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Dial H for Hitchcock: A Cece Caruso Mystery Paperback – October 27, 2009
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I read this in under 24 hours. It's a fast read that includes the expected-of-the-mystery-genre twists and turns. It also includes plenty of references to Hitchcock movies. Having watched most of the director's movies more than once (and the accompanying documentaries too), I enjoyed reliving famous scenes through CeCe Caruso's eyes. Full disclosure: I'm also a fan of fashion, both current and vintage, and the descriptions of the clothes were great (and envy-triggering).
So, if you don't like mysteries, clothes, or Hitchcock, you might not like this. Living in LA added a bonus since that's the series' setting, but I don't think it would make or break the reading experience.
Except when this book begins she has walked out of her wedding, telling Gambino she isn't good enough for him, and has just come back from what should have been her honeymoon cruise. She returns home to find she has new neighbors, some type of odd people who are Hollywood types. Her troubles begin when she goes to a revival showing of Hitchcock's VERTIGO and after the show finds a cell phone which is not hers in her bag. In attempting to return it, she sees a woman pushed from a hiking trail by a man, who then threatens her. But, bizarrely, she discovers that she has apparently threatened this young woman.
I've read some bizarre mysteries in my time, but this one takes the cake. The previous Cece mysteries were always a little dippy, as is Cece herself, but this was just oddly off the wall, with Cece trying to figure out how she threatened someone she didn't even know. And when she goes on the run because she knows someone is trying to frame her, she just keeps getting in more and more absurd situations, and it turns out to be the dumbest thing at the end. Frankly, if this hadn't been the last book in the series, I would have quit reading here anyway.
When last we saw CeCe (Christietown) she was on the brink of marrying her long time boyfriend Det Gambino. Things did not go according to plan though, CeCe called off the wedding but she did go on the honeymoon, on her own. Now, back home she is determined to get on with her life, put the finishing touches on her latest book, a biography of Hitchcock and possibly even to meet a new man or two. What she didn't plan on doing though was getting involved in another real life murder. CeCe found herself a victim of mistaken identity, involved in a plot she did not understand but one that seemed to place her in greater danger with every new development.
This series started slowly (I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason) hit a sophomore slump with Not a Girl Detective and then improved with each subsequent novel. This one is the best of the series and seems to be the last one.
The next morning, Cece finds someone else's cell phone in her purse. Trying to return it, she witnesses a murder. Then the killer calls her and warns her to keep quiet. As she begins to try to find out who is doing this to her, Cece continually finds herself one step behind...herself. What in the world is going on?
I've been watching a few Hitchcock films over the last couple of years since I knew he would be the subject for this book. As a result, I completely got it. The book is a classic Hitchcock set up, and it works brilliantly. While parts in the first third were a tad slow, I was hooked the entire time and couldn't wait to see how it ended. And how did it end? Well, I'm not going to give anything away, but I will say I absolutely loved it.
Since the point of the book was to isolate Cece, we don't get to see too much of the supporting cast. I missed them, but hopefully we'll get to see more of them soon in a later book.
There were some bits of humor to lighten the load as things progressed, but the further the story went, the more it focused on the mystery.
Even though the plot is very Hitchcockian, I do think fans of the series who aren't familiar with the director will enjoy the book as well. This is a great book that will keep you reading until the very last page.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't put it down. This is the best light murder I've read in years and I hope the series continues.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Review Tally - based out of 5
OVERALL: 3 STARS
Story/Plot: 3 - I'm gonna go 50/50 on this one. Read more
CeCe is a mystery biographer and vintage clothing enthusiast. After calling off her wedding, she opts to keep the honeymoon plans and go alone. Read morePublished on August 11, 2012 by Madison Claire McCabe
This is the latest in a fun & funny mystery series, each one related to a famous crime writer (Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, etc.). I have read three so far. Read morePublished on November 16, 2010 by jojo
I've read all of her books and they are all very entertaining. I like that the endings aren't predictable. This is the best one yet. Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by Blonde Bunny
Love this series and cant wait to read this. A must find and amazingly fun read.Published on April 1, 2010 by Michelle Cohn
I picked this book based on recent positive review I'd read, and am so glad I did. There are few books that make me laugh out loud but this one sure did. Read morePublished on December 29, 2009 by John Capps
I love Kandel's style! It is so enjoyable if you are fan of the author she's focusing on of just a mystery fan Although if you are a mystery buff it is just a little more fun. Read morePublished on December 13, 2009 by T. Campbell