Get ready to swoon over a new kind of amateur sleuth!
From 1975-79 teen idol Sandy Fairfax recorded 10 gold albums and stared in the hit TV series Buddy Brave, Boy Sleuth. Now he's a 38-year-old recovering alcoholic, forgotten and desperate for a comeback.
An easy gig-a guest appearance at a Beatles fan convention in Evansville, Ind.-turns deadly after a member of the Mersey Marvels tribute band is shot. When police suspect Sandy, and he fills in for the dead musician at a concert, the schoolboy shamus is back in action to find the killer.
About the Author: Sally Carpenter is native Hoosier now living in sunny Southern California She has a master's degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school two of her plays, "Star Collector" and "Common Ground," were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. "Common Ground" also earned a college creative writing award. The plays received staged readings and productions in New York City.
Carpenter also has a master's degee in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do. She's worked a variety of jobs including actress, freelance writer, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain, and tour guide/page for a major movie studio as well as for a community newspaper.
She's a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles Chapter. Contact her at email@example.com.
|Publisher:||Oak Tree Press|
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About the Author
She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school two of her plays, “Star Collector” and “Common Ground,” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award. The plays received staged readings and productions in New York City.
Carpenter also has a master’s degee in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do. She’s worked a variety of jobs including actress, freelance writer, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain, and tour guide/page for a major movie studio as well as for a community newspaper.
She’s a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles Chapter. Contact her at .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dollycas’s Thoughts This story takes me back to the days when the David and Shaun Cassidy posters were hanging on my bedroom walls. The Beatles were not really my thing but their songs were always on the radio and I did watch all the movies. I read these books out of order, I reviewed The Sinister Sitcom Caper back in March, but it took absolutely nothing away from this story. Sandy Fairfax is a nice guy. He needed a job so that his ex would let him spend time with his kids. His agent’s phone was definitely not ringing off the hook with offers. But the Midwest Beatles Fan Convention in Indiana would love to have them as their special guest so he hops a plane. While there he meets his biggest fan and finds a dead body. The lead investigator figures Sandy is the killer because he in the one from Hollywood. Carpenter again has written a fine mystery. With “A Little Help From His New Friends” Sandy starts to gather clues to find the real murderer. She has filled the story with plenty of Beatle references and trivia while giving us a look at a fan convention with a shoestring budget. She has given us fantastic characters with snappy dialogue and plenty of humor. The character of Sandy continued to evolve throughout the entire story. Bunny, Sandy’s “biggest fan”, was bigger than life and had a hard time distinguishing between Sandy the teenage heart throb and the man he was today but together they worked it out. I was very entertained by the entire story. Beatle fan or not this is a fun read. “I Got A Feeling” this is not the last story about Sandy from this “Paperback Writer.” I will probably be “Shout”ing about another book soon!!
4 STARS This is the first book in the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mysteries series. I did not realize that at first and was getting confused. I had already read The Sinister Sitcom Caper. So I was confused that they were introducing stuff that I already knew about. I liked The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper. I would recommend reading them in order but they can stand alone. I liked the characters. Sandy Fairfax seems like a real tv star. I liked all the references to Hardy boys Mysteries, Donny Osmond and Beatles. I admit to living through those days. Sandy Fairfax was a tv character that solved mysteries. He also sang. He was on a different network and up against the Hardy boys. Like some stars he did drugs and drank to much. Ernest has not worked for five years. He stopped drinking the day before this book started. His ex-wife will not let him see his kids till he stops drinking and is working again. He is broke or close to it. So he agrees to go to a Beatle convention. Ringo was a guest star on his detective tv show. Bunny is a big fan of Sandy Fairfax. She is one of the sponsers for this convention. It is run on a shoe string. It is the first one in Evansville, Indiana. Their is a Beatle tribute concert. One of the band members turns up dead. Ernest finds the body and is a suspect. Their is a lot of trivia about the sixties, Beatles. Lots of humor, action, drama and murder mystery. It is also a clean read. It hits the right tones to be believable convention. Makes me want to go to one. The story mostly takes place in a couple of days at the motel where the convention is staying in Evansville, Indiana. This is a fun mystery series. I have enjoyed both books but I like Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper best. I look forward to reading more of this series. I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review of it.
An aging teen idol thrust into a fan convention just as he is trying to give up booze is a great setup. Add a passel of quirky characters and a bunch of Beatles-themed events, and you have the basis for this book. It is light and a quick read, but you'll have fun along the way. You have to be a real Beatles fan in order to figure out the who-done-it, but even without the in-depth knowledge you will enjoy the ride.
My review: If you want to read something which is entertaining, fun and has a good suspense story combined with Beatles music and good characters then The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper is definitely for you! Sally Carpenter’s book is well-written, humorous, and original and it is easy to read! I really enjoyed it! Regarding the plot: Meet Sandy Fairfax: Sandy is 38 years old man who used to be a pop-star and an idol for young fans for many years ago and who has been on the road of deterioration for a while. Since he needs some work he is accepting the offer from his manager to attend a Beatles convention as a guest speaker. When he arrives, then everything is different than Sandy is used to – no limo to pick him up, no suite in the hotel, except the fact that he is still recognized and he still has a fan base. During the fan convention Sandy is ending up in the middle of the murder case and all the clues which are left behind are related to Beatles and their songs. In order to make sure that he is not accused as a murderer, he is using his knowledge from the TV-series he starred – Buddy Brave, Boy Sleuth – to solve the mystery. I loved several aspects in the story. Firstly, I was fascinated by the details of fan convention. I have never ever attended at a fan convention and the spirit and the world of being a fan was very much fun to read about. How the characters know the details of their object of admiration, how they would choose no means to get a fan item – all that was put neatly to the paper by the author! Secondly, the dialogue was very vivid between the characters! Besides that, the inner world of Sandy was very captivating; I really enjoyed reading the book from his point of view. Thirdly, I also loved how the author changed Sandy – he developed through the story in very positive way. Regarding the characters: I liked Sandy because he started out as a middle-aged degraded pop-star with alcohol issues into the person he once was – person who loves music and loves creating and making music. He also grew as a person inwardly from being arrogant into a man who actually has nice personality. Bunny was annoyingly lovable. She was so into Sandy Fairfax that sometimes it seemed like harassment. She was smart and so keen to make sure that her idol Sandy was pleased. It was in one way very adorable and the other way also little too much. The other supportive characters were interesting and believable which also shows that author has thought through the stories of even the smallest and less important people in the book: the hotel manager, band members, police detective – they were all well-written. Generally: The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper was very entertaining and good book! It’s a book which makes you laugh and smile and creates a lot of positive emotions for the reader. Even though there is a murder story in the novel, it still offers a very positive atmosphere and that is exactly the reason why this book gets a very good evaluation from me! Read it!