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- ASIN : B00K1RB5JW
- Publisher : Kingston Roads Press, L.L.C. (April 30, 2014)
- Publication date : April 30, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2404 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 262 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #515,969 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This one starts with a seance. A seance held in the home of LAPD Det. Kate Sextons mother. Kate really, really doesn't want to be here but hey, its Mom and as long as her boyfiend, Jack Bautista, is out of town its no big deal.
Jack is out of town for a job interview with Homeland Security. Kate is wondering how she's gonna keep her love affair with Jack if he gets the job. Long distance love affairs can be tough but Kate thinks she'll just have to wait and see.
Karma, a huge singing success, is the person the seance is being held for. Its all about her suspisions that her soon to be husband, another really famous singer, is cheating on her.
Everything is going fine till someone shoots through the window and kills Karma's business manager. A someone that Kate gets a look at but can't catch.
So begins one damned fine read.
This one has Kate, Jack, an ex Navy Seal private investigator, Karma, her BFF, a lady named Myra, Azazel, Rose, Henna, a plot to murder, a lady with a hidden and tragic past, mind games, Kates idiot of a boss, the FBI, a computer specialist who's more than he seems and one super ending.
Just a great read full of loads of humor, action, suspense and Kate with two hot guys on her radar. Five Stars
I really liked Kate Sexton and her dog Bernie, also her partner Charlie. I thought they made a great team. Capt. Elmer Skully was a thorn in the side but Kate held her own with him. . I also liked Natalie, Moe and Prissy, friends of Kate's. They were funny and added to the book.
I did not like all the video stuff and the oybersex that went on. I think I spelled that right. It was way over my head and I did not understand it. I also did not like all the killing. It was gross, very gruesome. To many people killed and a lot with throats slashed and blood splattered everywhere. It took nothing to set Myra, one of her names, off and she just killed whom ever it was. That I did not like. So I guess that is both sides.
I think if Kate and Charlie had a true mystery to solve with out all the gruesome mess there is enough good police work and humor in the book that I would like it.
Will read about Hollywood Crazy before I purchase it, will read really close.
In case you haven't figured it out, I didn't like it. I did like the first book and am quite disappointed. Maybe you'll like it better than I did.
"Hollywood Blood" starts with a bang, literally, as Kate is attending a seance given by her mother, who fancies herself a psychic. The guest of honor at the seance is a world famous singer named Karma, whose karma proves to be rather good when a sniper takes a shot at the singer but kills her agent instead. Later that night, Karma's husband, an equally famous rap singer, is also killed, and the case becomes an immediate media sensation. Kate finds herself in charge of the investigation of a case that gets more bizarre the farther it goes. Kate soon figures out that the killers will try again to kill Karma, a celebrity who doesn't know how to keep a low profile.
Kelly's adapts the same unusual writing convention in "Hollywood Blood" that he used in his earlier novel. Most of the chapters are written in the first person, from Kate's point of view, but about one-third of them are written in the third person and focus on a woman named Myra, who is one of the killers. Myra is the head of a Mansonesque cult whose members, all women, form her hit squad. But Myra herself takes orders as well, from someone or something called Azazel, Myra's true love. By writing the book in this fashion, Kelly can get inside Myra's rather twisted psyche and still keep some of the mystery up his sleeve.
The strength of "Hollywood Blood" is in its plotting. This is a novel about some rather sick, twisted killers with a sordid past that Kelly gets into gradually through a series of Myra's flashbacks. On the other side of the coin, Kate proves to be a rather resourceful detective, and following her and the supporting task force as they track Myra and her crew is quite entertaining. Kelly knows how to tell a compelling detective story.
On the other hand, Kelly also tries to keep the tone of the book reasonably light, and here he doesn't fare too well. Kate is a likable heroine with a good sense of humor, but she's surrounded by some grating supporting characters that Kelly, for some reason, thinks are funny. In addition to Kate's mother, the would-be psychic, there's an even worse character, an incredibly sexy and sex-obsessed Englishwoman named Natalie who babbles in British street slang. Fortunately, Kelly keeps them on the sideline for most of the book and instead concentrates on characters who are far more interesting and entertaining.
In addition to chasing after Myra and her minions and her mysterious leader, Kate has to do battle with her own not-so-mysterious leader, Captain Skully, a moronic, sexist police captain whose only function in "Hollywood Blood" seems to be to act as Kate's foil, threatening her with career ruination multiple times during the book. Kate responds to this by saying what she would have liked to have done or said to Skully, but, of course she couldn't. The first time this happens, it's mildly amusing; by the tenth time it isn't.
"Hollywood Blood" is a solid detective thriller with some fascinatingly depraved villains and several good third act plot twists. It's not, however, a very good comic novel. Fortunately, at some level, author Kelly seems to realize this and puts more emphasis on the serious elements of his story than he did in the first book. It's no real spoiler to say that Kate solves the case with little input from her annoying friends and relatives; hopefully, in future books, they'll be even less of a presence. Kate can put on a bloody good show without them.