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Down and Out in Beverly Heels par [Scott, Kathryn Leigh]
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From brunch in Bel Air to homeless in Hollywood…

Former actress Meg Barnes used to have it all: tony Beverly Hills address, Amex Black card, Manolos for every day of the month. Not to mention a career as a popular TV detective that made her glittering life possible. But her lifestyle of the rich and famous has turned into a reality show for d-listed starlets. Lost in her Louboutins, she has one man to thank: her con man of a husband.

Handsome FBI agent Jack Mitchell knows a suspect when he sees one—even if she’s as beautiful and gutsy as Meg. Meg’s ex “made off” with half of Hollywood’s wealth in an epic real estate scam. And Jack thinks Meg may have been involved.

Determined to prove her innocence Meg teams up with her quirky, movie-mad best friend to track down her fugitive husband and exact justice. But getting her life, and her career, back on track is harder than auditioning for Spielberg. Especially when her life is threatened. Meg has to trust Jack, the man who may want her behind bars…or as his leading lady for life.

Biographie de l'auteur

Kathryn Leigh Scott starred as the doomed fiancée of vampire Barnabas Collins in the original Gothic daytime drama series Dark Shadows, and in the 1971 film House of Dark Shadows. She also appears in a cameo role in Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collis, directed by Tim Burton. She is the author of several books about the series, including Dark Shadows Memories. Katherine is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and launched Pomegranate Press, which publishes books about the entertainment industry. She is the author of The Bunny Years: The Surprising Inside Story of the Playboy Clubs: The Women Who Worked as Bunnies, and Where They Are Now. Katherine lives in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 330 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1611098866
  • Editeur : Montlake Romance (26 mars 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Funny, Entertaining, and A Cut Above 21 janvier 2015
Par Lee Sauer - Publié sur
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Meg, the heroine of Down and Out in Beverly Heels is a (sometimes) working actress who starred in a hit TV series a while back and has now lost her home and money trying to ransom her husband who was presumably kidnapped. We and Meg find out near the beginning of the book that her husband was a scam artist and his kidnapping was probably faked (by him). So Meg is reduced to living (and sleeping) out of her Volvo while trying to maintain the illusion that everything is just fine (because once word got out about her real circumstances, she would be unemployable in Hollywood. As a result Meg is simultaneously trying to get herself acting work, maintain her image, and track down her husband (although she isn't sure whether she wants to hug him or bean him with a 2 x 4), as an attractive FBI agent (who knows more than he's telling her and may think that she was in on the fraud) and former business associates of her husband who want their money back (and definitely think that she was in on the fraud) are pursuing her.

The book is funny and entertaining and a good mystery and it gives an illuminating look at Hollywood and the realities of being a working actress after the term ingénue no longer applies (something Ms. Scott is well-qualified to describe having been a working actress since her days working on the afternoon soap Dark Shadows in the mid-Sixties and more recently as a guest star on a variety of shows as well as a semi-regular on The Goldbergs among other appearances).

However, the book goes a lot deeper than that (which is the reason it received 5 stars from me). From the cover illustration, I'd expected that it treats the issue of homelessness as comedy, but Ms. Scott shows a lot more empathy than I'd expected and delves into the reality of life on the streets for both the "genteel" (particularly elderly) homeless and other homeless (those that probably fit our expectations based on what we see on the streets). One other reviewer called the book a downer and depressing, but I found it anything but. As I said the book is funny and if Meg is currently down on her luck, her determination to keep going and get herself back to a "normal" life and anything but depressing. You're rooting for Meg always (even if there are moments you want to shake her 'till her teeth rattle).

One thing I really liked about this book was the specificity of the secondary characters. They are by no means generic and seem so genuine that it makes one wonder if they are portraits of actual people. Two examples really stood out for me. One was Donna, an acquaintance of Meg's who offers to let her stay in her guest room for a few days (under the impression that Meg's house is under repair temporarily). Donna is a collector of film memorabilia including a roomful of dolls (whose eyes she carefully closes every night - very creepy). Another is an aged star of the "golden age" of films who, like Meg, pretends not to be homeless (even though it's clear that neither is fooling each other). Both of these characters are so believable (and in the case of the latter, so heartbreaking), that it helps kick this book into a notch above the "genre" category.

Ms. Scott has a sequel to Down and Out in Beverly Heels coming out in February (2015). I can't wait to read it!!

Highly recommended!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hollywood Insider + Good Mystery & Suspense 9 mai 2016
Par T. Canaday - Publié sur
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I hardly ever read detective type novels but I thought I would give this one a try. I was really surprised to find it to be a very realistic portrayal of what it's like to struggle in Hollywood--even if one has found success there in the past. The novel was packed full of "behind-the-scenes" details that make me suspect that the author has more than a little experience with that side of Hollywood life. The plot was a tricky, but true-to-life combination of someone struggling to deal with a raw deal life has handed her and her discovering and unraveling just what had happened and why. Very believable characters bring the story to a surprising conclusion. Great read!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not the light fluff you might imagine from the book cover 25 mai 2014
Par Prime Customer - Publié sur
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Wonderful plot, well-written and not what you expect. This is not fluff but very interesting if you like human interest stories. Took on vacation with me and savored every word. Amazon had this for my Kindle and I purchased it for a low price. Will reread in the future which is one of my criteria for liking a book well enough to recommend.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Up All Night Laughing 2 mai 2013
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A Review of Down and Out in Bevery Heels by Kathryn Leigh
I came upon this by chance. I have picked up a "couponing" habit. AmazonLocal had a free coupon where one could get 2 books for $12. I thought I had a great deal...
...until I saw the selections. I have never heard of these authors so based on the description given, I picked my two. This first one had it all: humor, suspense and romance.
I had a coupon from Amazon to buy 2 books for $12 but it was limited to a selection of books. I thought about all the genres I liked and it influenced me to select this book because the title showed some humor and the story description was suspenseful.
The book opens with our protagonist, Meg Barnes, coming home from her trip in North Carolina, expecting her real estate husband to be home from Mexico already but "greeted with newspapers yellowing on the front door." Then she gets a telephone call. What ensues next? Real bad press, some self loathing then starting again. We get to see Meg work a guest role on a pilot while reminescing about being Jinx. We get to meet Donna who still let Meg stay with her even after being roughed up and locked in a closet:
"Maybe not, but life's a heck of a lot more interesting with you around."
Oh, the twist! I can't give it away.
A mix of Erma Bombeck and Ellery Queen is how I would describe this author and if readers like humor and mystery then it is a must read.
Scott, Kathryn Leigh. 2013. Down and Out in Beverly Heels. Las Vegas: Montlake Romance.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Murder With a Sense of Humor 7 juillet 2015
Par W. Sewell - Publié sur
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Kathryn Leigh Scott has pulled from her long career in television and film to create a delightful character, Meg Barnes, who is a down and out actress determined to make it back. She'd known that her ex-husband was a con man who took everything from her but as she works to put him and their former marriage behind her, she discovers that he's involved in much more. She's determined to figure it out and along the way gets drawn into much more than she'd bargained for. The plot twists and turns but as Meg is pulled deeper and deeper into the morass of real estate fraud and murder, she never loses her sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a thriller writer myself, I give huge kudos to Kathryn.
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