Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lacey Smithsonian

(Submitted by Lacey Smithsonian in
Shot Through Velvet, the seventh
Crime of Fashion Mystery by
Ellen Byerrum)

There are several things you need to
know about journalists:
First: Never lie to the press. It’s stupid
and you will not win. Trust me.
Second: Don’t hug the reporter. Really, just
don’t do it. Don’t even think about it.
Third: Reporters are curious. Curiosity
killed the cat and has very nearly killed me
on several occasions.

I’m Lacey Smithsonian, I cover the fashion beat for
The Eye Street Observer in Washington, D.C.
And yes, it’s not The Washington Post, it’s the newspaper
that doesn’t get any respect. As a result I work harder and
get into more trouble than the average reporter, according
to my editor, Mac Jones.

You wouldn’t expect fashion to be fatal, and that’s where you
would be wrong. It’s proved fatal on several occasions on which
I’ve reported. My problem is that I’m as curious as any reporter,
and I always want to know how the story ends.
You can read about my latest exclusive story in
Shot Through Velvet.

When I heard that the last velvet factory in Virginia was
closing, I had to visit on its last day. I never expected a body
to be pulled out of a tank, I never expected him to be dyed
blue, and I never expected to be caught up in this
story the way I was. I never expected it to get deadlier.
But then, I never do.


  1. Hi Lacey,

    You definitely have the makings to be a fine journalist. You just need that one big story so that the Washington Post recruiters come knocking at your day.

    Looking forward to reading about what happens with the velvet warehouse story.

  2. Lacey, I've read all your adventures so far. You are fabulous reporter, D.C. is just too drab to know what to do with you.

  3. A velvet factory? Huh! Never even thought about how and where velvet is made ... I'm going to have to check that out. Thanks for visiting, Lacey!

  4. Dyed blue? Love it. And have to read it. :)

  5. Hi, Ellen here. Glad to know you all enjoy Lacey and her adventures. As for the Washington Post coming to her door? Well, a pretty big ambition, especially with the Post cutting staff so often. But she can dream, can't she? Of course, she has a lot of freedom with her beat, not something she'd get at every paper.

  6. Hi Lacey! Welcome to Killer Characters. I love your adventures and your sense of fashion. All those bodies are not your fault. Really.

  7. I hope you're right, Mary Jane. Lacey is beginning to get a complex. And people are beginning to think she's got a murder mojo.

  8. Lacey, I had no idea you were just across the river from me! I'm criticized for my lack of fashion sense, so I'm not surprised that our paths haven't crossed. Welcome to Killer Characters!

    ~ Sophie Winston
    Domestic Diva Mysteries

  9. I can't wait to read this adventure, Lacey. Of course, now I have a hankering to go buy something in velvet. Love that stuff!

  10. Wow, Lacey, you paint an awesome picture. Can't wait to read this. Ooh, velvet. Love it! Thanks for visiting us here today!

  11. Yes, there is something about velvet. I scored a wonderful black velvet jacket yesterday at TJ MAXX for a huge discount. Lacey may have to borrow it. I find myself drawn to it, even more now that Lacey and I have written about the factory. Sadly, there will be no more American made velvet for our couture.