ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Book Review: Reel Murder by Mary Kennedy

Updated on November 7, 2014

Acting Can Be Murder

You'll have a reely good time reading the second installment of Mary Kennedy's Talk Show Mysteries Reel Murder since it's one of those books you can't seem to get enough of.

In this installment, Maggie Walsh's mother, Lola, is offered a small role in a film shooting in the town of Cypress Grove, FL and Lola couldn't be any happier. Or could she after the murder of leading lady and rival Adriana St. James? Even though Lola's had small film roles throughout her life she's thrilled to be back in front of the camera and this time she isn't playing an under five character.

What makes it even better for Lola is Maggie's asked to be a consultant on the set so she looks at it as a mother/daughter effort when it comes to making the movie. Maggie really isn't into the "Hollywood" thing so at first she declines the offer but when she finds out how much she'll be getting paid as a consultant she hesitantly accepts the job.

With Lola in her glory and Adriana out of the way, there's a lot of tension on the set of Death Watch as production is shut down for a few days while director Hank Winston tries to figure out what to do regarding the production (his teeny bopper love interest Tammilynne becomes the leading lady) and he's of course under suspicion for Adriana's murder.

After leaving my "real job" a few years ago for a chance at working in the film business I could relate to almost every character involved with the production. Kennedy definitely did her homework for this book.

From frazzled, stressed out director Hank to over worked PA Maisie, to the eager extras wrangling for "face time" Kennedy made it seem like I was back on a set. Half the time I found my mind drifting back to various sets I've been on and if you've never been on a set before Kennedy certainly nails the behind the scenes action on the head. Since I try to get as much work as I can (I like to say I've been celebrating Passover since 2009 since I'm always passed over for work) I could also empathize with Lola and her quest for being in a business which she loves.

Getting back to the book, it was one of the faster paced novels I've read in awhile and one that I really hated to end.

From Lola's glory to the Hollywood headlines this has been the best in the series thus far.

Finally a crimozy I could relate to!
Finally a crimozy I could relate to!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)