Barbara Bourland
DELECTABLE
— People Magazine, May Picks
A smart, satirical take on fashion and media that will have readers snorting with laughter.
— The New York Post
A highly polished satire... Hilarious.
— Sunday Times
The darker side of perfection is cast under the spotlight [in this] black comedy.
— Sunday Mirror
Biting, funny, and brilliantly subversive; Bourland’s debut is like THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA meets AMERICAN PSYCHO.
— Louise O'Neill, Author of Only Ever Yours and Asking for It
Sex. Drugs. Dries van Noten... A deft, smart, and hilarious debut.
— Wednesday Martin, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Primates of Park Avenue

Available Now

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I'll Eat When I'm Dead is a murder mystery set at a fashion magazine.

Available May 2 in hardback, audiobook, and ebook, wherever books are sold in North America, and May 18th in paperback, audiobook, and ebook wherever books are sold in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Commonwealth.

A Hebrew translation of I'LL EAT WHEN I'M DEAD is also forthcoming from Matar in Israel.

When stylish Hillary Whitney dies alone in a locked, windowless conference room at the offices of RAGE Fashion Book, her death is initially ruled an unfortunate side effect of the unrelenting pressure to be thin. But Hillary's best friend and fellow RAGE editor Catherine Ono knows her friend's dieting wasn't a capital P-problem. If beauty could kill, it'd take more than that.

When two months later, a cryptic note in Hillary's handwriting ends up in the office of the NYPD and the case is reopened, Det. Mark Hutton is led straight into the glamorous world of RAGE and into the life of hot-headed and fiercely fabulous Cat, who insists on joining the investigation. Surrounded by a supporting cast of party girls, Type A narcissists and half-dead socialites, Cat and her colleague Bess Bonner are determined to solve the case and achieve sartorial perfection. But their amateur detective work has disastrous results, and the two ingénues are caught in a web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that changes their lives forever. 

Viciously funny, this sharp and satirical take on the politics of women's bodies and women's work is an addictive debut novel that dazzles with style and savoire faire. 

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Barbara Bourland

Barbara Bourland lives in Baltimore, MD. Formerly, she was a freelance writer for Forbes Traveler, Conde Nast Digital's Concierge.com, and a web producer for O, The Oprah Magazine, Oprah.com, and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is a member of the ITW, MWA, and Sisters in Crime.

I'll Eat When I'm Dead is her first novel. She is at work on a sequel, entitled Maniacs. Her third novel, Pine City, is also forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing in North America and riverrun abroad.

Follow her @babsbourland on instagram (for pictures of her mastiff) and twitter (for updates).

Interview with Cara Ober

Interview with Booklist

Interview with Paperback Radio

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PRAISE:

"Delectable" - People Magazine, May Picks

Bourland fills her debut with terrific characters—Cat especially is wonderfully weird and well dimensioned—and a heaping helping of froth and gloss that will turn readers into industry insiders. Delightfully, playfully skewer[s] the fashion and beauty industries.
— Booklist
A compulsively readable, satirical romp with a sharp and vicious twist, I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD is a timely, smart, and perceptive mystery.
— K.J Howe, author of The Freedom Broker

Chosen for RED ONLINE's Best New Crime Thrillers to Read in 2017 and RED MAGAZINE's Best New Books for May

One part deliciously satirical send-up, one part murder mystery, I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD kept me reading and had me laughing out loud. This bold and wildly entertaining, in-your-face novel takes a clever and scathing look at the turbulent and ethically starved world of New York’s fashion publications, while signaling the arrival of Barbara Bourland as an exciting and savvy new voice in commercial fiction.
— Award winning international bestseller, and Denmark’s “Queen of Crime,” Sara Blaedel
There are tantalizing glimpses of the vulnerability and insecurities beneath the surface... Death by beauty was never so much fun.
— Kirkus Reviews
A smart feminist fashion manifesto packed with pulpy, sexy, murderous intrigue. Highly entertaining!
— Elizabeth L. Cline, author of Overdressed
I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD is a reckless adventure in the world of starry-eyed models, dubiously-sourced drugs, anorexia and Instagram. But don’t let the frills and flashbulbs fool you. Barbara Bourland is here to show you that fashion is a deadly serious business.
— Mikita Brottman, author of The Maximum Security Book Club
Readers will devour this mystery... What at first seems a death by natural causes turns into a murder that will have you guessing at whodunit up until the very end...A fun, witty, edge-of-your-seat ride. FOUR STARS.
— RT Reviews

Events

Saturday July 15, 2017

Debut Class: Thrillerfest

Grand Hyatt, New York City

Wednesday May 3, 2017

Bird in Hand, Baltimore

7.30

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Baltimore Book Festival

3pm, Inner Harbor Stage

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UK, AUSTRALIA AND COMMONWEALTH EDITION

On Sale May 18, 2017

Outside of North America, I'LL EAT WHEN I'M DEAD has another spectacular Cat-themed cover from riverrun at Quercus, so keep an eye out for this halftone demy paperback. Order from Amazon UK to collect them all.

Contact

Publicity:

Linda Duggins, Grand Central Publishing

Elizabeth Masters, riverrun (UK, Australia, and Commonwealth) 

Representation:

Victoria Sanders of the Victoria Sanders Agency

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