15 Minutes: A Maizie Albright Star Detective Humorous Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Past Perfect Press (January 24, 2017)
Paperback: 341 pages
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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 still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to a California prison.
By entangling herself in a missing person’s case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly.
“I was already a huge fan of Larissa Reinhart’s “Cherry Tucker” series, but in her new mystery series, FIFTEEN MINUTES, she had me at the end of the first line: “Donuts.” Maizie Albright is the kind of fresh, fun, and feisty “star detective” I love spending time with, a kind of Nancy Drew meets Lucy Ricardo. Move over, Janet Evanovich. Reinhart is my new “star mystery writer!” — Penny Warner, Author of DEATH OF A CHOCOLATE CHEATER and THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB
“Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list
celeb Maizie Albright’s waning star—even as it’s reborn in a spectacular
collision with her nightmarish stage mother, her
deer-pee-scented-apparel-inventing daddy…and a murderer. Sassy, sexy, and
fun, 15 Minutes is hours of enjoyment—and a wonderful start to a fun new
series from the charmingly Southern-fried Reinhart.”
— Phoebe Fox, author of THE BREAKUP DOCTOR series
“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!” — Terri L. Austin, bestselling author of the ROSE STRICKLAND MYSTERIES and the NULL FOR HIRE series.
|The Good||The Bad & The Other|
|Loved Maizie||Figured out the mystery before Maizie and a bit disappointed she didn’t clue in, especially given the clues…|
|The plot never feels forced or overwrought.||The half-naked show down was a bit much and hard for me to believe.|
|Love the setting and I have a feeling more of the economic challenges and changes in a place like Black Pine will show up||The repeated reference to Paul Newman eyes got old quick and seemed like an outdated reference for Maizie. I thought of the salad dressing first and had to Google Image search him, though that might just be me.|
|Every chapter has hashtags as titles, which is relevant, cute, and they’re often funny.|
|Liked how Maizie was no longer on social media but it’s a vital part of everyone else’s lives and makes the right waves in the narrative.|
|Her attitude of having to appreciate the male leers makes sense for her character, and is very telling. I didn’t think it was an anti-feminist knock and I’m hoping the issue is explored further from this angle with Maizie’s burgeoning self-esteem.|
I’m a huge fan of the Cherry Tucker so I jumped to try Reinhart’s new series with Maizie Albright. I love protagonists who don’t have their shit together but are trying to and working on improvement. Maizie’s got problems in spades from blackmail to . She will feel down and out, eat some comfort food, and get back up.
As with her other series, Reinhart brings the drama told in a vivid voice with a strong supporting cast and a solid mystery.
Here’s a brief run-down of the cast since you can tell a lot about a cozy mystery from the ensemble.
- Maizie Albright - If a Disney star starred in a Veronica Mars like show, went wild, and went straight again. Or is trying to at least while escaping from the limelight.
- Maizie’s Father & Step-Mother - If Duck Dynasty was real and not bigoted POS’s. (They’re yuppies gone country for fame & fortune.)
- Maizie’s Manager/Mother - Every horror story of a Hollywood Mom rolled into one
- Wyatt Nash - Tall, dark, handsome, & ripped. Silent, commanding, gruff, and old-fashioned old-school. With Paul Newman eyes and a scar. (You’ll hear about the last two a lot.)
- Jolene Sweeney - Nash’s ex and still technical business partner. She set Maizie up to follow Nash around but boy, does she hate when she turns up.
- Rhonda & Tiffany - two nice down to Earth women working in a beauty salon when Maizie strolls in behind Nash…
Initially, I noted the scene where Maizie meets Nash was convoluted and difficult to follow. I went back to check why since I hadn’t specified and it comes off clear as day now. I don’t know if I was just not in the right headspace at the time or it’s easier after becoming familiar with all parties involved.
Even when confused, it kept me reading though. Maizie’s fashion name dropping meant nothing to me but I admired her resolve while she battled inner demons. And later when they show up, the outside forces of evil.
15 Minutes is highly enjoyable ride along with Maizie. She has just the right mix of down to Earth problems and outrageous events to keep the story grounded but rolling along.
I think fans of Cherry Tucker will appreciate the former Hollywood star and her adventures as will most cozy mystery fans as long as you’re cool with up to date trendy 25 year old figuring her life out.
About The Author
Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective series. The first in the Cherry Tucker series, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. She loves books, food, and travel in any and all combinations.
Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, live in Nagoya, Japan, but they still call Georgia home. You can see them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, and sign up for her newsletter at http://smarturl.it/larissanewsletter.
If you enjoy her books, please leave a review. She sends you virtual hugs and undying gratitude for your support!
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