The Kept Girl
Set in 1929, the story is told by Raymond Chandler, then an oil company executive, who is tasked with ascertaining how his boss's son lost thousands of dollars, including oil leases, over the years. T ...more
Run by a mother-daughter team, the Great Eleven use ...more
I wish there had been a bit more detail about the cult's activities. You know, the dancing naked in the moonlight bits and such. Such salacious detail, but we mostly got to hear people talking about them, instead of Tom or Muriel or someone stumbling upon the weirdness in progress and getting to se ...more
Kim Cooper's first novel, The Kept Girl, takes places in Los Angeles in 1929. Cooper's extensive background researching all that is crime in Los Angeles during this time period for her popular Esotouric's crime bus tours, her passion for historical preservation of architecture and homes and her 1947 crime-a-day time travel blog was a natural launch pad for this novel. Cooper knew the Los Angeles of 1929 and.she was willing to share it with us. She tells us a true story o ...more
This novel, part historical fiction, part true crime, was a quick, easy read. Centered around oil executive Raymond Chandler and fallen policeman Tom Jones (his presumed inspiration for fictional detective Phillip Marlowe), "The Kept Girl" pits these men and Chandler's faithful secretary Muriel Fischer against a pair of scheming mother-daughter con-artist team res ...more
Kim Cooper's book is a fictionalized account of the activities of a very real California cult, "The Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven." The cult, which was based in Los Angeles and the Simi Valley, reached its apex in the late 1920s. In 1929, some of its more nefarious activities (kidnapping, murder, human sacrifice, pseudo-occult rituals, etc.) made headlines, thrusting its founder, May Otis Blackburn, into the limelight. Unfortunately, reports of the cult's sins were fragmenta...more
This book was very interesting. Based on a true story starring Raymond Chandler before he was an author. Ray Chandler works for an oil company and one day the boss calls him into the office in order to discuss a delicate matter. The boss' nephew got involved with a cult and has given all his money to the cult. Chandler's boss wants him to find out what happened to the money.
From here, we meet Chandler's secretary (as well as par ...more
I didn't know going in that this was based around something that actually happened (the Blackburn Cult). One assumes that Raymond Chandler may not have been involved (not that the author claims otherwise).
Anyway, it was an entertaining (if rather short) read. I picked it up from the Kindle Prime Lending Library thing (there really isn't a lot there worth checking out [with the possible exception, I guess, of like Harry Potter an ...more
Also, this is not that important I guess, but the typeface is distractingly terrible.
I received an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my opinion.
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