Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
It’s 1939 in Hollywood, and costume designer Edith Head lets her friend, Lillian Frost, know about a script for an upcoming film. The story is based on a real-life bank robbery, and to Lillian’s horror, the character based on her detective beau, Gene Morrow, is the crooked, murderous cop in all of it in Script for Scandal by authors Renee Patrick.
So! It was a little strange diving into this third Lillian Frost & Edith Head mystery, written with British punctuation and spelling and no page breaks between chapters, after reading the first two novels with American English and chapter breaks. But those technical differences weren’t as important as my interest in this continuing series and the story at hand.
Like its predecessors, this novel has its share of real figures from Hollywood’s Golden Age, the glamour of it all balanced with its seamier side, and Lillian’s first-person narration has dry, clever irony throughout, which sometimes smooths into dry comedy.
Now, it took me longer to get through this read than I’d anticipated. The unfolding of the plot was slow for me in places, my prior history with the main characters being what urged me to continue. Also, in connection with something I said in my review of Book Two (“…one of [Lillian’s] love interests isn’t compelling enough to make me see why he’s still in the running for her”), I think it’s now safe to say outright that I’m still not a fan of Gene as a beau for Lillian.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the twists as the mystery got down to the nitty-gritty, and I’m already ready for a Book Four of this series from the married duo of authors behind the pseudonym Renee Patrick.
Note to my blog readers: this book contains some innuendo and also has a moderate amount of language I wouldn’t use.
Here’s my review of the first Lillian Frost & Edith Head novel, Design for Dying.