by Mary Miley
My rating: 4 stars
Series: Roaring Twenties Mystery - Book 2
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery-Adults
Print Length: 320 pages
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Vaudeville actress Leah Randall took on her most daring role ever when
she impersonated missing heiress Jessie Carr in order to claim Jessie’s
inheritance in The Impersonator. Now that the dust has settled
around that tumultuous time in her life, Leah has adopted Jessie’s name
as her own and moved to Hollywood, where she's taken a modest but steady
job in the silent film industry.
Jessie’s thrilled when Bruno
Heilmann, a movie studio bigwig, invites her to a party. She’s even more
delighted to run into a face from her past at that party. But the
following day, Jessie learns that sometime in the wee hours of the
morning both her old friend and Bruno Heilmann were brutally murdered.
She’s devastated, but with her skill as an actress, access to the
wardrobes and resources of a film studio, and a face not yet famous
enough to be recognized, Jessie is uniquely positioned to dig into the
circumstances surrounding these deaths. But will doing so put her own
life directly in the path of a murderer?
With Silent Murders,
MB/MWA First Crime Novel Competition winner Mary Miley has crafted
another terrifically fun mystery, this time set in the dizzying,
dazzling heart of jazz-age Hollywood.
Silent Murders by Mary Miley
Imagine living in the era of the legends of silent films, the air of excitement and glamor, excess and glitz. That is just where Mary Miley takes us in Silent Murders an historical mystery that uses the giants of the day, Douglas Fairbanks, Myrna Loy, Mary Pickford and more in supporting roles to Jessie, who has left her vaudeville days behind her, along with her days as a faux heiress. Working in the heart of the industry as an assistant script girl, the rush of the Hollywood hype, brushing elbows with the movers and shakers of Tinsel Town, Jessie tries desperately to keep her past a secret from those around her. Likeable, intelligent and endlessly curious, Jessie finds herself in the middle of murder and mayhem and the suspects could be anyone, a starlet, an over the hill actress, a producer falling on bad times, anyone. Determined to discover what is going on, once again, Jessie finds herself almost over her head in bodies, motive and opportunity. When a piece of her past shows up quite unexpectedly, the world Jesse adores for its energy and life may come crumbling down, and the spark ignited by the frenzied passion of the Roaring Twenties may be pulled from her grasp. Meanwhile, can she get to the bottom of these murders?
May Miley has created an atmosphere that screams wild, excessive and crazy-good fun, from the awe of the Rich and Famous to soul deep beat of Jazz, like stepping out of a time machine, where people really interacted with people, innocence was more than a novelty and the only thing quiet in town were the silent movies.
Fun reading, upbeat reading that will almost have your feet tapping to the background music you would swear was playing.
I received an ARC edition from Minotaur Books in exchange for my honest review.