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Murder of a Movie Star: A Posie Parker Mystery (The Posie Parker Mystery Series) Paperback – January 26, 2017
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LIGHTS, CAMERA, MURDER…
As England swelters during the hottest summer on record, Posie Parker, Private Detective, is summoned to Worton Hall Film Studios, where she steps into the heart of a sinister new mystery.
Silvia Hanro, the famously beautiful movie star, has received death threats alongside her morning coffee, and Posie is tasked with protecting her. Aided by her good friends Lady Dolly Cardigeon and Chief Inspector Richard Lovelace, Posie soon realises that behind the cheap canvas sets and the dreamy glamour of Worton Hall Studios a dreadful secret lays buried, and traitors lurk everywhere.
And then, good as their word, the killer strikes…
Can Posie unravel the clues and uncover the murderer before they kill again?
Can she protect herself and her friends in a world where quite literally nothing is as it seems? And can she rescue her own engagement to the gorgeous Alaric Boynton-Dale from the brink of disaster by using a few of the tricks she has learnt on set?
This is a stylish Golden Age of Crime mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. 'Murder of a Movie Star' is the fifth book in the Posie Parker Mystery Series, although the novel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right.
If you love an action-packed historical cozy crime with a feisty protagonist, download a sample or buy 'Murder of a Movie Star' now.
˃˃˃ THE POSIE PARKER MYSTERY SERIES available exclusively on Amazon:
'Murder Offstage' (Book #1)
'The Tomb of the Honey Bee' (Book #2)
'Murder at Maypole Manor' (A Posie Parker Mystery #3)
'The Vanishing of Dr Winter' (Book #4)
'Murder in Venice' (Book #6)
'The Saltwater Murder' (Book #7)
'Murder on the White Cliffs' (Book #8)
'Marriage is Murder?' (Book #9)
'Murder in the London Lights' (Book #10)
'Murder in Tuscany' (Book #11).
~more on the way!
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- Publisher : Whitehaven Man Press London; First Edition (January 26, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 422 pages
- ISBN-10 : 099556941X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0995569416
- Item Weight : 15.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.06 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #952,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #7,529 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books)
- #9,805 in Historical Mystery
- #29,912 in Cozy Mysteries (Books)
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This time Posie is hired to protect famous actress Silvia Hanro of Sunstar Films, who has received death threats. This brings Posie and Dolly into the world of movie making at Worton Hall Studios, with a very large cast of characters of possible suspects. Notable among them are Sylvia's co-star Robbie Fontaine; Brian Langley, producer-director owner of Sunstar Films; Tom Moran, war veteran and secret boyfriend of Silvia; Pamela Hanro, Sylvia's estranged sister; a strange and mysterious set extra, Hector Mallow; and many more movie crew and studio employees. There are secrets and lies galore here, making for a convoluted plot.
The mystery style is mainly that of a cozy, but the body count is rather high in this story, with, I believe, 5 murders, one quite unexpected. I was taken unawares by the resolution since there were plenty of red herrings around. Altogether this was a rather exciting entry in the series. In addition, there was the added interest of problems in the marriage of Dolly and Rufus, Lord Cardigeon, longtime friend of Posie and rather clueless male.
There were two things I was somewhat disappointed about in this book. (1) Posie seemed to be a little slow on the uptake about this mystery, always one or two steps behind the action. Her friend Dolly (not a sleuth) had more productive and insightful input, as did the two policemen Posie works with. Yes, Posie did manage to figure everything out eventually and tied together ends that the others were unaware of, but she did so almost too late in some instances and truly too late in others.
And (2) Posie's personal life. On the whole, Posie is a Modern Woman for the times but I do wish she weren't so clueless about her romantic life. Her first love and fiance was killed in the war, and since the start of Posie's sleuthing career, she seems to be looking for love, IMO, in the wrong places. I would prefer her not to show this weakness for men who don't deserve her and would like her to be more independent in her personal life. I'd be happier for her to just solve mysteries. If we must have a little romance in the stories, give her somebody worthy, please, Ms Hathaway.
I was 'into' this story from the first paragraph until the very last sentence (say it isn't so!!!!). And this statement rings true, for me, with all of L.B. Hathaways Posie Parker stories . She writes with fluidity that is easy to follow plus I learn about London and in this case, the not so glamorous world of movie making during the 1920's. I appreciate that L.B. Hathaway always includes- at the end of each book- a section of accurate and not-so accurate historical facts.
In 'Murder of a Movie Star' we encounter Len, Inspector Lovelace, Dolly and of course Caspian. We are introduced to another character- young in age- who perfectly fits with Posie Parkers work and I imagine will play a big role in the next book.
One thing I loved about this book was- I could NOT figure out 'who done it'. I love when that happens!
Like all of the Posie Parker novels, L.B. Hathaway gives us mystery, history, fashion, England, relationships and above all a terrific story in 'Murder of a Movie Star'.
After this new book, I am going back to the beginning of Posie Parker and reading the series over again!
EXCELLENT writing L.B. Hathaway! Thanks for giving me many hours of enjoyment. Lisa from Portland, Oregon 😊
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more basic than that…excellent sleuthing by Daisy, a thrilling denouement at her workplace, and the very sad death of one of her friends. Unusually, I felt real sympathy for the murderer too! Back comes the Count, and I’m afraid his appearance in this one smacks a bit of a ‘Deus Ex Machina’ for my liking…please let him be dead this time…
Looks like Alaric may have feet of clay too…can’t decide whether Posie would be okay with a husband who was never there…on balance, probably not. She’s over 30 now…
For the first time I read the excellent footnotes at the back. I must go back and read them for previous books! Apologies for an earlier correction sent - Foxtrot digitalis do exist separately from Foxgloves. I missed them earlier.
and pointless deaths. I felt I was reading a manuscript for a farce, and even that was silly. Posie was acting like a jerk, "knowing" the killer every other chapter and never getting it right. And I am fed up with that Alaric, a useless creep at the best. Kick him away, Posie!
The historical notes added at the end are very interesting and show the large amount of research undertaken by the author but I was constantly distracted by the use of modern idioms which didn't belong in a story set in the 1920s.