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Hollywood Buzz: A Pucci Lewis Mystery (Pucci Lewis Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Margit Liesche
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Not the usual assignment. Ferrying fighter planes, undercover work...that’s more like it. But it’s the dark hours of WWII, and Hollywood’s biggest stars, studio moguls, and Washington bureaucrats are working hand-in-glove to merge entertainment and propaganda. Pucci Lewis has been dispatched to Fort Roach, the First Motion Picture Unit, where a make-or-break documentary on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) is underway.

Pucci is stepping in for a sister WASP, now hospitalized in critical condition as a result of a suspicious plane crash. But who’s the saboteur? Why the cover-up? As Pucci seeks answers, she is drawn into a high-profile homicide. A big-name director has been murdered, possibly by Nazi operatives. Military intelligence wants Pucci to learn what she can from her inside position.
Bela Lugosi is a frequent visitor to the Beverly Hills mansion where Pucci is temporarily billeted. His “niece,” a rising starlet and also the housekeeper, has a history with the Hungarian resistance. But is she to be trusted?

Can Pucci steadfastly maneuver through movie land and its narcissistic denizens, finally unraveling the web of uncertainties to prove she has the right stuff?

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Liesche's engaging second Pucci Lewis mystery (after 2007's Lipstick and Lies) takes the WWII WASP (Women Air Force Service pilot) to Hollywood, where one of her sister pilots, Frankie Beall, has crashed under suspicious circumstances while shooting an important training film. As the injured Beall's replacement, Lewis must complete the film and quietly investigate the crash. Trained by the OSS, Lewis is no stranger to undercover work and relishes the opportunity to rub shoulders with Hollywood's rich and famous. On her arrival at the Beverly Hills mansion of friends of her WASP commander, she meets legendary scare-meister Bela Lugosi, a young starlet-wannabe and a number of other folks who could be friend or foe. The murder of a celebrated director raises the stakes. Liesche provides plenty of interesting WASP lore while deftly mixing the real and imagined. Though the plot can be hard to follow at times, it moves along at a good clip. (Mar.)
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From Booklist

In her second World War II adventure, Women’s Air Force Service Pilot Pucci Lewis travels to Fort Roach in Hollywood to make sure the short film about the WASPs currently being shot there accurately represents their service; meanwhile, Miss Cochran, Pucci’s boss, travels to Washington, D.C., to get the WASPs the military recognition they deserve. Pucci will also investigate a plane crash in which a sister WASP, Frankie, was badly injured. Miss Cochran believes Frankie’s plane may have been sabotaged: Did one of the male pilots tamper with the plane to hurt the WASP program, or is the enemy at work in the U.S.? Matters get even more complicated when director Colonel Brody is murdered. With her secret-agent background, Pucci collaborates with another agent, already on the scene, to unravel the mystery. Details of the WASP program and Hollywood’s contributions to the war effort add to the story of a patriotic young woman in an unconventional job. --Sue O'Brien

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  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590585798
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (March 10, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X27P5U
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5.0 out of 5 stars UNIQUE AND SPELLBINDING June 21, 2009
By Claudia
WOW! What a memorable character and fascinating storyline. Margit Liesche's "Hollywood Buzz" is sure to create a buzz in the literary world.

Within the first few pages, Liesche's lead character, Pucci Lewis, leaps from the pages and into the reader's mind as we accompany her on a brand new (slightly unorthodox) military assignment ... in Hollywood. What a unique concept! A brave, intelligent WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilot) assigned to duty in Tinseltown. It seems that Pucci's expertise as a WASP is needed to complete a documentary film attempting to showcase this elite group of women and their efforts in the war. The film is a combined effort of the government and Hollywood to create a movie aimed at inciting patriotism and support for the troops.

When ensues is a beautifully written tale of intrigue, sabotage, conspiracy, blackmail, and the search for truth. Set against the backdrop of a major Hollywood production (complete with an introduction to some of the most influential motion picture stars of the day), it appears that someone will stop at nothing, including murder, to halt the production of the film. But who and why? Was Pucci's now comatose predecessor (Frankie) a victim of foul play? Was her plane crash a result of pilot error, faulty equipment, or was she targeted for elimination?

The reader will find themselves enthralled as these questions (and more) are systematically answered by Ms. Liesche's engaging writing style. This read is truly an adrenaline rush ... an entrancing story which will appeal to history buffs, WWII enthusiasts, military lovers, and those still captivated by the golden age of Hollywood.

I found the reading experience much like watching a classic movie. Ms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars engaging WWII military mystery March 10, 2009
Having prevented a Nazi plot in Detroit (see LIPSTICK AND LIES) Women Air Force Service Pilot Pucci Lewis is assigned by her superior officer Miss C to go undercover at Fort Roach, a converted movie studio serving as the home base of the First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU). The mission of the unit is to create training and propaganda films in support of the war. Her official assignment is to replace injured pilot Frankie Beall whose job was to insure the movie makers treat the WASP with respect; however her real secret task is to investigate the suspicious plane crash in which veteran pilot Frankie was hurt in her life threatening crash.

Pucci works for producer Roland Novaro and quickly realizes female pilots are treated as a joke worse than her boss expected. However what concerns Pucci more is the squabbling between the producer, the editor Rask and the abusive abrasive director Brody. She also learns from airplane mechanic Mad Maxine Beacock that the plane the WASP pilot flew was deliberately sabotaged, but a cover-up has occurred though neither woman knows why. Soon others are murdered including Brody as the cover-up turns deadly.

Paying homage to the WASP warriors, Margit Liesche writes an engaging WWII military mystery that provides a deep look at the female pilot corps and at Hollywood goes to war. The whodunit hooks the audience as Pucci's assignment changes from investigating sabotage probably by Nazis to a homicide inquiry. She is a terrific lead as she holds the plot together. However, the deep cast makes the tale refreshing as they bring to life the roles of women and Hollywood in the 1940s at a military base in the States.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOLLYWOOD BUZZ HAS IT ALL April 6, 2010
HOLLYWOOD BUZZ has it all: suspense, mystery, smart dialogue, well-researched history with a combination of real and fictitious characters, and an inside look at the WASPs and their contribution to America, as well as a seductive dose of Hollywood during WWII. Margit Liesche is a first-rate story teller with an elegant writing style that keeps readers turing the pages and wanting more. I also highly recommend Ms. Liesche's first book, LIPSTICK AND LIES. Hope this is not the end of the tales of Pucci Lewis. We fans want more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Even the writing style is of the era November 6, 2012
What a delightful read. One doesn't have to be fascinated with the history of women in aviation to enjoy this lovely romp through Hollywood via a mystery that hinges on the plight of the WASPs. This bit of history and feminist in action is good for YA readers and smart adults. A good reminder that strong women have been among us in spite of the odds and they have affected our lives in myriad ways not always recognized by 21'st century commentators. Mostly, this is a delightful read.
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More About the Author

The author of LIPSTICK AND LIES and HOLLYWOOD BUZZ, WWII home front mysteries featuring the engaging WASP pilot Pucci Lewis and highly praised for their authenticity, Margit Liesche has appeared on PBS' History Detectives program.

The child of Hungarian missionaries who settled in the U.S. after WWII following years of service in China, she grew up near Chicago and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly 40 years. Margit's parents' stories about their family's experiences in 1956, told in dark, hushed conversations, filled an impressionable seven-year-old's imagination. These along with Life magazine photographs of carnage in Budapest streets and a visit from an escaped freedom fighter, underpin her new novel, TRIPTYCH.

In recovery from a long career in marketing professional services, Margit now does what she loves: writing, tramping the glorious hills near her home, and frequenting the stacks at her favorite bookstores and libraries.

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