by Margaret Dumas


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Welcome to the Palace movie theater! Now Showing: Philandering husbands, ghostly sidekicks, and a murder or two.

When Nora Paige’s movie-star husband leaves her for his latest co-star, she flees Hollywood to take refuge in San Francisco at the Palace, a historic movie theater that shows the classic films she loves. There she finds a band of misfit film buffs who care about movies (almost) as much as she does.

She also finds some shady financial dealings and the body of a murdered stranger.

Oh, and then there’s Trixie, the lively ghost of a 1930’s usherette who appears only to Nora and has a lot to catch up on. With the help of her new ghostly friend, can Nora catch the killer before there’s another murder at the Palace?

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MURDER AT THE PALACE by Margaret Dumas | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.

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ISBN-13: 9781635114638
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: A Movie Palace Mystery , #1
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 177,784
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

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Murder at the Palace 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Likeable characters, just enough detail in descriptive passages, and enough action to keep you interested. The descriptions of classic movies are a nice unexpected surprise.
Carstairs38 8 months ago
When Nora Paige’s movie star husband is caught having an affair with a co-star, she decides it is time to start over. Fortunately, Nora’s friend Robbie needs someone to manage the Palace Theater up in San Francisco. However, Nora’s first day doesn’t go as planned. She’s barely met the staff when she finds a dead body in the backup ice maker in the basement. Naturally, she doesn’t recognize the victim, but none of the staff know who he is either. Could his murder be tied to the death of the previous manager? And, if that shock weren’t enough, Nora starts to see a hallucination that just might be the ghost of an usherette named Trixie from the 1930’s. Is Nora going crazy? Can she figure out what is going on? Since I rarely do paranormal cozies, I almost skipped this book, but I was so drawn to the classic movies theme that I had to give it a try. I’m very glad I did because it was fun. While we find the body early on, the set up, including introducing Trixie to the mix, does slow thing down at the beginning, but there is a strong mystery for Nora to solve. Nora, Trixie, and the rest of the cast are a hoot, and I can’t wait to hang out with all of them again. And there is plenty of talk about old movies. While I haven’t seen many of the movies mentioned yet, the discussion certainly made me want to fix that. I’m already buying my ticket for the next entry in this series.
BeagleGirl123 11 months ago
I really enjoyed Murder at the Palace. Never a dull moment, and a pleasure to read. The mystery was great, and having a resident ghost usherette (the adorable Trixie!) isn't as weird as it sounds, lol! I'm absolutely looking forward to more books in this series. A+++
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Murder at the Palace by Margaret Dumas was an intriguing mystery by a "new to me" author. Nora Paige comes to San Francisco from Hollywood to hide out from the paparazzi after her movie-star husband leaves her for his current co-star. She takes over the management of the Palace movie theater for her best friend, Ronni. I liked Nora and found her to be smart, curious and intuitive. The staff at the Palace are quirky individuals who all seem to fit in this historic movie theater. A smoothly paced plot, possibly more than one murder, Columbian money men, a legal marijuana shop nearby and the big question - where do you hide $7 million dollars led me down a twisted path until the reveal. I enjoyed reading the story; but I do have one small thing that bothered me while reading. Whenever Ms. Dumas named a classic film, the title of the film was always followed, in parenthesis, by the year the film was made and the principal cast members. I found this to be distracting. I would rather see this type of information in a list at the beginning of the book rather than it breaking up the story. All in all, a complex mystery with some great characters. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Henery Press via Edelweiss. All of the above opinions are my own.