I’ve been following SR Mallery’s writing from the start and am a big fan. Here is the blurb for her latest master piece, followed by my review. Enjoy!
Hollywood, 1926. Where actors’ and actresses’ dreams can come true. But do they? While silent screen movie stars reign supreme, a film producer is gunned down in cold blood. Enter Rosie, a pretty bit-player, Eddie, her current beau, and Beatrice, her bitter stage-mother. As real celebrities of the time, such as Clara Bow, Lon Chaney, Gloria Swanson, and Rudolph Valentino float in and out, a chase to find the killer exposes the true underbelly of Los Angeles––with all its corruption.
I’ve been saving this book for the festive season as I knew I would enjoy this murder mystery set in prohibition Hollywood. An aspiring actress is at the centre of a murder investigation: her ex-boyfriend is murdered on a film set and her new boyfriend is the main suspect.
Fast paced, original, inspired and filled with cameos by actual Hollywood stars, corruption and one good cop (who’s quite a character) amongst the many bad guys – this has every ingredient for a wildly entertaining read.
Told in beautiful prose with skilled and detailed scene setting and with apt historical background details this should please mystery readers as well as fans of the era. A well accomplished novel.