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Murder in La-la Land: Sisters in Crime / Los Angeles Chapter [Paperback]

Naomi Hirahara , Eric Stone , Juliet Blackwell
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Book Description

June 2010
A collection of twelve short stories selected from entries submitted to Sisters In Crime / Los Angeles for the 2010 Murder In LA-LA Land anthology.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Top Pubns Ltd; 1 edition (June 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192997664X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929976645
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,953,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read! August 26, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories set in the "La-La Land" of Los Angeles. The first story, "Continental Tilt," a favorite, by Paul D. Marks starts us off on the "La-La" theme with a tale of two 'normal' detectives, (though what is normal anymore?) who investigate a vampire murder in a cemetery turned outdoor movie theater. The result is biting (no pun intended) and sarcastic. Marks's "bad cop" Mari is an unforgettable character who's practical, down-to-earth approach is hilarious in contrast to the wackiness around her.

Other favorites are "Average Monster" by Gabriela Vasquez, a chilling story set in Griffith Park about a serial killer who has an uncanny ability to blend in; and "Just Like Jay" by Pam Ripling, a dark and ironic look at the importance of having a car in L.A.

Whether you are from L.A. or not, everyone should find something to enjoy in this great collection.
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Twelve different Southland authors each contributed a murderous short story for this fun and gory collection. Famous Los Angeles sites from the Golden Globe Awards to the Los Angeles River (some would call it a ditch) to a detective who gets fiery communications from the dead. Add vampires, a musical look at bygone black clubs, and I highly recommend this anthology. Especially good for out-of-towners or if you are vacationing here--get the lay of the land, or elsewhere--deal with homesickness by reading of LA's wackiness while away. Some stories are better than others, but all are good enough to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting collection and solidly recommended September 11, 2010
In the search for fame, everyone finds something even if it's not what you really want. "Murder in La-La Land" is a collection of short mysteries delving into the darker side of Los Angeles and everyone's search for fame. Many authors converge and give a non-stop package of entertainment, and provide no shortage of fun. "Murder in La-La Land" is a riveting collection and solidly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Passages and Little Gems July 23, 2010
The stories in Murder in La-La Land are as diverse as the Los Angeles population...especially if you think everybody in L.A. is a psychopath or a cold blooded killer. But hey, isn't that what Hollyweird says about Angelinos?

These stories take twists and turns that expose a side of L.A. most people prefer to ignore and some people want to hide. But during this trip down streets you wouldn't go in the dark, you'll find some gems you might have missed in the daylight. So fasten your seat will be a bumpy night.

"Continental Tilt" by Paul D. Marks is a surreal cop tale that mixes vampires with a view of the future that makes the here and now seem boring.

"Hobo Joe" by Terri Nolan lures us to the L.A. River, a concrete thread that runs through the city, filled with graffiti, garbage, and heroes like Hobo Joe who has become a fixture on the streets until his body turns up under a tarp. But maybe heroes have other plans.

Pam Ripling's "Just Like Jay" shows that hot L.A. and equally hot cars can change lives, but maybe not for the best.

"Beethoven's Last Chorus" by Jack Maeby takes us back in time to the `60s when hot jazz can lead to flaming passions, but sometimes it isn't the romantic kind.

One of the jewels in the anthology, "Blondes Have More Fun" by Jane DiLucchio, shows that love can be murder when it's dressed up like something else.

Another gem, "Average Monster" by Gabriela Vasquez will have your skin crawling. And the next time you mention that someone you just met "had no distinguishing marks," you'll run for the hills.

"Death Is Golden" by Jude McGee captures Hollywood where it lives...and dies. And you'll never hear the term "Golden Globes" without thinking of this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Gritty Must-Read Tales August 5, 2010
By Edie
These twelve gritty tales from Sisters In Crime/Los Angeles Chapter are described by the authors as stories of mystery, murder, and mayhem. LA-LA Land, otherwise known as Los Angeles, CA is a hotbed of underground activity just waiting for its story to be told.

Although visitors usually only see the glitter and glamour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, in this short story anthology we are allowed to see into the underbelly of a society that simmers below the surface mostly unseen by tourists.

While a few readers might be taken aback by the grittiness of the stories, most readers will enjoy the variety and depth, and that each one stands on its own with strength and ingenuity. More than one story could continue its characters into other short stories or a novel, if the author has not already done so.

My personal favorites are Hobo Joe by Terri Nolan, Blondes Have More Fun by Jane DiLucchio, Mrs. Spacek by Lenore Carlson, and This I Know by Kathy Kingston, although all of the stories are very good. I highly recommend Murder in LA-LA Land for anyone who enjoys interesting characters, chilling plots, and unique views into one of the most famous cities in the world.

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