City of Mirrors: A Diana Poole Thrillerby Melodie Johnson-Howe
Running out of money, Diana Poole is forced to go back to the only work she knows: acting. Her much-loved husband and movie-star mother have died, and now Diana is over thirty-five. In Hollywood that means she might as well be dead. Still, a few key
"City of Mirrors is deftly written and smart. On top of that, it is entertaining as hell."Michael Connelly
Running out of money, Diana Poole is forced to go back to the only work she knows: acting. Her much-loved husband and movie-star mother have died, and now Diana is over thirty-five. In Hollywood that means she might as well be dead. Still, a few key people remember her talent, and she lands a role in a new movie. But an actress should never get her hopes up, especially when she discovers the female lead’s murdered body. Raised in her mother’s shadow, Diana knows people in “the business”will go to dangerous lengths to protect their images. When her own life and career are threatened, Diana decides to fight back and find the killer. But unmasking the surprising murderer isn’t that easy, especially when she uncovers what’s realand unrealin her own life.
Verdict Confirming our worst suspicions about Hollywood royalty, Howe’s spirited thriller runs pell-mell with a protagonist who thinks on her feet. Perfect for movie buffs, this book pairs well with Cheryl Crane’s series. Howe was an Edgar finalist for her debut, The Mother Shadow, and as a former actress, she brings street cred to her latest title.Teresa L. Jacobsen, Fairfield, CA
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The powerful father of a young leading lady motivates an older actress to stretch her talents to investigating. Still reeling from the death of her mother last week, Diana Poole tries to maintain a professional face at work, though she feels that she's the only one. Young actress Jenny Parson is being a bit of a nightmare on set, and Diana's director encourages her to befriend Jenny in hopes that some of Diana's professionalism will rub off on her. Diana, who chose her marriage to Colin above her career, is perfectly happy, now that Colin is dead, to showcase her talent even if she's too old to play leading ladies. Difficult as Jenny is for Diana to work with, she's much more difficult to deal with when Diana finds her hastily disposed corpse. Though they weren't close, Diana becomes embroiled in finding out who killed Jenny. Her quest is simultaneously helped and hindered by Hollywood fixer Leo Heath and by continuing, strong threats from Jenny's powerful and far-reaching father. Diana is determined to get to the truth in a town built on smoke and mirrors, even if it means shattering a few of the mirrors in her own life. Howe (Beauty Dies, 1994, etc.) creates a Hollywood where no one can be trusted, with much of the action taking the form of mob-rooted violence.
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Meet the Author
Melodie Johnson-Howe is the author of three novels, The Mother Shadow, nominated for an Edgar award; Beauty Dies; and City of Mirrors. After a career in movies and television, she quit acting to write novels. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband.
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