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The Actress (Rita Farmer Mysteries Book 1) by [Sims, Elizabeth]
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Book 1 of 3 in Rita Farmer Mysteries (3 Book Series)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Sims's Lambda Award–winning Lillian Byrd series (Easy Street, etc.) will recognize the bright, sassy tone of this first entry in a new series. When flashy L.A. attorney Gary Kwan offers aspiring actress Rita Farmer $1,000 a day to teach Eileen Tenaway, an unsympathetic defendant accused of murdering her baby, to appear more likable on the stand, Rita can't refuse. Flat broke, Rita fears losing custody of her son to her foul-mouthed ex. As trial prep progresses, Eileen's presumed-dead husband and her missing sister resurface, the husband's business partner disappears, money and gems are stolen, Gary is murdered and Rita's son is kidnapped. Sims writes well (her wry commentary on life in Hollywood is dead-on), but the relentlessly perky tone is at odds with the increasingly dark events. In addition, Rita's inexplicable actions in the face of danger diminish reader sympathy. In the end, the kitchen-sink plot is more wearying than dramatic. (June)
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Rita Farmer is a down-on-her-luck single mother trying to make it as an actress despite endless frustrations and rejections. She is about to hit rock bottom financially when she is approached at the library after giving a performance by a handsome attorney named Gary Kwan. He makes an irresistible offer: his client, socialite Eileen Tenaway, has been charged with killing her own child, and for $1,000 a day, Gary wants Rita to coach Eileen on being more sympathetic in front of the jury. Lured by the money and her own curiosity, Rita agrees, and she finds herself completely drawn into the case, not merely by Eileen’s predicament but also by the intricacies of the legal system and her own desire to find out what exactly happened the night Eileen’s daughter died. When Rita is contacted by an insurance-company investigator looking into the death of Eileen’s husband, she realizes the case is much more complex than she’d ever imagined. Intricate and surprising, this is a gripping read and a promising start to a new mystery series. --Kristine Huntley

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  • File Size: 1499 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
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  • Publisher: Spruce Park Press (March 6, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQKZX6Y
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