The Glamorous Dead [E–pub/Kindle]
Thank you so much to Kensington *Books for giving me an ARC of The Glamorous Dead by Suzanne Gates via Netgalley in *for giving me an ARC of The Glamorous Dead by Suzanne Gates via Netgalley in for an honest reviewI m sorry but 15 I DNF it on 36% and I never DNF any book but this I tried I tried so much but this just didn t pull me I do not recommend this for people who has no idea what s happened in 1930s1940s Hollywood Yes I now I picked up a book set in 1930s Hollywood Yes Most of the action in Suzanne Gates s debut mystery THE GLAMOUROUS DEAD takes place in 1940 on a Hollywood movie set while Preston Sturges films his classic screwball comedy The Lady Eve Between takes and after hours the film s leading lady Barbara Stanwyck plays amateur sleuth to hours the film s leading lady Barbara Stanwyck plays amateur sleuth to the murder of one of the film s extras While the premise sounds like it will be a lightweight comedic mystery along the lines of Stuart M Kaminsky s Toby Peters series or George Baxt s novels featuring real celebrities solving fictional murders Gates s mystery is deadly serious THE GLAMOUROUS DEAD will remind genre lovers of Dorothy B Hughes s darker noir crime fiction especially the fever dream atmosphere and unreliable narrator in her 1947 classic IN A LONELY PLACEWhen her beautiful roommate disappears on Halloween and is later found buried in a shallow grave film extra Penny Harp becomes the LAPD s top murder suspect It doesn t help matters that Penny the narrator has a lot of secrets and seems to alienate everyone around her with the exception of the film s star Why is Stanwyck suddenly best buddies with this background performer Was Stanwyck s husband dashing actor Robert having an affair with the murdered girlTHE GLAMOUROUS DEAD alternates chapters of the two women trying to solve the murder with flashback chapters that begin to explain why neither woman is being completely honest with the other This moody and retro noir mystery pulls readers along with carefully revealed twists complex characters and unnerving apprehension In this dark and moody retro murder mystery actress Barbara Stanwyck turns amateur detective when a beautiful film extra is murdered I think a member of my book club summed it up nicely when she said This book should be re titled CALL YOUR BROTHERFirst of all I spent a good couple of pages wondering who the hell the main character was until I checked the back of the book jacket to remember it was Penny This book was not glamorous it was just one shit show after the other and I found myself frustrated with the main character because she wasn turgent about the murder that took place Also she new she saw her brother so Set in the dream factory of the 1940s this glittering debut novel follows a young Hollywood hopeful into a star studded web of scandal celebrity and murder The chipped pink nail polish is a dead giveaway no pun intended But when a human thumb is discovered near a Hollywood nightclub it doesn't take long for the police to identify its owner Miss Penny Harp would recognize that pink anywhere it belongs to her best friend Rosemary And so does the rest of the Overall story line FOUR glamourous stars The story takes place *In 1940 In Hollywood Penny Harp An Actress Wannabe Has *1940 in Hollywood Penny Harp an actress wannabe has herself in a middle of a murder investigation Two of her friends have been murdered and Penny suspects that both deaths are somehow connected Barbara Stanwyck befriends Penny during the making of one of the movies and helps her to find the truth During the investigation Penny discovers non glamorous and dark secrets about her friends her brother and her employer Paramount The last secret holds everything together Penny later discovers that Paramount likes to fix any problems that come upon the company or people that work there Penny uestions everything and everyone and is eager to learn the truth but the truth can cost Penny her life Will she let Paramount fix her or will she end up just like her friendsI liked the idea of the story the place and the time when it took place However my opinion only the books is way too long too many characters and way too many background stories I had a very hard time focusing on the book and follow the storyline #I m biased but I loved this book A great evocation of the glitz and mystiue #m biased but I loved this book A great evocation of the glitz and mystiue golden era Hollywood serves as a backdrop for a compelling murder mysterypsychological suspense Fans of The Black Dahlia or the podcasts Hollywood Crime and You Must Remember This will find a lot to love I didn t like this book at all I really wanted to The description on the back of the book does not match the story It is not thrilling or suspenseful The protagonist is mostly an idiot or at least mentally unbalanced I could not see anyone doing the things she didAlthough we realize that sleazy things happened in Hollywood during that era the book made me feel sleazy just for reading it I There was no redemption for any of the characters I will probably not purchase any of Ms Gate s titles I do not see my library patrons enjoying this any than I did I received The Glamourous Dead by Suzanna Gates from Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a difficult book to read In all honesty I DNF d it w The Glamorous Dead by Suzanne Gate is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early NovemberAs a ind of 40s Hollywood murder mystery the cheeky guydame dialogue shines when it s coming from the likes of Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda but from its lead narrator a bit player for Paramount named Penny it comes off as pensive worrisome and insecure Either way it s dripping with just the facts testimonials Californian interpersonal critiue and the ind of pervasive pressure and sardoni. Assic comedy The Lady Eve where the star took an instant liking to her With Stany's powerful connections and no nonsense style she has no trouble following clues out of the studio backlot from the Los Angeles morgue to the Zanzibar Room to the dark winding streets of Beverly Hills But there's something Penny isn't telling her famous partner in crimesolving a not so glamorous secret that could lead them to Rosemary's iller or send Penny to the electric chai. .
summary The Glamorous Dead.
Ick up the phoneAlso the whole reason behind the murder in the first place wasn t the robbery or a *Up Or Anything Linear Like *or anything linear like I found it random And I enjoyed the first half by the time we came around to Will I started to loose interest and by the time we found out who did it and why I was just disappointed I will recommend this book to certain people who will enjoy it but I won t read it again Compulsively readable noir set in 1940 Hollywood The prose snaps in noirish patter and you feel like you re there I had a small problem with the motive and thought the ending was a bit flat but an enjoyable and stylish read all the same ARC received in exchange for an Honest Review Suzanne Gate s debut novel The Glamorous Dead brings you back in time to the 1940 s Hollywood with the glamour fame and dark secrets This is truly a captivating story that has you guessing on who did it and why they did it It is also filled with OMG that did not just happen moments This mysterythrillerhistorical will have goosebumps rising and you will be gripping onto your tablet or book yelling don t do it Penny is a young aspiring Hollywood hopeful She moves to Hollywood with her best friend in dreams of making a better life for herself When a human thumb with chipped nail polish is found Penny s life turns upside down with full hurricane force Being the number one suspect in her best friend murder Penny starts her own investigation to prove herself innocence Help comes from an unexpected source world famous movie star Barbara Stanwyck aka Stany With Stany s connections and take no prisoner attitude the journey to prove Penny s innocence is well on its way Penny holds her cards close to the heart not The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl knowing whom she can trust But when the unthinkable happens she must decide to trust someone and fast While I enjoyed reading this at times it was almost as if there was too much information given Information that wasn t exactly necessary to the story There were also times it felt as if the characters were just rambling on and on These things made it a little difficult to read I enjoyed this story because of the plot line of the 1940 s glamour and the mystery of old Hollywood The details of the backlots and stage settings made me feel like I was sitting on the stage with them A bonus to the story line is the use of and involvement of the 1940 popular celebrities I felt that added to the story of how captivating Hollywood was then and still is today I started off reading this story and thinking that I wouldn t be able to finish it but in the end I truly enjoyed the. Ody buried beneath it Rosemary with the beauty and talent who stood out from all other extras on the Paramount lot She was the one whose name was destined for a movie maruee not for the obituaries And for an extra twist now an LAPD detective thinks Penny is the one whoilled her Penny is determined to prove her innocence with a little help from an unlikely ally the world famous ueen of film noir Barbara Stanwyck Penny met Stany on the set of Paramount's cl.