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Desert City Diva

(Rolly Waters #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A darkly humorous noir mystery featuring laidback, guitar-playing private investigator Rolly Waters.

Rolly Waters has many reasons to regret going out for Mexican food at 2.30 in the morning. Not least because then he would never have met dance-club DJ Macy Starr - possibly the most infuriatingly unpredictable and secretive client he has ever taken on.

Macy Starr wants R
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2016 by Severn House Publishers
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Megan Johnson
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
‘Desert City Diva’ is one of those books that you can’t compare to anything else you’ve read. This means that while you’re reading it, you’re embarking on a journey unlike any that you’ve experienced before. You’re seeing and learning things that you never would have come across. And you’re introduced to scores of individual whom are surprising and multifaceted and unique.

Unless, of course, you have at some point belonged to an alien seeking cult. In that case, disregard that last bit.

Corey Lynn
Paula Margulies
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the series that features guitar-playing San Diego detective, Rolly Waters. The novel is a rollicking and suspenseful noir tale about a golden-eyed orphan and dance-club DJ named Macy Starr. Macy wants Rolly to help find her Aunt Betty, who took in Macy as a child and then disappeared. Macy presents Rolly with a few clues from her past, including a rare one-stringed guitar called a Diddley Bow and a black and white photograph of a young girl with a man in a baseball unif ...more
William Brock
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable - a great series

This was the fourth book in the series that I've read, and I've enjoyed all of them immensely. Each of the books takes place in a different area in the San Diego region. Well, this one stretched out to Slab City in the desert. I really enjoyed the main character's trials as he wanders through life. The characters are definitely odd and interesting. The story ties together San Diego and regional information, a definite interest in music and the Blues, and a my
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Weird and wonderful are two words that can be used to describe Desert City Diva. The novel is a great reminder that there is no such thing as a “normal” person. There are only degrees of weird.

Rolly Waters is an easy going, guitar playing PI with more heart than good sense. It comes as no surprise that when he meets the enigmatic DJ Macy Starr (Crazy Macy) he leaps to her aid. Macy Starr is looking for her Aunt Betty, the woman who brought her to her adopted family before disappearing without
Ann Gonzales
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Macie Starr was a very unusual character who kept the story line engaging for the reader.

The book was fast moving and very creative. The main character Rolly Waters, Private Investigator by day, awesome musician nights, was interesting to learn more about the Man he becomes in sobriety. The musical references throughout the book to guitars, and chord composition were fascinating. The whole premise of Conjoinment with life beyond this planet and spiritual rituals add t
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story

Set in eastern San Diego country for the most part. The plot combines unique elements and characters into an interesting story with some unusual and unexpected aspects. A fun read.
Linda Hastings
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are people in every community who just cannot adapt to the normal life. These misfits often have a very difficult time. The slabs are the remain of an army base. The building were torn down and just the concrete slabs remain. A number of people live in their RV's year round. They are strange people for the most part. Misfits.

A young women who believes she is part black and part white contacts a washed up guitar player/PI
for help in finding her parents. She was raised on an Indian reservati
San Diego Book Review
Reviewed by Kourtney Pefley

Rolly Waters is a middle-aged guitar player and private detective. After playing a gig with his band he meets Macy Starr, a tattooed, rough around the edges, golden-eyed DJ. Macy is half Rolly's age, but that doesn't stop their attraction or Rolly's willingness to take her on as a client.You can read this entire review at San Diego Book Review
Kathleen Kelly
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Noir Mystery Rolly Waters is a musician, guitar player who is not real successful at it, plays at different gigs but nothing steady. That is why he is a detective. The story starts off with Rolly regretting having Mexican food at 2:30 in the morning. The Mexican food wasn't the issue it was the spider bite on his ankle. Rolly wakes up in the hospital after having been bit by the spider, not quite sure how that happened and how he ended up in the hospital ER.
While he is at the Mexican restauran
May 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Kind of a silly mystery. It had a few interesting weird parts but seemed a little disjointed. An easy read but not very satisfying. It doesn't make me want to read other books by this author and his character. ...more
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“A powerful new voice on the crime-fiction scene” (ForeWord Reviews), Corey Lynn Fayman has made a career of avoiding the sunlight in his hometown of San Diego, California, where he’s worked as a keyboard player, a sound designer for the world-famous Old Globe Theatre, and an interactive designer for organizations both corporate and sundry. He also teaches at various colleges and universities.


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