June 17, 2019

#BookReview: The Jean Harlow Bombshell (A Classic Star Biography Mystery #1) by Mollie Cox Bryan


Synopsis: When it comes to writing Golden Age Hollywood biographies, the pen is deadlier than the sword
Justine Turner is a world-famous biographer of Hollywood stars. She's also Charlotte Donovan's overbearing boss.

So it comes as no surprise to Charlotte when Justine requests an emergency meeting related to her latest in-progress biography. It is a surprise, though, when Justine up and dies before their urgent discussion can begin.
In the wake of such a tragedy, all Charlotte wants to do is finish the Jean Harlow biography that Justine had started. Instead, she finds herself in grave danger—stalked both online and in person by a drop-dead Jean Harlow look-alike. Together with police sergeant Den Brophy, Charlotte uncovers shocking revelations. But will these revelations be enough to catch the killer?


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About the Author:  Mollie Cox Bryan (Virginia) is the author of the Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. Mollie is distantly related to Jean Harlow.


Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: If you love the Golden Age then this one is for you!!  This one quickly became a page turner that I couldn't not put down.  I loved the old timey feel of the story and all the Hollywood Glamour of this time period.  I am not sure if this is a debut but if it is this author is one to look out for and if its not then man I will totally be checking out this author's other stories.  It did get a little slower during the last half of the story which really kind of sucked. But it wasn't so much that it ruined the story completely.   


Overall, this was a great story that I could not put down!! If you are looking for an old Hollywood story with murder check this one out! 



Go Into This One Knowing: Bogged Down towards last half







Praise:
"The Jean Harlow Bombshell is a page-turner, a modern whodunit threaded with Golden Age Hollywood glamour. Its protagonist, Charlotte Donovan, is a sleuth for our times, flawed, bright, and eminently relatable. Factor in the delicious elements of romance, friendship, and family, and you have a mystery as captivating as Jean Harlow's (still missing) star sapphire ring."—Jess Lourey, author of Salem's Cipher and Mercy's Chase


"Impressively detailed in its Hollywood research, for reasons a brief afterword makes pleasingly clear."―Kirkus Reviews

"The Jean Harlow Bombshell is a page-turner, a modern whodunit threaded with Golden Age Hollywood glamour. Its protagonist, Charlotte Donovan, is a sleuth for our times, flawed, bright, and eminently relatable. Factor in the delicious elements of romance, friendship, and family, and you have a mystery as captivating as Jean Harlow's (still missing) star sapphire ring."―Jess Lourey, author of Salem's Cipher and Mercy's Chase

"Twisty, fascinating, and gently edgy, this mixture of vintage Hollywood and contemporary New York will delight fans of the traditional mystery as well as those craving a modern read. Loved it!"―Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author of Trust Me

"Mollie Cox Bryan concocts a fascinating mystery with more twists than a pretzel factory. Bryan's skillful portrayal of Charlotte and best friend Kate make it fun to follow them as they work through to the solution. An entertaining read, a steady pace, and memorable characters to meet."―Reviewing the Evidence











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