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  • Police detectives in Hollywood

    The 1979 setting made me think of detective shows. In this interesting novella everything's not as it appears when it seems that an elderly woman committed multiple murders and then suicide at a movie studio. Two police detectives investigate the case. There's even a cat in the book so that lightens things up. I'd be interested in further adventures of these detectives. I'd recommend this to fans of police procedurals. There's some bad language, more than in the cozies written under other names by this author.

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  • Off Script

    L.A. Detectives Wallace and Howard are assigned to a multiple murder/suicide case at Monarch Studios. The year is 1979 and checking in with the precinct means finding the nearest payphone. But murders still need to be solved...not with computers, but with brains, interviews and good old fashioned police work. This short story was a good read and kept me interested from start to finish. The characters were enjoyable and I hope to read more stories about this partnership.

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  • A Great Read

    This was an interesting departure from the author's usual cozy mysteries. The setting in 1979 captured my attention having lived during this time before cell phones, widespread computer use and the internet were the norm. Amazing how anything got done without all the technology and we all survived. Hmm, like Howard and Wallace we all had to do research the old fashioned way and think on our feet. The rapport between the two detectives and the hints about their past and present personal lives made them seem real as did the subtle humor thrown into the mix which made me want to know more about them. Thoroughly enjoyed this whodunit and would like to see more of Howard and Wallace in action. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Great Hollywood themed story!

    This story is set in 1979, before cell phones or the internet. Even though the story is set back years ago, it doesn't make it old or outdated. In fact, it makes it fresh and different from a lot of books out there. The story centers around multiple murders in a script writing department. The story is well-written and I enjoyed the characters. It was a great read!

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  • Great Short Story

    I liked this book! I love the policemen, and would like to read more of their adventures. I know this is a one-off book, and L. L. Bartlett has several other excellent series, as herself and using other names, but this would make a great series!

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