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(A Maizie Albright Star Detective Mystery #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  66 reviews
#10days #findthewoman #getthejob #doNOTfallinlove

When ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie’s costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother stil
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Published January 24th 2017 by Past Perfect Press
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Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Maizie Albright has had more than her own 15 minutes of fame and is ready to move on from it. The problem is her momager won’t let her do it. She follows her daughter back to Black Pine and brings the cameras with her. Maizie is trying to train to be a private investigator and wiggles her way into a missing person case. She quickly learns even out in the real world life can all be just a performance, a performance that can keep her alive!

Our main character, Maizie Albright, is
Diane Vallere
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much fun! Highly recommend to anyone who likes funny PI-in-training books. Fresh and entertaining and I immediately snatched up book 2.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good one!

I hope to be able to read the next one sooner than soon.
Robin Leslie Coxon
Larissa Reinhart's newest series, Maizie Albright Star Detective, is represented in her first book 15 Minutes. Maizie's character is much different than Ms. Reinhart's other character Cherry Tucker of the Cherry Tucker mystery series. Maizie's life is in a state of turmoil after a Hollywood judge orders her back to her hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, in hopes she will get her act together. Daughter of a control freak mother and a father who is the founder of DeerNose, maker of deer pee coated c ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Former teen star Maizie Albright is determined to make a new life for herself in her hometown of Black Pine, Georgia but it’s not easy. Thanks to obstacles being thrown in her path, mainly by her mother, Maizie has her work cut out for her. If she fails, she could wind up back in prison. No way is she going to let that happen.

15 Minutes is the first book in a brand new cozy mystery series and is jam-packed with “laugh out loud” material. It’s filled with zany characters in a crazy, madcap advent
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
I absolutely love this book! I was quickly swept up in the story and I couldn't put it down. It's fun and entertaining. I absolutely adore Maizie. Beware - you will crave donuts! At least I did. I can't wait to read what happens next.

I received a copy of this manuscript from the author, my review has been voluntarily submitted.
Ritter Ames
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maizie is a bright new light

I could not put this book down! The title may be 15 Minutes, but Maizie shines much longer than that, and I couldn't wait to see what predicament she got herself into--and out of--next. Maizie has the truest heart, and thanks to the Hollywood mischief-makers who won't leave her alone, she also has the worst luck. And a real addiction to donuts. This exciting new series made me laugh and cheer. The characters are likeable and the mystery is intriguing. Can't wait for t
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a new series by the author of The Cherry Tucker Mysteries. It was an entertaining read. I'm rooting for Maizie as she tries to chart an independent course as a private investigator in Black Pine, Georgia , away from her Hollywood mom, and reality TV.
Brandy Barber
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I Love Larissa's work. This one was a bit slow to start but got into it as the story went along. I really enjoyed the last half of the book when Maizie started taking charge. The naming of what she wore and stuff I have no clue to most of it. I do know it's expensive. I am looking forward to what is going to happen and how she grows. It was great that she had "words" with her mom at the end. I like that there are a bunch of different people Maizie has and can't wait who is involved and maybe a b ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of author Larissa Reinhart's Cherry Tucker Mystery Series, so when I saw she had a new series coming out, I was eager to read it and let me tell you, Larissa does not disappoint her fans!

15 Minutes is the first book in the Maizie Albright Star Detective Mystery Series. Written in the first person narrative, the reader is transported to Black Pine, Georgia, to follow ex-teen reality star Maizie Albright's first investigative adventure.

Maizie puts her Hollywood career behind her
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Setting: Black Pine, Georgia


Maizie Albright - Grown up child star; Black Pine native returning home after years of Hollywood living
Wyatt Nash - Private investigator; reluctant and unwilling employer to Maizie
Jolene Sweeney - Nash's ex-wife and co-owner of the business
Vicki - Maizie's manager . . . and mother
Plot: After burning her very last bridge in Hollywood, Maizie returns home as a woman on a mission - to get work with a private investigator and start on a new career path. (And ap
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maizie Albright a former teen TV detective and reality star has been ordered by the judge to move back to Black Pine Georgia with her Dad and find a job that is in no way TV or movie related. She's had some trouble in her past and if she can't find a job, it's off to jail for her. Maizie has decided that she wants to be a real life detective. Nash Security Solutions seems to be the answer to all her troubles, there's only one small problem...Wyatt Nash...he doesn't want to teach anyone the ropes ...more
Donna (More Than a Review)
15 minutes; A Maizie Albright Star Detective Mystery by Larissa Reinhart is the first book in this exciting new series. Maizie is a former child tv star who played a teen detective. As a result, she took criminal justice classes and has decided she wants to train to be a private investigator and has chosen Nash Security Solutions as her mentor. Maizie has been ordered by a judge to stay out of Hollywood and out of show business because she got tangled up in a mess with her ex-boyfriend. She has ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ex-reality television star, Maizie Albright has returned to her father's home, in Black Pine, Georgia. The conditions upon her return are steady employment, no social media, and banishment from Hollywood, California until she finished her probation per a Judge order. The Judge gives her only ten days to achieve the employment

Maizie had studied and received her Criminal Law B.S. degree at University of CA- Long Beach (funny I went there also,) and her dream job is apprenticing two years under a l
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talk about sitting on the edge of your seat reading. This book kept me on my toes on what was going to happen to Maizie next. Maizie is a mess - she just wants to do something different with her life, outside of the controls of her momanger but it seems that every time she starts on her detective path, she makes a little mess that her new boss does not seem too thrilled about. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.
Jeanie Jackson
15 Minutes is a fun read and augers well for an exciting future for this new Larissa Reinhart series. Maizie Albright returns home under a cloud of probation and an aura of stardom. The ex-teen idol is paying for her bad taste in men when a judge requires that she return to her somewhat rustic roots and stay away from the evils of Hollywood. More than ready to begin a new and independent stage of her life, Maizie wants to train under the only local detective in town to get her private investigat ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love Ms. Reinhart's writing, so I was excited to hear there was a new series coming out.
Maizie Albright, late of TV fame, has come back to Black Pine. Under judge's orders to get a job, quickly, and having decided to pursue private investigating, Maizie heads to the office of Nash Security Solutions, where the tantalizing aroma of the Dixie Kreme donut shop downstairs is matched by the view of a partially-dressed Nash.
However, Mr.
Andrea Stoeckel
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[ I voluntarily chose to review this book]

"...Nash raised an eyebrow. "Miss Albright, I've been trying to get rid of you since I met you. Now I'm asking you to do something useful."

Mazie Albright, washed up,used up reality don't wannabe is trying to become something besides her mother/manager's minion. She has moved back home and living with her blended family is becoming a different kind of torture. She's actually got the education to be a real PI. Question is, how can she overcome the percepti
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, mystery
Celebrity gossip fans, reality TV fans, and of course mystery fans are going to love Maizie Albright. She is determined, quirky, and lots of fun. A former child actor who played a detective on TV, Maisie returns home to Black Pine, Georgia seeking an apprenticeship with a real private investigator. Will Maisie be able to convince her unwilling mentor that she’s more than a hollywood has-been? Full of humor and romance, this is a great start to a new series.

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Angie Parish
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-loved
Let me start with the fact I was givin this book in exchange for an honest review.
Looks like Larissa Reinhart has done it yet again. I am in love with Maizie Albright. Not only is she just plain goofy, but she is a stubborn get the job done women. I loved the start to this new series, not only is down right funny, it's also a good mystery that will have you wanting more. I was reminded some of the tv series Veronica Mars, but that's not a bad thing considering I loved that show. I can not wait
Teresa Kander
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This new series is a great mix of Hollywood with Southern charm. Maizie is constantly getting herself into one predicament after another. She has to deal with people from her Hollywood life intruding on what she had hoped would be a quiet life in Georgia. And she has a HUGE addiction to donuts!

This story is totally unpredictable with lots of twists and turns. The big reveal of the killer was a major surprise that I never saw coming. Can't wait to see what the future holds for Maizie!
Barbara Tobey
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and entertaining cozy with a kick. Hollywood with a Southern twist. Larissa Reinhart had me smiling and quickly turning the pages to see what mischief Maizie would get into next. I eagerly await her further adventures. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. Great new series!
Terri Austin
I absolutely loved this book. Larissa Reinhart’s newest heroine, Maizie Albright, is at once naïve and worldly. As a former child star, she craves life in the real world by becoming a PI, just like the TV character that made her famous. Armed with humor, charm, and stubborn determination, Maizie is a breath of fresh air. I adored every second of 15 Minutes. Viva la Maizie!
Bonnie Dale Keck
Not available Kindle Unlimited {not a slam just means can't read a whole series by this writer}, series Cherry Tucker mysteries and now Maizie Albright series {15 Minutes and coming soon 16 Millimeters}. Cute little cozies. Somehow I managed to get a freebie copy for mobi and received a paperback in mail couple days ago.
Andrea Murray
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

15 Minutes is not my typical genre, so I went into this review trying to convince my romance-loving, bad boy-crushing, fix-the-main-character self that I wouldn’t like this book. I mean, how could I possibly enjoy a murder mystery with only the tiniest hint of romance where the protagonist is just as awkward at the end as she was in the beginning? No ugly duckling transformations? No “And they all lived happily ever after” ending?
Christine P
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually won this book on Gretchen Archers FB giveaway! I thought it was fun and flighty with a bit of angst. Meet Maizie, a former child actress who has found herself in some legal trouble and comes home to Black Pine, Georgia to straighten out her life and follow her dream of becoming a real PI instead of the one she played on her popular Julia Pinkerton: Teen Detective series. She moves in with her father and step mother and half sister. Her father Boomer Spayberry is famous in his own righ ...more
Christine Lowe
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Humor Mystery and Romance

Maizie Albright is quite a character. She's 25 years old and still has a problem standing up to her mother. You'll understand why when you read the book. Her mother is a professional agent and boss and has spent her time telling her child star daughter what to do and when to do it. This, of course, has led Maizie to rebel and wind up on probation with an order from the judge to secure employment within ten days of her release and her freedom relies on staying away from
Christie Sitterly
Larissa Reinhart’s 15 Minutes is a shining star! Protagonist, Maizie Albright, is a young adult who has been forced to leave her Hollywood acting career due to a court order after she gets herself into some trouble. As an actress, she played the role of a detective and she now has her sights set on becoming a real investigator. She refuses to take private investigator, Nash’s, “no” for an answer and tags along as he investigates the disappearance of an affluent woman in Maizie’s home town. Then, ...more
Vicki Highley
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens to a teen actor and reality star after she leaves Hollywood? Maizie Albright returns home to Black Pine, Georgia to become a private investigator, that's all she wants is to do her two year internship and move on. Unfortunately there are people in Black Pine who won't allow it. Her mom who was her manager and the ex-wife of the private investigator she is to work for. My favorite scene is when she helps serve a subpoena at a beauty salon. Maizie realizes that real life is nothing li ...more
Paula Adams
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maizie a child tv star comes back home to Georgia to stay with Dad after some trouble in LaLa land. Her manager/Mom cancels her credit cards and stops payments on her car. Maizie went to school and studied law enforcement and she wants to be a private detective. Under the conditions the judge gave her, she has 2 weeks to find a job or she has to go back to CA and go to prison. She finds one detective agency listed and she goes to apply and while there a client shows up and fires the detective bu ...more
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A Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. She loves to tell funny stories about about Southern women looking for love (and sometimes dead bodies) in all the wrong places.

Her books have been chosen as book club picks by Woman's World Magazine and Hot Mystery Reviews. They've also been

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