How cool is this cover!?
Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. After witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash.
But what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full-on investigation. As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life, she wants more than just reward money. She’s determined to find the poor woman’s killer too. When she connects the accident to a notorious Hollywood crime spree, Dayna chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes and movie premieres. She loves every second—until someone tries to kill her.
And there are no second takes in real life.
I adore a good mystery, it’s really my favorite genre, but I don’t read it all the time since it’s also often a very white genre. So, I’m thrilled to have found another book for my #DiverseDetectives shelf! I’m working on putting a list together on my blog, as a resource.
The amateur sleuth in Hollywood Homicide is the retired Black actress Dayna Anderson. Trying to keep her parents from losing their house, she decides to solve a local hit-and-run case for the reward money.
The main character is really the biggest draw for me, even though I can’t relate at all to her fascination with shopping and such, but she really came alive. Being worried about bills and taking care of her parents and being close with her friends made her a likeable heroine. That and Dayna is just super fun, her running commentary is hilarious. I had a great time reading about her somewhat disastrous start to sleuthing, accusing people left and right, but eventually figuring things out. It took me till nearly the end to figure out whodunnit, so the mystery was set up well.
The story is not just set in Hollywood, it also reads like a detective show. I think the author also wrote for tv, and it shows in the style and pacing. So someone should really get on this! And please add a Dayna voice-over!
Did you know Hollywood Homicide recently won an Agatha award? The first time a woman of color writer has won in ages and it’ so wonderful a Black mystery writer won! Also, I’m happy that this is going to be a series now, with book two, Hollywood Ending, coming out August 8th.
Thinking of reviving the #DiverseDetectives challenge, but not sure anyone would be all that into it? 😕
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
Are you a mystery fan? Who’s your favorite sleuth?