- File Size: 483 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Publisher: Five Star/Cengage; 2 edition (July 7, 2009)
- Publication Date: July 7, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002GP5WSM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Lost Among the Angels (Mercy Allcutt Book 1) Kindle Edition
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You know how people always say that writers should write what they know? Well, l didn't know anything. How can you write novels if you haven't lived? And I don't care what anybody says, living on Beacon Hill in Boston during the fall and winter and then in a mansion (called a "cottage") on Cape Cod during the spring and summer isn't really living.
Oh, maybe if you're a man it is, because you still get to leave your mansion and go work in the city. But if you're a woman, all you do on Beacon Hill or Cape Cod is sit in your gilded cage, order your butler around, and look down on the rest of the world. Play tennis occasionally. Gossip. Hire and fire servants. That's not for me, darn it.Don't tell my mother I said darn it, please.
Meet Mercy Allcutt, age 21, escaping her stultifying Boston background for the home of her sister, Chloe, whose husband, Harvey, is a movie studio big shot. With her bred-in-the-bone manners, speech and dress, Mercy is lost among the angels of a gaudy 1920s Los Angeles.
She quickly learns that nobody in Los Angeles uses a last name, and every other person, no matter how shopworn, kills time in menial work while waiting to be discovered and turned into a movie star. Determined to fit in and get "experience" Mercy takes a secretarial job with a PI named Ernie.
An ex-cop, Ernie is straight out of Central Casting. Think a young Spencer Tracy, leaner and meaner but rumpled in appearance and attitude. He pegs Mercy as a slumming rich girl who will last about 15 minutes in a job but what the hey. He hires her and takes her to lunch.
Mercy's office skills and good manners make her the perfect receptionist, but as an apprentice P.I. - her true goal -- she has ten thumbs and two left feet. Her adventures begin with concern for a waif whose mother, a dancer at the notorious Kit Kat Klub, has disappeared.
This thrusts the agency into cases involving everything from murder to drug smuggling, and Mercy picks up a dangerous stalker along the way. Our heroine survives many perils with only skinned knees and sore ribs, and she never loses her hat.
Mercy is a pip. I laughed all the way through this book and stayed up until 4:00 in the morning to finish it. I was still laughing when I turned out the light. Not a bad way to end one day and start another.
She is hired by a Private Investigator who is street smart, really, so he hires Miss Goody Two Shoes to work for him? Unbelievable! The janitor in the building is a struggling Actor so is the receptionist on the first floor. Just the Heroines smile gets the lazy janitor to replace burnt out light bulbs in the hallway of the P. I's office, & the P. I.'s squeaky chair oiled.
I gave up about then! It's another book that the blurb is well written an interesting but the story doesn't live up to the hype.