Reel Stuff [NOOK Book]

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Is it suicide or murder when Academy Award winning actor Jason Londell leaps to his death during the filming of a TV show in Miami? Londell's actress girlfriend hires private investigators James Lessor and Skip Moore to investigate. They uncover a plot loaded with twists and fueled by money and greed. The case sends James, Skip, and Skip's girlfriend Emily to Los Angeles where the blonde beauty goes undercover in Hollywood and is discovered by a talent agent. The normally level-headed Emily gets carried away by ...
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Reel Stuff

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Overview

Is it suicide or murder when Academy Award winning actor Jason Londell leaps to his death during the filming of a TV show in Miami? Londell's actress girlfriend hires private investigators James Lessor and Skip Moore to investigate. They uncover a plot loaded with twists and fueled by money and greed. The case sends James, Skip, and Skip's girlfriend Emily to Los Angeles where the blonde beauty goes undercover in Hollywood and is discovered by a talent agent. The normally level-headed Emily gets carried away by the dream of a career in pictures, but true to the cause of the case, she works with the guys to bring down the killer. Caught up in the world of movies, actors, actresses, and Hollywood, the trio finds that it really is the land of make believe - but murder is still the real thing.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
In Bruns’s lackluster seventh Stuff mystery (after 2012’s Hot Stuff), Skip Moore and James Lessor, the less-than-professional PIs from Moore or Less Investigations, land jobs guarding the filming of an episode of TV’s Deadline Miami, despite their shaky track record. Consequently, Skip is there when a staged fall off a building by guest star Jason Londell results in the faded A-lister’s very real death. Jason’s shaken costar, Ashley Amber, who claims he was in love with her, hires the pair of PIs to find out if Juliana, Jason’s wife and agent, was responsible. James stays in Miami while Skip and his girlfriend, Emily Minard (who is the brains of the trio), visit Hollywood. They pass off Em as an aspiring actress to get close to Juliana, but the ruse is so successful that it may make her an actual movie star. The abundant movie and TV references don’t overcome the uninspired feel of this Moore or Less outing. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608090976
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Series: The Stuff Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 359,090
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Don Bruns is an award-winning novelist, songwriter, musician and advertising executive, who lives in South Florida. He is also the author of Stuff to Spy For, Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, Stuff To Die For, Bahama Burnout, St. Barts Breakdown, South Beach Shakedown, BarbadosHeat and Jamaica Blue.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    I have really enjoyed each of Don Bruns¿ books in the ¿Stuff¿ se

    I have really enjoyed each of Don Bruns’ books in the “Stuff” series, but Reel Stuff hit a new high for me.  The fun-loving quasi-detectives, James Lessor and Skip Moore, find themselves once again entangled in another mysterious murder.  This time, Skip’s girlfriend Emily Minard becomes a lead character in more ways than one.  Normally the voice of reason, Emily gets caught up with the prospect of becoming a star, which could derail the investigation (and end her relationship with Skip), while the boys find themselves deeper and deeper in the mysteries surrounding the death of a famous leading man.
    Bruns always leads the reader to chuckles, headshakes and surprises through his likable characters, who have little talent, but much chutzpah.  The banter between James and Skip is real, revealing a friendship that has weathered heartbreak and humor as well horseplay and honesty.   The reader cheers for them knowing that the situation is going to get much worse before it has a chance to get better, if it does at all.  The plot keeps twisting and turning, the investigators put themselves in precarious situations and the reader is kept guessing at the outcome.
    Reel Stuff takes the reader into the glamorous, beguiling and deceptive world of Hollywood and all that it entails.  References to television shows and movies abound throughout the book connecting the reader to the setting and the characters.
    Don Bruns has once again combined mystery, intrigue and humor with a fascinating setting, allowing readers to draw conclusions and have fun right along James, Skip and Emily. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

       Don Bruns¿s new entry in his Stuff series that covers the adv

       Don Bruns’s new entry in his Stuff series that covers the adventures of low-rent private eyes Skip Moore and James Lessor, has the
    pair working on a murder mystery that takes them from their usual Miami haunts to the La-la Land of Hollywood. While the film industry
    may be in the business of creating make-believe, beneath the fiction is a very real world of money, greed, and murder.
       Award-winning actor Jason Londell was doing a favor for a producer friend by making an appearance on the TV series Deadline
    Miami. The first part of the title comes true when Londell’s stunt jump from a scaffold goes horribly wrong. 
       Skip and James are working security for the set, where Skip has a front-row seat for Londell’s death plunge. But was it an accident,
    or suicide, or was it murder? The female star of the show hires the pair to investigate. She’s most suspicious of Londell’s wife, who
    had also been his agent until recently. Complicating matters, the wife is pregnant, and also happens to be the star’s sister.
        Soon Skip and his long-term girlfriend Emily are off to Hollywood to pursue several leads. But events take a weird turn when Emily is
    “discovered” as an actress, and Skip is almost killed by a homicidal driver. There is no shortage of suspects: the agent/wife; the
    alcoholic director of the episode; and a cameraman who was on the scaffolding but disappeared immediately after Londell died. As
    Skip digs deeper, he uncovers more reasons why Londell had to die—and people are willing to kill Skip to keep the reasons secret.
       The portrayal of the film world, both on the Miami set and in Hollywood, is nicely done with fun tidbits for the reader. Bruns writes with
    a light touch and a keen eye for life’s ironies that puts a smile on your face even as you’re quickly turning the pages to see what
    happens next. 

    Reviewed by David Ingram for Suspense Magazine

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