Saturday, April 29, 2017
Design for Dying by Renee Patrick
Lillian Frost & Edith Head Mystery - #1
Oh my, this was fun to read! I am so glad it has a great cover because it was the cover that originally caught my eye. One of the women I follow on Twitter is a librarian whose job includes purchasing the books for the library and she likes to tweet out book covers and give her thoughts on them. So, she tweeted this cover, I was intrigued, I went to check the blurb and promptly added it to my 'to acquire' list. It recently went on sale (as of this writing it's still $2.99 at Kobo) so I was very quick to pick it up.
And it's delicious!! I love the setting - 1937 Hollywood. The characters are terrific. The heroine, Lillian Frost is right out of one of those detective movies of the 30s and 40s and I liked her right away. I've been a huge fan of Edith Head for decades and love the way the authors (Renee Patrick is the pseudonym for the husband and wife team of Rosemarie and Vince Keenan.) have portrayed her. The other supporting characters are perfect. Gene, the stalwart police detective. Vi, Ready and Kay friends of Lillian's who are wonderfully quirky. Even the suspects in the murder case are great. Some might call them all stereotypical, but they all evoke the genre so well that it's delightful!
I honestly felt like I was watching a movie. Everything worked. Even the plot of the mystery. I thought person X did it, then maybe it was person Y then maybe it was Z and B working together, then back to X again all the while waiting for the one clue that would make me believe it was person N coming in from left field. *LOL*
I guess one would term this a cozy style mystery even if it does take place in the decadent environs of Hollywood. And I'll admit, they are not my favourite, but this one... I LOVED IT! Can't wait to read the second one!
I highly recommend this - especially if you're a mystery fan and an old-time Hollywood fan.