The Wrong Girl

The Wrong Girl

by Donis Casey

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They say a life well-lived is the best revenge...

Blanche Tucker longs to escape her drop-dead dull life in tiny Boynton, Oklahoma. Then dashing Graham Peyton roars into town. Posing as a film producer, Graham convinces the ambitious but naive teenager to run away with him to a glamorous new life. Instead, Graham uses her as cruelly as a silent picture villain. Yet by luck and by pluck, taking charge of her life, she makes it to Hollywood.

Six years later, Blanche has transformed into the celebrated Bianca LaBelle, the reclusive star of a series of adventure films, and Peyton's remains are discovered on a Santa Monica beach. Is there a connection? With all of the twists and turns of a 1920s melodrama, The Wrong Girl follows the daring exploits of a girl who chases her dream from the farm to old Hollywood, while showing just how risky—and rewarding—it can be to go off script.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492699200
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 11/11/2019
Series: Bianca Dangereuse Hollywood Mysteries Series , #1
Edition description: Large Prin
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 762,104
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Donis Casey is the author of ten Alafair Tucker Mysteries. Donis has twice won the Arizona Book Award for her series, and been a finalist for the Willa Award and a seven-time finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Her first novel, The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, was named an Oklahoma Centennial Book in 2008. Donis is a former teacher, academic librarian, and entrepreneur. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.

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The Wrong Girl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 2 days ago
It's the early 1930s and 15-year-old Blanche is enthralled with the flickers/ movies. From Oklahoma, she dreams of being a movie star. One day, while sneaking off to the movies Blanche meets a handsome man, Graham Peyton. He eventually professes his love for Blanche and promises to take her to California so she can become an actress. But the things are not as they appear, and Blanche finds herself abandoned. Blanche does make it to Hollywood and becomes a successful actress. Graham Peyton, however, did not have as much luck. His skeletal remains were found. A private detective was hired by a mobster to find out how Graham died. The story is told mostly through the detective point of view. But the reader also gets glimpses into the other characters. This was a fun read with great characters. There were suspense and surprising twists. I particularly liked the references to the movie stars within the story, it added to its authenticity of the time.
Literaturebabe 6 days ago
The seedier side of old Hollywood exposed... and its definitely not all glitz and glamour. It's the heyday of silent movies- Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, America's sweetheart couple, rule the silver screen...the mysterious Bianca Dangereuse, the darling of the Dangereuse film franchise, takes the world by storm with her unprecedented stunts and athletic abilities. But before Bianca became the fabulous Dangereuse, she was a small town farm girl named Blanche- a little girl with big dreams of getting out of hicks ville and heading to the bright lights of Hollywood and stardom. Then a Hollywood producer comes to town...taking a fancy to the beautiful young Blanche. Dreams come at a price and evil can look nice all dressed up in a three piece suit. 4 stars! Thank you NetGalley, Poisoned Pen Press and the author Ms. Donis Casey for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy
Tangen 6 days ago
Interesting tale of a young girl in Oklahoma Territory in the early 1920s who is flim flammed, avoids the brothel she is sold to in Arizona, and mysteriously rises to stardom with a new name in the new world known as Hollywood motion pictures. Then six years later a man is murdered and turns out to be her flimflam man. Enter the sleuth. It is an enjoyable read. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Poisoned Pen Press via NetGalley.
MKF 8 days ago
Who is Blanca LaBelle? She might be a film star but she's shrouded in mystery until the body of Graham Peyton is discovered and Ted Oliver starts looking for the truth. Fans of old Hollywood will enjoy this for the glimpses of the town in the 1920s. Young women were not well treated then and Blanca was among them. She started life as Blanche in Oklahoma. She had stars in her eyes and fell, unfortunately, under the influence of Peyton (a real villain!). This moves a bit in time but that works for the story, which will well told. There's a good mystery here as well as the tale of a woman who worked to get what she wanted and then found .... No spoilers! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC>