Hollywood Homicide

Hollywood Homicide

by Kellye Garrett


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Winner of the 2018 Anthony Award for Best First Novel

Winner of the 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel

Also a Lefty Award Winner and a Barry Award-Nominated Title

The Surprise Hit of the Season!

Actress Dayna Anderson's Deadly New Role: Homicide Detective

Dayna Anderson doesn't set out to solve a murder. All the semifamous, mega-broke actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. So after witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she pursues the fifteen grand reward. But Dayna soon finds herself doing a full-on investigation, wanting more than just money—she wants justice for the victim. She chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes, and movie premieres, loving every second of it—until someone tries to kill her. And there are no second takes in real life.


"[A] winning first novel and series launch…Garrett writes with humor and insight about the Hollywood scene. Readers will look forward to Day's further adventures."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A smart, sassy debut, introducing an appealing protagonist with amusing friends."—Library Journal (starred review) and Debut of the Month

"Veteran TV writer Garrett uses her Cold Case experience to inform her debut, which sets up more than one charming character and isn't afraid to go cynical on all things LA."—Kirkus Reviews

"Funny, lively characters populate this new Detective by Day series…this will be an entertaining entry into the amateur sleuth genre."—RT Book Reviews

"Fun, smart, endearingly flawed, and impressively determined, Dayna Anderson is a heroine readers will fall in love with…I relished every unexpected twist and turn of this highly entertaining mystery!"—Kyra Davis, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738752617
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Series: A Detective by Day Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 105,577
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kellye Garrett (East Orange, NJ) spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. The first book in her Detective by Day Mystery series, Hollywood Homicide, won the Agatha, Lefty and Independent Publisher "IPPY" awards for best first novel. A former magazine editor, she holds a BS in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC's famed film school. She now works for a leading media company and brainstorms ways to commit murder for her novels.

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Hollywood Homicide 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
way over the top . makes girls sound really self centered.
CorLaw3 More than 1 year ago
Nice, Cozy, and Oh-So-Funny, HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE'S worth the money Hollywood Homicide, the multiple awards nominated and winning cozy mystery novel by Kellye Garrett, delivers its charm via the voice of the main character, Dayna Anderson. Day, as her friends call her, was a former star of a Chubby Chicken commercial that people she meets seem to recall to her displeasure. But on several occasions, she has fun with it through her dialogue and internal monologue. The first chapter sets up this funny and engaging voice that sings until the end of the book. Down-on-her-luck, she struggles to pay bills, her parents experience mortgage challenges she wants to help with, and she hits dead ends seeking employment not necessarily in Los Angeles' entertainment industry. It's ugly. So, when someone runs down a young woman named Haley Joseph as she enjoys (sort of, read the book) a night out with her companions, she discovers that a $15,000 reward accompanies the solving of her murder. Say no more. Amateur sleuth Dayna Anderson to the rescue! However, she doesn't take on the sleuthing alone. She enlists the help of those companions including best friend and LA fashion queen (nearly everything she wears is red!) Sienna Hayes. The computer expert, gamer, introvert and shorthand Internet speak geek, Emme Abrams. Her on again, off again crush and she's not sure where to place the check mark on that count, the up and coming TV actor, Omari Grant. Not outdone, some bonus help comes in the form of the quirky Johnny-on-the-spot ex-cop turned private investigator, Aubrey S. Adams-Parker or A.S.A.P. (Is that a character insight, Ms. Garrett? Hmm.) Okay, with the team in place, they learn that several celebrities' homes were robbery targets including female rapper Kandy Wrapper, Oscar Blue, and Emme's famous twin sister, Toni. From here author Garrett bobs and weaves, zigs and zags, and sends her characters to the edge and some over that edge to join Luca Brasi and the fishes. The mystery is solid though I thought a few times Dayna needed her head examined for some brazen decisions in her pursuit of Haley's killer. I was spot-on with some plot points and surprised on some others. The book stands out due to the character personalities led by Dayna. Garrett infuses her voice with insider knowledge of how the Hollywood game is played, the commercial and residential Los Angeles landscape, the fashion of the rich-and-incubating famous, and her nods toward some of my favorite police procedural TV shows like Law & Order and The First 48. Dayna's witty, smart, persistent, brave, calculating (hey, need that 15 grand after all), and patient referring to the Chubby Chicken commercials and, 'The Voice.' Read the book for the humor of the latter. I'm not a cozy mystery reader by any stretch, but I will more thoroughly delve into the various offerings especially by African-American authors after reading this solid debut. Garrett honed her skills and insight after eight years in Hollywood that included writing for the CBS Drama, Cold Case (one of my favorite crime dramas at the time), which I happen to be watching/listening to actually, as I write this review! The cover states that Hollywood Homicide is the 'First In A New Series.' The sequel, Hollywood Ending, hit the marketplace on August 8th of this year. I'll get to that one and to the rest of them I'm sure that will publish in the future. Highly recommended with a Four and a half Stars for Kelly and Dayna!
SMWard More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The writing is clever (hilarious at times) and the story offers a sensational peek into life in Hollywood. Murder mystery isn’t a genre I know a lot about, but when I read that Kellye Garrett is a “recovering TV writer” who wrote for the CBS drama Cold Case, I was intrigued. Sure enough, this book was fantastically entertaining. It offers not just the excitement of solving a murder, but also a fun ride through the streets of the rich and famous in L.A.—and a look into the lives of the show biz wannabes who outnumber them. The whole time I was reading, I was casting the characters in my head with movie and TV stars. Our lead, Dayna, is friendly and very funny when everything doesn’t quite go as planned. The secondary characters are quirky and amusing. I didn’t know who the murderer was until the end, enjoying the final twists that led to the reveal.
Marla-Bradeen More than 1 year ago
HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE is an enjoyable debut novel. Filled with humor and intrigue, the memorable characters drew me in quickly and the mystery kept me reading. I loved the Hollywood setting and the fact that the heroine was a minority. I'm looking forward to reading Garrett's future novels. Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Hit and Run Murder Earlier this year, I started reading the Chicks on the Case blog, and through that I decided I wanted to read at least one book by all of the Chicks. (And yes, I’ve still got one I need to get to plus more books by the authors I’ve already read.) Kellye Garrett is the last of these ladies to have her debut novel published. Hollywood Homicide came out about a week ago, and it is wonderful. Dayna Anderson, Day to her friends, has retired from acting after a successful career of one commercial campaign for a fast food company. As you can imagine, that didn’t line the pocketbooks forever, and she is hard up for money now. Making matters worse, her parents are going to lose their house unless Day can find a way to give them the cash they need. Which is why the billboard catches her eye. The LAPD is offering a $15K reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver of a hit and run. The young woman who had been hit died at the scene. Day realizes she and her friends had actually driven by the scene not too long after it happened, so maybe they know something. This isn’t the worst things an actress in Hollywood has done for money, and it should be easy money, right? Spoiler alert – it isn’t easy money. If it were, this would be a short story and not a novel. Of course, Day’s lack of experience as an investigator plays into her lack of ability to solve the crime quickly, but her stumbles and dead ends were completely realistic. Not that I would be much better about solving the crime than Day. In fact, at one point, I thought I had the killer pegged only to know I was wrong half a chapter later when Day decided that person was the killer as well. The ultimate solution is surprising and satisfying, and we get some fun twists along the way. Meanwhile, the characters are wonderful. They are quite an assortment, yet they all come to believable life. I know there is more to some of them than we see here, and I can’t wait to get to know them better as the series unfolds. My biggest complaint was with the romantic sub-plot. It all felt very Jr. High to me. Yes, it does play into the plot of the mystery, so I see the need for it. This is a very minor complaint overall, and I’d probably behave more like Day does than I care to admit, so I can’t criticize too loudly. Do note that the content is pushing the edges of the cozy sub-genre in a couple of scenes. It’s nothing too graphic, and the scenes are played for laughs. These aren’t the only scenes that are played for laughs. There are plenty throughout the entire book. As much as I am a Southern California Hollywood loving guy, I had to laugh at many of the correct observations made about my part of the country. The light tone made the book that much more enjoyable. Hollywood Homicide is not only my favorite debut so far this year, but one of my favorite reads of the year period. Do yourself a favor and get this book today. You’ll be very glad you did. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.
LH_Writes More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. It's got a strong, clear voice, and a main character it's easy to identify with. Who hasn't found themselves trying to urge their car along with a prayer as the gas station slowly comes into view? Day is great, and so is the cast of supporting characters. They're all unique enough to stand out on their own. The mystery is a lot of fun. Garrett made me suspect almost everyone at one point or another, which for me is the hallmark of a good mystery. No one is safe, anyone could be guilty! But the ending still made perfect sense. I can't wait for the next book in this series. ***I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
I loved Hollywood Homicide! The first book in the Detective by Day series introduces new and awesome author, Kellye Garrett. While I knew the series was new; I was surprised to discover that the book is her first published novel, no newbie weaknesses in this work. Great characters and an intriguing plot highlight an outstanding novel. I love that Dayna's friends who are more than willing to stand up for her and would even give her the money she needs, but that isn't how she was raised and it isn't the person she is as an adult. I also love that throughout the story, even though the need for money was the reason she started her hunt for a hit-and-run driver, she never forgets that there was a victim and that person had a real life before it was stolen. I requested and received a ARC copy of this book via NetGalley. The review is completely voluntary; I always review books that I love.