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.)
“…I can’t go on reading papers and watching newsreels hoping everything will work out. I have to do something… I mean, the Nazis already invaded my apartment.”
Lillian, now a social secretary, isn’t content with only rubbing shoulders with 1938 Hollywood glamour while the cloud of the Reich descends in Europe and reaches across the ocean. When a composer seeking work at Paramount Pictures is found dead, Lillian partners with her friend Edith, Paramount’s lead costume designer, to unravel the latest mystery on their hands in Dangerous to Know by authors Renee Patrick.
I enjoyed the first Lillian Frost & Edith Head novel, and this second novel’s ties to the imminent Second World War most compelled me to read it.
I’ll admit, though, I fluctuated between moments of being engrossed in this one and stretches where the story all but lost my interest.
Where the romance thread is concerned, although I like Lillian’s dry wit overall, she might be a little too dry as a romantic character. And, even with the beginnings of attraction in the first book, one of her love interests isn’t compelling enough to make me see why he’s still in the running for her. He just doesn’t seem like someone who’s ready to pursue a woman.
I’m glad I made it to the mystery’s climactic stage, which is the best part. While I didn’t enjoy this read as much as the first, I’ll still keep my eyes open for more from this joint author, particularly to see if another Lillian and Edith novel will go deeper into the war.
Note to my blog readers: this book contains tidbits of sensual gossip I could’ve done without and a moderate amount of language I wouldn’t use.
Here’s my review of the first Lillian Frost & Edith Head novel, Design for Dying.