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Lurking in the shadows of this Gatsby-like lifestyle is an unseen evil force that strangles beautiful women. Suspecting that the madman is connected to the studio production where Shelby works, homicide chief detective Bill Barrister believes the only way to uncover the identity of the ruthless killer is to offer Shelby as bait.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Struggling to make ends meet during the Great Depression, Shelby Beckett flees the Oklahoma dust bowl to find work in the wardrobe department of Hollywoods largest movie studio. Surrounded by glamour and wealth, Shelby is charmed by box office star Flynn Sparks as well as Flynns chief rival, fellow actor Dalton Andrews. As Shelby joins her suitors at opulent parties and intimate dinners, she rubs elbows with the likes of Clark Gable and Cary Grant and is drawn deeper into a lifestyle where her small town values are challenged or ignored.
Lurking in the shadows of this Gatsby-like lifestyle is an unseen evil force that strangles beautiful women. Suspecting a madman is connected to the studio production where Shelby works, homicide chief detective Bill Barrister believes the only way to uncover the identity of the ruthless killer is to offer Shelby as bait.
Hollywood Lost is a romantic suspense novel where separating reality from fantasy is all but impossible; where love is rare, life is cheap, and values are lost in pursuit of fame and fortune.
HKKentuckyAge: 18-24Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting bookDecember 4, 2015HKKentuckyAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I enjoyed Hollywood Lost for the most part. It has an interesting plot and seems like an old movie. That was good because I like old movies!
I suspected who the murderer was very close to the beginning. I then ruined the book for myself because I looked at the end. I was right about who did it, but I should have waited!
The writing style annoyed me for awhile because the author uses words like "assured" and "explained" almost every time a character says anything.
The ending was more realistic than most Christian fiction books, but I wanted more closure.
This book did not contain any bad language, only a bit of slang.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Christian mysteries.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good 1930's murder mystery.September 26, 2015alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Hollywood lost is the story of a young woman, Shelby Beckett and her parents who are forces to move from their farm I Oklahoma to Hollywood California in search of work. Shelby and her father find work in a movie studio, she in the wardrobe department sewing costumes. When her supervisor observes just how talented Shelby is, she promotes her to sewing and altering costumes for the elite movie stars in the studio. This puts her directly in the path of two major stars, Flynn Sparks and Dalton Andrews. Flynn, with his super ego for bedding any woman that catches his eye, and Dalton who is just as charming, but with more respect for women in general, and Shelby catches the eye of both of these men. Meanwhile, young starlets that are under contract to the studio begin turning up murdered, and as the days and weeks go by, Shelby begins to have her suspicions about who the killer might be.
This book comes as a big surprise to me. Set in the 1930s when Hollywood was just beginning to make its mark on the world, the author writes a truly compelling story that takes the reader from the Hollywood image that most of us are familiar with to the darker, seeder side that is kept hidden from public view. I loved the themes, or maybe I should use the term realities, that run through this book. The fact that the characters think that money will keep them above the law or the illusion that the personas that the studio creates for its major stars is who they are instead of who they were born to be, and the fact that it is so very easy for anyone to fall into the Hollywood delusion. The term illusion was used many times in the book and I thought it was very appropriate.
The author did a brilliant job with the murder plot, lots of twist and turn and false leads that will keep the reader guessing who the killer really is. One of the better books Ive read this year.
The only thing that keeps me from giving it 5 stars is its lack of mentioning God, Jesus, and Salvation. As a book that is published under a Christian publisher, I would expect some mention of Christianity.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Serial Killer, Suspense, Romance Mystery ThrillerAugust 25, 2015VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ace Collins in his new book, Hollywood Lost published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Shelby Beckett.
From the back cover: She must have been pretty before someone strangled her.
Deep in the heart of Hollywoods Golden Age, someone is murdering beautiful women. The victims are polished, manicured, and far too young to be dead. Behind the glamour and wealth, behind the opulent parties and screaming fans, a ruthless killer lurks. Homicide chief detective Bill Barrister believes the murderer is somehow connected to the crown jewel of the movie industry: Galaxy Studios, home of the box office rivals Flynn Sparks and Dalton Andrews and a young woman named Shelby Beckett.
Thrust into a Gatsby-like lifestyle far different than her childhood in the Oklahoma dust bowl, Shelby only wanted to escape the Great Depression and find work. Little did she know, her job in the Galaxy wardrobe department would make her popular with the citys most elite-and make her the target of a serial strangler. As hard as it is to fit into a city known for fortune and greed, Shelby must maintain her small-town moralsand try to stay alive.
Hollywood, 1936, not the place where moral values were running high. There is a serial killer who is strangling women. The cops narrow down their field of search to Galaxy Studios. Thats where Shelby Beckett works. Now the cops set Shelby up to be the next victim of this serial killer. Lets face it if there is ever going to be a book that is going to have you reading super fast so that you can flip to the next page trying to find out what is going on next this is the book. A Serial Killer, loads of suspense and mystery are oozing out of this book. And did I mention there is romance? Mr. Collins throws in all kinds of sub-plots that keep the story moving briskly. I do not think you will figure out who the murderer is until Mr. Collins tells you who it is. This is an excellent thriller that you will not want to put down until you actually finish it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 51930s era detective novelMay 11, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3While this is a recently released novel, the style is of the 1930s hard boiled detective mysteries. The vocabulary and dialog match the period, as do the police techniques. The author's writing style matches the period as well.
The plot involves a serial murderer in Hollywood in 1936. Someone is strangling young women, many associated with Galaxy Studios and Flynn Sparks, their top money making star. The studio is doing everything to protect their star, frustrating the police investigation. In the center of the action is Shelby. Her family recently lost their farm in Oklahoma and moved to California to find work. Shelby found a job sewing costumes for the studio. A beautiful woman, Sparks tries to seduce her. Might she be the next murder victim?
The recurring theme in the novel is the contrast between being real and being an actor, on and off the stage. The studio created new names and personal histories for their stars. Individuals were creating fantasies, not just on stage but in their own lives. Shelby was a hold out, a Christian, a real person in a world of actors. But she just might fall prey to the rewards of acting a part herself.
At one point in the novel the movie producer talks about a B movie. I would call this a B novel. I have read other novels by Collins and know he can produce snappy dialog. I didn't find it in this novel. He can also create tight plots with great action. I didn't find that in this novel either.
There are some interesting characters. One is a newspaper columnist, covering the movie beat. She is a mover and shaker and wears clothes, head to toe, all the same color. Wednesday was orange day. There is the egotistical Sparks. He is confident he can get any woman he wants into his bed. The other characters seemed flat to me, much like those in the hard boiled detective novels of the 1930s.
I must say the way the murderer is finally made known was clever. It reminded me of Agatha Christie. Collins also included a number of red herrings to throw us off the track. In the end, I would say this is a pretty good period detective novel, just not Collins' best. There is a great Discussion Guide included that really helps identify all the issues in the novel.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.