Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hollywood Headlines Series By: Gemma Halliday

Going to be posting the reviews to each of the three Hollywood Headlines stories. The series follows the exploits of the employees at a Hollywood tabloid: The Informer. You may remember the managing editor Felix Dunn from the High Heel Mysteries.

Hollywood Scandals (First Published as Scandal Sheet)
By: Gemma Halliday

Barnes & Noble Blurb:

Tina Bender is the gossip columnist at the infamous L.A. Informer tabloid. She knows everything about everyone who's anyone. And she's not afraid to print it. That is, until she receives a threatening note, promising, "If you don't stop writing about me, you're dead." Now her managing editor, Felix Dunn (from the High Heels Mysteries), has her teaming with a built bodyguard, a bubbly blonde, and an alcoholic obituary writer to uncover just which juicy piece of Hollywood gossip is worth killing over.

I got this book because I read all the High Heels Mysteries and loved them. I was always intrigued by the character Felix Dunn. So the chance to read more about his world was right up my alley. 

Hollywood Scandals details the exploits of Tina Bender the gossip columnist for the Informer.  She is the queen of spinning an entire column out of one tiny nugget of gossip. When one of the subjects of her columns takes offense, she begins receiving threats.  Enter Cal Dean. Felix had hired him as a body guard to protect Tina while she investigates to see who is threatening her.  With a little help from the body guard, the resident photographer and the obit writer, she follows the clues all the while trying to stay one step ahead of the new blond bimbo reporter Felix hired.

This story is a laugh a minute and when Tina's elderly Aunts, Sue and Millie, get involved hilarity ensues.  Tina works her never ending supply of secret informants and out right lies when the situation warrants, all in an effort to discover who is behind the threats before the blond bimbo yanks the story out from under her. 

I really enjoyed this book. It hit just the right combination of humor, mystery, and romance. If you are looking for a lighthearted read then I suggest you try Hollywood Scandals.

My rating: 3 stars.

Look for my review of the next book, Hollywood Secrets.

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