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Successful young writer Marjorie McClelland leads a solitary, comfortable life in the quiet, post-prohibition town of Ridgebury, CT. Her tranquil life is disrupted when Creighton Ashcroft, a British heir with time and money to burn, purchases a deserted mansion with a mysterious history on the outskirts of town. Instantly smitten with the talented and beautiful Marjorie, CSuccessful young writer Marjorie McClelland leads a solitary, comfortable life in the quiet, post-prohibition town of Ridgebury, CT. Her tranquil life is disrupted when Creighton Ashcroft, a British heir with time and money to burn, purchases a deserted mansion with a mysterious history on the outskirts of town. Instantly smitten with the talented and beautiful Marjorie, Creighton craftily arranges an intimate meeting, but the mood is spoiled when they stumble across a body while touring the ample grounds of Creighton's new estate. With the intention of reaping the story's literary benefits, the two forge an unlikely partnership and research the mansion's sordid past, but they soon find themselves in the middle of an unfolding series of hidden murders and family deceit. On top of this, the handsome detective assigned to the case has caught Marjorie's attention--and Creighton's suspicious eye. The trio must work together to break through a web of deceptively demure townspeople and the discreet upper class to solve the mystery of the mansion's past before becoming victims themselves. Filled with rumor and humor, this historical thriller delights to its captivating close. ...

Title : Million Dollar Baby
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Million Dollar Baby Reviews

  • Lynx
    2019-04-29 15:23

    Creighton Ashcroft is a wealthy British heir whose come across the pond to settle down in small town life in Connecticut where none of the big city worries and gossip can reach him. After crossing paths with Marjorie McClelland, a local mystery writer, Creighton realizes the smaller the town, the bigger the secrets. After the pair stumble across a skeleton in Creighton's garden, the duo team up to uncover the mystery, a perfect discovery to solve Marjorie's writers block and solve a 5 year old murder along the way. Thoroughly enjoyed this delightful cozy mystery. Light, mindless fun that brought to mind the old screwball classics.Excited to find that there are more in the series and will definitely be reading those in the future!*Thank you Midnight Ink and Netgalley for this review copy.

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2019-05-18 11:04

    I don't know if I'll ever finish this book. I keep trying and giving up because the writing is so very poor. The authoress is straining very hard to "do" Nick and Nora Charles, but honey, they've already been done--by a much better writer. His plots may be full of holes, but he can express himself in clear, concise language, which is more than you've managed to do. I admit, I'm an ESL teacher and translator. Words are my job. But this person couldn't pass her First Certificate in English unless she bribed the examiners--the Use of English section would blow her away. I find it very, very hard to believe that the authoress has a degree in English. I find it hard to believe she is a native English speaker, at times. Apparently she didn't pay attention to any of the classes on basic mechanics, style etc., let alone the proper use of prepositions and their meanings. I am less than halfway through, and I find myself closing the book in exasperation because the text itself is so hard to read, due to the glaring errors that would have failed her in my eighth-grade Composition class. And WHERE was a proofreader/editor? This made it into a published paperback??? Just a sampling of the horrors:1. "The search was called short" instead of "cut short." 2. "Those are five words wide open to suspect." In the mouth of a wealthy, educated 1930s Englishman? Cringe.3. Jameson is at one point "in the process of verbalising his doubts." 4. Then we have the authoress' penchant for replacement verbs for "said", many of which are knee-jerkingly misused. For example, in the same dinner-dance scene, He summoned loudly.A person with a supposed degree in English doesn't know that "summoned" is a transitive verb!5.We won't even discuss her obsession with the word "upon."6. Then you have such nonsense gems as "It had been an idyllic, if somewhat flawed, evening." The parenthetical clause is bad enough, but it makes no freakin' sense!! Something which is flawed cannot be idyllic by definition!! The ideal or perfect cannot be somewhat flawed. Cum Laude in English and business, says the author's GR blurb. Where did the author get her degree? In the mail?.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-28 14:16

    This is the first of (so far, three) mysteries featuring mystery writer Marjorie McClelland.The setting is Connecticutt, 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression, and it's fairly clear Ms. Meade is a fan of those old 1930s movies because the book hearkens back to them beautifully. You fully expect William Powell and Katharine Hepburn to walk through the door at any moment.Everything starts when Marjorie meets Mr. Creighton Ashcroft, a wealthy Brit who has just purchased the local mansion. He is instantly smitten with Marjorie (and this reader was instantly smitten with him), and about the only flaw in the thing is that Marjorie seems immune to his charms -- she does, however, take a fancy to the handsome Detective Jameson assigned to the case, when she and Creighton discover the remains of a dead body while exploring the grounds of his new estate.A nice mix of screwball romance and mystery, with the time period convincingly evoked.

  • Julie
    2019-05-10 10:06

    A wealthy, young British man retires to a rural town in the US where he meets and falls for a young mystery writer. While giving her a tour of his house and grounds, the two stumble across a skeleton. I made it about half of the way through before surrendering. I didn't care enough about any of the characters or the plot to continue.The author tried to write clever bantering between the two main characters and it just didn't work. I got the sense she was trying to develop characters with the charm, charisma, and chemistry of Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man, but the characters weren't charming or charismatic and the chemistry felt forced. The story line was nicely paced, but there was no real tension or any points of interest that made me want to keep reading.

  • Susan
    2019-05-03 11:07

    entertaining period piece...no deep thinking required...a light fun read

  • Andree
    2019-04-25 09:16

    DNF'd this a few weeks ago after admitedly only 30ish pages, because every single thing about it annoyed me. She's a plucky bright young thing! He's a billionaire! With the worst case of insta-love I've ever seen. I just, I couldn't deal.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-29 14:15

    I loved it. Funny characters, twisty plot mystery, nicely used of the english language from that era. Great finish. Every thing wrapped up like a tight yarn. The author gave the reader an idea of how men and women interacted on the 30's and how the world was after the market crash, how it affected people's situations and their thoughts of other people. I like that. I can see this story played out on Broadway.

  • Cece
    2019-05-18 17:34

    Suspend disbelief and just enjoy this one for what it is...a mental bonbon. Light, but entertaining, and left me looking for the next in the series.

  • Ruth
    2019-05-01 11:07

    Marjorie McClelland lives a quiet life in Ridgebury, a small town – think Jessica Fletcher’s hometown from Murder, She Wrote – where nothing exciting has happened in years. As a fairly successful mystery novelist, Marjorie’s profession and independent streak often put her at odds with some of Ridgebury’s more traditional residents. Under pressure to finish her latest book, Marjorie is thrilled with the arrival of a true novelty – the wealthy and worldly Creighton Ashcroft, a British heir with money and time to burn, both unusual attributes in the middle of the Great Depression. Creighton is immediately smitten with Marjorie, but when the two of them discover a body on the grounds of his newly-purchased home, she won’t give him the time of day once she meets the handsome investigating detective. Determined to win her, Creighton refuses to give up, and his amateur sleuthing partnership with Marjorie forces them to spend a great deal of time together. But their efforts to unmask a killer whose crimes have been buried for five years brings them closer to danger than either would’ve dared dream, and it’s a race to discover the truth before the killer can turn them into the next victims.Million Dollar Baby is proof that Amazon is way too familiar with my reading habits and preferences. Meade’s debut novel showed up recently as a “suggestion,” and when I read a review likening Marjorie and Creighton to Dorothy Sayers’s detectives Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, I knew I had to give the book a try. The Depression-era setting and a British sleuth named Creighton (love that!) prove to be an irresistible combination. Meade’s characters and storytelling style have an old-fashioned feel that makes it easy to visualize classic Hollywood actors like Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, or Myrna Loy and William Powell bringing Marjorie and Creighton to life on the silver screen. The way Marjorie and Creighton constantly needle each other, exchanging quips galore while dancing around the issue of their mutual attraction is the heart and soul of the novel and is very reminiscent of the screwball comedies of the 1930s. I really enjoyed Meade’s gently sarcastic sense of humor, and I absolutely loved watching Marjorie and Creighton’s relationship develop. The novel is paced fairly well, but it was the characters that kept me turning pages, not the mystery itself. Like Loy and Powell and their Thin Man movies, the Marjorie/Creighton relationship is what makes this book tick. The mystery is serviceable enough, with a few twists and turns that I didn’t necessarily see coming. But what kept me turning pages at a rapid-fire pace was the fun in watching Marjorie and Creighton establish their often prickly, always funny relationship. Million Dollar Baby is a trifle overly long, and there are a couple of spots where some judicious editing could’ve tightened the plot and pacing of the story, but those are relatively minor issues that didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the novel. If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie or Sayers, or the tone and pace of classic Hollywood films like The Thin Man, you’re in for a treat with Meade’s debut. Like the escapist filmmaking of the 1930s, Meade does a good job evoking classic Hollywood gloss and balancing that with an acknowledgment of the economic realities of the time. I’m hooked, and if Million Dollar Baby is any indication, Meade’s subsequent McClelland mysteries should hold great promise.

  • QNPoohBear
    2019-04-27 09:31

    In 1935 rural Connecticut, Miss Marjorie McClelland is tired of the gossip about her personal life or lack thereof. She's content to make a modest amount of money writing mystery novels and doesn't mind the only man in her life right now is her cat Sam. Then Creighton Ashcroft, the son of a wealthy British industrialist purchases Kensington House, the oldest house in town, and Marjorie finds herself in the middle of a mystery worthy of a novel. Creighton is madly in love with Marjorie and can't understand why she keeps flirting with Detective Jameson, the police officer in charge of solving the mystery of the skeleton found at Kensington House. Marjorie and Creighton convince Jameson to open a five-year-old mystery, believing it to be connected to the body found on the property. Creighton sees the opportunity to be with Marjorie and she sees the opportunity for romance with Jameson as well as fuel for a new book. No one is prepared for the web of deceit and treachery found in their small town. This story is a cross between a crime novel and a cozy mystery. Like a cozy it's set in a small town and features an amateur sleuth or two. Unlike cozy mysteries, the subject matter gets pretty dark and there's a bit of violence before it's all done. I wasn't prepared for that kind of plot but it did keep me interested and reading until I was done. I didn't guess at anything and think the mystery is well done. Where this book lost me is the characters. I couldn't stand either of the protagonists. The dialogue is wooden and unrealistic. I kept forgetting Creighton was supposed to be British and when he tossed in words like lift and lorry, it felt jarring. Marjorie seems like a modern kind of heroine but the second she meets a good looking man she starts behaving like a coquette. She is also a bit naive at times and experiences a few small cringe-worthy moments. She's constantly attacking Creighton and arguing with him like a child. Creighton's behavior is even more childish. He is used to getting what he wants and getting it immediately and will go to any lengths to get it. He applies this behavior to Marjorie. He fully expects her to love him back even though they only just met! Throughout the whole novel he behaves immaturely and I couldn't stand him. He only has a few charming, kind moments but not enough for me to like him. Jameson is a chivalrous gentleman and not really strong enough to deal with Marjorie's forceful personality but he never behaved as badly as Creighton. Noonan provides some comic relief. At first I didn't like him at all but then as he kept popping in the story, his dialogue was so funny that I couldn't help but like him. I don't think I am interested in reading any more of these books. The characters annoyed me too much to want to read more of them.

  • Ciska
    2019-05-17 11:13

    *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*As I do not mind the detailed descriptions in thriller or mystery books I do not often read cozy mysteries. I should pick one up more often though as I enjoyed reading this book. The light tone made the whole 'there is a dead body' experience less significant and pays more attention to interaction between the characters. At points the wittiness became a bit annoying but that is probably more because I am not used to it.The development in the story is done nice. I found it hard to puzzle along with the mystery. I had expected to be able to puzzle more as most of the investigation is seen trough the eyes of Marjorie and Creighton. There are some surprising twists and turns that keep the story fresh. The love story impressed less though I had a good laugh about Creighton's actions to try and get Marjorie's attention.Marjorie is a very witty personality. I am not really sure I like her though. At some points she is naive in a charming way but I could not shake the feeling that it was fake. Specially the way she was treating Creighton disturbed me a lot.Creighton is having a similar problem only his is with being a son from a wealthy family and growing up in society. Despite the fact he retired in his early thirties and wants to retreat to a mansion in the country he does not like the whole I am rich and know people in the New York society thing. Though he seems to pull it of throughout the book I still had a hard time feeling it.I liked Detective Jameson and would not have mind to have a peak in his head. He is a real policeman but has his funny side that shows sometimes.

  • Kate
    2019-05-03 15:20

    I wanted to like Million Dollar Baby, but I could not get into this one. The book's description pulled me in, and the Depression-era setting got me. I love a good historical mystery. But the chemistry between Marjorie and Creighton is forced, and the flow of their relationship moves much too quickly. Their interactions are odd as well. When they discover a skull on Creighton's newly purchased property, Marjorie immediately suspects Creighton, who just arrived in town the day before. A skull, which would have been there for quite a while before Creighton arrived. Suddenly, though, Marjorie is on the defensive and accusing him of murder because "nothing ever happens in Ridgebury, then you come along and 'poof!' we find part of a skeleton!". Her character is just not as feisty and intelligent as I had wanted her to be. And finally, the dialog....I think it's supposed to be witty banter, but it doesn't come out that way: Creighton: Excuse me, what was your name again? Marjorie: It not only was but is Marjorie McClellan.I did not get beyond chapter six, so please keep in mind that this review is based on only the first few chapters. There just wasn't enough substance to keep me reading beyond that point.* I received a free copy of this eBook from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Miss Lemon
    2019-05-11 12:22

    Amy tried really hard to write a good book. I feel a little bad that I dumped her after 11 chapters but I just can't waste precious reading time on a so-so read. It takes place in the Depression Era and the author worked hard to make it all sound like a clever TCM movie classic. But it just was too one-dimensional like a very bad B-movie, all bad acting and corny lines. Just could not get into the characters or plot. But I'll put it up on the shelf and maybe in the future I'll pull it down and be more patient and get through it.

  • Anna
    2019-05-12 12:16

    Clever plot, witty dialogue, exciting action, however I liked but did not love this book, perhaps because the plot was a bit too unbelievable, or maybe the characters were a shade too silly,(view spoiler)[ or maybe because the right guy didn't get the girl in the end (hide spoiler)]. I may read more in this series.

  • Terri
    2019-05-16 09:07

    Liked the story...new sleuth, set in 1939. Bakground of time is not brought in enough. Most of time could be reading a book set in current time. But, good story. (Jan 2012) Sep 2015. Re-read. Didn't remember reading the first time at all. Enjoyed the book, quite a few laughs in it.

  • Nora-adrienne
    2019-05-13 12:20

    I just finished reading a fantastic first series mystery by Amy Patricia MeadeMillion Dollar BabyIt's very reminiscent of Churchill's Grace and Favor series.Nora

  • Barb in Maryland
    2019-04-28 17:33

    There may have been a clever mystery in here--but I never got far enough into the book to find out. Our Marjorie did not sit well with me at all--to silly by half.

  • Nancy Wilson
    2019-05-08 09:25

    I almost didn't read this but it turned out to be one of those books that grabbed me instantly and I was off. Supposedly it is the first of a series--I hope so as I need a new series. And this one comes with a ready made romantic trio. Set in the the last year of the Roaring Twenties I assume that the Depression will come into play. Anyway Marjorie McClelland and her guys just got off to a roaring good start.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-28 10:13

    3 starGood story,but could do with better polishing and tightening. The overuse of italics almost had me give up completely early on. POV break in one critical scene jolted me out of the story at the worst possible moment.

  • Shelby
    2019-05-17 17:11

    Recommend readingI enjoyed the book very much. The characters were interesting and well rounded. The plot was interesting. I look forward to reading the next book.

  • Sydney
    2019-05-19 11:15

    Love this, can't wait to read the rest of the series!

  • Kristina
    2019-05-13 10:22

    Million Dollar Baby by Amy Patricia Meade is the first book in the Marjorie McClelland Mysteries. The book is set in Ridgebury, CT during 1935. Marjorie McClelland is a single young woman and is the author of three mysteries (one currently in progress). She is struggling on her current novel when she meets Creighton Richard Ashcroft III. He just purchased Kensington House (biggest house in town). It had been vacant since the stock market crash in 1929 when Henry Van Allen is found dead in the empty swimming pool. It was ruled a suicide.Creighton is showing Marjorie around the house and grounds when they stumble over a dead body. It turns out to be Victor Bartorelli, the former gardener. Victor has been dead over five years. Police Detective Robert Jameson (of the Hartford County Police) has been assigned the case. Marjorie is convinced that the two murders are related and wants to get in on the investigation. Marjorie convinces Creighton to help her. Since Creighton is attracted to Marjorie and wants to spend more time with her, he does not need much convincing. Marjorie, though, finds Detective Jameson very handsome and wants to get to know him better.Creighton uses his money and influence for them to be included in the investigation. They duo set out to investigate and start with Mrs. Gloria Van Allen (Henry’s wife). Eventually they uncover blackmail, embezzlement, and the murderer!Million Dollar Baby sounds like a good mystery book. The mystery is intriguing, but the book is long-winded. They also make Marjorie out to be a little bit too quirky. Her behavior and attitude is constantly changing. She is strong and fearless, then scared witless, then acts confidant, and then she is afraid of going to a society party. It is just too much contradiction. I think the book needed a little more editing. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jackie
    2019-05-12 10:22

    Million Dollar Baby is the first title in a new series featuring the mystery writer, Marjorie McClelland. The book was reminiscent of one I read recently about another young woman sleuth, Maisie Dobbs. Both stories take place in the 1930’s and each woman has experienced traumatic loss. However, while Maisie is mature and reflective, Marjorie comes across as rather naive and impetuous. Marjorie’s tranquil, if somewhat lonely existence is disrupted when an aristocratic stranger buys an abandoned mansion near her hometown of Ridgebury, CT. It’s “love at first sight” for Creighton Ashton III and he quickly hatches a plan to get to know Marjorie better. He gets more than he bargained for when he invites her to tour his new home and the two of them stumble upon a skull on the property. Creighton seizes this unconventional opportunity to join forces with the bewitching Miss McClelland to investigate the situation. A handsome detective, Robert Jameson, who’s been summoned to help with the case, becomes Creighton’s worthy opponent for Miss McClelland’s affections. For her part, Marjorie revels in the attention. As Marjorie and Creighton delve deeper into the mystery of the unidentified bones, they discover clues pointing to another murder, a stolen ring and a hidden affair. Throughout the book, Marjorie and Creighton carry on like Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in a 1940s movie. Their banter is sometimes clever, sometimes not but the author deserves an ‘A’ for effort. A somewhat jarring climax ties up all the loose ends (a little too neatly, perhaps) and the denouement may leave readers wondering if there is a depth to Marjorie that will be explored in future installments.

  • Pippa
    2019-05-14 16:09

    The main character, Marjorie McClelland, is a fun creation. A mystery writer with enough income from her work to remain independent, she has the freedom to push the boundaries of society and still remain within it. What is such fun is her ability to overcome her fears and jump in, tackling murder and mayhem with aplomb. Marjorie and the wealthy Creighton Ashcroft, discover a body on his newly purchased property. This leads the two misfits to join forces with the local plod, Detective Robert Jameson, to solve the mystery. To make matters more interesting, Meade adds a lovely triangle to the mix, so that Marjorie has two suitors, the wealthy Creighton and the movie-star handsome Robert. Set in the years after the Wall Street crash of 1929, this book brings to life the time of great depression for the upper and middle classes. Meade is clever enough to avoid the extreme hardships which were faced by so many during this time, without glossing over the depression itself.Meade has a good grasp of the time and social protocols of the era, and has a delicious turn of phrase and a lovely wit which comes across in the dialogue. There are similarities with the character of Phryne Fisher, by Kerry Greenwood, and I can see this being a delightful series. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment and spending more time with Marjorie, Creighton and Robert.

  • Crittermom
    2019-05-19 14:12

    Million Dollar Baby is a rollicking read, filled with witty repartee, slapstick humor, engaging characters and a clever mystery that keeps the reader guessing. Marjorie and Creighton are a dashing pair of amateur sleuths, who insinuate themselves into the investigation of a dead body found on Creighton's estate. Marjorie is a mystery writer with a fertile imagination. Creighton is charming layabout with gads of money, a quick wit, and a desire to impress the woman of his dreams. The latter often steals the scene with his wry humor and ability to think on his feet - a talent amply suited to getting the duo out of sticky situations.The pair shine as they seek the connection between a the suicide of a rich man and the murder of his gardener. Set against the backdrop of a US slowly trying to edge out of the Great Depression, Million Dollar Baby is a superb period mystery that is fun to read.If you love quick banter ala Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, period mysteries, or are simply looking for an entertaining way to pass an afternoon, Million Dollar Baby is the book for you.I look forward to more humorous and romantic escapades starring Marjorie and Creighton.Million Dollar Baby is currently an Amazon Kindle Exclusive.I received Million Dollar Baby from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

  • Susan Johnston
    2019-04-27 14:11

    Screwball comedies are back- in books. Million Dollar Baby had dialogue straight out of a 1930's movie, with a combination of romance, unrequited love, murder and mystery set in the middle of the Depression.An independent mystery author teams up with a millionaire and a cop as they try to solve one murder and possibly two. They float back and forth between the small town where they all meet and the riches of New York. Swirled in with the murders are embezzlement, theft and a small girl.It was a quick read because it was a book that enticed the reader to go one more chapter. I did twig fairly early to the villain but there were lots of other surprises. While I suspect the ending was left fairly open for future stories, it was also somewhat unsatisfying. It tied up the stories but left the romance wide open. It probably will be like the tv series where you know the hero and heroine are meant to be together but they just cannot seem to get into step. It's frustrating for the characters and for the audience. I guess I will just have to see where it all leads.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-28 09:16

    Marjorie McClelland is a mystery writer living in a small community in Connecticut in the post depression era. Nothing ever happens in the small town where she lives, until one day she is touring a house with the new owner, a rich British fellow named Creighton Ashcroft. They stumble on a body that has been dead for 5 years. Marjorie and Creighton join the police in the search to discover who the body is, who killed him, and whether it is tied in to the sad history of the house.There was a lot of humor in the book. I actually laughed out loud a few times. It was well written and the plot was fairly plausible. Marjorie is a bit of a frustrating heroine - I hope that at some point in a future book she recognizes that Creighton is crazy about her. She is well read, but clueless about the opposite sex.At 351 pages a little longer than some cozy mysteries, which was fine by me. I'll look for the second in the series and give it a go as well.

  • Scottsdale Public Library
    2019-04-26 12:26

    This first book in a new series pairs a female mystery writer with a rich male British transplant. Together they attempt to solve the apparent mystery of a dead body found in his newly purchased mansion in her hometown. Reminiscent of "The Thin Man" films, the dialog is snappy and the setting is Depression-era ‘movie-ish’, with enough wealth sprinkled into the story to overcome any modest discussions of financial pain. The murders and mayhem pile up while the author creates a love triangle to further maintain reader interest. Will the right man get the golden girl? You’ll need to read to find out. This is a first book by the author that will entertain readers and film buffs alike; an evening's entertainment is absolutely guaranteed. - Suzanne R

  • Kris
    2019-05-08 17:16

    As a teenager I used to go to antique stores and buy books from the 1920s and 30s and immerse myself in that time period. (Yes, I miss Dorothy Sayers.) Amy Meade is a modern author who has written her book right, from the language to the clothing. Her heroine, Marjorie McClelland, is an intellegent, independent mystery writer making a decent living in the early 1930's. She has everything a reader could want, wit and humor, a rich suitor, morals, understanding of human nature, and charm. It's a delightful step into the past done. This is a series of books, the mysteries in each books are uneven in their intrigue, but the fun romance and characters are the real reason for delving between the covers.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-24 15:19

    This book has a female mystery writer paired with a rich British transplant as they both attempt to solve the mystery of the dead body found in his newly purchased mansion in her small town. Reminiscent of "The Thin Man" films, the dialog is snappy, the setting is Depression era movie-ish, with enough wealth showered into the story to overcome the modest discussions of financial struggles. The murders and mayhem pile up while the author creates a love triangle that tests the readers' patience. Even in the 1930s, the right man got the golden girl. This is a first book by the author that will entertain readers and film buffs alike; an evening's entertainment is absolutely guaranteed. I received the book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.