Stars in the Night  -     By: Cara C. Putman
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Summerside Press / 2010 / Paperback

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During World War II, attorney Audra Schaeffer travels with the Hollywood Victory Caravan---but she's more interested in finding her sister's killer than selling war bonds. Then two people are found dead on the train, including star Robert Garfield's ex-wife. Are the deaths related to her sister's? Could the murderer be the man Audra loves? 320 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Summerside Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1609360117
ISBN-13: 9781609360115
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Hollywood 1942. When attorney Audra Schaeffer's sister disappears, Audra flies to Hollywood to find her but instead must identify her body. Determined to bring the killer to justice, Audra takes a job with the second Hollywood Victory Caravan. Together with Robert Garfield and other stars, she crisscrosses the southern United States in a campaign to sell war bonds. When two other women are found dead on the train, Audra knows the deaths are tied to that of her sister. Could the killer be the man with whom she's falling in love?

Filled with nail-biting suspense and mystery at every turn, Stars in the Night by Cara C. Putman comes alive in a dark, yet dazzling way. When Audra Schaeffer flies to Hollywood to check on her sister, Rosemary, she is stunned and shaken to find her sister and an unknown girl murdered. Stuck in an unfamiliar city and surrounded by people she knows nothing about, Audra is left to cope with her sister's death on her own. She doesn’t know who to turn to or trust, except for the handsome and sympathetic Robert, whom she met on the plane. As Audra embarks on a journey to find her sister’s killer, she learns to rely fully on God and what He has for her. 1 Peter 5:7 is the perfect embodiment of what Audra learns on her perilous adventure.

Putman weaves an intensely mysterious and sinister story, all the while portraying the dark reality of wolves among sheep. Shrouded in secrecy, the enigma is kept until the very end. The depth of emotion throughout the story can vividly be felt by the reader. Even Audra’s wavering emotions about Robert are unmistakably understood. The climactic ending is the highlight of the entire book. The culmination is realistic and brilliantly written.

Determination drives Audra forward and lends strength to her courage as she navigates among evil around her. This asset allows her to remain strong even when she faces the greatest hardships. She confronts her fears directly and with her Heavenly Father's help, it pays off in the end. This book accurately portrays God’s ever-present help in the midst of our lives and struggles.

Putman delivers a suspenseful and heart-wrenching story that truly comes to life along with its characters. Attention is instantly captured and held through the entire book. Stars in the Night will keep readers on the edge of their seats and turning pages as fast as possible. – Rachel Vachon,

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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful cover, wonderful story!
    February 22, 2011
    Sharlene MacLaren
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As an author myself, I have to admit it is difficult to find a book that holds my interest because I am so doggone critical! (I hate that about myself, I truly do!) "Stars in the Night", HOWEVER, fascinated me from front to back, and I'm not kidding. I have shelves and shelves of books on my TBR pile and only time to read when I go to bed. Usually I allow myself about a half hour a night for novel reading, but Ms. Putman's book utterly hooked me so that I found myself staying up way past what's normal for me just so I could finish it. I love classic movies and a good mystery, so this book perfectly suited me. I told my daughter about it, and now she plans to read it too. I must say I am eagerly awaiting another Cara Putman novel, as I'm quite certain it will hold me prisoner just as "Stars" did!
  2. Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 23, 2010
    Michelle Sutton
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    I read this book quickly, though it didn't grab me like I had hoped it would. It probably had a lot to do with the fact that I'm not a big fan of movie stars from the 1940s, and I don't watch old movies. Never have. The plot was very forward-moving, but the characterization fell flat for me. I don't feel like I ever got to know Audra's heart.The romantic element also seemed more like a minor subplot (or an afterthought) than an underlying theme to me, which is how I classify romance novels in my mind. The romance drives the story. In this book it didn't. I kept hoping things would perk up between them, but just when a spark started, it was over. This book was strong on plot, but not so much in romance or character development. That said, on to other positives...The plot for this book was interesting, and I didn't know who the bad guy was (I loved that), or when the murders would end (that upped the suspense.) I really like it when a book keeps me guessing. That proves it's a well-developed mystery, and this book has that aspect nailed. Thankfully, the murder scenes weren't gruesome, and if anything, they were overly tame. Again, the mystery embedded in the storyline was probably the best aspect of this book. Bummer is I'm not a huge mystery fan either. The author obviously knows how to develop a plot. I guess the fact that I never really felt anything for the characters made the story not resonate with me on an emotional level like I had anticipated it would. What turns my crank when I'm reading a book is deep point of view. I want to be inside the character's head, not just an observer. That said, I'd recommend this novel for people who enjoy a solid historical mystery. If you enjoyed Songbird Under a German Moon, you'll love this story because it has a very similar feel to it.
  3. North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 22, 2010
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Enter "Stars in the Night" and step into a world of Hollywood glamour in the 1940's as Audra travels from Indiana to check up on her little sister Rosemary. Call it a hunch but Audra is concerned when Rosemary doesn't call home like she should. She arrives in Hollywood and her instinct is correct, there is a dead body in Rosemary's apartment, but who is it and where is Rosemary? Audra can't leave until she knows what is going on and where Rosemary is, so she is sucked deeper into the Hollywood world as bodies start piling up. She takes on a job with the 2nd Hollywood Victory Caravan, filled with B list celebrities going on a cross country train tour to entertain and sell war bonds just so she can learn more about the people Rosemary knows. But now has she put herself on the very train that the killer is on? Cara has such an incredible handle on WWII history and it was so cool to see that open up into Hollywood (she has previously written a WWII series set in Nebraska and a WWII series set in Ohio). I learned a lot I didn't know historically, including the fact that there really was a 1st Hollywood Victory Caravan with lots of amazing stars on it, but Cara fictionalized the 2nd one for the sake of the book. On top of that, I enjoyed the mystery/suspense in this book as I tried to figure out the killer before it was revealed (I did pretty well, but it isn't spelled out for you, you have to use your head). Great stand alone book from Cara C. Putman and Summerside Press' new line of historical books.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 21, 2010
    Christy Lockstein
    Stars in the Night by Cara Putnam is a terrific WWII romantic thriller. Audra Schaeffer has always been the sister with her feet firmly on the ground in contrast to sister Rosie who has left their family home in Indiana for the bright lights of Hollywood. When Rosie fails to make her weekly phone call home, Audra has a feeling that something is terribly wrong. On this instinct, she flies all the way to California only to discover that Rosie is missing. After meeting handsome actor Robert Garfield on the plane out, she feels he may be the only one in town she can trust. Eventually Audra ends up on a train tour across the country with a list of Hollywood's finest in hopes of discovering the truth about what happened to Rosie, but her investigation may put all of their lives at risk. Robert and Audra have terrific chemistry and on occasion their repartee sparkles like that of movies of the era. The Murder on the Orient Express-esque tour is filled with colorful characters who keep the reader guessing. The only flaw is that the motive behind the murders seems a bit flimsy. That said, Putnam could easily make a fantastic series of Robert and Audra solving mysteries in Hollywood in the vein of The Thin Man. I hope she continues writing in this era and uses the characters again.
  5. Tampa, FL
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 21, 2010
    Tampa, FL
    Glitz and glamour, along with the seedy side of film-making comprises the background of this interesting story set in 1942. Audra Schaeffers younger sister, Rosemary, fails to make her scheduled weekly call home to report on her new life in Hollywood. This sets off a trail of events when Audra decides to investigate and travels to California, only to discover a body in her sister's apartment! To complicate matters, Rosemary has disappeared. I enjoyed reading about classic Hollywood's gala affairs, and B-list stars struggles to "make it." A look back into the history of the Victory Caravan cross-country train trip to sell war bonds allows this reader to understand how such a show might come together. There's a twist, however, when this fictional star-studded train trip reveals a killer on board! Panic ensues as bodies are discovered, but the show must go on. Although I did not figure out the identity of the killer, the ending is disappointingly hurried. It felt as if the author was rushing to meet a deadline. Check it out and decide for yourself. Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Summertime Press for my copy.
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