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Language: English

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (25 July 2016)

By: Linda Palund(Author)

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Carmen is the most beautiful and desirable girl Lucy has ever known, and when Carmen is savagely murdered, Lucy's teenage life crumbles. She is devastated by the loss of her first love, and when it appears the killers might never be found, she vows to solve the murder herself.

Together with her best friend Seth, who is not only a master computer hacker but also the son of LA's new Chief of Homicide, they gain access to the gruesome autopsy reports. They learn the true extent of the horror inflicted on Carmen, and Lucy gets closer to understanding the secret behind Carmen's little black dress.

After another beautiful girl is murdered, they uncover the brutality lurking within the corridors of their privileged Los Angeles high school. They put their lives on the line to come face to face with the murderer himself.

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  • By Charley on 11 June 2014

    Linda Palund’s Little Black Dress falls only gently into the genre of teen LGBT fiction; it is mainly a mystery story, but even that shares pride of place with its setting seen through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Lucy Linsky. That setting is the unique culture of the wealthy Los Angeles neighbourhoods of Beverly Hills and Bel Air.The strength of Ms Palund’s narrative is the natural way she gives us Lucy, mainly through her dialogue, which rings very true. To her credit, neither Ms Palund or Lucy overdoes the excesses of this shallow culture awash in money and status symbols.It is, I think, also creditable that not a lot of attention is paid to gayness, Lucy’s or anyone else’s. It is a taken matter of course; there are no shocked, regressive parents, shunning peers or ostracised victims. It’s a very positive thing to show a little bit of utopia, California-style.The evil that lurks in this utopia, that takes Lucy’s lover, is surprisingly horrific and is a jolting reminder of gritty reality that adds a feminist perspective to the story.The read was smooth, compelling and fast paced, difficult to stop once you are started; Ms Palund is a real storyteller with a fine ear for dialogue.

  • By Polly Alice Martha Gabriel on 10 June 2014

    Keeps you guessing from the first page. The kind of read you don't want to put down, I read it in a matter of hours. Narration is very evenly paced. Lucy (whose best friend Carmen is brutally murdered) takes you by the hand, both as a companion and confidante as she gets to solve the mystery of Carmen's death. By the way, I guessed wrong!

  • By A. Wilson on 11 June 2014

    This racy pacey novel is a mature teenage read I would say. The story of Lucy's search for the killers of her beloved Carmen who she is obsessed by, is told through Lucy and is much her story as that of a murder hunt. The clues along the way lead to a violent conclusion as the dark secret of a closed society is revealed. Sexual desire is hinted at but never fully realised and although it's in the background, the undercurrent of male sexual violence make this a dark but thrilling read.

  • By Miss Gardiner on 3 July 2014

    This is an excellent read. The story of Carmen through Lucy's sincere eyes flows well and is exciting. It's refreshing to not have a female and male love affair in it and that best friends stay best friends. There are some harrowing moments but ultimately a great tale of close friendship.

  • By SAM on 20 November 2014

    Another story that I think is probably for a younger generation. I enjoyed it though.

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