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    Love this trip to 1930s Hollywood!

    DESIGN FOR DYING (Lillian Frost & Edith Head Mysteries:#1) Written by Renee Patrick APRIL 19, 2016, 320 Pages Genre: historical mystery, classic Hollywood, female detective (I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.) ★★★1/2 I was not sure about this book. I love the Golden Age of Hollywood and interested in Edith Head's design BUT as a detective? Yet, I was curious to see how Head would be involved and interested in the story and Lillian Frost as a character. Lillian Frost like many in her generation (1937) headed to Hollywood after winning some pageant contest in their hometown. Instead of dream of being an Actress, Lillian wants to work at Paramount behind the scenes. At the moment she is living on her own and working at department store. When her old friend, an inspiring actress, Ruby Carroll is found dead Lillian finds herself a suspect. When she discovers that the dress Ruby was wearing was stolen from Paramount she goes to Edith Head to confirm. Soon the two women find themselves looking into the murder. I really enjoyed this is light, funny and entertaining. The references to actors, actresses, directors, movies, etc were interesting. I found myself looking up people and incidents on Wikipedia while reading. I also liked the relationship between Edith and Lillian and Lillian's budding romance with the homicide detective. I recommend this novel to anyone who likes classic Hollywood, mysteries, historical mysteries and cozies.
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    The main heroine is smart, sensitive, and independent. I love period fiction and the authors do a great job of portraying 1930's Hollywood. I also like to play along in a murder mystery trying to solve the crime. At times I found the logic behind the clues was a little thin, or else this would have been a 5 stars for me.

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