Crime and the magazine industry make for an engaging, mystery reader mix with true-crime magazine writer Bailey Weggins, a fictional creation of writer Kate White. Weggins, who has strong detective instincts, is the heroine of a long-running mystery series. Her new adventure is in the character's seventh novel, Even If It Kills Her. The book’s release includes an author tour as White will visit this city for a literary event hosted by the Charlotte Meckenburg Library Foundation. It is the Verse & Vino which is a fundraiser featuring five New York Times best-selling authors for an evening of food, wine and conversation. It will be held on Thursday, November 2.
Fans of mysteries should be in for a fun time with White sharing from her varied writing and speaking background at Verse & Vino. The Bailey Weggins mystery series with its smart, sassy, thirtysomething, New York City magazine writer started 15 years ago with the first book, If Looks Could Kill. Those novels are intricately plotted but they are not the only books by White. She has written five stand-alone psychological thrillers and several books regarding career advice.
NoveList Plus, a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library online literary resource, explains, “[White] has served as managing editor for such savvy magazines as Redbook and Cosmo [Cosmopolitan], puts her worldly career-woman persona to good use in a series of best-selling crime novels. Her work it is said to marry the "frothiness" women love in their chick lit with a sharp mystery storyline to create confections with bite. Women especially are drawn to her young, sexy protagonist, Bailey Weggins, a smart-aleck true-crime freelance writer who gives almost as much attention to her love life as she does solving murders.”
White’s website mentions in a biographical section that she had worked for 14 years as editor of Cosmopolitan until she left in 2013 to work full time as an author and speaker.