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Retro Reading: Shoe Done It by Grace Carroll

Updated on January 7, 2023

Sometimes it’s a good thing if a book sits on your shelf. It’s generally a sign from the book universe that you’ll be wasting your time.

In my case, I can never get the three days of my life that I wasted.

Rita Jewel has recently moved to San Francisco where she landed her dream job of being a glorified sales clerk at Dolce’s Boutique. Here, she gets to dress the rich and also scoring some deep discounts.

On her way home from buying a pair of designer shoes for MarySue Jensen from Miami, a man accidentally runs into her while at the airport and the shoes come out of the bag as does her dirty laundry.

Here she meets Romanian gymnast Nick Petrescu and Rita’s intrigued since she just happened to study Romanian in college.

They share a cab and the next morning when she gets to the shop, she overhears an argument between MarySue and Dolce.

MarySue grabs the bag from Rita and runs out of the store since she still has to pay for the shoes.

Rita stops at MarySue’s house on her way home to get the shoes before MarySue wears them to the big benefit later that night.

MarySue pushes Rita off of a ladder and when Rita wakes up hours later at the hospital, she learns of MarySue’s death. Here she meets Dr. Jonathan Rhodes, the hot doctor on call.

Dr. Rhodes diagnosis’s her with a concussion and a twisted ankle.

Dolce gives Rita the day off and while recoverin, Detective Jack Wall comes to question her. Of course she can’t help that he’s too good looking to be a cop.

With Dolce a suspect, Rita vows to get to the truth as to who killed MarySue Jensen.

So half the time I didn’t know what I was reading. Was it a mental catalogue, a travel brochure, a mystery or a hot mess? It’s a mixture of everything.

Rita, along with the other characters are unlikeable this was the worst waste of a tree.

Plus, I have no idea how a series came from this. I guess Carroll had a great agent.


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