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Winner of the 2018 Anthony Award for Best First Novel

Winner of the 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel

Also a Lefty Award Winner and a Barry Award-Nominated Title

The Surprise Hit of the Season!

Actress Dayna Anderson's Deadly New Role: Homicide Detective

Dayna Anderson doesn't set out to solve a murder. All the semifamous, mega-broke actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. So after witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she pursues the fifteen grand reward. But Dayna soon finds herself doing a full-on investigation, wanting more than just money—she wants justice for the victim. She chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes, and movie premieres, loving every second of it—until someone tries to kill her. And there are no second takes in real life.


"[A] winning first novel and series launch…Garrett writes with humor and insight about the Hollywood scene. Readers will look forward to Day's further adventures."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A smart, sassy debut, introducing an appealing protagonist with amusing friends."—Library Journal (starred review) and Debut of the Month

"Veteran TV writer Garrett uses her Cold Case experience to inform her debut, which sets up more than one charming character and isn't afraid to go cynical on all things LA."—Kirkus Reviews

"Funny, lively characters populate this new Detective by Day series…this will be an entertaining entry into the amateur sleuth genre."—RT Book Reviews

"Fun, smart, endearingly flawed, and impressively determined, Dayna Anderson is a heroine readers will fall in love with…I relished every unexpected twist and turn of this highly entertaining mystery!"—Kyra Davis, New York Times bestselling author

Mysteries & Thrillers
August 8
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Llewellyn Publications

Customer Reviews

Bit Tib ,

Great book

Every step of the way, I have loved this book, and it is perfect if you are looking for humor and mystery. I did not know until looking further into it that this was the first in a series, so if you want to read the second book, it is called, “Hollywood Ending.”

Kiarra Monique ,

This book is one heck of a ride!

This book...this book was one heck of a ride! It had a puzzling mystery, hot setting (LA, baby!), HILARIOUS characters, and even a little romance! Dayna is a magnetizing character. I literally felt like I was in her head the entire time, watching every scene play out along with her and experiencing her reactions. I am SO looking forward to the next book in the Detective by Day series!

prettieststar ,

A fun, hilarious mystery.

This book is fantastic. It's got a strong, clear voice, and a main character it's easy to identify with. Who hasn't found themselves trying to urge their car along with a prayer as the gas station slowly comes into view?

Day is great, and so is the cast of supporting characters. They're all unique enough to stand out on their own.

The mystery is a lot of fun. Garrett made me suspect almost everyone at one point or another, which for me is the hallmark of a good mystery. No one is safe, anyone could be guilty! But the ending still made perfect sense. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

***I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

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