by Larissa Reinhart
15 Minutes: A Maizie Albright Star Detective Humorous Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Past Perfect Press (January 24, 2017)
Paperback: 341 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01N77ZK94
#10days #findthewoman #getthejob #doNOTfallinlove
When ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie’s costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to a California prison.
By entangling herself in a missing person’s case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly.
“I was already a huge fan of Larissa Reinhart’s “Cherry Tucker” series, but in her new mystery series, FIFTEEN MINUTES, she had me at the end of the first line: “Donuts.” Maizie Albright is the kind of fresh, fun, and feisty “star detective” I love spending time with, a kind of Nancy Drew meets Lucy Ricardo. Move over, Janet Evanovich. Reinhart is my new “star mystery writer!” — Penny Warner, Author of DEATH OF A CHOCOLATE CHEATER and THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB
“Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list
celeb Maizie Albright’s waning star—even as it’s reborn in a spectacular
collision with her nightmarish stage mother, her
deer-pee-scented-apparel-inventing daddy…and a murderer. Sassy, sexy, and
fun, 15 Minutes is hours of enjoyment—and a wonderful start to a fun new
series from the charmingly Southern-fried Reinhart.”
— Phoebe Fox, author of THE BREAKUP DOCTOR series
“Larissa Reinhart’s newest heroine, Maizie Albright, is at once naïve and worldly. As a former child star, she craves life in the real world by becoming a PI, just like the TV character that made her famous. Armed with humor, charm, and stubborn determination, Maizie is a breath of fresh air. I adored every second of 15 Minutes. Viva la Maizie!” — Terri L. Austin, bestselling author of the ROSE STRICKLAND MYSTERIES and the NULL FOR HIRE series.
I sat in my adorable blue Jag, pinching my thumb and breathing and doing my best to direct my thoughts toward positive affirmations. Wyatt Nash’s dark building, odorizing the night with donuts, calmed me. Which was why I hadn’t driven directly to the DeerNose cabin. My new life hadn’t started off the way I’d thought. I knew I’d need a job, but now it also looked like I needed money.
I had lived a sheltered life. But frighteningly unsheltered in other ways. That’s what Hollywood does to you.
A rumble penetrated the donut air. The Silverado pulled into the lot beside me. Nash clambered out of his truck and strode to my car.
I hopped out of my car, hoping Wyatt Nash was in a better mood than earlier.
“Do I need to file stalking charges, Miss Albright?”
He wasn’t in a better mood.
“Mr. Nash.” I smiled. “I wanted to tell you what I’ve learned about Sarah Waverly.”
Nash halted a few paces from me. He had changed again. Back to the jeans and a black Guns N’ Roses t-shirt that clung to his biceps and shoulders.
My trainer would be super impressed.
“What have you been doing?” he said.
“Hanging out at the Cove. I spoke to someone who knows Sarah Waverly. And also to some staff, but they wouldn’t tell me anything.”
“They probably worry about their jobs. If the members found out the employees gossip, they could complain and have them fired.”
“Not why wouldn’t the staff tell you anything. Why are you asking about Sarah Waverly at the Cove?”
“I wasn’t going to take the night off just because I was meeting friends. That’s how dedicated I am.”
Nash looked toward the stars and muttered a few unpleasant phrases. He lowered his gaze back to me. “What did this person who knows Sarah Waverly say?”
“She couldn’t believe Sarah would have an affair, although it sounds like David does. He’s feudal and cold and planning to divorce her anyway. I’m really worried about Sarah Waverly.”
“You don’t know Sarah Waverly so there’s no reason for you to be worried about her.”
“I worry about a lot of people I don’t know.”
“I’m sure you do.”
“Do you want me to type up what I heard for your report?”
“No. I want you to go home.” He took a long step toward me, backing me into the Jag. “Are you in cahoots with Jolene? Why did you try to keep David Waverly on as a client when I told him I was done?”
“Cahoots?” I glanced at the building, noting the unfortunate absence of light in the neon “hot & fresh” sign. “Actually, this is very awkward. But I think Jolene’s fallen into the Maizie-back-to-work-as-an-actress camp. Because she met Vicki. And Vicki is very persuasive. Now Miss Sweeney will most likely try to talk you out of hiring me. Please don’t listen to them, Mr. Nash. You need an assistant. I need training.”
He had opened his mouth at the mention of Jolene, then shut it. For a long moment, he didn’t say anything. He stepped back and turned toward the building. “Good night, Miss Albright.”
“Can I continue my surveillance of Mrs. Waverly for you?”
“Do what you like,” he said, waving a hand behind him. “As long as you stay out of my hair. And keep your celebrity business to yourself.”
I was officially on the case and out from under Vicki’s thumb. Life couldn’t get better. Except for the lack of money and repossession of my car. That kind of sucked. But silver linings and all that.
About The Author
Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective series. The first in the Cherry Tucker series, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. She loves books, food, and travel in any and all combinations.
Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, live in Nagoya, Japan, but they still call Georgia home. You can see them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, and sign up for her newsletter at http://smarturl.it/larissanewsletter.
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