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Hollywood Scandals (Hollywood Headlines #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  2,715 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
Tina Bender is the gossip columnist at the infamous L.A. Informer tabloid. She knows everything about everyone who's anyone. And she's not afraid to print it. That is, until she receives a threatening note, promising, "If you don't stop writing about me, you're dead." Teaming with a built bodyguard, a bubbly blonde, and an alcoholic obituary writer, Tina sets out to uncove ...more
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Published October 30th 2010 by Gemma Halliday (first published January 1st 2009)
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Molly Peckham
Jul 22, 2011 Molly Peckham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another freebie through the Nook, and honestly, I was surprised by how good it actually was! It was an amazingly fast read, which I love, and kept me on my toes (another surprise!). I don't know if I want to read the whole series, as I really loved the character in this one, and they change up the main characters in each of the books, but I may give it a try. This is a great summer read, as well as you could def finish this at the beach, for sure!
Mar 30, 2011 Sheryl rated it really liked it
This book is fun-- plain and simple. It has funny, quirky characters (I just love the aunts!) that make you laugh. It's a quick and easy read. I generally reserve 5 stars for truly fantastic books (so I don't give them often), so 4 stars to me is still a very, very good read. I definitely recommend it. I think I read somewhere that this is going to be part of a series. If so, I am very much looking forward to the next installment.

Warning to Kindle users, however. It seems that the editing on th
Candice Gilmer
Feb 03, 2011 Candice Gilmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really quite enjoyed this book. This was my first by Ms Halliday, I found it hilarious. To the point that I literally had to set the book down a few times to wipe the tears from my eyes.

Having a rather negative opinion of tabloid magazines and paparazzi, I wasn't sure I'd like this, since the main character is a tabloid writer. But I was quickly won over, and proceeded to get The Perfect Shot, book 2 in this series, and as soon as the third in the series comes available at B&N (I'm a nook
Sep 27, 2010 Kristal rated it it was amazing
This book has it all: humor, mystery, suspense, PG romance and Hollywood gossip! (the cover is very misleading). This book made my laugh out loud. I love the author's humor. The main characters were great. The heroine, Tina Bender, gossip columnist for one of the Hollywoods tabloids, is spunky and entertaining. Add in a hunky bodyguard and some blind 'n' deaf aunts, and you have an enjoyable, humorus story. I will definetly be reading other books by this author. I was teetering on 4 stars, but d ...more
1 star

I'm not entirely sure what genre this was supposed to be. It lacked the romance needed for Romantic Suspense, was too light and fluffy to be Suspense/Thriller, and once again, lacked the chemistry and romance between the H/h to be a Contemporary Romance. I would just toss it into the generalized Chick Lit section but then again I don't know any females who would enjoy reading an entire book starring an unethical (lies through her teeth in her daily gossip column), immoral (traded porn mags
Jan 05, 2013 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it
I previously read a book from Gemma Halliday which I enjoyed and had taken the opportunity of a discounted price to get the Hollywood headline set which stayed in the TBR shelf for a while
That was a short and sweet romantic comedy, definitely more light-hearted than dramatic, and there's even one event in the book which I found all the more disturbing that it felt glossed over and not taking seriously (view spoiler).
#1 Hollywood Headlines series - romantic mystery

DNF (did not finish)

This is a light, comic romantic mystery -- OK but not grabbing me enough. These days if I don't love it, I quickly move on to the next book.
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Aug 30, 2012 εlﻨբ ツ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tina çok eğlenceli bir karakterdi.:) Dedikodu köşesi için ideal tip tişörtlerini de çok begendim. Teyzelere hiiç lafım yok zaten çok tatlıydılar:) Her yaştan rahatlıkla okunabilir cinsellik yok denecek kadar azdı.
Jan 18, 2016 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, cozy-mystery
I enjoyed the High Heels Mysteries by Gemma Halliday more than this book. But it was still a relaxing, enjoyable read.
Mary Ellen Fink
Jul 24, 2016 Mary Ellen Fink rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read. Tina is hilarious!!!
Feb 07, 2017 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, light, and quick read. I like Halliday's writing and have read many of her books. I realized that I read the second in this series first, but they stand alone quite well.
Fun easy read!
Jun 29, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
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I 1) love cozies and 2) love Gemma Halliday. The two of those things combined is like heaven on paper. I finished the High Heels series, and decided to download the Hollywood Headlines series when I learned that Felix played an important role in these books. I figured it would be the closest thing to the High Heels series. I haven’t ventured much outside of Gemma Halliday when it comes to the cozy genre, so I’m sure there are many other goo
Dec 04, 2012 Laurel rated it liked it
Fun, quick read! If I could give this half stars I would have rated it 3.5 stars because it wasn't bad it was just...what I expected. I've read reviews of Gemma's and one of the biggest complaints I often see is about her character's food choices. Yes, food choices! What a silly thing to get picky over, right? That's what I thought to myself before I started reading but after completing the book I do get it. Tina seemed have a diet only a ten year old who has spent their life being sheltered fro ...more
Kimberly Hicks
Jan 09, 2014 Kimberly Hicks rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kimberly by: BookBub
Shelves: read-on-kindle
This was such a fun book to read. It's been a while since I read a story that had comedy, mystery, suspense and a thrill all rolled up into one, with a little bit of romance. Such a cute story!

Tina Bender works for The Informer as a gossip columnist, hated by most Hollywood celebrities. Was it any wonder that one day while she's about to break one of Hollywood's biggest scandals, she gets a message up on her laptop telling her if she prints one more story about them, it will be the last story sh
This book is the first in Gemma Halliday's new Hollywood Headlines series, featuring star gossip columnist, Tina Bender. Tina reports all the Hollywood dirt she can get her hands on. But when she gets a death threat, she's determined to find the culprit among Hollywood's stars. Her boss, Felix, who we first met in the Maddie Springer series, hires a bodyguard named Cal to watch over her. Do you see where this is going? There is a romantic spark between the two, but the romance is very PG rated. ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Sal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an easy read, & I liked this book. Good storyline, lots of drama, but didn't like the protagonist. Like the authors writing style though.
Jan 12, 2013 Brianna rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
This series introduces Tina Bender, a celebrity gossip columnist for Felix Dunn's paper, the L.A. Informer. If you've read the Maddie Springer books, you'll already be aware of Felix, who serves as a tie-in to this series along with Marco. Tina has apparently bit off more than she can chew with one of her columns, because she starts getting threatening phone calls and emails, which soon escalate to the point where someone trashes the home she lives at with her elderly aunt, rigs her bike to expl ...more
İnci Puyan
Dec 17, 2012 İnci Puyan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oyunbozan - Gemma Halliday Okundu ve Bitti....

A Hollywood Headline Mystery üçlemesinin ilk kitabı Oyunbozan... Aynı zamanda yazarın ülkemizde yayınlanan da ilk kitabı.

Her satırından zevk aldım ve çok eğlendim. Tina'nın yaratıcılığı ve tehdit eden kişiyi bulma çabaları takdire değerdi hele ki saniyede sıraladığı yalanlar ise komediydi. Cal gibi bende okurken şaşkınlıkla kaldım. Sue teyze ve Millie teyze harikalardı çok sevimlilerdi. Allie'ye yani Tina'nın deyimiyle Barbie'ye nedense bende sinir o
Dorothea Müller
Tina Bender ist Journalistin und schreibt beim L. A. Informer die Klatschkolumne. Sie weiß einfach alles über jeden und fürchtet sich nicht davor, alle intimen Geheimnisse ausplaudern. Dann bekommt sie einen mysteriösen Anruf. Der Unbekannte droht ihr, sie umzubringen, wenn sie weiter über ihn schreibt. Ihr Boss stellt ihr einen Bodyguard zur Seite. Cal und Tina machen sie auf die Suche nach ihrem Unbekannten.

Von der Autorin habe ich schon eine andere Reihe gelesen. Da ich dort viel zu Lachen ha
Dec 30, 2010 Emily rated it it was ok
My slightly guilty pleasure is that when I'm on an airplane trip, I read completely fluffy books like this one. For some reason I have trouble concentrating on anything deeper, so this is about the only time I pick up a cheap romance or gossip type book from the airport bookshop. In this case this book was a free download for my Nook, and has been sitting on it unread for months, so my trip home to Canada was the first time I was tempted to read it. Needless to say it's a light-reading bit of fl ...more
Feb 16, 2012 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book started off as some kick-back, light entertainment. The main character was quirky & fairly likeable & the premise of a tabloid columnist being threatened had some interesting potential. It was fun to go with her as she tries to sniff out who's trying to kill her, especially from the point of view of a reporter rather than a policeman or detective.

So what happened? Several things. The jokes with her absent-minded aunt were not only always the same; but they wore thin very quickly
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Rebekah Martin
May 07, 2012 Rebekah Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spy-books, chick-lit
This book cracked me up. I mean, seriously, abs-hurting, snorting, pain because I have to be silent while giggling cracked up. I loved Tina Bender and found I could somehow relate to her. I loved her crazy fashion-sense and purple hair. She had attitude, but was also very caring of her elderly aunts, who were pretty funny because they were all out insane. With age comes Daffy, I guess. I pretty much knew who her penpal was throughout the entire book, but that's okay. I love Halliday's descriptio ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Humorous Book!
This is a great humorous book by Gemma Halliday. This is the first book in the Hollywood Headlines series. This is such a fun read that had me reading until the end. Tina Bender is a gossip columnist for a tabloid and is not afraid to print what she knows about everyone. That is until she receives a letter telling her “If you don’t stop writing about me, you’re dead.” The problem is she doesn’t know who sent it to her. She gets the help from her friends to try and solve w
Nov 04, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Very You've Got Mail. I enjoyed this book, however I was quite frustrated with the last 20 or so pages because it seemed like the author just gave up on punctuation; there were conversations going on with no quotation marks. That is a simple editing error that could have easily been corrected, but since it was not it distracted me from the story and made it less enjoyable. That being said, I loved Cal! (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 06, 2013 Dani rated it really liked it
I can't say enough good things about Halliday's works. She is a great author that keeps me laughing. Even if the mystery isn't as intense as some people prefer I really like the balance Halliday's heroines achieve. These mysteries aren't downers and that's what I like about them. I was absolutely thrilled to read about some of the same characters from the High Heels series in this book. I expected the little plot twist about Tina's leading man about 1/3 of the way in, but that didn't stop it fro ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Nellie rated it liked it
I would give this book 4 stars, but so much cussing. I really hate the language. F-bombs and other words are really unnessecary. I enjoyed trhe characters. Loved the story line. I love how witty the author is. I cracked up several times while reading this, but I can't recommend it because of the language.
From the book: Tina Bender is the gossip columnist at the infamous L.A. Informer tabloid. She knows everything about everyone who's anyone. And she's not afraid to print it. That is, until she r
Oct 31, 2016 Chrysanthemum rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read very few books before this one that had a protagonist I disliked so much.
Tina is rude. That's all. She is a popular and successful journalist but I don't understand why, because all she does is type ~two (2) mean and made-up sentences about celebrities in her column. She just...hears things, comes to the conclusion she likes best, and then gleefully destroys people's reputations.
Also, she is rude to every woman around her, on the grounds that they have bigger boobs than her. It's 2016
Sep 08, 2012 Lance rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it took some of the best characteristics of two authors I enjoy reading, Jackie Collins and Janet Evanovich. The heroine Tina Bender is sassy, funny, has quirky relatives and a soft side that especially shows when she is in danger and has a man around. In this caseit is Cal, the bodyguard hired by Tina's boss at the trashy Hollywood tabloid where Tina writes a column from which no movie or TV star is safe.

The plot of the story, a victim of Tina's column wanting her dead
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Gemma had a hard time figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She worked as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic, before finally selling her first book, Spying in High Heels, in 2005 and deciding to be a writer.

Since then, Gemma has written several mystery novels
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