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Shamus in the Green Room by Susan Kandel
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Mar 07, 2009

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bookshelves: los-angeles, fiction, mystery
Recommended to Kirsti by: Jan C

It was fun to try a new mystery author. I liked the main character, though it was hard for me to keep the minor characters straight in my head. I thought the babysitting-a-movie-star premise would be too chick-lit for me, but the fast pacing and clever dialogue kept me turning the pages. (The movie star wrecks his car outside the main character's house just before the first meeting. She purrs, "I've been meaning to get a new fire hydrant.") And of course the material on Dashiell Hammett was fascinating.

The ending was a bit rushed.

The real mystery is, how can a woman who is five-foot-eleven and 155 pounds wear vintage clothing? Men's vintage, maybe, but not fur-trimmed skirts. Oh well, maybe she bought a lot of 1980s stuff.

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