The Year We Had Murder
The latest Matt Kile Mystery is a frisky, sometimes over-the-top, romp through Hollywood, a town with its own manner, imagery, and code of conduct. Matt finds himself smack dab in the middle of the craziness when he’s invited to a Hollywood party where nothing is as it seems. The party is at the home of a famous film producer, who’s married to the big screen’s current sex symbol. Matt takes his favorite date, Clarice Talmadge, to the gathering of silicone starlets and movie moguls. This stylish murder mystery could be called an edgy cozy or a private detective story absent gratuitous violence. The one thing it isn’t is a predictable story of murder. One of the editors described it as a tongue-in-cheek slide into an unexpected conclusion.
A Very English Murder
England, 1920 . Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years traveling the world: taking tea in China, tasting alligators in Peru, escaping bandits in Persia and she has just arrived in England after a chaotic forty-five-day flight from South Africa. Chipstone is about the sleepiest town you could have the misfortune to meet. And to add to these indignities – she’s now a Lady . Lady Eleanor, as she would prefer not to be known, reluctantly returns to her uncle’s home, Henley Hall. Now Lord Henley is gone, she is the owner of the cold and musty manor. What’s a girl to do? Well, befriend the household dog, Gladstone, for a start, and head straight out for a walk in the English countryside, even though a storm is brewing …