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Publisher Description

From one of the most original writers in crime fiction comes a diabolical mystery wrapped in Hollywood tinsel.

When reclusive, retired silver screen actress Barbara Lace dies in her bed, only the young widower of Cedarville suspects a crime. But Samson Delaware has always been something of an outsider, and his wife’s death hasn’t exactly improved his reputation. In fact, the local gossipmongers think he might be losing his mind. Their bless-your-heart manners can’t disguise their distrust, which makes his amateur attempts at an investigation even more difficult.

When Lace’s assistant is found decidedly murdered, the town starts to change its tune, though, and soon Samson finds himself in the thick of an improbable chase. Hollywood hotshots and small-town law enforcement make strange bedfellows—especially when secrets are getting women killed.


When Lace’s assistant is found decidedly murdered, the town starts to change its tune, though, and soon Samson finds himself in the thick of an improbable chase. Hollywood hotshots and small-town law enforcement make strange bedfellows—especially when secrets are getting women killed.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2019
October 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Polis Books
SELLER
Perseus Books, LLC
SIZE
607.2
KB

Customer Reviews

marshmallowsmoke ,

Small town mystery and famous Hollywood actress!

~Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!~

Review contains spoilers for the book.

I don’t read from the mystery and thriller genres often, but this was a book I overall enjoyed!

Famous in Cedarville was a book about Samson, a man investigating the deaths of Hollywood actress Barbara Lace and her assistant. Despite not being a professional, Samson is prompted by the mysterious circumstances around their deaths to investigate, taking him out of Cedarville and into Los Angeles.

It wasn’t the book's mystery that absorbed me but Samson and small town Cedarville itself. Cedarville’s residents were so reluctant to talk about Barbara, even in private to people who weren’t the media. Samson himself was a character with a lot of depth, still grieving his wife after her death years ago, and yet determined to figure out what happened to Barbara and her assistant.

I’m a huge fan of unreliable narrators, but in this book I’d argue that Samson could’ve been a better one. I could tell there was something he wasn’t telling me as the reader, but the way that Erica Wright wrote Samson as an unreliable narrator was by having him talk about his wife. Over and over Samson would think about his memories of her, but by making him talk too much of his wife, it became too obvious that there was something important Samson wasn’t talking about.

I think more could’ve also been done with Cedarville to bring out even more of that eerie, we-don’t-talk-about-it tone that I loved in the book. Although the residents were reluctant to talk to Samson, it wasn’t until he traveled to Los Angeles that he was really told to stop looking for things he shouldn’t. Until Los Angeles the plot was slow to get anywhere, but I thought the ending of the book had a great explanation for everything. It was exactly what I wanted and a satisfying end to the mystery of Barbara Lace!

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