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"Child star and hilarious hot mess Maizie Albright trades Hollywood for the backwoods of Georgia and pure delight ensues. Maizie's my new favorite escape from reality."
-- Gretchen Archer, USA Today bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Caper series
"Maizie Albright is the kind of fresh, fun, and feisty 'star detective' I love spending time with, a kind of Nancy Drew meets Lucy Ricardo. Move over, Janet Evanovich. Reinhart is my new 'star mystery writer!'
-- Penny Warner, Author of DEATH OF A CHOCOLATE CHEATER and THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB
"Larissa Reinhart's newest heroine, Maizie Albright, is at once naïve and worldly. As a former child star, she craves life in the real world by becoming a PI, just like the TV character that made her famous. Armed with humor, charm, and stubborn determination, Maizie is a breath of fresh air. I adored every second of 15 Minutes. Viva la Maizie!"
-- Terri L. Austin, bestselling author of the Rose Strickland mysteries and the Null for Hire series.
When ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie's costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to a California prison.
By entangling herself in a missing person's case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly.
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, amateur sleuth books, Southern humor, humorous women's fiction, chick lit, former child stars, romantic comedies, and small town humor
|Publisher:||Past Perfect Press|
|Series:||Maizie Albright Star Detective Series , #1|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Good ⦿Loved Maizie ⦿The plot never feels forced or overwrought. ⦿Love the setting and I have a feeling more of the economic challenges and changes in a ⦿place like Black Pine will show up ⦿Every chapter has hashtags as titles, which is relevant, cute, and they’re often funny. ⦿Liked how Maizie was no longer on social media but it’s a vital part of everyone else’s lives and makes the right waves in the narrative. The Bad & The Other ⦿Figured out the mystery before Maizie and a bit disappointed she didn’t clue in, especially given the clues… ⦿The half-naked show down was a bit much and hard for me to believe. ⦿The repeated reference to Paul Newman eyes got old quick and seemed like an outdated reference for Maizie. I thought of the salad dressing first and had to Google Image search him, though that might just be me. ⦿Her attitude of having to appreciate the male leers makes sense for her character, and is very telling. I didn’t think it was an anti-feminist knock and I’m hoping the issue is explored further from this angle with Maizie’s burgeoning self-esteem. I’m a huge fan of the Cherry Tucker so I jumped to try Reinhart’s new series with Maizie Albright. I love protagonists who don’t have their shit together but are trying to and working on improvement. Maizie’s got problems in spades from blackmail to . She will feel down and out, eat some comfort food, and get back up. As with her other series, Reinhart brings the drama told in a vivid voice with a strong supporting cast and a solid mystery. Here’s a brief run-down of the cast since you can tell a lot about a cozy mystery from the ensemble. Maizie Albright - If a Disney star starred in a Veronica Mars like show, went wild, and went straight again. Or is trying to at least while escaping from the limelight. Maizie’s Father & Step-Mother - If Duck Dynasty was real and not bigoted POS’s. (They’re yuppies gone country for fame & fortune.) Maizie’s Manager/Mother - Every horror story of a Hollywood Mom rolled into one Wyatt Nash - Tall, dark, handsome, & ripped. Silent, commanding, gruff, and old-fashioned old-school. With Paul Newman eyes and a scar. (You’ll hear about the last two a lot.) Jolene Sweeney - Nash’s ex and still technical business partner. She set Maizie up to follow Nash around but boy, does she hate when she turns up. Rhonda & Tiffany - two nice down to Earth women working in a beauty salon when Maizie strolls in behind Nash… Initially, I noted the scene where Maizie meets Nash was convoluted and difficult to follow. I went back to check why since I hadn’t specified and it comes off clear as day now. I don’t know if I was just not in the right headspace at the time or it’s easier after becoming familiar with all parties involved. Even when confused, it kept me reading though. Maizie’s fashion name dropping meant nothing to me but I admired her resolve while she battled inner demons. And later when they show up, the outside forces of evil. 15 Minutes is highly enjoyable ride along with Maizie. She has just the right mix of down to Earth problems and outrageous events to keep the story grounded but rolling along. I think fans of Cherry Tucker will appreciate the former Hollywood star and her adventures as will most cozy mystery fans as long as you’re cool with up to date trendy 25 year old figuring her life out.
I have been a fan of author Larissa Reinhart's Cherry Tucker Mystery Series, so when I saw she had a new series coming out, I was eager to read it and let me tell you, Larissa does not disappoint her fans! 15 Minutes is the first book in the Maizie Albright Star Detective Mystery Series. Written in the first person narrative, the reader is transported to Black Pine, Georgia, to follow ex-teen reality star Maizie Albright's first investigative adventure. Maizie puts her Hollywood career behind her and returns to her hometown of Black Pine, Georgia to start a new career as a private investigator. But it seems like she can't leave Hollywood behind when she reprises a role and immerses herself in a missing person's case that has plenty of trouble and danger around every corner. This was such a fun whodunit to read, it had a great mixture of mystery, romance and humor. I easily found myself entertained by Maizie's craziness and her madcap investigative adventures. From Maizie's dysfunctional family, to her romantic issues, to her amateur sleuthing skills, this sassy southern lady's antics kept me entertained and laughing as I followed her quest to solve the missing person's case. With a zany cast of characters who keep the reader in stitches with their witty dialogue and hilarious interactions; a storyline filled with enough drama, suspense and twist and turns that keeps the reader guessing; and a richly detailed setting that transports the reader to a quirky Southern small town; 15 Minutes is an entertaining new cozy mystery interwoven with Southern charm and humor that leaves you wanting to go on more crazy adventures with sassy Maizie Albright! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Dollycas’s Thoughts Maizie Albright has had more than her own 15 minutes of fame and is ready to move on from it. The problem is her momager won’t let her do it. She follows her daughter back to Black Pine and brings the cameras with her. Maizie is trying to train to be a private investigator and wiggles her way into a missing person case. She quickly learns even out in the real world life can all be just a performance, a performance that can keep her alive! Our main character, Maizie Albright, is a complex character. She seems to be intelligent and on the ball and the next minute staring off into space or not very sure of herself. I liked her because she felt like a real person trying her best to make lemonade from a batch of sour lemons. Her mother is an overpowering woman, out for herself, and does everything she can to try to get Maizie to do what she wants. Wyatt Nash is also pretty complex. This is the man Maizie hopes will help her succeed in her dream of becoming a P.I. but he is stubborn and has no desire to bring Maizie into his business. But Maizie has what the late actress, Mary Tyler Moore had, she has SPUNK! These three characters drive this story and they are surrounded by a great cast. Ms. Reinhart has struck gold with these characters and she has written them into a fabulous and funny mystery story. Twists and turns, romantic tension, great dialogue full of humor and fast quips, along with some Southern flair had these pages absolutely flying. I was sorry the story had to end. A smashing debut for this series! I want more Maizie A.S.A.P.!!
Larissa Reinhart's newest series, Maizie Albright Star Detective, is represented in her first book 15 Minutes. Maizie's character is much different than Ms. Reinhart's other character Cherry Tucker of the Cherry Tucker mystery series. Maizie's life is in a state of turmoil after a Hollywood judge orders her back to her hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, in hopes she will get her act together. Daughter of a control freak mother and a father who is the founder of DeerNose, maker of deer pee coated clothing, Maizie struggles to establish her new persona. Ms Reinhart has developed Maizie's character to be a combination of Maddy from Moonlighting and Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy. Maizie's desire to prove she can succeed in her new career of Private Detective will have you laughing in spots and feeling her pain in others. It will be interesting to see where Maizie will go in her next adventures.
15 minutes; A Maizie Albright Star Detective Mystery by Larissa Reinhart is the first book in this exciting new series. Maizie is a former child tv star who played a teen detective. As a result, she took criminal justice classes and has decided she wants to train to be a private investigator and has chosen Nash Security Solutions as her mentor. Maizie has been ordered by a judge to stay out of Hollywood and out of show business because she got tangled up in a mess with her ex-boyfriend. She has moved back to her southern hometown and in with her dad and his new family. Nash is not thrilled to mentor Maizie. The scenes between them are hilarious. Maizie tries to impress Nash so that he will hire her. She seems to have a knack for walking in when he is changing clothes. There is a crazy cast of secondary characters that complement the story. There is a good mystery mixed in with all the craziness surrounding Maizie. I would recommend this book if you're a fan of the chic lit genre. I think you'll really like the authors writing style and Maizie. There is a mystery and plenty of suspects/characters to keep you guessing and entertained. Sexual content: no physical scenes, but some teasers Violence: there is a death or two, but not described in great detail. not disturbing at all Drug/Alcohol: a few scenes are at the local bar; the girls have drinks, maybe one scene where someone has too much to drink Language; some suggestive language, a few uses of profanity, PG13 I received this book from the publisher/author. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
[ I voluntarily chose to review this book] "...Nash raised an eyebrow. "Miss Albright, I've been trying to get rid of you since I met you. Now I'm asking you to do something useful." Mazie Albright, washed up,used up reality don't wannabe is trying to become something besides her mother/manager's minion. She has moved back home and living with her blended family is becoming a different kind of torture. She's actually got the education to be a real PI. Question is, how can she overcome the perception and really BE a PI. Stumbling into Nash Securities, she connects in many ways with " mostly by the book owner" Wyatt Nash who just isn't sure about her motives. In perfect slapstick, Larissa Rheinhart crafts a smart funny wise *asset* for Nash Securities. The mystery she crafts around Maxie and her cadre of supporters/gawkers and wannabes will keep you entertained as you figure out just what in the heck is going on! Highly recommended! More please!
15 Minutes is a fun read and augers well for an exciting future for this new Larissa Reinhart series. Maizie Albright returns home under a cloud of probation and an aura of stardom. The ex-teen idol is paying for his bad taste in men when a judge requires that she return to her somewhat rustic roots and stay away from the evils of Hollywood. More than ready to begin a new and independent stage of her life Maizie wants to train under the only local detective to get her private investigator license. Prepare with a college degree in criminal investigation and years of acting as a teenage super detective the young woman begs her way into a trial. her stardom, education, and intelligence still don't prepare her for her first gig. For me, her focus on fashion gets old but it fits her character perfectly and based on Larissa Reinhart's other books, I believe that the character of Maizie will evolve. Dynamic characters are only one of Ms. Reinhart's many strengths. I really appreciate that amid the humor we see both heart and intelligence from the main character. I look forward to watching Maize Albright kick a@# and take names for years to come. I requested and received and advanced readers copy of the book from the author. The review is voluntary. I review all books that I love!