HOLLYWOOD ENDING by Kellye  Garrett

HOLLYWOOD ENDING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An oddly assembled crew digs into the depths of Hollywood’s elite in an effort to solve crimes for cash.

Still savoring the sweet taste of success from her last case, which netted her $1,000 (Hollywood Homicide, 2018), Dayna Anderson’s ready to continue her crime-solving streak. Or, at the very least, her money-earning streak, which is especially welcome since she hasn’t worked as an actress since her Chubby’s Chicken commercial almost two years ago. Dayna’s near-accidental path as an amateur detective and bounty hunter for the LAPD tip line is bolstered by her friendship with uncharismatic, unromantic Aubrey S. Adams-Parker, an ex-cop who backs up Dayna’s Hollywood hunches with law and order. The real fun begins when Dayna teams up with her friends as sidekicks. Sienna’s determined to make it as an Instagram star; Emme’s a computer whiz with maybe too much time on her hands. Dayna’s latest case is the fatal shooting of Lyla Davis, a publicist for the Silver Sphere Organization. While Lyla’s death looks like collateral damage in an ATM holdup, Dayna’s savvy and digging suggest that someone could have wanted to keep a secret Lyla was in on. Dayna knows Hollywood secrets all too well. After all, she’s been living one ever since she hooked up with childhood friend Omari Grant, whose publicist doesn’t want it getting around that Omari’s with some average girl. But Dayna’s sleuthing and ad hoc team make her anything but average, and she cuts to the truth around Lyla’s death quickly but without thinking about the ramifications that secrets kill.

Though sometimes there’s so much going on that you lose sight of the high-stakes main event, Garrett continues to build an appealingly quirky crime-solving team.

Pub Date: Aug. 8th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-7387-5297-6
Page count: 312pp
Publisher: Midnight Ink/Llewellyn
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2018




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