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Hollywood Homicide (A Detective by Day Mystery) Paperback – August 8, 2017
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From the Publisher
Praise for Hollywood Homicide:
"[A] winning first novel and series launch . . . Garrett writes with humor and insight about the Hollywood scene. Readers will look forward to Day's further adventures."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review).
"A smart, sassy debut, introducing an appealing protagonist with amusing friends."
—Library Journal (starred review) and Debut of the Month.
"Veteran TV writer Garrett uses her Cold Case experience to inform her debut, which sets up more than one charming character and isn't afraid to go cynical on all things LA."—Kirkus Reviews.
"Funny, lively characters populate this new Detective by Day series . . . this will be an entertaining entry into the amateur sleuth genre."
—RT Book Reviews.
“Garrett makes you laugh and then hits you in the gut—like a great novelist should.”—Rachel Howzell Hall, author of the critically acclaimed LAPD Detective Elouise Norton series.
“Fun, smart, endearingly flawed, and impressively determined, Dayna Anderson is a heroine readers will fall in love with.”—Kyra Davis, New York Times bestselling author.
Hollywood Homicide has a heart as big as Los Angeles, a plot as twisty as the 110 Freeway and a heroine just as complex as the burger battle between In N Out and Fatburger. Kellye Garrett makes you laugh and then, hits you in the gut like a great novelist should. Can't wait for the next adventure with Garrett and Dayna Anderson! Rachel Howzell Hall, author of critically-acclaimed LAPD Detective Elouise Norton series
About the Author
Kellye Garrett spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living--probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC's famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company--while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder.
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The characters were all well developed. Except for Aubrey. I wish I knew more about him. But with the ending, he's not going anywhere, so stay tuned for more. I can't decide if I like Dayna or Sienna better. Dayna is the main character, and a bit of a power player, with just enough uncertainty to make her real. But Sienna... what a fun character. Her personality is the one friend you have in your life that makes things way too wacky. Come on, we all have one of those, right?
The descriptions were out in full force. They made me feel like I was in LA. Not the LA we all read about, the living in the real world LA.
The red herrings and clues were planted everywhere. I was wishing I could see the author's chart of everything, to see how she made all the twists and turns in the story. Keep in mind, there wasn't a single clue or red herring not needed. They all fit, and kept me guessing! I had no clue who was the killer until the reveal, because of all the planted clues and red herrings and Dayna's guessing game. Nice job!
Dialogue was funny as all get out! I caught myself laughing out loud.
It moved extremely fast. Like action packed fast! Like I couldn't keep up with it fast! Could be a good thing or bad thing. I leave it up to you to decide.
Day is great, and so is the cast of supporting characters. They're all unique enough to stand out on their own.
The mystery is a lot of fun. Garrett made me suspect almost everyone at one point or another, which for me is the hallmark of a good mystery. No one is safe, anyone could be guilty! But the ending still made perfect sense. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
***I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Second thing I love about this book is the way you can tell Garrett knows how Hollywood works. Day’s effortless knowledge of the ins and outs of entertainment give you a peek behind the curtain and add a level of authenticity that you can’t fake. There’s a rich world here for the characters to run around in. I’m looking forward to spending more time in it during upcoming installments.
So if you’re looking for a cozy mystery with a great voice, a lot of humor, and a complex setting look no further.
This was a great mystery, but it felt fresh because the "detective" is really an out of work actress whose greatest credit is a series of chicken commercials, and she's clearly winging it, if you'll excuse the pun. Her clues are such a hodgepodge conglomeration of illegal internet research, guessing, fashion sense...I absolutely loved following her through the spraytanned world of Hollywood and hearing all her hilarious and cynical observations about the acting life.
People have been recommending this book for months and it was really my loss it took me so long to finally listen to them. Once I did, I read it in 2 days, and might have been sneaking pages on my lunch break. I dearly hope the sequel has already been released!
Dayna Anderson has a lot of energy, and a sudden interest in getting reward money from the police tip line. Mix that in with some good friends and some Hollywood lifestyle and Kellye Garrett had me laughing and rooting and just as sure as her amateur sleuth, until I was just as unsure and on to the next idea.
I want to know Dayna. She and I might never hang at the same places, but I'm sure we would laugh together over follies.
I will be following Kellye on Amazon/Facebook so I can keep up with when her next book comes out.
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Engaging characters, excellent plot and ending.
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