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Famous in Cedarville

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Polis Books
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Erica Wright
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Giving my own book all the stars, then hiding from this page. There are only eight snakes in it (and three of them are fake). Thanks for reading!
Daniela Petrova
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erica Wright’s Famous in Cedarville is a twisty and engrossing thriller, one of those rare page-turners that you have to force yourself to slow down and savor the lyrical prose and atmospheric scenes. Full of colorful, complex characters, old Hollywood allure and aging mafia types, it’s simultaneously a portrait of a small town and an exploration of how place and the past make us who we are. It’s the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve read it.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok

Samson heard the gunshot ran up the stairs to find the body.
Where did the shooter go? Out a window? Down another stairway?

This book was confusing.
There was a good story to be told but the telling of it wasn't good.
A small town mystery of the death of a retired Hollywood starlet.
Well that sounds interesting but it didn't take long for the story to turn into a dog with fleas.
Samson, an antique appraiser, was creepy. Creeping around the dead starlets home loo
John Vercher
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erica Wright's modern mystery transports you back to the not-so-Golden Age of cinema, with all the corruption, graft, and backstabbing that took place behind the scenes. It's a compelling story, complete with a flawed protagonist—and even more flawed supporting players—that makes you question who to root for in the ways the best crime novels do.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Reading this book made me think of that overused 90's-era sitcom line: Who are you, and what have you done with Erica Wright? Famous in Cedarville and its protagonist, Samson Delaware are so far removed from Kat Stone and her world, it's hard to believe they come from the same mind. That said, as much as I want to see more of Kat Stone, if Wright's going to give us more like this? I won't complain too loudly.

I'm getting ahead of myself, we s
Criminal Element
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Famous in Cedarville by Erica Wright, author of the acclaimed Kat Stone series, is a standalone novel and a diabolical mystery wrapped in Hollywood tinsel.

Erica Wright, creator of the Kat Stone series, has written her first standalone novel with Famous in Cedarville. Whereas the Stone books are about a former cop turned private detective working in New York City, her new work gives us a central character who serves as an amateur sleuth. She combines a small-town, southern-set murder
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!

Review contains spoilers for the book.

I don’t read from the mystery and thriller genres often, but this was a book I overall enjoyed!

Famous in Cedarville was a book about Samson, a man investigating the deaths of Hollywood actress Barbara Lace and her assistant. Despite not being a professional, Samson is prompted by the mysterious circumstances around their deaths to investigate, taking him out of Cedarville and into
Katherine Holom
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a small town mystery, with shadowy characters and creeping uneasiness and Famous in Cedarville delivers. Samson’s grief over the loss of his wife is palpable and puts a pall over his life. The book begins as Samson helps the undertaker move Barbara Lake’s body from her home. Barbara was a longtime Hollywood character actress who’d come back home to Cedarville when she retired. She lived as a hermit upon returning to Cedarville, avoiding reporters and attention, and the town was protective ...more
Randee Green
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erica Wright’s FAMOUS IN CEDARVILLE is a twisting thriller that follows Samson Delaware’s amateur investigation into the death of semi-famous Hollywood actress Barbara Lace and the brutal murder of her assistant. After turning her back on fame and fortune in Hollywood, Barbara returned to her small hometown in Tennessee and lived a reclusive life until she passed away. Much like Barbara, Samson is also an outsider and a mystery to the people of Cedarville. Samson’s motivation to find out what re ...more
Carol Custer
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The first half of this book sort of lumbered along and I wasn't quite sure what it was about Sampson that didn't ring true. Then suddenly - wait - what?! - and it was as if he was a whole new character. This worked in some ways for me and in some ways - not. Throughout the book, Sampson seemed to talk like a much older person than he was (my perception). The 'hokiness' of Cederville seemed a bit overdone at times.

The characters were well done and vivid but the narrative had so many p
Virginia Kessen
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would give the first half of this book 5 stars and the second half 3 so I'm averaging it to 4. The first half of the book, set in Cedarville is a wondrous thing. It was no surprise to read that the author is also a poet. The character's come to life. The protagonist's wrestling with grief and his place in the world are very authentic.
After the book changes locations and a big plot twist takes place, the book becomes a more conventional semi-noir mystery. It's fine but the first half was
Robin Brown
Way too much going on in this plot

In this attempt at latter-day noir I found the characters unbelievable and the plot hard to follow. I believe the action takes place in the nineties but there were a few anachronisms that made it hard to tell. It seemed like two storylines, one in Tennessee and one in Los Angeles, were forced together but each might have made a better single book.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well written and well crafted mystery, gripping and entertaining.
I loved the complex plot, full of twists and turns, the well thought cast of characters and the well researched historical background.
it was an excellent read, highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Kay Mcleer
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love old Hollywood so when I saw that this was a mystery in Hollywood I was sold. I'm glad I did because it was really good, I had a great time reading this as it's what I was looking for in a mystery.
John Sargent
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
It did not hold my interest. The print was very small. The two story lines did not make a lot of sense to me. I finished it because I want to give any author their due. Wasted my time
Heather Bennett
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Famous in Cedarville is a fantastic mystery with interesting and wonderful characters. Well written and I would read more by this author.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the characterizations, the plotting was a bit muddled. I don't know if the novel was over or under-edited as a result. It could have been a better noir.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-mt-bookpile
Unreliable narrators work so much better when they they're more competently unreliable. It's unclear what is driving Samson when he starts to help investigate who killed Barbara Lace's assistant. As things progress Samson keeps hinting at the Why and how He Knows More, etc. but then he continues to act as though he's just a guy swept up in events. It didn't work as well as it could have, leading this reader to be far more frustrated with him than was necessary. Fewer hints along the way would ha ...more
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Erica Wright's new novel Famous in Cedarville was released this fall and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She is the author of three previous novels including The Red Chameleon, which was one of O: The Oprah Magazine's Best Books of Summer 2014 and was called "riveting" by Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of the poetry collections Instructions for Killing the Jackal and All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned. She is the ...more