Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett
Summary: Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder, but after witnesessing a deadly hit-and-run, the semi-famous, mega-broker actress figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for money. What starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon becomes a full-on investigation as Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life.
A Fun Murder Mystery
What I loved about Hollywood Homicide that I don’t find in most mysteries is how fun of a read it was from beginning to end, which may be weird to say because this novel is definitely a story with death. Two characters are murdered in horrendous ways, but they are not gratuitous for the reader. Garrett is not shy to let the reader know how these characters died, but she doesn’t give all the gritty details that may turn off more sensitive readers. Readers who enjoy murder mysteries but don’t like books with too much violence should certainly give Hollywood Homicide a read.
A Cast of Characters
The diverse and engaging characters also kept me in the story. Out-of-work actress turned amateur detective Dayna Anderson was relatable, and the reason for her to turn to solving crime was very much believable. I also enjoyed the elements of Hollywood in the story. Together Dayna and her BFF Sienna were the Lucy and Ethel of the story. Even when they were in danger, they always managed to get a chuckle out of me from something they either did or said. Dayna with Aubrey are the unlikely and reluctant partners who actually work well together as strangers who come together to solve a crime. I even enjoyed the “Will They or Won’t They” chemistry between Dayna and Omari.
Hollywood Homicide felt different from many of the murder mysteries I’ve read in the past, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I always love reading a story where the main character is a black woman just being regular. Although the story did not end with a cliffhanger, I still want to continue reading the next book in the series. If you are looking for a light muder mystery, then Hollywood Homicide is the way to go. Rating: Carpe Librum