Down And Out In Beverly Heels – Kathryn Leigh Scott

Meg Barnes is a former A-list TV actress, still getting by with roles for a woman of a certain age, living the hollywood lifestyle in her dream home and married to a loving husband, property developer Paul. Unfortunately things head south when he heads to Mexico for a deal and gets kidnapped, possibly killed. In the months afterwards, Meg learns that her husband was not the man she’d thought he was and that she’s financially ruined- along with many of their friends. One year on she’s secretly living out of her car and publicly maintaining her dignity; Meg is back for pilot season in an attempt to revive her career and finances. Coinciding with her arrival back in town are various shady characters threatening her while searching for her (apparently still alive) husband and handsome FBI agent Jack Mitchell is pressuring her for more information, so Meg decides to undertake an investigation of her own.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Meg is a strong, resourceful and resilient leading lady, whose years provide her with experience and contacts. I appreciated the way she went out there and sorted her own life out, only accepting the minimum of help when in dire need. In fact she may have gone a bit too far in the other direction, resisting help from the FBI, but it made for a better read! Although we don’t find out Meg’s age, and it would be rude to ask, she must be at least 40, probably in her fifties; it was nice to have a slightly more mature heroine for a change.

Kooks for your Kindle?– The wide range of supporting characters were a testament to Meg’s kind personality, she stayed in touch with former colleagues whatever their current station in life, from high rollers right to the mentally ill bag lady. Donna, Meg’s fellow volunteer at Meals On Wheels, was her polar opposite, but not as daffy as she first seemed and very accommodating.

Painting a Picture for your Paperback?– My favourite aspect of the book was the setting, as a lover of showbiz gossip it’s great to read an insight like this which is clearly based on real life Hollywood experience. It’s all here, the luxurious living, the lavish parties, the fake personalities, the harsh realities of winning an acting role.

Nookie for your Nook?– Only a little time for love here, Meg’s too busy clearing her name and tracking down her conman.

Evaluation of your eBook?– It’s more of a mystery than a romance, and nicely done too. My only comments would be that it takes a while before Meg starts to fully take on the investigation, and the conclusion of the criminal plot was a little tricky to decipher. But it read well, fast paced, gripping and with a few unexpected twists and turns. The author clearly knows her stuff, she was in the original TV series Dark Shadows, and this makes the setting all the more realistic. Recommended for fellow Hollywood aficionados and if you like a bit of mystery in your frothy read.

Frothy Ranking: 3.5/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for £3.99, although a few weeks ago it was on special for 99p, so keep an eye out.

US: Amazon for $3.99.