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Stormy Weather   "Stormy Weather: A Charlotte Justice Mystery" [2001]
by Paula L. Woods

One World pb [7/2002] for $11.20
W.W.Norton 8½x5¾ hardcover [8/2001] for $17.47
Dream Factory by Janet Leigh  "The Dream Factory: A Novel About The Power of Secrets In A Town Built On Illusions" [2002] by Janet Leigh
Mira mass pb [1/2003] out of print/used
Mira 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2002] out of print/many used
Buck Ames murder mysteries at 1940s-era Hollywood studios, by Woodrow W. Walker  tales of stuntman-turned-private investigator Buck Ames
"Murder At Republic" [2002] by W.W. Walker

AuthorHouse 9x6 pb [12/2002] for $9.94
Writers Club Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [12/2002] for $19.95
"Murder At Columbia" [2004] by W.W. Walker
PublishAmerica 8½x5½ pb [3/2004] out of print/used
"Murder At R.K.O." short story [2007] by W.W. Walker
Amazon digital download [5/2007] for 49’
"Murder At Universal" [2008] by W.W. Walker
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [3/2008] for $19.95
Let's All Kill Constance novel by Ray Bradbury  
"Let's All Kill Constance" [2002] by Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]
"Bradbury's depiction of Hollywood as its first great glory begins to deteriorate effectively
recaptures the past ... and he does so with more [bellylaughs] than nostalgia."
— Paula Friedman, Los Angeles Times

HarperCollins 8½x5¾ hardcover [12/2002] for $16.77
Hollywood Tough  "Hollywood Tough: A Shane Scully Novel" [2003]
by tv producer Stephen J. Cannell

St Martin hardcover [1/2003] for $17.47
Audio Renaissance UNABR audio [1/2003] for $25.87
Chivers ABR audio CD [1/2003] for $81.94
official booksite
Scavenger Hunt  "Scavenger Hunt" [2003] by Robert Ferrigno
A dead Hollywood director, a missing screenplay . . .
Vantage 8x5¼ pb [2/2004] for $10.40
Pantheon 9x6¾ hardcover [1/2003] for $17.47
San Remo Drive  "San Remo Drive: A Novel From Memory" [2003]
by Leslie Epstein

"one of the four best Hollywood books ever written" — Elizabeth Frank, New York Times
Book Review
; listed in 'L.A. Times 100 Best Books of 2003'
Handsel Books 8¾x6 pb [7/2004] for $12.35
Handsel Books 9x6¼ hardcover [4/2003] for $24.00
Action! novel by Robert W. Cort  "Action!" [2003]
by Robert W. Cort [producer of 52 films]

Random House 7¾x5¼ pb [7/2004] for $14.95
Random House 9¾x6 hardcover [6/2003] out of print/many used
Kill Me Again mystery novel by Terence Faherty (Scott Elliott)  "Kill Me Again: A Scott Elliott Mystery" [2003] by Terence Faherty
Production begins on "Love Me Again", a sequel to the hit wartime romance "Passage To Lisbon" and is quickly derailed by accusations that the screenwriter is a Communist; former actor and soldier Scott Elliott is tasked with finding the truth.
Kindle Edition from The Mystery Company [8/2009] for $3.03
The Mystery Company 7½x5 pb [10/2003] out of print/used
Six Degrees of Warren Beatty Hollywood novel by Clayton Moore  "Six Degrees of Warren Beatty: A Hollywood Novel" [2003] by Clayton Moore
The teen drama TV series "Melrose Hills" may soon be cancelled; during a live national broadcast from Malibu Beach, the lead actress is shot to death; the victim's King Kong of a stage mother concocts a plan to save the show, "setting into motion a cycle of desperation and depravity bizarre even by Hollywood standards".
iUniverse pb [12/2003] for $14.95
Manhattan Beach Project novel by Peter Lefcourt  "The Manhattan Beach Project: A Novel" [2005] by Peter Lefcourt
Hapless Oscar-winning producer Charlie Berns is down and out, so he jumps at the chance to work with a C.I.A. agent on a reality TV series about a trigger-happy warlord in Uzbekistan.
S&S 9x6 pb [8/2007] for $22.95
S&S 9½x6 hardcover [2/2005] out of print/used
"Backlot Requiem" noir detective novel by G.E. Nordell  "Backlot Requiem: A Rick Walker Mystery" [2005] by G.E. Nordell
A long-buried body discovered at National Pictures Studios brings in private investigator Rick Walker and leads to a thirty-year-old murder case, a dying film director and his wild daughters, a legendary film star of the Silent Era, local gangsters, and a very discreet love affair.
Kindle Edition from Amazon [7/2011] for $9.95
iUniverse 9x6 pb [3/2005] for $12.95
iUniverse 9x6 hardcover [3/2005] for $22.95
official Rick Walker novels website • Croatian-language edition • click here for excerpt

In A Teapot mystery novel by Terence Faherty (Scott Elliott)   "In A Teapot: A Scott Elliott Mystery" [2005] by Terence Faherty
Hollywood in 1948 is a beehive of British ex-patriot actors, so why not make a feature film of Shakespeare's "The Tempest"? But rumors start of one actor and a burlesque performer, and before detective Scott Elliott can straighten that out, murder occurs.
Kindle Edition from The Mystery Company [8/2009] for $3.03
The Mystery Company 8x5 pb [9/2005] out of print/used
Out There in the Dark novel by Wesley Strick  "Out There In The Dark" [2006] by Wesley Strick
Hollywood in the late Thirties: B-actor Harley Hayden begins dating the daughter of the head of Superior Studios, who hires ex-cop detective Mike Roarke to check Harley's background. Refugee German director Dieter Seife (name changed to Derek Sykes) is asked to star Harley in his next film; Dieter wants a better actor, so Harley hires Roarke to investigate Dieter. War breaks out and both Harley and 'Derek' are drafted to work at the Army's First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City.
St. Martin/Thomas Dunne 8¼x6 hardcover [2/2006] out of print/used
Nickel-Plated Dream  "Nickel-Plated Dream" [2006] by Stephen Lodge
The rowdy escapades of The Kid and his faithful Indian companion among B-movie film companies in 1950s Texas, Arizona & Hollywood.
Behler Publns 8½x5½ pb [5/2006] for $10.17
author's website
John O'Hara's Hollywood stories  "John O'Hara's Hollywood, 1932-1974" [22 stories 2006]
by John O'Hara, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli

Da Capo Press / Carroll & Graf 8x5½ pb [1/2007] for $13.46
Ronald Reagan Murder Case novel by David Ossman  "The Ronald Reagan Murder Case: A George Tirebiter Mystery" [2006]
by David Ossman {member of The Firesign Theatre comedy troupe}

Set in Hollywood in 1945, the tale of radio star George Tirebiter's solution of two mysterious deaths: the on-air shooting of movie star Army Captain Ronald Reagan's double, and the scandalous death of a movie director back in the 1920s.
BearManor Media 8¾x6 pb [12/2006] for $19.95
see also Spirit of America Bookstore's Ronald Reagan [1911-2004] Page
Blanchard Brothers Film Company  "The Blanchard Brothers Film Company" [2007]
by R.D. Snowcroft

A group of unemployed actors in 1911 New Jersey band together to make one-reeler movies and find sudden and fleeting success, except for one who goes on to stardom in Hollywood.
Hampshire House Publng 8&frac13x5½ pb [1/2007] for $10.36
Hampshire House Publng 8½x5½ hardcover [1/2007] for $21.95
Hollywood & Crime stories  "Hollywood and Crime: Original Crime Stories Set During The History of Hollywood"
[2007] Edited by Robert J. Randisi

featuring stories by Michael Connelly, Terence Faherty, Bill Pronzini, Ken Kuhlken, Lee Goldberg, Max Allan Collins, Christine Matthews, Les Roberts, Stuart M. Kaminsky, and Dick Lochte
Pegasus hardcover [3/2007] for $16.32
Hollywood Exits novel by Marilou Tomblin  "Hollywood Exits: A Novel of 1935-1945" [2007] by Marilou Tomblin
An orphaned teenage beauty becomes the protιgι of a Hollywood studio executive. On a promotional tour in Europe, she is swept off her feet by an Italian count in Paris, just as war breaks out. She returns to Hollywood with a secret, torn between love and career.
iUniverse/AuthorHouse 9x6 pb [6/2007] for $21.95
North of Sunset novel by Henry Baum  "North of Sunset" [2007] by Henry Baum
Movie star Michael Sennet has everything, but his life is boring. A serial murderer is on the loose roaming the streets of Los Angeles, and soon is anointed the Vanity Plate Killer by the media. Michael starts roaming the streets looking for the killer . . .
Kindle Edition from Caliber [12/2013] for $2.99
LULU.com 9x6 pb [6/2007] for $15.26
Beverly Hills Dead novel by Stuart Woods  "Beverly Hills Dead: A Novel" [2008] by Stuart Woods
The first third of the book looks inside a Hollywood studio after World War II; the second third brings in the anti-Communist 'witch-hunts' of the early H.U.A.C. blacklist era; the final third is the actual murder mystery.
Signet mass pb [9/2008] for $9.99
Putnam 9x6¼ hardcover [1/2008] for $15.09
Oscar Season novel by Mary McNamara  "Oscar Season: A Novel" [2008] by Mary McNamara
Juliette is the PR manager for a swanky Los Angeles hotel, and during the busy month prior to the Academy Award ceremonies, somebody murders her Oscar-nominated screenwriter ex-husband.
S&S pb [12/2008] for $12.60
S&S 9¼x6½ hardcover [1/2008] for $24.00
Age of Dreaming novel by Nina Revoyr  "The Age of Dreaming: A Novel" [2008] by Nina Revoyr
Jun Nakayama was a star in the Silent Era who quit his career abruptly and became a recluse; when a journalist tracks him down forty years later, the interviews trigger memories of the joy of acting, the parties and excitement, the mysterious death of his favorite director, subtle and not-so-subtle racism, and secrets that he has kept for decades; while the tale appears to be a roman α clef, reviews suggest a work of deep insight into the human character.
Kindle Edition from Akashic Books [6/2012] for $4.39
Akashic Books 7¾x5 pb [4/2008] for $15.95
Frames mystery novel by Loren D. Estleman (Valentino)  "Frames: A Valentino Mystery" [2008] by Loren D. Estleman
Valentino, young 'film detective' at the U.C.L.A. Film Archives, stumbles upon some missing reels of von Stroheim's "Greed", the long-lost silent film masterpiece of 1924. But he also finds a human skeleton, and the stupid cops threaten to impound the film cans as 'evidence' (storing the delicate nitrate film improperly), so Valentino must solve the murder case before the cinematic treasure deteriorates even further.
Kindle Edition from Macmillan [8/2010] for $9.99
Forge 8¼x5½ pb [8/2010] for $11.40
Forge 8½x5¾ hardcover [4/2008] for $12.42
Agent To The Stars comic scifi novel by by John Scalzi  
"Agent To The Stars" [2008] by John Scalzi
Scifi author Scalzi jabs at the superficiality of Hollywood with the tale of a junior talent agent assigned to make the peaceful but very ugly interstellar invaders from Yherajk palatable to the human race, with snappy dialogue and a plot full of delightful surprises.
Tor Books 8x5½ pb [10/2008] for $10.17
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood / the Secret Files of Harry Pennypacker novel by Michael Druxman  "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: From The Secret Files of Harry Pennypacker"
[2008] by Michael B. Druxman

132-page revisionist 'history' of Hollywood's Golden Era and the tabloid press that covered it. Never heard of Harry Pennypacker? The tabloid magazines never ran his articles because they were too hot, too dangerous.
Kindle Edition from BearManor Media [7/2015] for $9.95
BearManor Media 9x6 pb [7/2015] for $14.95
Wheatmark 9x6 pb [12/2008] out of print/used
Sunnyside novel by Glen David Gold  "Sunnyside: A Novel" [2009 bestseller] by Glen David Gold
The lives of three men overlap at the beginning of The Great War: a soldier sent to France, another soldier sent to Russia, and the first and biggest worldwide movie star of the Silent Era, Charlie Chaplin; the cast also includes Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Rin-Tin-Tin, Adolph Zukor, Chaplin’s child bride, three Russian princesses, a thieving Girl Scout, and assorted movie-makers & starstruck fans.
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [5/2010] for $11.53
Knopf 9¼x6¾ deckle-edge hardcover [5/2009] for $17.79
Beverly Hills Adjacent novel by Jennifer Steinhauer & Jessica Hendra  "Beverly Hills Adjacent" [2009]
by Jennifer Steinhauer & Jessica Hendra

It is pilot season in Hollywood, and while a seldom-hired actor stumbles from audition to audition, with panic in between, his poetry professor wife begins an affair with a movie producer.
St. Martin's Griffin 8¼x5¾ pb [4/2010] for $11.89
St. Martin's Press 8¼x5¾ hardcover [5/2009] for $16.47
Alone mystery novel by Loren D. Estleman (Valentino)  "Alone: A Valentino Mystery" [2009] by Loren D. Estleman
"A letter from Garbo is the kiss of death." An elderly department store mogul offers Valentino a copy of a rare Greta Garbo silent short for the U.C.L.A. Archive if Valentino will dig up some dirt on the man's assistant, who is threatening blackmail. Days later, Valentino discovers the assistant shot dead in his client's office.
Kindle Edition from Macmillan [1/2010] for $7.99
Forge Books 8¼x5½ pb [10/2011] for $15.99
Forge Books 8½x6½ hardcover [12/2009] for $3.01 {sic}
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The Starlet novel by Mary McNamara  "The Starlet: A Novel" [2010] by Mary McNamara
While recovering in Italy from events in the previous book {"Oscar Season", above}, Juliette rescues a drugged-out actress who has fled from a location shoot and several murders.
S&S 8¼x5½ pb [6/2010] for $11.25
Jack and the Jungle Lion novel by Stephen Jared  "Jack and The Jungle Lion" [2010] by Stephen Jared
Movie star Jack is on location in the Amazon when his plane crashes; but Jack is not really the hero that he portrays on screen. Luckily he is stranded with intrepid animal trainer Maxine and her two kids; but then, native headhunters capture Maxine and Jack must somehow rescue her.
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2011] for $6.99
LULU.com pb [6/2010] for $12.59
Long Memory Harry Logan mystery novel for Kindle by W.H. Wheeler  "Long Memory: A Harry Logan Mystery" [2010] by W.H. Wheeler
Small-time Hollywood movie producer Harry Logan must find his way thru old Balkan hatreds to solve the murder of a young Serbian film maker.
Kindle Edition from the author [6/2010] for $2.99
In Theda Bara's Tent novel by Diana Altman  "In Theda Bara's Tent: A Novel" [2010] by Diana Altman
Young New Jersey orphan Harry Sirkus is helped by struggling theater owner Louis B. Mayer, then he runs away to New York City and works for avaricious William Fox at his newsreel company. Along the way to becoming a famous news broadcaster, Harry encounters screen stars (Theda Bara, Anita Stewart, fictional Nick Meadows), Tin Pan Alley song pluggers, bootleggers, dare-devil cameramen, movie moguls (Nicholas Schenck), and a young gossip columnist who steals his heart.
Tapley Cove Press 8x5¼ pb [10/2010] for $15.00
The Hollywood Op stories by Terence Faherty  
"The Hollywood Op: Private Eye Scott Elliott In Tinseltown" [8 stories 2011]
by Terence Faherty

Kindle Edition from Perfect Crime Books [1/2012] for $3.99
Perfect Crime Books 9x6 pb [1/2011] for $14.95
author's website
Murder On The Set Harry Logan mystery novel for Kindle by W.H. Wheeler  "Murder On The Set: A Harry Logan Mystery" [2011] by W.H. Wheeler
During filming of small-time Hollywood producer Harry Logan's movie "The Versailles Plot", the lead actress is shot to death with a prop gun – not an accident, this is murder!
Kindle Edition from the author [4/2011] for $2.99
Valentino, Film Detective stories by Loren D. Estleman  "Valentino: Film Detective" [stories 2011] by Loren D. Estleman
12 short stories published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine from 1998 to 2007 featuring Valentino, the young 'film detective' at the U.C.L.A. Film Archives, in further adventures.
Crippen & Landru Publrs 9x6 pb [5/2011] for $17.00
Our Gal Cal teen actress novel by Cheryl Jordan  "Our Gal Cal" [2011] by Cheryl Jordan
15-year-old Cal (short for 'Calamity') Ames is hired to act in a Hollywood teen film in 1963; she survives a nightmarish adult relationship and finds success in marriage and on the Broadway stage; motherhood runs parallel with a rocky marriage, and heart-wrenching loss leads to new beginnings.
BearManor Fiction 9x6 pb [11/2011] for $29.95
publisher book page
Shooting Hollywood short story collection by Melodie Johnson Howe  "Shooting Hollywood: The Diana Poole Stories" [2012] by Melodie Johnson Howe
Diana Poole has reached the age where rebuilding her Hollywood movie acting career is becoming tougher and tougher; includes 9 stories: "Dirty Blonde", "Another Tented Evening", "Killing The Sixties", "Facing Up", "Tiffany Blue", "The Talking Dead", "The Good Daughter", "What's It Worth?", and "A Hollywood Ending"
Kindle Edition from Mysterious Press/Open Road [2/2013] for $7.69
Crippen & Landru Publrs 9x6 pb [1/2012] for $13.25
Crippen & Landru Publrs hardcover [1/2012] out of print/used
The Hollywood Doll mystery novella by Sam Stone  
"The Hollywood Doll: A Novella" [2012] by Sam Stone
Private detective Carl Porter takes his first trip west from the chill of his native Boston to the Golden State to investigate the death of an aspiring actress.
Kindle Edition from Four Boys Publng [2/2012] for 99’ {sic}
Ten-A-Week Steale novel by Stephen Jared  "Ten-A-Week Steale" [2012] by Stephen Jared
"He returned from the war ... to a town full of lies" - Former G.I. Walter Steale's politician brother hires Walter as muscle, while Walter woos a blonde bombshell actress; when the local corruption explodes, Walter is the fall guy, and he and the actress must flee . . .
Kindle Edition from Solstice Publng [2/2012] for $1.99 {sic}
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [3/2012] for $11.69
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures novel by Emma Straub  "Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures: A Novel" [2012] by Emma Straub
A girl from Wisconsin marries an actor from Florida and the couple flees to Hollywood and both become movie stars.
Kindle Edition from Riverhead / Penguin [9/2012] for $7.99
Riverhead Books pb [7/2013] for $13.40
Riverhead Books 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2012] for $10.06
Fool Me Twice continuation novel by Michael Brandman (Jesse Stone)  "Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice: A Jesse Stone Novel" [2012]
by Michael Brandman

Brandman's second Jesse Stone continuation novel, after "Killing The Blues" in 2011; twelfth Jesse Stone novel. {Mystery novel & TV special series originated by Robert B. Parker [1932-2010]} A huge Hollywood movie crew comes to beach resort Paradise, Massachusetts for the Summer and the beautiful star is deeply scared of her jealous estranged husband; when the actress receives several death threats, Police Chief Jesse Stone and his team spring into action.
Kindle Edition from Putnam [9/2012] for $12.99
Berkley mass pb [DUE Oct 2013] for $9.99
Putnam 9x6¼ hardcover [9/2012] for $12.97

The Masked Man memoir in Kindle format by Tom Wilson  "The Masked Man: A Memoir and Fantasy of Hollywood" [2012] by Tom Wilson
Author structured his memoir of a long career as an actor and comedian in Hollywood within fantasy conversations with the spirit of Clayton Moore, who played the heroic 'Lone Ranger' on TV; locations include various comedy clubs, movie and TV soundstages, the Chateau Marmont on the Sunset Strip, Broadway in New York City, and Steven Spielberg's driveway.
Kindle Edition from BookBaby [10/2012] for $5.94
Ancient Light novel by John Banville  "Ancient Light: A Novel" [2012] by John Banville (winner of the Man Booker Prize)
Ten years after the death of his daughter Cass, Irish stage actor Alexander Cleave is flooded with memories of his first love affair, at age 15 with a much older woman. He is asked to star in a film as the man who was with his daughter in Italy when she killed herself, and begins a father-daughter relationship with an ingenue film actress. • book entry at Wikipedia
Kindle Edition from Random House Digital [10/2012] for $11.99
Vintage Intl. 8¼x5¾ pb [7/2013] for $12.99
Viking 7¾x5 pb [7/2012] out of print/used
Knopf 8¾x6 deckle-edge hardcover [10/2012] for $17.78
Alfaguara Spanish-language 9¼x6 hardcover [11/2012] for $15.12

The Lawgiver novel by Herman Wouk  "The Lawgiver: A Novel" [2012] by Herman Wouk
Novelist Wouk has wanted to write a biography of O.T. prophet Moses for decades, and at age 97 created a structure: The daughter of a rabbi gets a chance to write & direct a script about Moses, but she must convince an Australian billionaire and also get approval of ancient writer Herman Wouk.
Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [11/2012] for $9.99
Simon & Schuster 8¼x6½ deckle-edge hardcover [11/2012] for $14.12
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"Hollywood's Garden of Allah" Novel Series
Announced August 2014: Martin Turnbull's series of novels have been optioned for the screen by film & TV producer Tabrez Noorani.
author's official website • Garden of Allah Hotel [1927-1959] entry at Wikipedia

The Garden On Sunset novel by Martin Turnbull  "The Garden On Sunset" [Book #1 = 1/2012]
Marcus Adler flees Pennsylvania to the West Coast and begins writing for the talkies; Kathryn Massey's mother tried to nake her an actress and a movie star, but Kathryn is determined to be a newspaper reporter; Gwendolyn Brick is a sweet Southern beauty with plans for success on the big screen – all three take a room at Alla Nazimova's Garden of Allah Hotel on Sunset Blvd.
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [1/2014] for FREE {sic}
CreateSpace 8½x5½ pb [1/2012] for $14.95

Book 2 - "The Trouble with Scarlett"
http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Scarlett-Hollywoods-Garden-novels/dp/1480044776/
Book 3 - "Citizen Hollywood"
http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-Hollywood-Hollywoods-Garden-novels/dp/1494963973/
Book 4 - "Searchlights and Shadows"
http://www.amazon.com/Searchlights-Shadows-Golden-Era-Hollywood-Hollywoods/dp/1506024610/
Book 5 - "Reds in the Beds" [1/2016] + huac
http://www.amazon.com/Reds-Beds-Golden-Era-Hollywood-Hollywoods/dp/1523288450/

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Alive! mystery novel by Loren D. Estleman (Valentino)  "Alive!: A Valentino Mystery" [2013] by Loren D. Estleman
Young U.C.L.A. film detective Valentino learns about pre-Karloff footage of a Bela Lugosi screen test as Frankenstein's monster; he also learns that several people have been killed to keep the film out of circulation . . .
Kindle Edition from Macmillan [4/2013] for $10.67
Forge Books 8¼x5½ hardcover [4/2013] for $16.98
The Elephants of Shanghai novel by Stephen Jared  "The Elephants of Shanghai" [2013] by Stephen Jared
With war raging in Europe and Asia, movie star Jack decides to fight for his country by impersonating a gangster and infiltrating a Chicago spy ring. When Jack goes missing, intrepid animal trainer Maxine sets out to rescue him, getting them both entangled with priceless jewels, secret weapons, a mysterious Chinese singer, and a fiendish warlord in Shanghai, China. (Both editions include previous Jack & Maxine novel 'Jack and The Jungle Lion'.)
Kindle Edition from Solstice Publng [5/2013] for $2.99 {sic}
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [6/2013] for $12.34
City of Mirrors mystery novel by Melodie Johnson Howe  "City of Mirrors" [2013] by Melodie Johnson Howe
Diana Poole's much-loved husband and movie-star mother have recently died, and Diana has to jump-start a cold career as actress and-or screenwriter. She lands a role in a new movie, and then discovers the female lead’s murdered body . . .
Kindle Edition from Pegasus Books [8/2013] for $13.99
Pegasus Books 9x6 hardcover [8/2013] for $17.80
Shoot The Dog mystery novel by Brad Smith (Virgil Cain)  "Shoot The Dog: A Virgil Cain Mystery" [2013] by Brad Smith
Movie people offer farmer Virgil Cain $500 a day to use his Percheron plow horses in their "Frontier Woman", but the money is barely worth it since he is soon enmired in Hollywood craziness: the producer is running out of money, her director husband has no talent, and the Native American casino exec backing the film has the hots for the ingenue actress; then the lead actress is murdered . . .
Kindle Edition from Scribner/Simon & Schuster [8/2013] for $8.89
Scribner 8x5¼ hardcover [8/2013] for $16.31
The Brutal Illusion novel by Stephen Jared  "The Brutal Illusion" [2014] by Stephen Jared
Naive wanna-be actress Alison arrives in Hollywood in 1936, goes to a party, and is soon under contract to a studio. But she does not realize that the man who did her this favor is a gangster, and that the payback will threaten her life.
Kindle Edition from Solstice Publng [2/2014] for $1.99 {sic}
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [2/2014] for $13.49
The Detective & The Pipe Girl mystery novel by Michael Craven  "The Detective & The Pipe Girl: A Mystery" [2014] by Michael Craven
Los Angeles private eye John Darvelle is hired to find a missing person, but the job seems a bit 'off'; when the girl soon turns up murdered, he sets out to find her killer.
Kindle Edition from Bourbon Street/HarperCollins [5/2014] for $9.78
Bourbon Street Books/Harper 8x5¼ pb [5/2014] for $11.46
Catch a Falling Star novel by Kim Culbertson  "Catch A Falling Star" [ages 12 & up; 2014] by Kim Culbertson
Teenager Carter is glad to live in a small, very quiet California town; when movie people arrive to shoot a film with misbehaving teen hearthrob Adam Jakes, Carter's life is seriously disrupted.
Kindle Edition from Scholastic Press [4/2014] for $9.99
Scholastic Press 8½x5½ hardcover [4/2014] for $13.83
"Sternengewitter" German-language edition [2014]
Kindle Edition from C.B.T. Publng [6/2014] for $8.79
O, Africa! novel by Andrew Lewis Conn  "O, Africa!: A Novel" [2014] by Andrew Lewis Conn
Set in 1928 New York City and the wilds of Africa; two brothers who make silent comedy films are ordered to Africa to shoot stock footage; at first reluctant to go, Micah's gambling debts to an Afro-American gangster compel them to leave New York, with the additional instruction to make a film about the slave trade.
Kindle Edition from Hogarth/Random House [6/2014] for $10.99
Hogarth 9½x6½ hardcover [6/2014] for $15.81
'The Actress' novel by Amy Sohn  "The Actress: A Novel" [2014] by Amy Sohn
Rather a pot-boiler, promoted as 'juicy' and 'a romantic, sophisticated page-turner' – apparently intended for fans of Harold Robbins; a young actress is pulled from obscurity to star opposite an aging action star, is swept into an exotic world of wealth and privilege, and when they marry soon discovers that there are secrets . . .
Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [7/2014] for $11.99
Simon & Schuster 9x6½ hardcover [7/2014] for $19.71
author's official website
Missing Reels novel by Farran Smith Nehme  "Missing Reels: A Novel" [2014] by Farran Smith Nehme
Set in 1980s Manhattan; Ceinwen Reilly is never moving back to Mississippi, despite her minimum wage job at a vintage clothing store and her substandard apartment on Avenue C, because she can spend her spare time watching old films at the silent film festivals and faded movie houses in New York City. When Ceinwen discovers that her downstairs neighbor was once a star of silent movies, she decides to track down a copy of her signature film, although many consider it to be lost . . .
Kindle Edition from Overlook/Penguin [11/2014] for $10.99
Overlook Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [11/2014] for $20.50

  The Ben-Hur Murders mystery novel by John W. Harding  "The Ben-Hur Murders: Inside The 1925 'Hollywood Games'" [2015]
by John W. Harding

A runaway farmboy from Missouri gets a job tending horses at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and pairs up with an unhappy actress; they discover that the several deaths during filming of the chariot race for M.G.M.'s epic "Ben-Hur" may not have been accidents . . .
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [1/2015] for $5.99
MindRight Publng 9x6 pb [2/2015] for $12.95
'Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper' book by Hilary Liftin  "Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper: A Novel" [2015] by Hilary Liftin
Lizzie's several sudden leaps in life - to TV stardom, to marriage with a major movie star, to mother of twin boys - has a not-so-fabulous background: a mind-controlling cult. Could this be a roman ΰ clef based on Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes? Or is it simply fiction?
Kindle Edition from Viking/Penguin [7/2015] for $13.99
Viking 9¼x6¼ hardcover [7/2015] for $18.33
Hollywood Intern novel by Greg Kerr  "Hollywood Intern: Love, Lust, and Laughs In The Film Capital of The World - Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture (we wish!)" [2016] by Greg Kerr
self publ'd 9x6 pb [12/2016] out of print/used

prior version "Karen The Hollywood Intern" [2015]
self publ'd Kindle Edition [11/2015] no longer available at Amazon (2017)

According to a Source: A Novel by Abby Stern  "According To A Source: A Novel" [2017] by Abby Stern
Roman ΰ clef comedy about a Hollywood gossip columnist by a Hollywood gossip columnist
Kindle Edition from Thomas Dunne/Macmillan [5/2017] for $12.99
Thomas Dunne Books 9½x6½ hardcover [5/2017] for $17.17


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