Thursday, October 10, 2013

"Tinseltown Riff" Book Tour

Tinseltown Riff centers on Ben Prine, a thirty-something Hollywood screenwriter who, on a Labor Day weekend, finds himself in desperate straits. Latching on to a dubious last-minute opportunity, he unwittingly embarks on a collision course with a Montana tracker connected with a Vegas mob; an odyssey which culminates in a showdown on an abandoned Western movie set.
My Thoughts...
“Tinseltown Riff" by Shelly Frome, took me on a trip through the movie industry, at least I think it was the movie industry! I had trouble being drawn into the story and following some of the dialogue. I'm wondering if this was because I'm older in age, and my mind just was not absorbing what a younger mind does. I don't know...My apologies to the author, Shelly Frome...

From C.J. Rodriguez, the Hispanic wild surfer undercover cop, to Leo the mad Russian whose visa is about to expire, Mrs. Melnick who will do anything to get on the Jay Leno show, Ray the sleazy front man from Vegas under the gun from the mob, to Angelique, the desperate rock star on the skids, I was totally lost most of the time. Oh, and let’s not forget Molly, the actress wannabe who happens to be a younger version of the desperate rock star, and Deke, the cowboy with a mission and not much conscience.

 On this stroll through the industry, you’ll be watching over Ben’s shoulder as he does his best to make it in the Big Time, only to trip and fall, time and time again.

What could all of these people possibly have in common with Ben? I guess you will have to read the book to find out. I'm sure you will enjoy it much more then I did.
Thanks to the publishers who provided this book to read and review.
 I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

About Shelly Frome:
Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of mysteries, books on theater and film, and articles on the performing arts appearing in a number of periodicals in the U.S. and the U.K. He is also a film critic and a contributor to writers’ blogs.
His fiction includes Lilac Moon, Sun Dance for Andy Horn, the trans-Atlantic cozy The Twinning Murders and Twilight of the Drifter, a southern gothic crime-and-blues odyssey. Among his works of non-fiction are the acclaimed The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Tinseltown Riff, his latest novel, is both a social commentary and a Hollywood crime caper.
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  1. Gigi Ann, thanks for sharing your honest thoughts about this book. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it more.

  2. I am lost too just by reading your mentions of all these characters:) I don't think I will like the book even though I am young.

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  3. Thanks for your honest review and for taking part in the tour.

  4. Thanks for the honest review Gigi Ann!