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Hollywood Scandals (Hollywood Headlines Mysteries #1) [Kindle Edition]

Gemma Halliday
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Fans of Janet Evanovich will love this spin off of the High Heels Mysteries!" - Jen. B, avid reader

From New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Kindle Bestselling author Gemma Halliday...

Tina Bender is the gossip columnist at the infamous L.A. Informer tabloid. She knows everything about everyone who's anyone. And she's not afraid to print it. That is, until she receives a threatening note, promising, "If you don't stop writing about me, you're dead." Now her managing editor, Felix Dunn (from the High Heels Mysteries), has her teaming with a built bodyguard, a bubbly blonde, and an alcoholic obituary writer to uncover just which juicy piece of Hollywood gossip is worth killing over.

(Formerly published under the title: SCANDAL SHEET.)

**RITA AWARD NOMINEE**

The Hollywood Headlines books:
Hollywood Scandals - book #1
Hollywood Secrets - book #2
Hollywood Confessions - book #3
Twelve's Drummer Dying - holiday short story

REVIEWS:

"This first book in Halliday's new Hollywood Headlines series is a fun story with intriguing characters and a good mystery. The action is fast paced, the hero is delightful and the heroine is spunky and independent but smart enough to know when she needs help."
- Romantic Times

“(HOLLYWOOD SCANDALS) is fresh, funny, and has just enough heart to balance the snark.”
- All About Romance

"Gemma Halliday's witty, entertaining writing style shines through in her new book! I look forward to seeing lots more of Tina as this series continues. A fun read!"
- Fresh Fiction


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Gemma Halliday is the author of the High Heels Mysteries, as well as the Hollywood Headlines Mysteries series. Gemma’s books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, a National Reader’s Choice award and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is hard at work on several new projects.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1622 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A14PZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun! February 17, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is fun-- plain and simple. It has funny, quirky characters (I just love the aunts!) that make you laugh. It's a quick and easy read. I generally reserve 5 stars for truly fantastic books (so I don't give them often), so 4 stars to me is still a very, very good read. I definitely recommend it. I think I read somewhere that this is going to be part of a series. If so, I am very much looking forward to the next installment.

Warning to Kindle users, however. It seems that the editing on the Kindle version fell through the cracks, so to speak, about 80% or 90% of the way through the book. All of a sudden all of the quotation marks disappear! It made the last part of the book a bit of a challenge to read. :-)
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous, slightly outrageous and playful October 26, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hollywood gossip columnist Tina Bender has the scoop on all the latest celebrities. She has no hesitation whatsoever to print the latest news --- no matter how scandalous and she has even been known to bend the truth a little in the name of a story. When Tina receives an anonymous threat, her whole world is upturned especially when it comes to the sexy bodyguard, Calvin Dean, that her boss hires to keep her safe. How can she do her job with him shadowing her? But as the threats become more deadly, his presence might be exactly what she needs and in more ways than one. Until now, Tina's lacks any real connection to those around her. Her love life is confined to a internet friendship with ManInBlack72 and she lives in a retirement home with her Aunt Sue. As the danger mounts, so does the heat between this gossip columnist and bodyguard. Together, they will have to sift through all the stories she has printed and discover just who might be willing to commit murder.

Gemma Halliday's sassy new Hollywood Headlines series in SCANDAL SHEET starts off with a bang. Humorous, slightly outrageous and playful, this mystery romance also touches the heart in moments amid the fast-paced race to catch the culprit. A crazy set of Hollywood characters make up the suspect list, characters just as wild as the stories Tina creates from even the slightest innuendo. Tina may ride a hot pink Honda Rebel motorcycle complete with yellow flames, but beneath the tough exterior she wears on the job, her life lacks the kind of intimacy and indeed non-virtual friendship a woman needs. Sexy, protective and yet willing listen, Cal is just the man for this independent, sassy tabloid reporter.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, witty and clever romance November 20, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first book in the new Hollywood Headlines Mystery - Series by Gemma Halliday is funny, great and a joy to read.

Tina Bender's job is to find out all the dirty little secrets nobody wants to share. She is working as a gossip columnist at the infamous L.A. Informer tabloid and loves her job.
But when she starts to receive threatening notes that announce her death, her boss Felix Dunn thinks it's time to team her up with hunky bodyguard Calvin Dean. Tina and the sexy bodyguard are attracted to each other from the beginnig and when the threats become more serious Tina is glad to have Calvin on her side.
But even Calvin can't stop her from digging for the truth about who is willing to kill because of some Hollywood gossip.

"Scandal Sheet" made me laugh a lot and I'm already excited to see how the series goes on. Tina and Calvin are great characters but I also enjoyed reading about Tina's friends and colleagues.
Tina is a hilarious heroine, very witty and clever and you have to love her even though I'm normally not a fan of gossip. Calvin is more of a strong and quiet type but with a good sense of humour. Together they make a great couple and I guess he will have his hands full with Tina and her actions in the future.
It was also nice to meet some of the characters from the High Heel Mysteries- series again. It's not clear where the relationship between Allie and Felix stands so that's another thing I want to know from the next books in the series. I loved Tina's reaction to Allie and how she doesn't know that Allie and Felix share some past.

"Scandal Sheet" is just the right book to relax after a stressful day and I will definitely read the next book in the series called "The perfect Shot" (coming fall 2010) with Cameron Dakota, L.A. Informer's photographer, in the leading role
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good beginning, Bad end August 17, 2011
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As I started reading this story I felt a Janet Evanovich tone with the story starting out very strong. As it gets to the end though it is as if the writer forgets how to write to adult readers and ends the book off on a Scholastic book level ending. But, I think even most young adult readers would've have also stopped reading towards the end. I think this author has great potential and could end up on a bestselling list in the future, but some of her writing skills could use a little fine tuning. All in all a fairly entertaining read though, as long as it's free.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and irreverant! August 24, 2011
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I picked this up as a Kindle freebie a while back, and finally had the chance to start reading it. What a fun, irreverant, fast-paced look at the entire paparazzi/Hollywood/celebrity part of Los Angeles. It's a fast read, and we're introduced to the main character's quirky sense of style and ethics early on. Just as we can't help but love Tina and her interesting co-workers, we can't help but laugh (out loud, which earned me some interesting glances from my fellow commuters!) at the narcissism of the southern California elite.
I won't summarize the book, but I will say that if you enjoy a light mystery, poking fun at the self-centered SoCalifornians, meeting offbeat characters, if you live (or have lived) in the area, or have ever laughed at a scandal rag while waiting to pay for your groceries, this is a great sitting-by-the-pool book for you!
I ordered the next in the Hollywood Headlines series immediately on finishing this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't even finish the book.
Boring. I expected a lot and got very little.
Published 6 days ago by wndjmr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent reading.
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Laughing.....
(FTC:If I can ever stop laughing I will tell you I received this book from the author as a thank you for signing up for her newsletter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Stoeckel
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather silly
Unfortunately this one did not follow the pattern I have read in other Gemma books, it had so many silly parts that I skipped around 40% of the book, while bringing characters from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
Once again, another fun book to read by Gemma Halliday. Loved the witty characters!
Published 1 month ago by Raquel
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
NEVER GOT THIS
Published 2 months ago by Betty A. Filkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved this light reading, well writen fun story, a budding Janet Evanovich.
Published 2 months ago by Lesta
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fab story telling style.
Published 2 months ago by soumyen dasgupta
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, it was cute.
This was a 'cute' book and I read the whole book, but this is not the type of book I normally read. It is possibly more appropriate for an older person or older teen reader. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wallflower
5.0 out of 5 stars scandal of the best order
Good read for those who like Hollywood shenanigans and gossip. Lots of details, rumors, and good old fashioned belly laughs.
Published 2 months ago by didibar
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In her previous life, Gemma worked in such diverse jobs as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic. Luckily, she sold her first book, Spying in High Heels, in 2005, ending her string of eclectic employment.

Since then, Gemma has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Reader's Choice award and three RITA nominations. She now makes her home in the San Francisco Bay area, where she is hard at work on her next book.

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