Design For Dying

Design For Dying

eBook - 2016
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When her former roommate and party girl, Ruby Carroll, is murdered, Lillian Frost, in 1937 Los Angeles, must team up with actress Edith Head to solve the mystery, which pits them against a Hungarian princess on a lam, a hotshot director on the make and a private investigator who's not on the level.

McMillan Palgrave

Los Angeles, 1937. Lillian Frost has traded dreams of stardom for security as a department store salesgirl . . . until she discovers she's a suspect in the murder of her former roommate, Ruby Carroll. Party girl Ruby died wearing a gown she stole from the wardrobe department at Paramount Pictures, domain of Edith Head.

Edith has yet to win the first of her eight Academy Awards; right now she's barely hanging on to her job, and a scandal is the last thing she needs. To clear Lillian's name and save Edith's career, the two women join forces.

Unraveling the mystery pits them against a Hungarian princess on the lam, a hotshot director on the make, and a private investigator who's not on the level. All they have going for them are dogged determination, assists from the likes of Bob Hope and Barbara Stanwyck, and a killer sense of style. In show business, that just might be enough.

The first in a series of riveting behind-the-scenes mysteries, Renee Patrick's Design for Dying is a delightful romp through Hollywood's Golden Age.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781466884588
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eBooks
Characteristics: 1 online resource (317 pages)
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Jun 15, 2018

Lillian has a mild, dry humor to her, and though she hasn't yet found her ideal place in life, she's got a good head on her shoulders. There's a crisp smartness to the story's style, and it's entertaining without trivializing the murder or the seamy side of Hollywood glamour.

While this is a Lillian Frost & Edith Head novel, it's told from Lillian's perspective. So I would've liked if she ultimately played a stronger role in the solving of the case, instead of more or less being along for the ride when the rubber finally meets the road.

Still, the story's nod to Lillian's mother's legacy is touching. And in all, as the novel has left me in the mood to once again watch the 1937 version of A Star is Born, I think it's done its job.

Apr 15, 2018

Enjoyed the characters in this book, both fictional and real. The writing was a bit long winded, but the down to earth heroine, with the help of Edith Head, the Oscar winning costume designer, kept it going. I'm looking forward to the second in this series.

Oct 02, 2017

I am not the right audience for this book. It is fashion, design, and starlets of the old Hollywood era. The murder and solving thereof is a tangent, not the focus of the book. Don't let my inability to appreciate it stop you from checking it out.

Oct 22, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. Witty writing and great characters, I can hardly wait for the next one.


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