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4 out of 4 stars
Review by MarisaRose
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Set in 1958, Fischer does a wonderful job capturing the essence of old Hollywood. From bottom feeding producers, to wives that are willing to do anything to progress their husband’s careers, this book is full of the scandal and intrigue one would expect of a Hollywood tale. For movie buffs, this book is a real treat. The mention of famous Hollywood stars like Orson Welles coupled with the characterization of wannabe actresses, producers, screenwriters, mobsters, and brainless cops really create a distinct mood for the story to unfold upon.
The narrative moved along quickly and held my interest throughout. At only about 200 pages, the book can easily be read in one sitting. The author masterfully intertwines the narrator’s personal troubles with the murder mystery. Aside from Bernardi’s curiosity about the murder, he is also tasked with investigating the whereabouts of his missing girlfriend, Bunny. The secondary plot helped to not only humanize the narrator, but also worked to hold the reader’s interest.
Though A Touch of Homicide was a great read, it definitely falls into the “whodunit” and “cozy mystery” categories and for that reason, it may not be for everyone. Those looking for a mystery with lots of substance and thrill will be disappointed by the easy going and relatively fluffy narrative A Touch of Homicide has to offer. The narrative structure as well as the characters and motives are nothing special. What makes the book so distinctive is the playful writing style and likable narrator.
Though this book may not be for everyone, it truly was enjoyable to read and thus, I rate A Touch of Homicide 4 out of 4 stars. I look forward to reading some of the other installments in The Hollywood Murder Series. Fans of cozy mysteries, movie buffs, and those who enjoy reading about 1950’s Hollywood will take great pleasure in reading Fischer’s work.
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kandscreeley wrote:I like a good easy going mystery every once in a while. Sometimes it's nice just to read something easy. Thanks for the review.
I agree! I usually prefer books that really make me think but this one was a nice change of pace! Thanks for reading my review
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gali wrote:Sounds good! I like “whodunit” mystery with plenty of twists and turns of the story.
Great job on the review!
This is definitely a fun one! Thank you for the kind words!
The narrator's life sounds intriguing, especially with the addition of the mob and wannabe actresses, producers, and screenwriters. I don't mind the fluffy nature that you carefully noted.
Thanks for the review!
I have purchased the book on my kindle and look forward to reading it.