As part of a Blog Tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I recently had the pleasure of reading 16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery by Larissa Reinhart.
#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.
Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.
So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.
Maizie is a former child/teen star turned private detective-in-training. An attractive young woman, she has all the exuberance of youth and the recklessness that often goes with it. Nash is a great looking, seasoned detective, and the underlying sexual attraction between them is no surprise. Maizie’s a fun character. I enjoyed getting to know her. As the job reminds her of her previous career, she channels her Hollywood roles, sometimes quite humorously, to deal with difficult predicaments. The combination of romance, humor, and mystery made for an enjoyable read.
FTC Disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book and have voluntarily chosen to share my honest review.
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About the Author
Larissa is a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, 2014 finalist for the Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, have been living in Nagoya, Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.
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