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Design for Dying: A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel (edició 2016)

de Renee Patrick (Autor)

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Los Angeles, 1937. Lillian Frost has traded dreams of stardom for security as a department store salesgirl . . . until she discovers she's a suspect in the murder of her former roommate, Ruby Carroll. Party girl Ruby died wearing a gown she stole from the wardrobe department at Paramount Pictures, domain of Edith Head.Edith has yet to win the first of her eight Academy Awards; right now she's barely hanging on to her job, and a scandal is the last thing she needs. To clear Lillian's name and save Edith's career, the two women join forces.Unraveling the mystery pits them against a Hungarian princess on the lam, a hotshot director on the make, and a private investigator who's not on the level. All they have going for them are dogged determination, assists from the likes of Bob Hope and Barbara Stanwyck, and a killer sense of style. In show business, that just might be enough.The first in a series of riveting behind-the-scenes mysteries, Renee Patrick's Design for Dying is a delightful romp through Hollywood's Golden Age.… (més)
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Títol:Design for Dying: A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel
Autors:Renee Patrick (Autor)
Informació:Forge Books (2016), 320 pages
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Ooh! Vintage setting! Clothes Designers! Murder! How could it miss? And yet, somehow, it did.

Enjoyable enough but not a series I'll continue. ( )
  ParadisePorch | Dec 12, 2020 |
Lillian Frost wasn't overly disappointed when her move to Hollywood for a screen test didn't result in an acting career filled with accolades and is content with her position as a salesgirl in a large department store. However, when police detectives inform her that her former roommate was found murdered in an alley, Lillian ends up being pulled into the investigation after she recognizes her friend's dress as being a costume from a film. Lillian then meets costume designer Edith Head and the two women roll up their sleeves and decide to solve the mystery themselves.

There were elements of this novel that I loved but ultimately I was underwhelmed by the delivery and won't be continuing with the series. The late 1930s Hollywood setting is brilliantly evoked. The details feel accurate and the lingo the characters sling around is like being immersed in one of the films of the era. I did love that Edith Head was a real figure and the author acknowledgements prior to the novel address all the research the authors did (Renee Patrick is a nom de plume for the married couple behind this novel). However, the authors seem so cautious of stepping on Head's memory that she doesn't come across as much of a character at all. And while they namedrop several big old Hollywood names like Bob Hope and Barbara Stanwyck, it feels kind of gimmicky. The mystery itself is convoluted in a way that doesn't feel delightfully complicated but just excessively confusing and there are several points in the novel where as a reader I wasn't sure we'd encountered a clue or solved the case. Also, there was very little sense of Lillian's emotional reactions to everything going on leaving the reader feeling like they're on the outside looking in. Stylistically, there's also a few passages of dialogue where determining who is saying what gets lost. There are worse cozy mysteries but there are also better ones. ( )
  MickyFine | Oct 27, 2020 |
A fun mystery that incorporates real life fashion designer Edith Head in a story set in 1930s Hollywood. Lots of possible murder suspects, some danger, real-life movie stars, and fashion - all entertainingly told by fictional heroine Lillian Frost. This novel is the equivalent of watching a screwball comedy - bring on the popcorn, sit back and enjoy! ( )
  PhyllisReads | Oct 22, 2019 |
Charming light reading for anyone with interest in fashion and/or vintage Hollywood. I look forward to reading more from the authors.
  Fashion | Aug 3, 2019 |
I very much enjoyed the writing of this mystery, more so than the mystery itself. I am an avid fan of old movies so the setting of this book was right up my alley. I look forward to reading the next installment to see the characters develop and perhaps the next mystery will be a bit more complex. It was a great light summer read. ( )
  Brauer11431 | Apr 16, 2019 |
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Edith's levelheaded empathy, her innate ability to view situations from every perspective, undoubtedly helped her navigate the treacherous shoals of her job. It could also make talking with her maddening. Because as usual, she was right. (Chapter 26)
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Los Angeles, 1937. Lillian Frost has traded dreams of stardom for security as a department store salesgirl . . . until she discovers she's a suspect in the murder of her former roommate, Ruby Carroll. Party girl Ruby died wearing a gown she stole from the wardrobe department at Paramount Pictures, domain of Edith Head.Edith has yet to win the first of her eight Academy Awards; right now she's barely hanging on to her job, and a scandal is the last thing she needs. To clear Lillian's name and save Edith's career, the two women join forces.Unraveling the mystery pits them against a Hungarian princess on the lam, a hotshot director on the make, and a private investigator who's not on the level. All they have going for them are dogged determination, assists from the likes of Bob Hope and Barbara Stanwyck, and a killer sense of style. In show business, that just might be enough.The first in a series of riveting behind-the-scenes mysteries, Renee Patrick's Design for Dying is a delightful romp through Hollywood's Golden Age.

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