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Oscar Season

3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  159 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Hollywood is about to get
its wake-up call.
Everyone goes a little crazy during "Oscar Season" -- the campaigns, the parties, the seductions, the paybacks. Hollywood is never so cutthroat as it is at the turn of each year, when celebrities and their millions of fans across the globe begin their weeks-long, exclusive obsession with the Academy Awards. With so much money, so m
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published November 1st 2007)
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Aug 02, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
If you couldn't smack your head against a wall sooner.
Great start to the book, really got me into it.
Interesting characters and sub-plots. Had me thinking "will she, wont she" until the last 10 or so pages.
It was about as pleasant as biting into a wormy apple - it was too late to spit it out.
Disappointing end to what could have been a terrific thriller-meets-chick-lit book. I found there was far more to be explored and that the protagonist was not fully developed. She had a repour with other cha
Simon Taylor
Mar 04, 2014 Simon Taylor rated it it was ok
Oscar Season, which opens with a superstar found dead in the water right before a big awards ceremony, was originally planned for 2012 but was pulled from the schedule after an unfortunate case of life imitating art right after it started. So here we are, finally getting to see what happens.

Juliette Greyson is the mega wonderful second-in-command of a busy Hollywood hotel who will be hosting a menagerie of stars over the Oscars. Two issues emerge. Issue 1: people start getting killed. Issue 2: J
Aug 12, 2011 Jennie rated it it was ok
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Mar 27, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Someone who is very bored and cannot get to a library or bookstore
Oscar season in LA's trendy Pinnacle hotel is busy and intense. Juliette is an important member of the hotel, working closely with the handsome GM. But this year's Oscars turn morbid when a man is found floating in the hotel's swimming pool. In between helping a favorite Hollywood leading man through chemo and making sure the two months between the Oscar nominations and the Academy Awards run smoothly, she drives herself crazy trying to uncover what she believes is a conspiracy to ruin Hollywood ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
Despite not caring for the writing style in this book, McNamara managed to get me to want to know the ending. That being said, I found the ending to be disappointing and the big reveal to be anticlimactic. The reveal happened too fast by the time it did happen, and while the non-reaction was the point, it was completely unsatisfying. Perhaps, the book would have been better if Juliette discovered who the murderer was early on, and the rest of the book had her coping with Hollywood and those who ...more
Anthony Willis
May 13, 2015 Anthony Willis rated it really liked it
Such a fun book!

If you're a movie lover (more specifically a big fan of the Oscars), then you will enjoy this lighthearted book. Obviously now is the perfect time to find yourself a copy before the big show!

It all centers around the Academy Awards and has a vibe of playing the board game CLUE.

Important and elite members in the Hollywood community continue dropping dead while Juliette not on only has to determine if they're connected to one another, but make sure that the Pinnacle hotel hostin
I found this book at a favorite small bookstore down the street that specializes in the mystery genre. They have a section in the back for resale books. Quite brilliantly they set up a table of recommended authors they had chosen out of the used book stacks. These were authors I probably wold have never found on my own or thought to read if I had. So for very little money I found some really goodreads.

Oscar Season is the first book by Mary McNamara. I'm about half-way through and know that if sh
Lori Lawson
Sep 19, 2011 Lori Lawson rated it it was amazing
The author is a long time Hollywood reporter and sprinkles the book with fun tidbits about real and fictional movie stars. It's a fascinating inside look at how a swanky hotel operates during their busiest month of the year and how the movie industry and the awards committee and ceremony really work. There is also a murder mystery aspect, but I think the book is more enjoyable if you view it as a novel rather than a mystery to be solved. The author has spent time backstage during the Oscar cerem ...more
Tiara H
Oct 01, 2013 Tiara H rated it it was ok
To start, I'll say that when it comes to Beverly Hills hotel life this book is SPOT ON. I read this while working at one of the book's mentioned properties (during awards season for fun) and found myself LOL'ing at the accuracy. That was the most entertaining part for me. I really wanted to love this book. It started off so strong but lost it's momentum somewhere in the middle. I was really disappointed in the ending, which seemed rushed and was a disservice to the story's characters. A fun read ...more
Paige Barker
Mar 18, 2015 Paige Barker rated it liked it
I was a bit unsure about this book when I first bought it, it was at my local pound store so I thought it must be a bad book that people have forgot about then I read some really bad reviews on here. I decided to try it and see what it was like and was really surprised at how much I liked it! it was interesting and really surprised me but at the same time was boring and I felt at times dragged out the story line. I didn't like the ending too much and thought it could have been written better but ...more
May 11, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, film, los-angeles
In spite of the seemingly fluff premise, there's some real meat here - it's not a beach book in the traditional sense. McNamara's a solid writer and the more-than-surface look at celebrity culture works well. My sole gripe is that Juliette moves in and out of the mystery at intervals, which makes it a bit disjointed in places - hopefully just some first-book kinks.
Feb 14, 2008 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Nice mix of Hollywood glitz and mystery (with a little romance thrown in). It's clear the author has some knowledge of the doings in Tinseltown but I was a little disappointed in the wrap-up of the mystery - not as satisfying as I'd hoped.
Stephanie Tanton
Feb 13, 2012 Stephanie Tanton rated it really liked it
This was a fun read during Oscar season as I live in southern California. Interesting setting in a hotel hosting the stars. With the author's background as an LA Times reporter, many of the subplots are probably true. Good escape reading.
Aug 20, 2010 Jessie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, if this really happened at the Oscars there would be so much shock and astonishment. I would get a job that involves the Oscar's if this actually happened. It is a sad situation, but you would never get tired of your job!
Marianne Jay
Mar 06, 2009 Marianne Jay rated it liked it
I honestly don't know what to say about this book. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't good.

The plot wasn't horrible - but it wasn't good.

I didn't hate the characters - but I didn't like them either.
Mar 30, 2008 Erin rated it it was ok
Fun for the name-dropping and Oscar season detail, but a total muddle as a mystery novel. A proliferation of red herrings and a very unclear motive for murder make it a difficult story to follow or care about.
Oct 21, 2008 Susan rated it liked it
I would not have bought this book, but i received it for free-froth and fun and a lovely respite for what is going on in the world. Hollywood as a cut throat business where realty is not as real as a movie.
Nov 13, 2008 Megan rated it liked it
easy to read... i forgot who all the charachters were though bc they have long complicated names. but, obviously easy enough to figure out!!
Feb 01, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it
Perfect read before the OScars
Feb 22, 2014 neverbereplaced rated it liked it
hate the ending. full of questions!
Jan 27, 2014 Sara rated it liked it
Silly and fun. The kind of book you can't remember one hour after you finish.
Sarah Reanna
Feb 26, 2014 Sarah Reanna rated it really liked it
a very appropriate reading since it is an Oscar week
Sep 05, 2008 Jenn rated it liked it
This novel read like it was waiting to be adapted to a screenplay and wrapped up too neatly.
Marissa Joyce
Jul 13, 2010 Marissa Joyce rated it liked it
I really liked this book. Not every ending has to be tied up with a bow...
Feb 08, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
A fun novel to read at this time of the year. The inside scoop on Oscar season (hey! good title for a book!) from a seasoned journalist who covered this beat.
Feb 05, 2008 Cathleen rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
It's never a good sign when you find yourself half-way through a several-hundred page book and still not caring how it ends.
Kelsey (The Lost Book Reports)
Although It is not an Oscar winning book, the story is upbeat and intriguing. It is a fun chick lit, murder mystery.
Jan 22, 2014 Meaghan rated it it was amazing
as i begin working on my second oscars show, this book appealed to me SO much. i love the behind the scenes stuff at the hotel and the mystery of the whodunit. i liked this one a lot.
Katie Garvin
Jan 11, 2011 Katie Garvin rated it really liked it
Kinda neat but i'm really into movies of course. I also have worked in a hotel so its intreasting to see how others portray it.
May 16, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it
Fun, mystery novel surrounding a hotel property in Hollywood.
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