Fallen Star

Cover Fallen StarAbout the Book by Allison Morse

Who killed 1940s screen goddess Gloria Reardon? Her unsolved murder hypnotized the public with its scandalous details and shocked two generations.

In this coming of age gothic tale, avid feminist and aspiring filmmaker Kate Bloom discovers long lost footage that holds the key to who murdered her grandmother. Legendary movie star, Gloria Reardon, may be dead, but friends and lovers from the Golden Age of Hollywood’s heyday are still very much on the scene, and it seems everyone has something to gain or lose from Kate’s discovery. Enlisting the youthful and brash film restorer Dylan Nichols as her closest ally, Kate becomes haunted by Gloria’s glittering past. Caught between glamorous Old Hollywood and the gritty, exciting New Hollywood of the 1970s, Kate is determined to find out what really happened to her grandmother and in the process, becomes the killer’s new target.

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Our Review by Felita Daniels, 396 Pages

First off, I am normally more of a contemporary mystery reader.  This novel blends the Gothic and romantic elements expertly into the puzzle portion of the work.  For me, solving the crime is the meat and potatoes of a mystery and I was very pleased with this story line.

I found the setting in the 1970’s to be somewhat nostalgic as I was in high school during that time frame.  The references were not lost on me.

The idea that Kate was trying to navigate how to be a woman in an industry that promotes and preys on women’s looks added another facet to this well-written work.  I also liked that there was a realism to the story about the technical aspects (how film is restored, the supporting staff of a film- costumes, monster makers, lighting crews, etc).

The characters were well defined and had their own struggles and distinctiveness. I really enjoyed this book and will keep an eye out for more from this author.

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Author Photo Allison MorseAbout the Author

Allison is the author of two novels: The Sweetheart Deal and Fallen Star. She lives with her husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.

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20 Responses to Fallen Star

  1. I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

  2. Mai T.

    Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

    • Allison Morse

      Kate’s great aunt and Gloria’s sister, Lillian Baker is the person I’d go for drinks with, for sure. She’s a bit over the top but she’s seen it all from Broadway to Hollywood, and has her share of secrets.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Lisa Brown

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  4. Allison Morse

    Thank you for your review and hosting my book. I’m so glad you liked the story. I wish everyone good luck in winning the gift certificate.

  5. Eva Millien

    Thanks for sharing your review, this books sounds like a book I can really get into!

  6. Rita Wray

    Sounds like a great read.

  7. Victoria

    Sounds like a really great book – thanks fo rsharing!

  8. Tammy Dalley

    congrats on your tour, thanks for the chance!

  9. Daniel M

    sounds like a fun one

  10. Laurajj

    Oh sounds so good! I cannot wait to read and see what she finds out about her grandmothers murder…and what happens with her as the target! I have a feeling I would not want to put it down once I start! I love these types of mysteries!!!

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  13. Becky Richardson

    Sounds like a great read.