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.
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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