Design for Dying

Design for Dying

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Los Angeles, 1937. Lillian Frost has traded dreams of stardom for security as a department store salesgirl . . . until she discovers she's a suspect in the murder of her former roommate, Ruby Carroll. Party girl Ruby died wearing a gown she stole from the wardrobe department at Paramount Pictures, domain of Edith Head.

Edith has yet to win the first of her eight Academy Awards; right now she's barely hanging on to her job, and a scandal is the last thing she needs. To clear Lillian's name and save Edith's career, the two women join forces.

Unraveling the mystery pits them against a Hungarian princess on the lam, a hotshot director on the make, and a private investigator who's not on the level. All they have going for them are dogged determination, assists from the likes of Bob Hope and Barbara Stanwyck, and a killer sense of style. In show business, that just might be enough.

The first in a series of riveting behind-the-scenes mysteries, Renee Patrick's Design for Dying is a delightful romp through Hollywood's Golden Age.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 127 x 201 x 23mm | 272g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765381850
  • 9780765381859
  • 479,369

About Renee Patrick

RENEE PATRICK is the pseudonym for married authors Rosemarie and Vince Keenan. Rosemarie is a research administrator and a poet. Vince is a screenwriter and a journalist. Both native New Yorkers, they currently live in Seattle, Washington. Design for Dying is their first novel.
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"A champagne-flavored frolic of a first mystery set during Hollywood's golden age. This is sure to delight fans of old Hollywood and Turner Classic Movies." --"Library Journal "

"A beguiling champagne-cocktail-of-a-crime-novel. Supporting parts played by Billy Wilder, Barbara Stanwyck, and Preston Sturges will make every seasoned cinephile swoon. "Design for Dying "is a delight." --Louise Penny, "New York Times "bestselling author

"Vibrant, stylish and crackling, "Design for Dying" is both a gift to devotees of Golden Age Hollywood and a mystery-lover's delight. It's a delicious cocktail, one you won't want to end." --Megan Abbott, bestselling author

"A delightful cocktail of a mystery - equal parts sweet, tart, and effervescent...a read covered in movie magic stardust." --Susan Elia MacNeal, " New York Times-bestselling author"

A complex environment for sleuthing replete with possibilities and an exciting sense of the glamorous, gossipy, and creative world of cinema s golden age. The warm working relationship that develops between Lillian and Edith will leave readers eager to see more of their adventures. Publishers Weekly"
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673 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 14% (95)
4 44% (293)
3 34% (230)
2 7% (47)
1 1% (8)
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