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Fallen Star

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Who killed 1940s screen goddess Gloria Reardon? Her unsolved murder hypnotized the public with its scandalous details and shocked two generations.

Avid feminist and aspiring filmmaker, Kate Bloom discovers long lost footage that holds the key to who murdered her grandmother. Legendary movie star, Gloria Reardon, may be dead, but friends and lovers from the Golden Age of Hol
Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published September 21st 2016 by The Wild Rose Press
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Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book. I felt it was written well, given depth and the premise of the story was very good. The overall book was just done so well, which made it very easy to fall in love with the story being told.

I liked the depth and individuality that the author gave each of the characters. This meant that I was constantly trying to get to know more about each of them, in order to decide which I felt a connection with and which of them I ultimately felt I didn’t care for.

I thought the p
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous read - gripping, addictive and totally evocative of Hollywood in the Forties and in the Seventies. Kate Bloom is the grand-daughter of legendary Forties Hollywood actress, Gloria Reardon. Gloria’s life was cut short when she was murdered and mystery has surrounded the identity of her murderer ever since. Hot favourite for the crime is Gloria’s lover. Kate inherits her grandmother’s possessions on the death of her mother and is shocked to find long lost footage from Gloria’s la ...more
Kristine Hall
Audio book review. In Fallen Star, the layers to the story peel away slowly so that readers know exactly whodunit and why – except they don’t! Author Allison Morse does a wonderful job of leading and then misleading readers again and again to keep things deliciously interesting. And then, there’s a lovely epilogue that takes readers ten years into the future, where everything is neatly resolved – until the very last sentence, that is!

"Gloria. Breathtaking Gloria, eclipsed the puny room, smili
Susan James
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fallen Star is my kind of book, complex, intriguing with a heroine I loved. Kate Bloom doesn’t want to use her beauty to follow in her legendary grandmother’s footsteps. She wants to make documentary films that change the way people look at things. When a canister of film containing the missing footage from the day her grandmother was murdered, turns up in the items her deceased mother hoarded, she is sure it will contain clues as to who really killed screen goddess Gloria Reardon and she knows ...more
Kady Ambrose
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gothic-mystery
I became a fan of Allison Morse after reading her debut novel, The Sweetheart Deal, and her second book is every bit as good. While Sweetheart was set in the '50's, Morse's new heroine, Kate Bloom, is an idealistic young filmmaker in the '70's, whose grandmother was a screen siren decades earlier. I just love how the time period affects the character who is trying to define herself as a woman in an era of emerging feminism and a filmmaker in an era of emerging independent cinema. Kate's rejectio ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-read
Even though this is set in the 1970s, I hesitated a bit about reading it due to this, but well and truly forgot quickly that it was based in the 70s as it is written timelessly. The way this story unfolds and the twists and turns had me literally wanting to bite by nails and I could not wait to see what happened next.

Kate is trying to make her own mark in life as well as stand up for what she believes in, even if it is a struggle. Unfortunately her families past doesn't want to let her go just y
Deborah Bailey
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and suspenseful mystery with echoes of Old Hollywood woven into the Hollywood scene of the 1970's. Filmmaker Kate Bloom is out to solve the mystery of her movie star grandmother's murder, and she encounters many twists and turns on the way to her final discovery. The behind-the-scenes look at movie making is as interesting as the mystery itself. A fast-moving book that kept my attention and didn't let up until the satisfying ending. (Received a review copy.)
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘Stay, illusion! If thou hast any sound or use of voice, Speak to me!’
- Shakespeare, Hamlet

California author Allison Morse hails from a fascinating background. She grew up in Los Angles, a member of a family of actors and she pursued the family's passion until moving to Berkeley to earn her bachelor's degree, following that with a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute and then on to Hastings College of the Law for her JD. Always loving writing she has ad
Angel Hatfield
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kate had just got through her mother's funeral. Her mother -Audrey had succumbed to cancer. The doorbell rang and Kate opened the door to her great Aunt Lillian who had been a commanding stage actress. But now Kate’s great aunt just looked old when did that happen? Lillian’s sister Gloria had become a star in the 1940’s.Kate had been fascinated with her grandmother. Gloria had been brutally murdered and her killer had not been brought to justice. While going through Glory’s things in the garage ...more
Monica Kelly
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hollywood Mystery & Romance, Fallen Star takes place in the 70s, Kate Bloom’s grandmother, Gloria Reardon, was a screen goddess from the 1940’s was found murdered in the 60s. Kate is determined to expose the killer. Bloom is wanting to make documentary films that change the way people look at things. During her search, Kate discovers some long forgotten footage that holds the answers. No matter the costs the killer wants to keep this footage hidden! Kate Bloom is my new favorite heroine.

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Swetha Amit
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it

It was nice to curl up with a murder mystery during July the 4th weekend. Picked this up on kindle based on some rave reviews by some of the publications and book clubs here.

Fallen Star is a riveting story about an unsolved murder mystery of a yesteryears Hollywood actress.

Gloria Reardon was a screen sensation in the 1940s and brutally murdered. There were many unsolved elements that led to some speculations. Many years later, her granddaughter cum aspiring filmmaker Kate Bloom discovers footag
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing


**This book was reviewed for San Francisco and Netgalley**

Fallen Star, by Allison Morse, is a brilliantly wrought cold case murder mystery; a gripping thrill-ride from start to finish. It was one of the rare books I just didn't want to put down. I had to finish! We follow Kate Bloom, sharing in her chilling childhood encounter during the prologue. This unfortunate event would shape Kate in many ways, from closing off her ability to trust others, especially men, to a fierce drive
Rachel Kester
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gloria Reardon, a 1940s era actress, was brutally murdered during the 1960s, an event that shocked many people. Unfortunately though, her case was never solved.
After describing the murder of Reardon, the book then takes us to the 1970s where we read about Kate Bloom, Reardon’s granddaughter, who believes that she found some interesting footage that might explain just what happened. However, along the way, Bloom starts to learn more about her grandmother’s life and soon finds out the murderer mig
Denise Lucas
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fallen Star written by Allison Morse is a wonderfully written novel detailing the fictional tale of Kate Bloom and her insatiable desire to prove who ultimately killed her Hollywood starlet grandmother, Gloria Reardon, many years earlier. With Kate’s discovery of the lost footage, while going through her late mother’s possessions, Kate’s aunt and up and comer Dylan Nichols, set to uncover the truth behind Gloria’s murder. This book was well written, detailed and one of the most enjoyable reads I ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading Allison Morse’s The Sweetheart Deal I was drawn to look for other books she wrote. I came across with Fallen Star and decided to try to see if the author makes it into my list of favorites. And without a doubt, she is. Her stories are fun and entertaining but they also show her deep knowledge of the time period she writes about. Not only in historical details but also in the mentality and I particularly like how she portrays women. In Fallen Star, we have Kate Bloom, a young woman ...more
Kate Brackett
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The murder of the sexy Gloria Reardon in the 60's still hangs a shadow over her granddaughter and filmmaker Kate Bloom. Kate has always been fascinated by her grandmother, and when old film footage is discovered among her mother's things, Kate knows there could be a key as to who murdered her grandmother in it. Kate's journey begins and is tangled with the yearn to find her grandmother's killer with self-discovery and the determination to forge her own life away from her famous grandmother's sha ...more
Jimmy Jefferson
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great mystery love story of murder and who killed the movie star

This is a great story of Kate trying to solve the murder of her movie star grandmother. With the help of lover Dylan, the film discovery from the day of the murder becomes a key to solving the crime. Great story about love and a desire to find out what happened. The story is well written with great characters and a fun journey that explores the life of the golden age of Hollywood and the murder of the great Gloria Reardon. Take this
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Fallen star is a suspense fiction. The plot is about a murder mystery of a 1940 start Gloria Reardon, the case was never solved and let people wondering as it usually happens in the modern world. So author connected this story to real works with its theme. Now, Gloria granddaughter, Kate finds a lost footage that could be a clue to solve the Gloria murder mystery, but as usual she faces difficulties and is now on the line of danger herself. So the storyline is not new, but there are enough twist ...more
Payal Sinha
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fallen Star is a Hollywood mystery at its best. The story revolves around Kate and the secret concerning her super glamorous film star grandmother Gloria who was murdered amidst mysterious circumstances. While the obvious finger points towards her fiancee at the time, there are many secrets that some people would like to be kept hidden. The story is filled with allure, charm, glamour, dirt and the ugly. Loved the book.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Easy read. Time switches from Golden Age of Hollywood to present day. Suspense.
My BookClub. Feb. 2017
Robbie White
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this
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I enjoyed this story.
I enjoyed reading this book. Very interesting and quick mystery. Is it possible to have writers block when writing reviews?
alison l ryan
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

Interesting and enjoyable. Decent storyline and characters. Good summer read that is a bit different from what I normally read.
Brooke Banks
The Good
+The Ending
+Romance conclusion is sweet
+Climax was phenomenal
+Enjoyable, easy read
+Epilogue was cute
+Liked the characters
+Didn't see the important twists coming

The Bad & The Other
-Kate was annoying until late
-Push and pull romance was meh until later
-Didn't like the muddling paranormal
-Slow to get into

Fallen Star is a mish-mash of historical, mystery, family drama, and paranormal. Sounds great on paper and I've read other like this that made it work.

Sadly, I would've preferred t
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
It 's a truly gripping novel full of twists and suspense, set in the charming and outrageous world of cinema.
Although she has never known her, Kate has always been fascinated by the myth of her grandmother, the great actress Gloria, died on the set. She tried to be like her but was going to cost her dear. So she decides to become a filmmaker. After having found the missing part of the film in which her grandmother lost her life, Kate wants to discover and unravel the mystery linked to her death,
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kate Bloom wants to make movies. She doesn’t want to be in movies like her famous grandmother she so resembles, though. When she finds the missing footage from her grandmother’s lost film, she sets out to preserve it and try to expose who murdered her grandmother. She enlists the help of her great aunt and fellow film maker Dylan to help repair and protect the old film. Kate’s frequent nightmares seem to be telling her to leave, but are they nightmares or a message from beyond?

This book opens wi
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fallen Star by Allison Morse is her second novel. Although it is a murder mystery there is something for anyone to like. I found it quite the page turner.

The reader meets Kate Bloom, granddaughter of the late 1940's Hollywood Screen Goddess Gloria Reardon who's murder still was unsolved but with scandalous details that shocked two generations. While clearing out her Mom's garage with her Aunt,

Kate discovers a box filled with things linked to her late Grandmother. They find a film reel that was b
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Guaranteed to surprise you over and over as you keep turning pages.
Not every ghost is cold and menacing, well, not to all people.
This is a story of many layers, only the surface one being trying to discover the true killer of Kate's grandmother, legendary screen actress Gloria Reardon.
I bet you'll suspectvarious people as the information is revealed.

This is also a study of glamorous old Hollywood versus the changes happening in a newer age of the nineteen seventies. Is it really different? Who h
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fallen Star feels feels like you’ve entered a world with two mysteries:

1. 1940s ‘Old Hollywood’ movie making industry filled with glamour, movie stars, powerful studio execs and those who would do anything to get ahead and be part of that club.

2. A family mystery with a female heroine who dives into her mom’s unsettling past and discovers her own strengths as well as weaknesses along the way.

Allison Morse has written a smart story with colorful characters and great attention to detail. I loved t
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fallen Star by Allison Morse is set in the turbulent world of 1970's Hollywood. Kate Bloom, a youngish, aspiring documentary filmmaker is the granddaughter of a famous 1940's Hollywood film star, Gloria Reardon, who was murdered. Kate sets out to figure out just what happened and uncovers the clue she might need, an old film canister that might contain enough information to finally solve the mystery. Working with Dylan, an esteemed film restorer, they endeavor to put together the pieces of the p ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fallen star is not your typical mystery, not predictable at all! The main character Kate is easy to relate with. She is set on making a mark for herself not by her looks, but by her inspiring documentaries.

Kate's grandmother is the famous 1940's actress Gloria Reardon, who was mysteriously murdered. While Kate was going through her mother's things, she comes across a canister with footage from the day her grandmother was murdered! Of course this opens one hell of a pandora's box and now the murd
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