Silent Murders eBook Ú Hardcover

Silent Murders eBook Ú Hardcover

Silent Murders ❰Reading❯ ➸ Silent Murders Author Mary Miley – Vaudeville actress Leah Randall took on her most daring role ever when she impersonated missing heiress Jessie Carr in order to claim Jessie’s inheritance in The Impersonator Now that the dust has s Vaudeville actress Leah Randall took on her most daring role ever when she impersonated missing heiress Jessie Carr in order to claim Jessie’s inheritance in The Impersonator Now that the dust has settled around that tumultuous time in her life Leah has adopted Jessie’s name as her own and moved to Hollywood where she's taken a modest but steady job in the silent film industryJessie’s thrilled when Bruno Heilmann a movie studio bigwig invites her to a party She’s even delighted to run into a face from her past at that party But the following day Jessie learns that sometime in the wee hours of the morning both her old friend and Bruno Heilmann were brutally murdered She’s devastated but with her skill as an actress access to the wardrobes and resources of a film studio and a face not yet famous enough to be recognized Jessie is uniuely positioned to dig into the circumstances surrounding these deaths But will doing so put her own life directly in the path of a murdererWith Silent Murders MBMWA First Crime Novel Competition winner Mary Miley has crafted another terrifically fun mystery this time set in the dizzying dazzling heart of jazz age Hollywood.

10 thoughts on “Silent Murders

  1. Lynx Lynx says:

    After solving the disappearance of the girl she was impersonating Jessie's decided to move to Hollywood and put down some roots Using connections from her vaudeville life she's scored herself a job as a script girl working on the side for Douglas Fairbanks husband of her favourite actress and role model Mary Pickford She's also found a new best friend in her roommate Myrna Loy a young actress trying her luck at becoming a starWhen Jessie is invited to her first big Hollywood party she thought she'd die of excitement Turns out it's the other guests succumbing to this fate When one of them happens to be friends with her deceased mother Jessie dives into the case determined to use her skills and some help from her friends to find the murdererWow I absolutely LOVED this one Miley once again does her research and makes this as historically accurate as possible adding such richness to an already great mystery Unlike the first in the series this one kept me guessing and all the behind the scenes Old Hollywood references had me so in love I never wanted it to end There are some reoccurring characters and backstory so I'd say to fully enjoy this one I do suggest reading them in order Thank goodness there's a third in the series I'm not yet ready to leave Jessie and the Old Hollywood world she lives in

  2. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    Miley has created a wonderful character in Jessie and both books in this series so far are so much fun and a joy to read The first book covered Jessie and her vaudeville days and I learned so much about the life of vaudeville performers This one has Jessie in Hollywood training as a helper for Douglas Fairbanks in the studio he and his wife Mary Pickford own It fully immerses the reader in Jazz Age Hollywood with its jealousies competitions for parts and the age of silent film The lush parties the alcohol flowing freely despite prohibition and the large amounts of drugs available for those who want them The studio scandals and the free reign the newspapers had where nothing had to be authenticated and gossip was the way to sell papers There are bit appearances by Grouch Marx and Gary Cooper and Jessie's best friend here will soon be known as Myrna Loy The studios reactions to the advent of color and the fear they have of the talkies and how many jobs will be lostAn old fashioned who done it and Jessie once again involved David Carr a character from the first book makes a re appearance and he and a cop investigating the murders both want a relationship with JessieA fun fast flowing book with the old Hollywood flavorARC from NetGalley

  3. Donna Donna says:

    For being historical fiction this was a fun read The story was probably 3 stars but I loved Tavia Gilbert's narration on the audio so 4 stars I loved the characters and I enjoyed the writing The story wasn't as gripping as the first book in this series but I loved all the name dropping of early movie stars I liked that Douglas Fairbanks was one of the characters When I had to sit through an old movie when I was younger and he was in it I never minded it

  4. Holly Holly says:

    I liked 'The Impersonator' better but this one was still enjoyable Jessie is such a likable character that I don't care how flimsy the mystery is I liked all the old Hollywood glamour especially the appearances of classic stars like Douglas Fairbanks Mary Pickford Myrna Loy

  5. Kate Ayers Kate Ayers says:

    A solid four star book maybe even better It's so fun and refreshing to read about the silent film era No cell phones no Internet big old cars gaudy make up brazen women trying to break out of their age old roles Jessie Beckett has fled the Northwest after a con landing in Hollywood and trying to turn legit as a script girl for Fairbanks Pickford Studio Of course nothing is easy for Jessie as she becomes embroiled in a murder mystery early on through no fault of her own The local cops watch with wary eyes and she does have some secrets best left covered up But Douglas Fairbanks and his wife Mary Pickford would like to see the murders solved and Jessie seems to have a nose for that sort of thing Trouble is it puts her suarely in the midst of dangerWell written well researched this books is an easy read highly entertaining and it is most gratifying to run across some familiar names Good mystery

  6. John John says:

    I really liked the first book a lot but this one not so much Jessie's a great character vividly brought to life by Tavia Gilbert's narration Beyond that however the story seemed mostly to be a vehicle to insert a fictitious character into the world of silent film stars too much consciously so for me I understand there are a couple books in the series in the works so here's hoping they branch out a bit into new territoryIf you haven't read the first one do so This one stands alone well enough I'd think but there's a lot of backstory including one character who re appears here; his own part in Jessie's life is explained away for the benefit of new readers well enough but not really completely

  7. David Monroe David Monroe says:

    3½ stars It's a little 'cozy' than my regular mystery reads but enjoyable

  8. Tom Donaghey Tom Donaghey says:

    Silent Murders 2014 by Mary Miley Let me preface this review with the acknowledgement that I have a real affection for mysteries set in the Hollywood of bygone days The Late great Stuart Kaminsky’s funny and enjoyable Toby Peters collection come to mind Also see Loren Estleman’s work and a few others Having said this you will not be surprised that I enjoyed Silent Murders immensely Set in the Silent Movie Era of Hollywood Mary Miley has managed to create the atmosphere of that time and populated her book with several real screen stars Jessie Carr is in town and is working as a script girl And she also does some work for Douglas Fairbanks and his wife Mary Pickford She is currently rooming with an unknown actress Myrna Loy and they manage to run into one of Loy’s hometown friends Gary Cooper At her first big Hollywood bash a guest is murdered And like it or not Jessie is on the case There is a lot of material about the advent of Talking Pictures drugs and scandals galore The lengths the studios went to in order to protect their stars from bad publicity is amazing and I’m certain far mare than what has been portrayed here occurred This is the second book in the series and it is a good one

  9. Grace Grace says:

    This book had all the good points of the first one as well as being a uniue story with fewer predictable elements Also bonus points for all the lavish historical detail and for including real historical silent screen stars as supporting characters Any fan of silent film or the 1920s in general will love that aspect of the book Well written and fun

  10. Christine Zibas Christine Zibas says:

    Following on from her debut award winning novel The Impersonator Author Mary Miley has taken her main character a Vaudville actress to Hollywood in her second book Here again Jessie Beckett finds herself reinventing her life in Silent Murders She has managed to find a job at the studios of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford where she's filling in for Fairbanks' assistantShe's soon invited by a Hollywood silent pictures tycoon to one of his studio parties where along with Fairbanks and Pickford readers are introduced to a wide range of other real life Hollywood icons of the 1920s Despite the enjoyment had by Jessie and her roommate Myrna Williams newly renamed Loy the next morning not one but two murders are uncovered that are linked to the partyThe murders don't stop there but in an effort to help limit any scandal for the studio Jessie finds herself playing detective to uncover just who committed these murders and why these murders occurred She soon finds herself putting some of her acting skills to work to uncover key clues but also discovers this places her in a great deal of danger as wellFor those who enjoy historical mysteries Author Mary Miley has infused a great deal of fascinating Hollywood detail in her novel yet never taking away from the basic plotline Perhaps the most distracting aspect of the novel is Miley's tendency to repeat details as characters tell one another what's happening Otherwise this is a very enjoyable look at the early history and personalities of the 1920s silent movie eraReview first appeared on ReviewingtheEvidencecom

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