Friday, May 16, 2014

"Murder on the Red Carpet"

The last thing Arlena Madison and Penelope Sutherland expect to find while searching for their runaway dog, Zazoo, is a beautiful young girl buried in the snow on the side of the road. When the police discover that the murdered girl was obsessed with Arlena, an up-and-coming actress, questions arise about possible connections between the victim and the legendary Madison family. Arlena has just been cast as the lead actress in iconic film director Salvatore Marco's next movie. If she can prove herself as a serious actress, it might just be her ticket out of the cut-rate horror movie world.

Penelope has just gotten her big break, too. Her company, Red Carpet Catering, has booked its first real job on the Marco movie, cooking every meal during filming. She can't believe her luck, working with the famous director and also with her best friend, Arlena. But when serious accidents begin threatening the lives of the cast and crew, the whole production is in danger of being shut down.

Detective Joseph Baglioni, a childhood friend of Penelope's, tracks the killer who lurks among the stars. His search leads him into the world of celebrity stalkers, aggressive paparazzi, crazed fans, and Hollywood deal makers, all with agendas of their own. In a desperate race to catch a killer, he discovers that past mistakes don't always stay buried and the lies people tell have the power to undo them.

My Thoughts...

Shawn Reilly Simmons has written a fun cozy mystery with a heroine who is a caterer, some romance, plenty of intrigue, suspense and a cute little doggie, Zazoo thrown into the mix.

The novel was a fun, fast, cozy read that kept me entertained right up to the surprise ending. It was a delightful treat to read.

This is the first book by Ms. Simmons, and I thought it was a wonderful book for her debut book. I don't know if it is going to be a series or not, but if there is another one in the series I will be willing to read it.

This book is part of my Kindle library and I enjoyed it so much I awarded it 4 "Red Carpet" stars.

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