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Hollywood Buzz
     

Hollywood Buzz

by Margit Liesche
 

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Pucci Lewis was used to ferrying fighter planes and undercover work. But itas the dark hours of WWII, and Hollywoodas biggest stars, studio moguls, and Washington bureaucrats are working hand-in-glove to merge entertainment and propaganda. Pucci has been dispatched to the First Motion Picture Unit, where a make-or-break documentary on the Women Airforce Service

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Pucci Lewis was used to ferrying fighter planes and undercover work. But itas the dark hours of WWII, and Hollywoodas biggest stars, studio moguls, and Washington bureaucrats are working hand-in-glove to merge entertainment and propaganda. Pucci has been dispatched to the First Motion Picture Unit, where a make-or-break documentary on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) is underway.
Pucci is stepping in for a sister-WASP, now hospitalized in critical condition after an all-too-deliberate plane crash. But whoas the saboteur? Why the cover-up? Pucci is drawn into a high-profile homicide. A big-name director has been murdered, possibly by Nazi operatives. Military intelligence wants Pucci to learn what she can from her inside position.

Bela Lugosi is a frequent visitor to the Beverly Hills mansion where Pucci is temporarily billeted. His aniece, a a rising starlet and also the housekeeper, has a history with the Hungarian resistance. But Pucci doesnat trust the girl.
Can Pucci steadfastly maneuver through movie land and its narcissistic denizens, finally unraveling the uncertainties to prove she has the right stuff?

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“Liesche packs her wide-eyed adventure with tidbits about aeronautics, vintage Hollywood and the war, honoring the underappreciated women who made such a difference.” –Kirkus Reviews of Hollywood Buzz

"Liesche's engaging second Pucci Lewis mystery (after 2007's Lipstick and Lies) takes the WWII WASP (Women Air Force Service pilot) to Hollywood, where one of her sister pilots, Frankie Beall, has crashed under suspicious circumstances while shooting an important training film. As the injured Beall's replacement, Lewis must complete the film and quietly investigate the crash. Trained by the OSS, Lewis is no stranger to undercover work and relishes the opportunity to rub shoulders with Hollywood's rich and famous. On her arrival at the Beverly Hills mansion of friends of her WASP commander, she meets legendary scare-meister Bela Lugosi, a young starlet-wannabe and a number of other folks who could be friend or foe. The murder of a celebrated director raises the stakes. Liesche provides plenty of interesting WASP lore while deftly mixing the real and imagined. Though the plot can be hard to follow at times, it moves along at a good clip." -- Publishers Weekly of Hollywood Buzz

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Liesche's engaging second Pucci Lewis mystery (after 2007's Lipstick and Lies) takes the WWII WASP (Women Air Force Service pilot) to Hollywood, where one of her sister pilots, Frankie Beall, has crashed under suspicious circumstances while shooting an important training film. As the injured Beall's replacement, Lewis must complete the film and quietly investigate the crash. Trained by the OSS, Lewis is no stranger to undercover work and relishes the opportunity to rub shoulders with Hollywood's rich and famous. On her arrival at the Beverly Hills mansion of friends of her WASP commander, she meets legendary scare-meister Bela Lugosi, a young starlet-wannabe and a number of other folks who could be friend or foe. The murder of a celebrated director raises the stakes. Liesche provides plenty of interesting WASP lore while deftly mixing the real and imagined. Though the plot can be hard to follow at times, it moves along at a good clip. (Mar.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Female World War II fighter pilot goes undercover on movie lot. Fresh from her adventure foiling a Nazi plot in Detroit (Lipstick and Lies, 2007), plucky Pucci Lewis receives an unusual secret assignment from her bosses at WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots). The mysterious Miss C sends her to Fort Roach, a former movie studio converted to an Army base and the current home of the First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU), which churns out training films and propaganda features to bolster American morale. As a technical advisor and documentary film pilot, Pucci will be checking to make sure that military women are not frivolously depicted. But she'll be checking as well on the suspicious plane crash that sidelined Frankie Beall, the pilot she's replacing at the studio. Working for the intense producer Roland Novaro, Pucci finds all the sexism and condescension toward female pilots that Miss C had feared. More startling is the constant infighting among Novaro, his editor Rask and abrasive director Brody. Whispers around the hospital where Frankie clings to life spark rumors of sabotage on her doomed flight, rumors Pucci confirms with a visit to airplane mechanic Mad Max(ine) Beacock. Several screen stars make cameo appearances, and Bela Lugosi and his curvaceous "niece" Ilka figure more prominently in the story. More deaths, starting with Brody's, convince Pucci of the urgency of her assignment. Liesche packs her wide-eyed adventure with tidbits about aeronautics, vintage Hollywood and the war, honoring the underappreciated women who made such a difference.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590589083
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
07/05/2011
Series:
Pucci Lewis Mysteries Series
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Margit Liesche is the daughter of Hungarian refugees who arrived in the States in 1947 following years of missionary service in war-torn central China. Weaned on her parents’ tales of isolation, adventure, and escape, intrigue is part of her DNA. Her first Pucci Lewis adventure, Lipstick and Lies, was published in 2007. Margit lives in Marin County, CA.

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