Books by George Baxt

THE FRED ASTAIRE AND GINGER ROGERS MURDER CASE by George Baxt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 5, 1997

"Better take a cue from Astaire and stay on the sidelines."
What better way to reunite America's favorite dancing couple in 1953 than in a ballet version of Rasputin and the Empress, danced with the USSR's famed Baronovitch Ballet? Read full book review >
THE WILLIAM POWELL AND MYRNA LOY MURDER CASE by George Baxt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"Sonja Henie Murder Case?"
Worried because she's dying of cancer and hard-pressed for cash, Hollywood madam Claire Young comes up with the foolproof idea of going semi-public with her big black book, simultaneously soliciting a little discreet blackmail and inviting disgruntled ex-clients to put her feloniously out of her misery. Read full book review >
A QUEER KIND OF UMBRELLA by George Baxt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Baxt's shaggy tale makes the present look like a collection of '60s relics."
Nothing dates faster than trendy, and it's no surprise that flamboyant gay cop Pharaoh Love (A Queer Kind of Love, 1994, etc.) has become almost as much a museum piece as the starry casts of Baxt's Hollywood historicals. Read full book review >
THE HUMPHREY BOGART MURDER CASE by George Baxt
Released: April 25, 1995

"The Maltese Falcon with additional dialogue by Robin Leach."
Humphrey Bogart, on the brink of stardom as soon as The Maltese Falcon can be produced and released, tangles with homicidal burglars in pursuit of a Falconesque prize: a horn of plenty brought to Europe by Marco Polo when the Templars were still in training pants—and allegedly deposited with the Bogarts by the seafaring father of Bogie's third wife, battling Mayo Methot. Read full book review >
THE BETTE DAVIS MURDER CASE by George Baxt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"The plot wears as thin as the silver-screen gimmick in this by-the-numbers mystery, deliberately reminiscent of a Christie novel."
Still another movie star of Hollywood's Golden Age turns sleuth in the hands of Baxt (The Marlene Dietrich Murder Case, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
A QUEER KIND OF LOVE by George Baxt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Compared to the Isaac Sidel saga, Pharoah's latest nostalgic turn seems positively sedate."
Baxt, who's kept busy in recent years with his Hollywood historicals (The Mae West Murder Case, 1993, etc.), now offers a blast from the past: the first case for gay, black, hip-hop cop Pharoah Love since Topsy and Evil (1968). Read full book review >
THE MAE WEST MURDER CASE by George Baxt
Released: Dec. 7, 1993

"Others may wish the author would move his hard-working talents to fresher territory."
Baxt again at play in the Hollywood fleshpots—circa 1936. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"Baxt's predictable mix—a parade of well-researched bygone celebs and resurrected gossip; scads of nasty, banal chitchat, laced with painful puns—but this time with a plot that's livelier and more imaginative than the author's norm: his fans will love it."
Yet another of Baxt's fictional takes on the glamour queens of film history (The Greta Garbo Murder Case, etc.). Read full book review >
THE NOEL COWARD MURDER CASE by George Baxt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"Fans of show-biz lore may love it—others, be warned."
Baxt once again on his resurrection mission (The Greta Garbo Murder Case, p. 76, etc.)—attempting to bring to fictional life a celebrity from an earlier era—complete with silly plot; imagined dialogue; friends and relations. Read full book review >
THE GRETA GARBO MURDER CASE by George Baxt
Released: March 1, 1992

"Strictly for fans of long-inferred gossip about long-inferred greats and their satellites."
Baxt with yet another exhumation of the old Hollywood (The Talking Pictures Murder Case, 1990, etc.)—this time set in the first months of WW II, when the town is flooded with expatriate Germans like Erich Von Stroheim. Read full book review >
THE TALKING PICTURES MURDER CASE by George Baxt
Released: Nov. 28, 1990

Another of the author's series set in early Hollywood (The Tallulah Bankhead Murder Case, etc.)—this time it's 1929, at the start of the transition from silents to talkies. Read full book review >