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Design for Dying ❰Reading❯ ➺ Design for Dying Author Renee Patrick – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk This debut is the first in a series of riveting behind the scenes mysteries from Hollywood s Golden AgeLos Angeles, Lillian Frost has traded dreams of stardom for security as a department store sales This debut is the first in a series of riveting behind the scenes mysteries from Hollywood s Golden AgeLos Angeles,Lillian Frost has traded dreams of stardom for security as a department store salesgirl until she discovers she s a suspect in the murder of her former roommate, Ruby Carroll Party girl Ruby died wearing a gown she stole from the wardrobe department at Paramount Pictures, domain of Edith HeadEdith has yet to win the first of her eight Academy Awards right now she s barely hanging on to her job, and a scandal is the last thing she Design for PDF or needs To clear Lillian s name and save Edith s career, the two women join forcesUnraveling the mystery pits them against a Hungarian princess on the lam, a hotshot director on the make, and a private investigator who s not on the level All they have going for them are dogged determination, assists from the likes of Bob Hope and Barbara Stanwyck, and a killer sense of style In show business, that just might be enough.

    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format Ruby Carroll Party girl Ruby died wearing a gown she stole from the wardrobe department at Paramount Pictures, domain of Edith HeadEdith has yet to win the first of her eight Academy Awards right now she s barely hanging on to her job, and a scandal is the last thing she Design for PDF or needs To clear Lillian s name and save Edith s career, the two women join forcesUnraveling the mystery pits them against a Hungarian princess on the lam, a hotshot director on the make, and a private investigator who s not on the level All they have going for them are dogged determination, assists from the likes of Bob Hope and Barbara Stanwyck, and a killer sense of style In show business, that just might be enough."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 317 pages
  • Design for Dying
  • Renee Patrick
  • English
  • 14 February 2018
  • 0765381842

About the Author: Renee Patrick

Renee Patrick is the pseudonym for married authors Rosemarie and Vince Keenan Rosemarie is a research administrator and a poet Vince is a screenwriter and a journalist Both native New Yorkers, they currently live in Seattle, Washington.



10 thoughts on “Design for Dying

  1. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Rating 3.5 of fiveThis was a fun romp, set in glamourous Olde Hollywoode, featuring some fun movie moments and some silly plot holes and nowhere near enough Edith Head I would ve loved a deeper peek into the mind and heart of the Queen of Fashion at golden age Paramount.When the next one is cheap enough used, I ll get it and smile along The perfect lethargic afternoon entertainment.

  2. Ellie Ellie says:

    This is a light hearted mystery that is set in 1930s Hollywood It takes place as if it were inside one of the movies the characters star in no hint of the next war looming over them or of the depression they are in the middle of I wanted to read the book because Barbara Stanwyck makes an appearance and that appearance was indeed a pleasure.The book stars Lillian Frost as our wise cracking heroine who works with the famed costume designer Edith Head to solve the murder of her former friend, R This is a light hearted mystery that is set in 1930s Hollywood It takes place as if it were inside one of the movies the characters star in no hint of the next war looming over them or of the depression they are in the middle of I wanted to read the book because Barbara Stanwyck makes an appearance and that appearance was indeed a pleasure.The book stars Lillian Frost as our wise cracking heroine who works with the famed costume designer Edith Head to solve the murder of her former friend, Ruby Carroll the friendship crumbled when Ruby stole a brooch that Lillian s late mother had given to her that pretty much sums up Ruby s character.The mystery takes a back seat to the characters and is a formulaic affair made enjoyable by those characters About three quarters of the way through I grew tired of the somewhat forced wit and had to push myself to continue My interest picked up just as I was about to stop reading and the rest was fun, although the ending was predictable both in style and content.On the whole, Design for Dying is a good read if you re a fan of the movies from the 1930s, as I am, and find the old fashioned mystery format enjoyable

  3. Suzy Suzy says:

    1937 Hollywood the clothes, the movies, the movie stars, aspiring starlets, lavish parties, down at the heals diners, crackling dialog, witty noir lite writing, and a murder to be solved Aspiring starlet, Ruby, is found slain in an alley in a gorgeous silk gown Her former roommate, Lillian Frost, is at first suspected of stealing the gown from the department store where she works But wait Lillian recognizes the gown as from a recent movie, so the detectives take her to Paramount to meet 1937 Hollywood the clothes, the movies, the movie stars, aspiring starlets, lavish parties, down at the heals diners, crackling dialog, witty noir lite writing, and a murder to be solved Aspiring starlet, Ruby, is found slain in an alley in a gorgeous silk gown Her former roommate, Lillian Frost, is at first suspected of stealing the gown from the department store where she works But wait Lillian recognizes the gown as from a recent movie, so the detectives take her to Paramount to meet the costume designer of said movie, Edith Head Lillian and Edith fall into the role of sleuthing partners, helping the cops to figure out the who, how and why of how Ruby died Of course the cops aren t always happy about their help, felt as interference, but Edith and Lillian persist Walk on roles by many stars of the day, including Barbara Stanwyck with a small but important role towards the end of the book SO FUN I m excited to see there is a second book in the series, Dangerous to Know

  4. Mark Baker Mark Baker says:

    When Lillian Frost learns that her former roommate, Ruby, has been murdered, she is shocked Then she recognizes what Ruby was wearing as a costume from a movie, which brings her into contact with famed costume designer Edith Head Together, the two discover clues that could lead to Ruby s killer But can they piece it all together This book takes us back to 1937 Hollywood, and it is all fun Real and fictional character rub elbows, and I loved it Everyone came fully alive for me in these pages When Lillian Frost learns that her former roommate, Ruby, has been murdered, she is shocked Then she recognizes what Ruby was wearing as a costume from a movie, which brings her into contact with famed costume designer Edith Head Together, the two discover clues that could lead to Ruby s killer But can they piece it all together This book takes us back to 1937 Hollywood, and it is all fun Real and fictional character rub elbows, and I loved it Everyone came fully alive for me in these pages, as did the time and place once I remembered just how much things would have changed in that time The mystery with strong with a couple of good twists I love how the clues came together for the fun climax.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers

  5. Veronica Veronica says:

    I liked the old Hollywood backdrop of this, back when the major studios ruled and managed their talent from the way they dressed to who they dated Lillian Frost made for a normal and likable heroine I also liked all the quips that are common on those old movies from the silver screen era of Hollywood The story had some really good ingredients but it never quite won me over In these amateur sleuth mysteries it s always a challenge to explain and justify the involvement of said amateur sleuth I liked the old Hollywood backdrop of this, back when the major studios ruled and managed their talent from the way they dressed to who they dated Lillian Frost made for a normal and likable heroine I also liked all the quips that are common on those old movies from the silver screen era of Hollywood The story had some really good ingredients but it never quite won me over In these amateur sleuth mysteries it s always a challenge to explain and justify the involvement of said amateur sleuth In this story I never felt like an acceptable reason was given, not for Lillian and even less so for Edith Head, who at this point in her career is still fighting to make a name for herself in Paramount s wardrobe department I also don t understand why Edith bonds with Lillian so fast Several characters also remark about the high regard the lead homicide detective, Gene Morrow, has for Lillian but I never saw that this relationship was well developed either They spend so little time together on the page that how can anyone tell If he s supposed to be a potential love interest, they re going to have to spendpage time together for me to care Setting the superficiality of most of the relationships aside for the moment, the ultimate motive for the murder seemed underwhelming and it all felt like it went on a little too long And don t even get me started on a homicide detective allowing a costume designer to lead the final summarization of facts to the gathered suspects I know this is fiction but come on, lol

  6. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    A solid start to a series centered on Hollywood in the 1930s, Design for Dying was worth the read The characters were wonderfully different from each other Lillian faced many of the same struggles all main characters face in books set in this era, however, her indifference to her problems was a wonderful change Gene, Addison, and Edith, however, were my favorites I really hope we getabout them in the next book All three were vivid, yet there could easily be a book examining each of th A solid start to a series centered on Hollywood in the 1930s, Design for Dying was worth the read The characters were wonderfully different from each other Lillian faced many of the same struggles all main characters face in books set in this era, however, her indifference to her problems was a wonderful change Gene, Addison, and Edith, however, were my favorites I really hope we getabout them in the next book All three were vivid, yet there could easily be a book examining each of their backstories.The mystery was good, but it honestly lacked the pizzazz I was expecting I didn t expect the killer, but, because the book was set in Hollywood, I expected the reveal to beglamorous or something The setting was wonderful, I loved reading the descriptions of the movie sets, and I absolutely loved how the authors injected real former actors into the plot.Overall a wonderful book, I will definitely be reading the next one Recommend

  7. Lynsey Lynsey says:

    This was mildly interesting Not really what I had in mind It was kind of like those tongue in cheek murder mystery shows It tried way too hard to be clever, and it went way overboard on cliches I liked Lillian, Edith Head, and the romance between Lillian narrator and the Detective, which didn t develop much Most of the characters were boring and convoluted, as was much of the story line.

  8. Linda Linda says:

    I really enjoyed this book It was set in 1937 in Hollywood and I enjoyed all the cameos by stars of the day The mystery had lots of twists and turns and I loved the Thin Man gathering of the suspects at the end Totally had no idea who the murderer was The only downfall was that there were sometimes too many characters and I had trouble remembering who some were Overall a lot of fun and I hope to see Lillian and Edith teaming up again

  9. Brenda Mengeling Brenda Mengeling says:

    My parents are movie buffs, and I grew up knowing who Edith Head was, so I was intrigued to find a mystery series featuring her The strongest aspect of Design for Dying are the characters, especially Lillian Frost, a young woman who went to Hollywood during the Great Depression to find fame and fortune, but instead learned she was an awful actress She ends up working as a sales girl in an upscale department store, but she has many friends who are involved in the movie industry The murder of o My parents are movie buffs, and I grew up knowing who Edith Head was, so I was intrigued to find a mystery series featuring her The strongest aspect of Design for Dying are the characters, especially Lillian Frost, a young woman who went to Hollywood during the Great Depression to find fame and fortune, but instead learned she was an awful actress She ends up working as a sales girl in an upscale department store, but she has many friends who are involved in the movie industry The murder of one of these friends, found wearing clothes stolen from the Paramount Studios wardrobe department, gets Lillian and Edith Head introduced and involved in the case I enjoyed the story quite a bit, although I didn t find the mystery that difficult to figure out sometimes new mystery authors take a book or two to become truly devious plotters The dialog and characters, including some, like Edith Head, from real life Barbara Stanwyck plays a small but crucial role were well drawn and fun I occasionally had trouble keeping track of who was who, which is odd for me when I read a book as quickly as I read this one, and I think that came from people often being referred to by only their first name I had a terrible time remembering who Bill was The story is told in first person by Lillian, and some of her thoughts were expressed with a littleliterary panache than one would expect from a young woman who won a local beauty contest with a ticket to Hollywood But these are small quibbles, and I will definitely read the next in the series when it comes out

  10. Anmiryam Anmiryam says:

    Witty dialog and just enough Hollywood circa 1937 atmospherics Lillian Frost and Edith Head are both whip smart and fast talking which make them entertaining, but the book suffered from a proliferation of secondary characters who is Bill anyway and why is he always cropping up I couldn t remember Beyond Bill the cast includes Lillian s boardinghouse friends and their various beaus, a couple of cops beyond the central detective, the head of Paramount s security, Lillian s landlady and her Witty dialog and just enough Hollywood circa 1937 atmospherics Lillian Frost and Edith Head are both whip smart and fast talking which make them entertaining, but the book suffered from a proliferation of secondary characters who is Bill anyway and why is he always cropping up I couldn t remember Beyond Bill the cast includes Lillian s boardinghouse friends and their various beaus, a couple of cops beyond the central detective, the head of Paramount s security, Lillian s landlady and her former landlady , a cat, a soon to be ex boss plus a few other walk ons with lines and that list includes none of the players involved with the crime that is neatly tied up by the end For me, it was just too many people to keep track of in a light mystery.While this was a decent set up, I d say skip this entry in this new series and wait for the next installment when, fingers crossed, the husband wife co writers will tighten up the cast and plotting tofully exploit the nicely drawn atmospherics

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