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Official Review: A Touch of Homicide by Peter S. Fischer

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Official Review: A Touch of Homicide by Peter S. Fischer

Post Number:#1 by MarisaRose
» 08 Feb 2017, 13:32

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Touch of Homicide" by Peter S. Fischer.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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A Touch of Homicide by Peter S Fischer is the twelfth installment in the author’s Hollywood Murder Mystery Series, yet this book succeeds on many levels as a standalone novel. Written in a similar style as the works of Agatha Christie, A Touch of Homicide is a typical “whodunit” mystery. Joe Bernardi is a partner in one of the most successful management and publicity firms in the Hollywood film industry. Shockingly, Joe and his long time hero, Orson Welles, become prime suspects in the twisted murder investigation of a distasteful producer. The crime scene is filled with clues, each pointing to a different suspect. The many twists and turns of the story, along with the abundance of unsavory suspects, will keep readers guessing right up to the end.

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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Re: Official Review: A Touch of Homicide by Peter S. Fischer

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 13 Feb 2017, 15:11

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.
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Re: Official Review: A Touch of Homicide by Peter S. Fischer

Post Number:#3 by gali
» 14 Feb 2017, 00:05

Sounds good! I like “whodunit” mystery with plenty of twists and turns of the story.
Great job on the review!
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Re: Official Review: A Touch of Homicide by Peter S. Fischer

Post Number:#4 by MarisaRose
» 14 Feb 2017, 06:55

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! :tiphat:
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Post Number:#5 by rbhavsar236
» 23 Feb 2017, 05:12

nice story.
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Re: Official Review: A Touch of Homicide by Peter S. Fischer

Post Number:#6 by jamesabr
» 23 Feb 2017, 07:34

I'm glad that this first installment of the series is reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Her series were a cozy favorite in my household at one time. :D

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!
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Re: Official Review: A Touch of Homicide by Peter S. Fischer

Post Number:#7 by mindyg123
» 23 Feb 2017, 10:31

Great review. Sounds like a wonderful story, Hollywood intrigue and mystery has me hooked. Added it to my TBR list. Congratulations on being BOTD!
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Post Number:#8 by ellieonline03
» 23 Feb 2017, 10:57

Thank you for an honest review! My interest was piqued immediately. Mystery thrillers are really right up my alley. I will add it to my to-read list.
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Re: Official Review: A Touch of Homicide by Peter S. Fischer

Post Number:#9 by Jeyran Main
» 23 Feb 2017, 11:00

I like a mystery, and although it is hard to review a book like that, without giving away the thrill, I enjoyed your review.

I have purchased the book on my kindle and look forward to reading it.
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Re: Official Review: A Touch of Homicide by Peter S. Fischer

Post Number:#10 by dinoguy
» 23 Feb 2017, 11:07

It's a mixed bag for me when it comes to this type of mystery. The review has given me enough insight to perhaps take a stab at reading this book. Though I prefer more thought provoking reads, I'm not opposed to reading books like this because the nature of it is enticing to me. I'd be willing to give it a go based on this review.
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Post Number:#11 by Sarah_Khan
» 23 Feb 2017, 11:15

Great job on the review! This book sounds great for fans of Agatha Christie, although I'm not sure it's for me since I tend to stay away from fluffy narratives. :P
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Post Number:#12 by Aakaraw
» 23 Feb 2017, 11:17

Fun murder mystery!!
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Post Number:#13 by Queen Carmen
» 23 Feb 2017, 11:24

Good review MarisaRose ~ Though not the type of book I like to read ( I like mysteries with a lot of action), it's good that you were able to read a book that you enjoyed when giving a review. Great job on BOTD Peter S. Fischer!
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Re: Official Review: A Touch of Homicide by Peter S. Fischer

Post Number:#14 by tarafarah7
» 23 Feb 2017, 11:50

I'm looking forward to reading this mystery! Thank you for the review! I love mysteries...my absolute favorite genre! Headed to Amazon to make my purchase! Yay!!
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Post Number:#15 by papaya12
» 23 Feb 2017, 12:00

This book looks great! Just not sure how long your sitting down for if it can easily be read in one sitting 😏.
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