1947 The Hollywood Murder Mysteries, No
Peter S Fischer
The Grove Point Press
November 2011/ ISBN-10: 0984681906 / ISBN-13: 978-0984681907
by Cheryl Green
returning World War II vet, Joe Bernardi, now publicist for Continental
Pictures, stumbles over the dead body of an ingénue-- I mean
stand-in, -- for the leading lady. Maggie Baumann AKA Vivienne Deverau,
whom he found with a bullet in her head. Now the cops figure that
Joe must be the killer. They have gone to the trouble of trying
to frame Joe by planting a gun at his house. Our boy Joe is too
smart for these coppers and fakes them out by storing the weapon
at a neighbor's apartment.
There are plenty
of characters -- I mean suspects -- for Joe to check out. The washed
up leading lady was counting on the studio's next big movie to complete
so why was the director seen with Maggie
Baumann? Did he think she was right for the part?
Well the autopsy
report is in, and there is even a bigger development
was pregnant when she was murdered. So who was the baby daddy? There
are lots of choices, from the studio hatchet man to the handsome
leading man, or even an ex-husband.
Joe will have
to rewrite the script or he will end up in the big house without
a "get out of jail free" card. While all he really wants
to do is write the great American novel and get back with his ex,
Joe will have to put on his thinking cap and try and stay at least
one step ahead of the cops.
This is the
start of a beautiful friendship -- I mean read -- because the author
is writing a series of mysteries with one for each year going forward
in time. If you like your mysteries sprinkled with Hollywood legends,
then this is the series for you. It is a fun romp through life in
the late forties with the flavor of old Hollywood. Great characters
and a fast paced story make this a fun read. Can't wait to get my
hands on the next book.