BOOK Hollywood Homicide AUTHOR Kellye Garrett – chernov–art.com
This fun cozy mystery The main character Dayna is so cool and fun to hang out with When she happens upon the trail of a mystery that could earn her a big reward she decides to play amateur detective chasing do In this first book in the Detective by Day series former actress Dayna Anderson is on the trail of a hit and run driverLike lots of gals in Hollywood Dayna Anderson wanted to be famous and she wasfor a while The pretty black actress was the face of Chubby s Chickencommercials for two years until they went in a different direction Since then Dayna has retired from acting and supports herself with temp positions as best she can This makes it tough for Dayna to buy gas for her Pepto Bismol pink car or minutes for her pay as you go phone To save money Dayna has even moved into a combination bedroomshoe closet bloset in her friend s apartment When Dayna hears that her parents can t pay their mortgage and are about to lose their house she has to find a way to come up with extra cashfast So Dayna decides she ll try to collect the 15000 reward for information on the hit and run murder of a young woman named Haley Joseph Dayna realizes that she and her friends were in the vicinity of the incident and actually got a glimpse of a speeding car This is the start of Dayna s convoluted and hilarious investigationDayna s friends Sienna Emme and Omari help with her inuiries Sienna is a fashionista who s adept at hovering near celebrities when paparazzi are around so she can get into the pictures Sienna hopes to have a reality show some day Emme likes to stay home in her roomful of computers where she shops plays online games IMs people and hacks into accounts she s an identical twin to Toni Abrams an Oscar nominated actress who was People s most beautiful woman And Omari is a handsome budding television star that Dayna has crushed on since high school wh. Ywood actress has done for some cashBut what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full on investigation As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life she wants than just reward money She’s determined to find the poor woman.
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En the actor makes a mini pass at Dayna she inadvertently freaks outmuch to her regret Dayna also partners up with Aubrey S Adams Parker a bicycle riding ex copprivate detective who wears a bright orange reflector suit While Dayna is trying to track down the hit and run driver who struck Haley the cops are on the trail of a team of robbers nicknamed The Rack Pack who break into celebrities homes and steal clothes jewelry and cash Recently The Rack Pack targeted singerrapper Kandy Wrapper and her basketball player boyfriend Could their next target be Toni AbramsDayna s uest to find the iller and maybe romance takes her all around Hollywood including a consignment store Clothes Encounters where Haley worked an auto mechanic shop a movie premiere a luxurious mansion and the set of a TV show Dayna also engages in break ins stake outs car chases and foot pursuits often in her Pink Panther stilettos To get the 15000 reward Dayna has to give her information to the police tip line and her calls to the gum snapping woman who monitors the line are very funny especially since Dayna accuses one person after another of being Haley s The Witches killer Important secondary characters in the story include Haley s boyfriend Victory her co workers Betty Natalie and Marina a Hollywood talent manager Montgomery Rose and Sienna s black gay male counterpart Fab The book has a refreshing angle on the cozy mystery genre because Dayna isn t trying to outsmart and outmaneuver the cops She just wants the reward money and maybe to get ailler off the streets I like this approach and look forward to of Dayna s adventures To use one of Dayna s favorite words I smiled a Splinter kajillion times while I was reading this book Highly recommended to fans of cozy mysteries Thanks to Netgalley the author Kellye Garrett and the publisher Midnight Ink for a copy of the book You can follow my reviews at. ’siller too When she connects the accident to a notorious Hollywood crime spree Dayna chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots celeb homes and movie premieres She loves every second until someone tries to ill herAnd there are no second takes in real life.
THIS BOOK I had a smile on my face the entire time I read HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE Dayna s voice leaps off the page her humor and wit a breath of fresh air The mystery eeps the pages flipping and oh my Godthe romance It s subtle and perfect Omari is mine Called dibs This was a blast of a read that shouldn t be missed After one moderately successful commercial campaign Dayna Anderson Day to her friends has given up on becoming an actress The problem is she still has bills that need to be paid and parents who are in danger of losing their home So when she sees a billboard offering a reward for information on a hit and run and she realizes she and her friends were there she figures she can provide the information How hard could it beThis being a novel it turns out to be plenty hard but that s a great thing for us The book provides some twists turns and dead ends before Day pieces this together correctly Along the way we get to The Princes Mistress know a wide variety of interesting characters I can t wait to see again The overall tone is light with plenty of humor including some accurate observations about the area of the country I call home This truly is a wonderful debutNOTE I received an ARC of this bookRead my full review at Carstairs Considers This one was loads of fun Finally a cozy mystery with a person of colour in this case an African American woman as the amateur smart detective I learned lots of interesting little nuggets about the Hollywood industry too The author poked fun at Hollywood but it was all light hearted jest and it never got too much for me Get ready for uite a few twists I didn t see most of them coming and theyept me guessing The next book in the series is coming out soon and I m excited to get back into the world of Day and her friends again I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy of this book I was sucked in from the opening scene of. Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder All the semi famous mega broke black actress wants is to help her parents eep their house After witnessing a deadly hit and run she figures pursuing the fifteen grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Holl.
Kellye Garrett’s first novel Hollywood Homicide was released by Midnight Ink in August 2017 and was named one of BookBub’s Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time In addition to receiving starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal it won the Agatha Anthony Lefty and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for best first novel It was also nominated for the Macavity Award for Best First