author Elaine Viets




Designer Knockoff


“Byerrum intersperses the book with witty excerpts from Lacey’s ‘Fashion Bites’ columns, such as ‘When Bad Clothes Happen to Good People’ and ‘Thank Heavens It’s Not Code Taupe.’... quirky... interesting plot twists.” 

—The Sun (Bremerton, WA)


“Clever wordplay, snappy patter, and intriguing clues make this politics-meets-high-fashion whodunit a cut above the ordinary.”                         

                                                          —Romantic Times


“A very talented writer with an offbeat sense of humor.”

—The Best Reviews


Shot Through Velvet


“First-rate... a serious look at the decline of the U.S. textile and newspaper industries provides much food for thought.”

—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“Great fun, with lots of interesting tidbits about the history of the U.S. fashion industry.”             

                                —Suspense Magazine


“A thoughtful mystery with an energetic, very likable heroine that will attract new readers to this established series.”

—The Mystery Reader (four stars)



Death on Heels


“Terrific... a fabulous Crime of Fashion Mystery.”    

                        —Genre Go Round Reviews


“Such a fun story... I loved the touch that Lacey was a reporter trying to track down a murderer, but could always be counted on for her fashion-forward thinking as well.If you haven't yet picked up a Lacey Smithsonian novel I suggest you do!"         

                                               —Chick Lit+


“[A] fast-paced, fun story... Lacey is a character that I instantly fell in love with.” 

—Turning the Pages



Hostile Makeover


“Byerrum pulls another superlative Crime of Fashion out of her vintage cloche.”                       

                                                          —Chick Lit Books


“The read is as smooth as fine-grade cashmere.”

—Publishers Weekly


“Totally delightful... a fun and witty read.”

                                                              —Fresh Fiction



Raiders of the Lost Corset


“A hilarious crime caper... Readers will find themselves laughing out loud... Ellen Byerrum has a hit series on her hands with her latest tale.”              

                                                        —The Best Reviews


“I love this series. Lacey is such a wonderful character... The plot has many twists and turns to keep you turning the pages to discover the truth. I highly recommend this book and series.”                     

                                                  —Spinetingler Magazine


“Wow. A simplistic word but one that describes this book perfectly. I loved it! I could not put it down! ... Lacey is a scream and she’s not nearly as wild and funny as some of her friends.... I loved everything about the book from the characters to the plot to the fast-paced and witty writing.”                                      

                                                    —Roundtable Reviews



Grave Apparel


“A truly intriguing mystery.”              

                                                         —Armchair Reader


“Fun and enjoyable... Lacey’s a likeable, sassy, and savvy heroine, and the Washington D.C. setting is a plus."               

                               —The Romance Readers Connection






Armed and Glamorous


“Whether readers are fashion divas or hopelessly fashion challenged, there’s a lot to like about being Armed and Glamorous.”                               



“Fans will relish Armed and Glamorous, a cozy starring a fashionable trench coat, essential killer heels, and designer whipping pearls.”

—Midwest Book Review

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Veiled Revenge


"Like fine wine that gets better with age, Veiled Revenge is the best book yet in this fabulous series and I can’t wait to see where Lacey and her fashion-sense take us."             

                                —Dru's Book Musings


"Always a delight... a fun and always enjoyable read... An intriguing plot, fun but never too insane characters, and a likable and admirable heroine all combine to create a charming and well-crafted mystery."

 —Cynthia Chow, Kings River Life Magazine 




The Children Didn't See Anything


"Finally! A story for young adults (and adults who crave exceptional tales) that is just absolutely AMAZING. ... PHENOMENAL storytelling in its purest form! ...a breath of fresh air with a brilliant chronicle of events from start to finish. The characters popped off the page and landed on my lap… dazzling... I laughed, I cried, I sighed. I was late to a meeting because I was finishing up this delightful adventure while in traffic. ... Byerrum is without a doubt the latest voice in to enter the teen market, but she is THE most refreshing voice to come along in decades…" 

—Diane Morasco,

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