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HOLLYWOOD PLAYS FOR KEEPS


In this cozy mystery, amateur sleuth and aspiring mystery writer Veronica Kennicott is lured by friends into a theatrical produciton plagued by ghosts, spectral events, and murders. In Hollywood's seedy Valentine Theatre, a former funeral home, the underbelly of the acting world emerges as a contrary world where the smaller the stakes the more deadly the competition. In a story, punctuated with dark humor and provocative satire, has-beens and wannabes mingle with stars under the spotlights where surface is substance and murder lurks in the wings. With the studio system in Hollywood replaced by the small theatre training ground, the “play’s the thing” as actors claw their way from the Valentine Theatre to the big screen. Opening night looms with careers at stake. The multiple rich characters stop at nothing to win their fifteen minutes of fame as Veronica follows a deadly and threatening trail to a shattering conclusion. ~~~BUY NOW~~~ Second in Series DEATH SETS SAIL~~~


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