Ms. Smithsonian goes to Paris! Washington fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian grabs the chance of a lifetime to see Paris, the fashion capital of the world--and chase the fashion story of the century. Her fabulous quarry: a legendary Romanov corset lined with jewels, stolen from a dead princess and lost since the Russian Revolution. Pursued by spies and jewel thieves, Lacey and her "raiders of the lost corset" unravel a bloody thread of clues from Washington to France and New Orleans' French Quarter. But an elusive killer is drawing the laces ever tighter, as danger and romantic complications lurk behind every twist in Lacey's trail.
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Lacey Smithsonian, fashion reporter in D.C., is heading to France with her friend Magda, corset creator for the rich and famous (as well as some kinky people). The paper is paying for the trip as Lacey will supposedly be reporting on haute couture. But the real reason is trying to find a lost corset lined with jewels that was supposedly stolen from the Czar Nicholas’ family after they were assassinated. This has been a mystery in Magda’s family for years. She believes she has the needed clues to lead Lacey to it.

Unfortunately, Magda is poisoned before they leave, and she hadn’t given Lacey the clues. Lacey does some digging to try to figure out the clues on her own. She ends up heading to France with her friend Brooke to look for the corset.

Can Lacey discover the truth about the corset without putting herself or her friends in danger? Will she find love along the way?

I love this series. Lacey is such a wonderful character. The setting is so rich in fashion issues, and Lacey always gets caught up in some murder related to fashion. The plot has many twists and turns to keep you turning the pages to discover the truth.

I highly recommend this book and series.

Dawn Dowdle