Who knows the back doors of Hollywood better than Crane? This noir-worthy mystery is something her mother, actress Lana Turner, would want to star in. Not only does Crane know what the rich and famous want hidden, she’s got a pretty good handle on the lengths they’d go to hide it.

When the son of a Hollywood producer turns up dead in the Dumpster behind her mother’s home, with a pair of pruning shears stuck in his chest, real estate agent turned sleuth Nikki Harper steps up to the plate to solve the crime before her childhood friend is railroaded into prison. There were lots of people who wanted the odious kid dead, so the question for Nikki is why he was killed, which she’s pretty sure will lead her to the “who.” (KENSINGTON, Sep., 304 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed by: 
Pat Cooper