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The Children Didn't See Anything is now available from Amazon in paperback, as well as in the Kindle Edition! Inquisitive Evangeline is curious to meet you...
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and that troublesome holiday plays a part in my seventh Crime of Fashion mystery, Shot Through Velvet.
My new Crime of Fashion novel featuring Lacey Smithsonian,Lethal Black Dress,
is available from Amazon as a  Kindle Edition ebook and as a trade paperback. It's getting glowing reviews on Amazon, and I'm very grateful to all my readers.
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The Children Didn't See ANYTHING


...Or did they? Meet inquisitive Evangeline, one-half of the precocious twelve-year-old Bresette twins. It’s just another summer for them, swimming, playing, squabbling, and coping with their lawyer parents — until a woman dies at their grandparents’ country club. And Evangeline notices the corpse is missing something: a pair of diamond earrings.

    Her twin brother, Raphael, would rather go swimming and leave the worrying (and asking nosy questions) to the grown-ups. But the adults, who think the children didn’t see anything, haven’t got a clue. Relying on her own wits and curiosity (and her BFF and their Barbie Doll Crime Scene Reconstruction Team), Evangeline launches her own investigation into the mystery of the missing earrings — and a death no one else believes is suspicious. But Evangeline's search for justice soon proves to be far more dangerous than she ever expected.

    Ellen Byerrum's new novella for teen and adult readers is her first story to feature the Bresette twins. The Children Didn't See Anything is now available from Amazon as a Kindle ebook (and coming soon in paperback).

The Crime of Fashion Series

Ellen Byerrum is a novelist, playwright, reporter, Washington journalist, and a graduate of private investigator school in Virginia. Her Crime of Fashion mysteries star a savvy, stylish female sleuth named Lacey Smithsonian. Lacey is a reluctant fashion reporter in Washington D.C. (which she calls "The City Fashion Forgot").

    Lacey longs to be taken more seriously as a "hard news" reporter, but her nose for nuance, eye for a great story, and talent for getting into trouble make her the perfect newshound for the Crimes of Fashion beat. Her "Extra-Fashionary Perception," which Lacey says is just her finely honed sense for what we tell the world through the way we dress, helps her solve crimes where the cops are clueless. In her vintage suits and killer heels, Lacey trips over fatal fashion clues, fabulous shoes, dangerous women, drop-dead men, and even the occasional corpse, well-dressed or otherwise.

    Lacey and her creator Ellen Byerrum have a lot of personal history in common: a balcony view of the Potomac River, a love for vintage clothes, failing surveillance in private eye school, and a humorous viewpoint on life, love, mystery and fashion. And a window seat on the wild and wacky world of Our Nation's Capital.  


Photo of Ellen Byerrum © Joe Henson


Lethal Black Dress

Tenth in the Crime of Fashion series


When does an innocent little black dress become a lethal black dress? 
    When it becomes unexpectedly weaponized at the most security-conscious event in Washington, D.C.—the fabled White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian is delighted to finally take her place at this legendary D.C. insider bash, but she senses something is amiss with TV reporter Courtney Wallace’s vintage Madame X gown, with its stunning emerald lining.

    When the woman takes a tumble with a tray of champagne and dies of something other than sheer embarrassment, Lacey taps into her famous ExtraFashionary Perception and follows her hunch that the lethal black dress was no freak accident.

    Juggling her investigation with her love life and future in-laws complicates matters, while spies and lies and an enemy close to home bring Lacey face to face with danger and jealousy, the so-called green-eyed monster.

    But this time, will this fashionable style sleuth discover that green is also the color of death?

    Lethal Black Dress is now available in a large-format trade paperback edition. 




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Shot Through Velvet


It's Valentine's Day in the

Crime of Fashion Mysteries


It's a gloomy February in Washington, D.C., and our favorite fashion reporter, Lacey Smithsonian, has a bad case of the Valentine's Day Blues. 
    Maybe it's Lacey's lifelong Valentine Curse, which has doomed more than one romance. Or it might have something to do with the dead body she found, dyed blue in a big vat of blue velvet. Or the story she's writing on the death of the American velvet industry. Or maybe it's from wondering whether her own reporting job will survive the recession, or from the murders credited to a mythical (or maybe not-so-mythical) "Velvet Avenger." Or maybe it's just Valentine's Day itself, that most romantic and stressful of holidays. Who loves whom, who doesn't love whom, who marries whom, and what do I wear to the party? No pressure there!
    But the blue dead guy and the bad little cherub with the arrows of love are the least of Lacey's problems. She has to solve a few murders and prevent a few more (including her own), make a fabulous pink dessert for her boyfriend's mom, and somehow get through a shocking pink Valentine party without a romantic meltdown.
    Happy Valentine's Day from Lacey Smithsonian!