Author Loni Emmert has worked in entertainment for thirty years, so she put her background to good use with her first Abigail Whitefeather mystery, Lights! Camera! Murder! Although Abigail Whitefeather does everything an amateur sleuth should not do, this is still a fun mystery.
Just when Abigail Hale was planning the rest of her life after sending her only daughter off to college, her husband announced he was leaving her for someone else. After falling apart, the forty-year-old packed up her dreams from the past, took back her maiden name of Whitefeather, and moved to Hollywood to see if she could have a career in acting. She wasn't there long before landing a bit part in a soap opera. No one paid attention to an actress with a small part, so she overheard a number of arguments about the leading man's plans to leave the show. Abby had no idea that life would imitate TV though, and the star would end up dead outside her townhouse. Now, she has to convince the handsome homicide detective that she isn't a killer.
Yes, there's an amateur sleuth who pokes around and almost gets herself killed. Yes, there are a couple romantic interests, including the police detective. Lights! Camera! Murder! really doesn't have an original plot. It's just a fun mystery in which a likable woman takes her life in her own hands, in more ways than one.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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