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Book Review: 15 Minutes by Larissa Reinhart

Meet Larissa Reinhart

A 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker 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 FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads, and sign up for her newsletter athttp://smarturl.it/larissanewsletter.
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My Review:

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

15 Minutes is not my typical genre, so I went into this review trying to convince my romance-loving, bad boy-crushing, fix-the-main-character self that I wouldn’t like this book. I mean, how could I possibly enjoy a murder mystery with only the tiniest hint of romance where the protagonist is just as awkward at the end as she was in the beginning?  No ugly duckling transformations? No “And they all lived happily ever after” ending?

So if you are looking for a book where the super-rich, super-perfect hero falls for and rescues his “love at first sight” heroine, keep looking. This isn’t that kind of novel, but if you want a fun, easy read with lots of humor, pick this one up. I was pleasantly surprised when I actually enjoyed Maizie Albright’s unschooled enthusiasm. She was simultaneously naive and worldly with her Hollywood past and possible jailbird future. It wasn’t hard to imagine a former child star (from any number of shows my children watch) growing up and thinking they can simply leave it all behind for a new career. While believing she could be a PI with such a famous face was a little hard to swallow, it only adds to her lack of common sense that had me shaking my head and wondering if famous folks are really this clueless.

Some of the characters were overdone, namely Vicki (Maizie’s mother/manager) and Jolene (power hungry real estate agent) and made me want to smack Maizie for being so spineless in the face of these bullies, and I felt that Maizie’s “rehab” days were skimmed over too quickly. I never really understood her addiction unless you count her appetite. She spends sixty percent of the book talking about the food she’s eaten–or wants to eat–and agonizing about fastening her jeans. Her very expensive jeans. That was my number one complaint, all the designer name dropping. She’s rich and trendy, duly noted, now let’s move on and stop rehashing the cost of her t-shirts.

But overall, it’s a great weekend or vaca read!

4 Stars

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About the Book

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.

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