Sunday, November 13, 2016

4 Stars: Twisted Boulevard by Martin Turnbull

Self-Published
Historical Fiction, Saga
Buy: AMZ


About the Book

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday? 

When the Red Scare ends, paranoia lingers. Can Tinseltown recover to take on television? 

After an exile from MGM, ousted screenwriter Marcus Adler is looking for his way back into the biz. When he hatches a plan to start over with a disgraced movie star, a Hollywood censor reminds Marcus that the misdeeds of the past aren’t soon forgotten. 

Hollywood Reporter columnist Kathryn Massey is always looking for a hot tip. She never expected it would come from Lauren Bacall, and point her toward a new career high. But when a trip to the set of Sunset Boulevard reveals a haunting glimpse into her past, Kathryn isn’t sure who to trust, especially when a hot new rival hits town. 

Gwendolyn Brick thought her new store would be a hit, but she never realized it could become a target. Threatened by Los Angeles’ most notorious madam, Gwendolyn will need a Hollywood-style miracle to keep her store alive. 

Twisted Boulevard is the sixth installment in the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah saga. If you like richly woven details, the Golden Age of Hollywood, and characters who come to life, then you’ll love Martin Turnbull’s captivating historical fiction series. 

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One of the few series of late that I've followed and looked forward to the next installments. I understand this is the last book, and it does have a note of bittersweet to it. This story takes the main trio into the 50s and the changing industry - blacklists, the advent of television, hints of regime changes among celebrities. 

I was under the impression this was to be the last book in the series, but the author messaged me on Goodreads to let me know he's working on more books. I'm very glad to hear it; I look forward to reading more.

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