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Hollywood 1942. When attorney Audra Schaeffer's sister disappears, Audra flies to Hollywood to find her but instead must identify her body. Determined to bring the killer to justice, Audra takes a job with the second Hollywood Victory Caravan. Together with Robert Garfield and other stars, she crisscrosses the southern United States in a campaign to sell war bonds. When two other women are found dead on the train, Audra knows the deaths are tied to that of her sister. Could the killer be the man with whom she's falling in love?
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  • ISBN-13: 9781609360115
  • Publisher: Summerside Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Stars in the Night is CARA PUTMAN's ninth novel and tenth book. An attorney and sometimes lecturer at a Big Ten University, Cara lives in Indiana with her husband and three children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

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    This is the first of Cara's books I've read, and she is amazing. She is a very good writer, and an even greater friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2011

    Beautiful cover, wonderful story!

    As an author myself, I have to admit it is difficult to find a book that holds my interest because I am so doggone critical! (I hate that about myself, I truly do!) "Stars in the Night", HOWEVER, fascinated me from front to back, and I'm not kidding. I have shelves and shelves of books on my TBR pile and only time to read when I go to bed. I usually allow myself about a half hour a night for novel reading, but Ms. Putman's book utterly hooked me so that I found myself staying up way past what's normal for me just so I could finish it. I love classic movies and a good mystery, so this book perfectly suited me. I told my daughter about it, and now she plans to read it too. I must say I am eagerly awaiting another Cara Putman novel, as I'm quite certain it will hold me prisoner just as "Stars" did!

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  • Posted September 4, 2010

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    an entertaining WWII on the home front amateur sleuth

    In 1942 when her sister Rosemary fails to call home in Indianapolis as she has done weekly since heading west, a worried Audra Schaeffer flies to Hollywood to find her sibling. Instead, Audra identifies her sister's corpse.

    Though encouraged to go back to Indiana, Audra chooses to remain in Southern California investigating Rosemary's murder. She obtains work at the Hollywood Victory Caravan bond drive train where she meets actor Robert Garfield and begins her inquiry. When two other homicides occur on the train and evidence points to the culprit preparing to shut down the Hoosier permanently, Audra knows she is close to identifying her sister's killer, but fears the man she loves is the culprit.

    Stars in the Night is an entertaining WWII on the home front amateur sleuth. The key to this exciting whodunit is that the romance between the actor and the Hoosier is left in the background except when he is an obvious suspect as she fears what may prove the truth. With a strong support cast, readers will enjoy Holly wood circa 1942 as Cara Putnam provides a fast-paced tour of the underbelly.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

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    WWII Hollywood glitz and glamour

    Enter "Stars in the Night" and step into a world of Hollywood glamour in the 1940's as Audra travels from Indiana to check up on her little sister Rosemary. Call it a hunch but Audra is concerned when Rosemary doesn't call home like she should. She arrives in Hollywood and her instinct is correct, there is a dead body in Rosemary's apartment, but who is it and where is Rosemary?

    Audra can't leave until she knows what is going on and where Rosemary is, so she is sucked deeper into the Hollywood world as bodies start piling up. She takes on a job with the 2nd Hollywood Victory Caravan, filled with B list celebrities going on a cross country train tour to entertain and sell war bonds just so she can learn more about the people Rosemary knows. But now has she put herself on the very train that the killer is on?

    Cara has such an incredible handle on WWII history and it was so cool to see that open up into Hollywood (she has previously written a WWII series set in Nebraska and a WWII series set in Ohio). I learned a lot I didn't know historically, including the fact that there really was a 1st Hollywood Victory Caravan with lots of amazing stars on it, but Cara fictionalized the 2nd one for the sake of the book. On top of that, I enjoyed the mystery/suspense in this book as I tried to figure out the killer before it was revealed (I did pretty well, but it isn't spelled out for you, you have to use your head). Great stand alone book from Cara C. Putman and Summerside Press' new line of historical books.

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

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    Glitz and Glamour

    Glitz and glamour, along with the seedy side of film-making comprises the background of this interesting story set in 1942. Audra Schaeffer¹s younger sister, Rosemary, fails to make her scheduled weekly call home to report on her new life in Hollywood. This sets off a trail of events when Audra decides to investigate and travels to California, only to discover a body in her sister's apartment! To complicate matters, Rosemary has disappeared.

    I enjoyed reading about classic Hollywood's gala affairs, and B-list stars struggles to "make it." A look back into the history of the Victory Caravan cross-country train trip to sell war bonds allows this reader to understand how such a show might come together. There's a twist, however, when this fictional star-studded train trip reveals a killer on board! Panic ensues as bodies are discovered, but the show must go on.

    Although I did not figure out the identity of the killer, the ending is disappointingly hurried. It felt as if the author was rushing to meet a deadline. Check it out and decide for yourself.

    Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Summertime Press for my copy.

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

    Romantic WWII era murder mystery on a train

    Stars in the Night by Cara Putnam is a terrific WWII romantic thriller. Audra Schaeffer has always been the sister with her feet firmly on the ground in contrast to sister Rosie who has left their family home in Indiana for the bright lights of Hollywood. When Rosie fails to make her weekly phone call home, Audra has a feeling that something is terribly wrong. On this instinct, she flies all the way to California only to discover that Rosie is missing. After meeting handsome actor Robert Garfield on the plane out, she feels he may be the only one in town she can trust. Eventually Audra ends up on a train tour across the country with a list of Hollywood's finest in hopes of discovering the truth about what happened to Rosie, but her investigation may put all of their lives at risk. Robert and Audra have terrific chemistry and on occasion their repartee sparkles like that of movies of the era. The Murder on the Orient Express-esque tour is filled with colorful characters who keep the reader guessing. The only flaw is that the motive behind the murders seems a bit flimsy. That said, Putnam could easily make a fantastic series of Robert and Audra solving mysteries in Hollywood in the vein of The Thin Man. I hope she continues writing in this era and uses the characters again.

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

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    A Romantic Mystery to Capture the Heart

    This romantic mystery captured my heart. It sticks in your mind like a tune that cannot be dislodged. It is well worth the price for an evening's entertainment -- a far better investment than a movie with popcorn at the theater. As with all page turning fiction, "Stars in the Night" will keep you on the edge of your seat from the prologue onward. I was enthralled and didn't want to put it down.
    The smart and attractive Lead, Audra Schaeffer,worked in a law office as a legal assistant. When her sister missed a scheduled weekly call to her waiting family, an alarmed Audra followed a hunch that something had gone very wrong. On the flight to the West Coast a chance meeting with a B list movie star, Robert Garfield, created more than a diversion. From this point onward, through sacrifice and trouble, we followed her as she attempted to unravel the mystery of her sister's disappearance. Audra's efforts took her on a romantic romp through Hollywood with all its phoniness, glitz and glamor. Three questions presented themselves throughout the remainder of this romantic thriller set during WW2. First, will anything come of her flirtation with the Hollywood star? Secondly, will she find Rosemary's killer? Third, what will she discover concerning her sister's life?

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