Murder For Hire

Murder For Hire

by Dana Fredsti




A trenchcoat and a fedora don't make a detective, and Connie Garrett couldn't agree more. She's the co-founder of Murder for Hire, an acting troupe that specializes in spoofing, not sleuthing. But when MFH performs at a sleepy coastal community's mystery gala celebrating the life and works of a famous hard-boiled mystery author and the bodies start stacking up, Connie finds herself on the case whether she likes it or not. She becomes unwillingly committed to solving the murders while trying to keep both the show-and her love life-afloat. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dana Fredsti is an ex-B movie actress with a background in theatrical sword-fighting. She's spent the past seven-plus years volunteering at the Exotic Feline Breeding Facility/Feline Conservation Center ( in Rosamond, California. Dana's had a full-grown leopard sit on her feet, been kissed by tigers, held baby jaguars and had her thumb sucked by an ocelot with nursing issues.
She's addicted to bad movies and any book or film, good or bad, which includes zombies. Her other hobbies include surfing (badly), collecting beach glass (obsessively), and wine tasting (happily).
Along with her best friend Maureen, Dana was co-producer/writer/director for a mystery-oriented theatrical troupe based in San Diego. While no actual murders occurred during their performances, there were times when the actors and clients made the idea very tempting. She's published numerous articles, essays and shorts, including stories in Cat Fantastic IV, an anthology series edited by Andre Norton (Daw, 1997), Danger City (Contemporary Press, 2005), and Mondo Zombie (Cemetery Dance, 2006). Her essays can be seen in Morbid Curiosity, Issues 2-7. She's also had several low-budget screenplays produced and currently has another script under option. Dana was also co-writer/associate producer on Urban Rescuers, a documentary on feral cats and TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return), which won Best Documentary at the 2003 Valley Film Festival in Los Angeles.

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ISBN-13: 9781596635715
Publisher: James A Rock & Co. Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2007
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
hagelrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant novel for anyone with a fondness for 40's noir movies, written by B movie actress and stage fighter Dana Fredsti, this book gently & affectionally spoofs the noir detective genre, whilst providing a charming and amusing thriller based around a small theatre company who's job is to spoof the film noir genre. Fredsti is very entertaining and the real fondness for her genre comes through to make this book a gem, whats more, I didn't figure it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What happens when an acting troupe gets together with the town festival committee to honor one of the town's prominent noir PI writers? A little bit of murder and a lot of chaos. MFH: The Peruvian Pigeon is a take off of 'The Maltese Falcon'. It's a mix of fun characters and charm and wit, and a lot of chaos trying to get the rehersals done without the show falling apart. I must say for someone who has never read The Maltese Falcon, I found that the story came across quite well. I could tell from reading that it was a spoof and that references were made to the movie and even parts of the book. I was so engrossed in the humor and writing that I forgot a murder had taken place at the very beginning of the story. I think I was about a fourth of the way into the book before I thought to myself that there should have been a murder by now (and yes, had one of those Duh! moments). The humor and interaction of the characters was spot on. Even though there were several characters at any given moment to keep track of, I never got them confused. The first murder happened and then I was drawn into the story that when a second murder happened, I was kind of shocked (in a good way). Ms. Fredsti definitely has a way of surprising the reader and yet keep the story light-hearted and entertaining. If you are a fan of The Maltese Falcon and would like a fun read, I suggest you pick up a copy of MURDER FOR HIRE: The Peruvian Pigeon today. I look forward to the next MURDER FOR HIRE story to come out. Elysabet Eldering
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written, amazingly crafted, and basically just fun! Dana Fredsti's Murder For Hire team is made up of a group of people you'd want to find yourself hanging out with. A tongue in cheek nod at 40's film noir, along with a little murder and a little romance, what more could you ask of a mystery? Ms. Fredsti's attention to detail brings her audience right into the action. (I also blame her for my current cookie craving!) A great whodunit to the very end. Warning, this book is hard to put down...Clear your schedule, warm up some cocoa and put in a fresh batch of chocolate chips before you start!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A clever idea and a wacky cast of characters, with murder thrown in to make things even more interesting. Dana Fredsti clearly knows whereof she writes when it comes to B-movies, Dashiell Hammett, and dinner-theatre mystery re-enactments. Curl up on a lazy weekend with lots of hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies (or a snort of Laphroig) and enjoy THE PERUVIAN PIGEON.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon is the first in a very fun new series for mystery lovers. It has a lot going for it: two lovable reluctant girl sleuths, a remarkable cast of characters, a great setting, smart,hilarious dialogue and an engaging mystery to solve. The behind-the-scenes antics of their hard-boiled 40's gumshoe theater troupe are every bit as entertaining as the murder mystery itself. Lots of fun and surprises. I can't wait for the next book in this series!