Grace in Hollywood - A Grace Michelle Mystery by Kari Bovee (Grace Michelle Mysteries Book 2)

Review of Folly at the Fair Review - here
Review of Bones of the Redeemed Review - here
Grace in the Wings Review - here

Synopsis - 

All that glitters… is sometimes blood. With her golden ticket buried in the ground, can she save a wrongly accused teen from the gallows?

Hollywood, 1924. Promoted to lead costume designer of a star-studded film, Grace Michelle should be on top of the world. But between her husband’s debt, her sister’s recent death, and the troubled teenaged girl she’s fostering, she’s struggling to please everyone and still keep a smile on her face. And when a Tinseltown shindig turns deadly, Grace is horrified to discover her young charge unconscious alongside the director’s grisly corpse.

Determined to prove the girl’s innocence, Grace’s own haunted past fills her sleep with prophetic nightmares. And no sooner has she sought clarity from a medium than a second body lands the scared teenager in the slammer.

Can Grace turn the camera on the real culprit before another victim ends up on the cutting room floor?

Grace in Hollywood is the second book in the riveting A Grace Michelle Mystery historical series. If you like fiercely loyal heroines, thrilling whodunits, and the magic of old cinema, then you’ll love Kari Bovee’s enthralling tale.​

Review - 

Of the 4 books I have reviewed for this author, I think this one is my favourite.  Grace in Hollywood is book 2 in the Grace Michelle Mysteries series.  highly suggest you read book #1 first so you get to know the characters and their back stories.

In book 2 we find Grace married, living on a ranch on the west coast, caring for foster kids and working as the lead costumer designer on a Hollywood movie.  Sounds like her life has come together, but trouble is brewing. When she lends her home to the movie's director for a glamorous Hollywood party, things turn serious.  There is a murder. And the further the story progresses, the more two of her foster kids are drawn into the web as prime suspects.  Did they do it or were they being set up?

Solving this whodunnit mystery requires looking not only at the present - who had motive, where were they during the party, what did the small clues Grace found mean - as well as diving into the past to discover hidden relationships and secrets galore.  

I loved the setting of this book. Old Hollywood has so much to offer in ambiance. The pacing of the clues that were dropped and secrets revealed was just right, keeping me drawn in but not overwhelmed.  Somewhere near the end I got an inkling of where this was going and it was a great surprise.  Well done.

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Meet the Author  - 
2020 interview with the author HERE!
When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels.

An award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun. The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and won First in Category in the International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards. It was also a finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings won First in Category for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards. Peccadillo at the Palace won Grand Prize in the 2019 Goethe Awards, and was a finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category.

Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant.
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