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Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black’s Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel.
1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star―except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability.
But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects one of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer―maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues.
Now, Kate must discover the killer while working on the set of a musical―and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and live the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she’s just chasing starlight?
Praise for CHASING STARLIGHT
“Chasing Starlight dazzles with richly drawn characters, a breathtaking mystery, and a vivid 1930s Hollywood setting. Black masterfully evokes the glamour and darkness of a mesmerizing era steeped in secrets, lies, and dreams.” ―Cat Winters author of The Raven’s Tale
“Miss Fisher meets Tinseltown in this addictive mystery full of Old Hollywood glamour and slow-burn secrets. Chasing Starlight is the journey of aspiring-astronomer-turned-reluctant-sleuth Kate as she works not only to solve a murder but find her place in the world after a tumultuous past. Come for the gossipy glam of old Hollywood; stay for a cast of charmingly quirky characters and a mystery that will have you guessing until the end.” ―McKelle George, author of Speak Easy, Speak Love
“Chasing Starlight is a mystery as alluring as old Hollywood itself―and fun! Teri Bailey Black’s story has a historical-yet-modern feel, and the setting is so creative and cinematic you’ll feel as if you’re sitting on a film set. With a cast of dream-chasers who showcase both the glamour and the grit, Chasing Starlight is delightful from the first scene to the last.” ―Jodie Lynn Zdrok, author of Spectacle
“Black delivers an atmospheric mystery with cinematic flair that’s chock full of period detail, highlighting women’s roles in front of, and behind, the camera during Hollywood’s golden age. A captivating crowd pleaser.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“This complex tale featuring blossoming romance, an edge-of-your-seat murder, and a host of characters to love and hate is recommended for collections where mysteries are popular.” ―School Library Journal
“Entertainingly conveying the glitz of Kate’s Hollywood life and romantic interests, this breezy whodunit is a fun historical escape with satisfactory twists.” ― Publishers Weekly
“A thrillingly romantic dive into Old Hollywood that will appeal to cinema and history buffs alike.” ―Booklist
“And so we see, in the luminosity of stars, the diversity of souls. This one bright, the one fading, this one reflecting the light of another.”
Welcome to the land of glitz, glam, and cold-blooded murder.
Picture it! Hollywoodland, 1938!
Kate Hildebrand is moving to Hollywood to live with her Grandfather. Her Grandfather is well known for starring in films awhile ago but has been hiding away in his mansion ever since. Kate’s Aunt is moving her away from her school and her friends since she can’t see eye to eye with her Aunt’s new Husband.
Moving to Hollywood should have been just what Kate needed in her life but she’s dreading it. See, Kate is a sort of celebrity herself but not why people think. When she was younger, something gruesome happened and her face was plastered everywhere. All the newspapers had her story and her picture on the front page. She still sees people whisper behind their hands when they see her.
When she gets to her Grandfathers house, things aren’t what she thought. They are so much worse. There are boarders living with her Grandfather and that sets her off. That is until she gets to know the lot. After she sets her blinding rage aside, she sees that her Grandfather has a big heart and is doing a good thing.
When Kate starts to get comfortable and finds a great job on a movie set, the unthinkable happens. Someone is murdered under their roof. She is now on the case to track down the killer before they strike again. But what happens when she thinks it’s the boy she is falling for? Someone living in the same house as she is…..
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with the time era that is the Golden Age of Hollywood. Things seemed more sophisticated and the scandals were even juicier than we all could have imagined. But the starlets of those times were class acts and made movies/shows more interesting. I love it. If only I had a time machine. That was the main draw for me with this book. I love a good timepiece murder mystery and this definitely delivers.
From the opening line, you know that you’ve stumbled upon something that is going to sweep you into the glamorous world of Hollywood while showing you all the insider secrets. Plus the mysterious murder of who killed the boarder and why was a treat to be witnessed. This is a story that you’ll kill to read.
Chasing Starlight was a great murder mystery in the land of Hollywood. You’ll enjoy the strong and wise protagonist as she stops men in their tracks and not in the way you think. This was a well-done mystery that sends you to another world. Just think twice before you trust someone.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Teri Bailey Black is happiest when she’s creating things, whether it’s with words, fabric, or digging in the garden. Her debut novel, Girl at the Grave, won the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and the Whitney Award for Best Debut and Best Young Adult Novel. Her second novel, Chasing Starlight, will be published June 2020. She and her husband have four children and live in Orange County, California.
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