Mystery Diane K. Shah Dying Cheek to Cheek

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Dying Cheek to Cheek

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In 1940s Hollywood she’s dancing cheek to cheek—and coming face-to-face . . . with murder.

Hollywood, 1947. It’s a still a town of glittering stars and lavish excess, but the postwar boom is changing things fast. Even Paris Chandler feels a new day blowing in with the dry Santa Ana winds when she is nudged into the infant world of television as co-host of a gossip show. But Paris soon does more than dish the dirt. After the TV station’s first newscaster is murdered, she finds herself neck-deep in it.

The only clues are two lipstick-stained cigarette butts and a mysterious blonde spotted leaving the scene. There are lots of blondes in Hollywood, real and otherwise—but one in particular is determined to turn the tables on Paris. While the city’s powerful leaders gather to watch the first televised World Series game, she finds herself burrowing deeper into the tarnished heart of big-city politics, toward the ruthless greed and rampant corruption that lie at the core of the glittering dream machine.

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Hollywood, 1947. When Jim St. Clair, L.A.'s first TV newscaster is shot, Jim's junior colleague Paris Chandler, gossip- mongering Etta Rice's assistant on the L.A. Examiner, has a special reason to dig into the crime: She knows--as the police only suspect--that the attractive blond seen leaving Jim's house 20 minutes before he was shot was her. Before Paris and a telltale negligee can get hauled in by starstruck Chief Harry Gladstone, who dreams of his own TV show, she's got to: find Jim's records of an ingenious real-estate scam involving the right-of-way for the new freeway; foil the killers who keep kidnapping her, as well as Ursula Martens, a treacherous blond who happens to be Paris's double; continue to dish the dirt on Hollywood notables (``FLASH! Cary Grant Fires His Housekeeper''); and catfight Ursula for the embraces of Etta's other assistant, Nick. Chauffeured, Schiaparelli'd working-stiff Paris (the paperback As Crime Goes By, 1990) is only half as cute as she thinks, and here she overstays her welcome, the twists of Shah's promising plot, and the fey period cameos by a hundred pages or so. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Dedicated to sportswriter Pete Axthelm, Shah's second gossip-riddled romp through the star-studded society of midcentury Los Angelesdb will titillate and delight even jaded readers. When James St. Clair, station KTLA's first newscaster, is found murdered in his home, gossip-gatherer Paris Chandler, introduced in As Crime Goes By and nowdb assistant to renowned columnist Etta Rice, tries to play it cool, especially since she was among the last to see St. Clair alive. Then she learns that he was having more than one affair and that she's a hot suspect. But Paris also knows that Jim had been probing a freeway scandal, putting himself in jeopardy with corrupt state and city officials. Hoping to prove that his investigative work, not his romantic entanglements, caused his death, Paris turns detective with the help of her sidekick gossip-mongerer Nick Goodwin, PI Tee Jones and reporter Walter Ainsley. Juicy tidbits about the era's stars mix with action and suspense in this breezy, well-crafted tale.
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