A Hollywood diva. A Chinese curse. A suspense-filled fantasy from the New York Times–bestselling author “who can write well in any genre” (Charlaine Harris).
It is 1923, and silent film reigns in Hollywood. Of all the starlets, none is more beloved than Chrysanda Flamande, a diva as brilliant as she is difficult to manage. Handling her falls to Norah, widow of Chrysanda’s dead brother. She has always done her job well, but she was never equipped to deal with murder. When a violent killing shocks Chrysanda’s entourage, and other weird happenings swiftly follow, Norah begins to suspect that some strange power is stalking the star. In Chinatown she receives warning that a curse has been placed on the actress as vengeance for wearing a sacred amulet in one of her films—and this curse could mean death for all who surround her. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
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Love the book; hate the typos
This is actually one of my favorite books, enough so that I read my paper copy to rags. The setting is intriguing: a chance to see Los Angeles before it became a megapolis. I like the characters, Norah and Alec in particular. Norah is the main POV character, and her total unfamiliarity with the film-making process allows the author to give the readers a richly detailed glimpse into the movie-making world without it coming across as an info-dump.
My only complaint, and it's a big one, is that whoever put the e-copy together trusted the scanning software too much. Some of the mistakes are funny, some are confusing, and all of them break the flow of the story. Still, the story is worth the aggravation.