E–pub/Kindle [Hollywood Homicide] Ï Kellye Garrett
Iller not even the uickly dwindling minutes on her phone plan can stop her investigationAmateur sleuths usually aren t my favorite sub genre of mysteries but I had a really good time with this one Kellye Garrett has a great sense of comedic timing in her writing and there was many a laugh out loud moment I listened to the audio version and narrator Bahni Turpin Helped The Jokes Land helped the jokes land well The celebrity obsessed culture of Hollywood is used to great effect with Dayna s humorous observations about it It s also a nice touch that Dayna isn t just pointing and mocking She is part of that world so while she may poke gentle fun at her best friend s relentless seeking of fame it s done with affectionI also enjoyed Dayna because after reading about a ton of super macho tough guy detectives it was refreshing to have someone who doesn t really now what they re doing as a lead character Not that Dayna comes across as stupid just inexperienced and enthusiasm often gets the better of her common sense That helps add to the comedic elements but her pure determination and a wealth of Archies Americana, Vol. 1 knowledge from watching true crime showseep Dayna hot on the trail of the iller even as she s clueless about her own love life She s a classic underdog that you can t help but root forOverall it s a funny and entertaining mystery with a great lead character that has some very witty observations about Hollywood And now for the bonus storyI was at Bouchercon in Dallas last fall and in addition to seeing some of my favorite writers I watched several interesting people I had never read before on panels so I made a point out of buying a copy of their books and trying to meet them at some point That s already paid off with in my recent reading of books by authors like Eryk Pruitt Jennifer Hillier and SA Shawn CosbyUnfortunately none of those authors was Kellye GarrettIn fact I had never heard of her or seen her on any panels So I probably sounded completely rude and ignorant when I happened to meet her in the hotel bar one night and asked her what ind of stuff she wrote The extra embarrassing thing for me is that although I didn t Talk to Me know it at the time she had just come from the Anthony Awards where she had been nominated for Best Novel She politely told me about this series and game me a promotional card for one of the booksAfterwards I started following several of the other authors on Twitter and Kellye s nameept coming up That s where I saw that her books were about to be released on Audible so I had this on deck when I read My Darkest Prayer I noted in in my review that that Shawn Cosby had been a huge presence at BoucherconAnd who should just so happen to comment on that review That s right Kellye Garrett She was shocked to hear that we had met at that Bouchercon I was relived that she didn t say Oh you were THAT asshole Then it was my turn to be shocked when she complimented me on some of the reviews I d done on the Spenser series she d read beforeAfter all that I felt like I was destined to read this book and I m glad I did After one moderately successful commercial campaign Dayna Anderson Day to her friends has given up on becoming an actress The problem is she still has bills that need to be paid and parents who are in danger of losing their home So when she sees a billboard offering reward for information on a "Hit And Run And Realizes She "and run and she realizes she her friends were there she figures she can provide the information How hard could it beThis being a novel it turns out to be plenty hard but that s a great thing for us The book provides some twists turns and dead ends before Day pieces this together correctly Along the way we get to now a wide variety of interesting characters I can t wait to see again The overall tone is light with plenty of humor including some accurate observations about the area of the country I call home This truly is a wonderful debutNOTE I received an ARC of this bookRead my full review at Carstairs Considers 35 stars Light and amusing with a protagonist who falls into investigating a hit and run for the reward money so she can prevent the bank from taking her parents house Though Dayna has no experience in investigating and actually makes Ywood actress has done for some cashBut what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full on investigation As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life she wants than just reward money She’s determined to find the poor woman. ,
THIS BOOK I had a smile on my face the entire time I read HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE Dayna s voice leaps off the page her humor and wit a breath of fresh air The mystery eeps the pages flipping and oh my Godthe romance It s subtle and perfect Omari is mine Called dibs This was a blast of a read that shouldn t be missed Humour is a particularly individual reader taste and this wasn t really my style I found the characters superficial but I think others would find them fun Superficial in their interests and in their thin characterization there wasn t a lot of backstory for some and they didn t seem
plausible Some had particular vocal tics but then the narrator commented onSome had particular vocal tics but then the narrator commented
on like I wouldn t notice That seems like a debut authorlike I wouldn t notice That seems like a debut author of flaw The heroine Dayna goes charging into situations without thinking maybe because she s desperate to earn a reward save her parents home from foreclosure but she comes off as not too bright The plot drags at times long after a particular clue becomes obvious but there s also some well paced action and dialogue It s uneven The plot advances by means of endless red herrings and Dayna accuses every one of them It gets old But I did like some things about Dayna who cares about her friends and family I liked the romance "subplot and found it entirely plausible that she d freak out when the old friend she s "and found it entirely plausible that she d freak out when the old friend she s a crush on forever makes a move on her I liked that mostly it was the female friends who worked together to solve the crime and rescued each other Dayna is or was a wannabe actress and she s unapologetic about her boob job And it s a cozy comic mystery by and about a Black woman in a largely lily white subgenre Finally Hollywood Homicide was able to absorb me during a bout of anxiety insomnia and for that I am very grateful A lot of first book flaws but also some charm and potential I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy of this book I was sucked in from the opening scene of this fun cozy mystery The main character Dayna is so cool and fun to hang out with When she happens upon the trail of a mystery that could earn her a big reward she decides to play amateur detective chasing down leads and thinking she can solve a crime and make some money But her snooping could get her in big trouble Her adventures take her through all Educating for the New World Order kinds of neighborhoods in Hollywood and Dayna encounters people from all walks of life This is a great read Don t miss it Best book everwritten by me Also only book written by me soSeriously I ve wanted to write a book since I was 5 and still can t believe it is happening Thank you everyone for reading it I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this fresh funny twisty turny mystery I m looking forward to the next Detective by Day mystery This one was loads of fun Finally a cozy mystery with a person of colour in this case an African American woman as the amateur smart detective I learned lots of interesting little nuggets about the Hollywood industry too The author poked fun at Hollywood but it was all light hearted jest and it never got too much for me Get ready for uite a few twists I didn t see most of them coming and theyept me guessing The next book in the series is coming out soon and I m excited to get back into the world of Day and her friends again First comes the review and then if you Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock keep reading you ll get the funny story of how I crossed paths with the author of this one How s that for a teaserDayna Anderson had 15 minutes of fame thanks to starring in a string of TV commercials for a fast food chicken place However after losing that gig she s now struggling to get by and she s desperate to make some uick cash to prevent the bank from foreclosing on her parents house Inspiration comes after Dayna sees a billboard offering a large cash reward for tips on the hit and run death of a young woman and Dayna realizes that she and some friends had almost been struck by a reckless car that was most likely the same one thatilled the girl At first Dayna is just hoping that finding out the details of the crime will help jog her memory so that she can give the cops a clue and claim the reward but soon she finds herself drawn into the mystery Once Dayna sets out to find the Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder All the semi famous mega broke black actress wants is to help her parents The Character Of An Upright Man keep their house After witnessing a deadly hit and run she figures pursuing the fifteen grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Holl.