By Laura Levine
While Jaine's buddy Lance surprises her with a visit to The Haven, a deluxe health and wellbeing spa at the California coast, she and her tom cat buddy Prozac are desirous to hit the line and take pleasure in per week of pampering and pedicures. yet upon their arrival, she discovers that this oasis within the hills is in simple terms a fats farm in conceal, entire with celery-juice cocktails, humiliating weigh-ins, and a zero-tolerance place on carbs. And as she will get to grasp her fellow inmates, she realizes 300-calorie dinners will not be the craziest factor she'll be facing. between her bulge-battling partners is Mallory Francis, a B-list celeb with a knack for making frenemies with every person she meets. while she's came upon strangled in the course of a seaweed wrap long past awry, Jaine is hard-pressed to think about a person who could not have performed it. probably it was once Kendra, Mallory's sour sister-slash-personal assistant. or even Clint, a macho former co-star whose dirtiest key's at risk of being undressed within the drama queen's upcoming memoir. Or was once it The Havens' beautiful younger masseuse, pushed to devote a criminal offense of ardour while Mallory seduced her aerobics teacher husband Sven? With the suspects mounting swifter than her starvation pangs, Jaine does not recognize whom to think. And while her look for fact, justice, and contraband energy leads her instantly to the cold-blooded killer, it kind of feels homicide should be at the menu as soon as again...
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Mallory burst out laughing. “No, really, hon,” she said, when she’d stopped giggling. ” “You and Your Septic Tank,” I repeated, with as much dignity as I could muster under the circumstances. “Oh, please,” she said, eyeing me as if I’d just emptied a septic tank into her Evian water. ” Normally at humiliating moments like these, I seek solace from my good buddies Ben & Jerry. But as that was out of the question, I just sat there staring at the graying blob of fish on my plate, wishing I could throttle both Mallory and Cathy.
Of course I didn’t mean it. If it hadn’t been for me, he’d be sitting in jail in a most unflattering orange jumpsuit. Eagerly I clawed at the box’s silk ribbons, hoping for a pair of dangly earrings or maybe a bottle of fancy perfume. Ripping it open, I peeked inside. ” My smile froze. “A piece of paper. ” “Read it,” he said. ” “The Haven? Wow, that’s fabulous, Lance. ” “No,” I confessed. “It’s only one of the most exclusive spas in the country. ” I wasn’t so sure about the pore cleaning thing, but a week of lolling sounded darn good to me.
Good heavens. M.! Even the roosters were still wiping sleep from their eyes. I staggered out of bed to get the door and found Olga in drill sergeant mode, a whistle hanging from a lanyard around her neck. ” she announced. Nature Walk? Was she kidding? What about breakfast?? “Don’t just stand there,” she said. “Start getting dressed. ” With that she moved down the hall and resumed her sledge-hammer act. Fifteen minutes later, I left Prozac yowling in protest over the diet glop I’d sloshed in her bowl and headed for the lobby, where I found all my fellow inmates.