Slashing Mona Lisa

Slashing Mona Lisa
by D.M. Barr
Genre: Mystery, Romantic Suspense
Killer body or body killer? When fat shaming backfires…

Most people are dying to lose a few pounds. Not so in Slashing

Mona Lisa, where it’s the weight-loss advocates who

are losing their lives.
Whenever Terry Mangel’s body acceptance revival meeting rolls into town,

local diet execs and “fat shamers” turn up dead, often in

grotesque, ironic ways. All single murders in small suburbs, no one’s

noticed the pattern…until now.

Rookie journalist Camarin Torres is a crusader against discrimination,

partially to assuage the guilt she feels over the suicide of her

obese, bullied twin sister. She reluctantly accepts a job offered by

handsome publisher Lyle Fletcher, a widower with a vendetta, who sees

Torres as salvation for Trend, his fledgling fashion magazine.

Torres, however, detests everything the publication stands for,
and joins solely to transform its judgmental, objectifying content.

As an unexpected romance blossoms, the overconfident, justice-hungry

reporter defies orders and infiltrates Mangel’s world—only to find

herself in the crosshairs of a vigilante group targeting the

sixty-billion-dollar diet industry. Unmasking the killer may save her

life but shatter her heart: every clue seems to implicate Fletcher,

her mercurial mentor and lover, as the group’s mastermind.

With a sassy, snarky voice and multi-cultural overtones, Sashing

Mona Lisa explores body shaming and its victims:

the disenfranchised who don’t conform

to society’s arbitrary norms, and the lengths they will go to for

love and acceptance.

Content Warning:
contains some strong language, violence, and explicit sexual scenes
WHO IS D.M. BARR?

By day, a mild-mannered salesperson, wife, mother, rescuer of senior

shelter dogs, competitive trivia player and author groupie, happily

living just north of New York City. By night, an author of sex,

suspense and satire.

My background includes stints in travel marketing, travel journalism,

meeting planning, public relations and real estate. I was, for a long

and happy time, an award-winning magazine writer and editor. Then

kids happened. And I needed to actually make money. Now they’re off

doing whatever it is they do (of which I have no idea since they

won’t friend me on Facebook) and I can spend my spare time weaving

tales of debauchery and whatever else tickles my fancy.

The main thing to remember about my work is that I am NOT one of my

characters. For example, as a real estate broker, I’ve never played

Bondage Bingo in one of my empty listings or offed anyone at my local

diet clinic.

But that’s not to say I haven’t wanted to…

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