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  • 05/2020
  • 099072946X
  • 258 pages
  • $2.99
Dashiell Hammett and the Hearst Castle Mystery
Dashiell Hammett, America's foremost mystery writer, is invited for a weekend at Hearst Castle in the spring of 1934. But when a body is discovered in the gardens, William Randolph Hearst gives Hammett 48 hours to solve the crime. Marion Davies and a cast of Hollywood stars, gangsters and hoodlums are soon caught up in an investigation that is never quite what it seems.
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The author offers up an intriguing plot that ensnares the reader from the first sentence. Fast-paced, full of colorful characters from the past, and a real true-blue, old-style mystery, the book entertains and keeps the reader guessing.

Prose/Style: The author is a gifted writer whose command of language, dialogue, action and setting is evident. This work was truly a pleasure to read from beginning to end.

Originality: A fictionalized account full of real but long-dead notables earns this work an A+ in originality. The author offers a creative scenario that offers an extra layer of fun for savvy readers but still holds appeal for those who aren't familiar with the long-gone players.

Character Development/Execution: Characterization here is superb, offering a fictionalized whodunnit featuring the late Dashiell Hammett. Along the way, the story is punctuated with old-time actors and references including Bill Powell, The Thin Man, Jean Harlow, and more.

Blurb: Engaging and fun, Dashiell Hammett and the Hearst Castle Mystery is a mystery lover's dream. Full of colorful characters from a bygone era, readers will be hard pressed to put this book down until the very last page.

Date Submitted: May 02, 2021

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 05/2020
  • 099072946X
  • 258 pages
  • $2.99

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