Synopses & Reviews
Pucci Lewis was used to ferrying fighter planes and undercover work. But itas the dark hours of WWII, and Hollywoodas biggest stars, studio moguls, and Washington bureaucrats are working hand-in-glove to merge entertainment and propaganda. Pucci has been dispatched to the First Motion Picture Unit, where a make-or-break documentary on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) is underway.
Pucci is stepping in for a sister-WASP, now hospitalized in critical condition after an all-too-deliberate plane crash. But whoas the saboteur? Why the cover-up? Pucci is drawn into a high-profile homicide. A big-name director has been murdered, possibly by Nazi operatives. Military intelligence wants Pucci to learn what she can from her inside position.
Bela Lugosi is a frequent visitor to the Beverly Hills mansion where Pucci is temporarily billeted. His aniece, a a rising starlet and also the housekeeper, has a history with the Hungarian resistance. But Pucci doesnat trust the girl.
Can Pucci steadfastly maneuver through movie land and its narcissistic denizens, finally unraveling the uncertainties to prove she has the right stuff?
“Liesche packs her wide-eyed adventure with tidbits about aeronautics, vintage Hollywood and the war, honoring the underappreciated women who made such a difference.” –Kirkus Reviews of Hollywood Buzz
"Liesche's engaging second Pucci Lewis mystery (after 2007's Lipstick and Lies) takes the WWII WASP (Women Air Force Service pilot) to Hollywood, where one of her sister pilots, Frankie Beall, has crashed under suspicious circumstances while shooting an important training film. As the injured Beall's replacement, Lewis must complete the film and quietly investigate the crash. Trained by the OSS, Lewis is no stranger to undercover work and relishes the opportunity to rub shoulders with Hollywood's rich and famous. On her arrival at the Beverly Hills mansion of friends of her WASP commander, she meets legendary scare-meister Bela Lugosi, a young starlet-wannabe and a number of other folks who could be friend or foe. The murder of a celebrated director raises the stakes. Liesche provides plenty of interesting WASP lore while deftly mixing the real and imagined. Though the plot can be hard to follow at times, it moves along at a good clip." -- Publishers Weekly of Hollywood Buzz
In the dark hours of World War II, Hollywood's biggest stars, moguls, and Washington bureaucrats are merging entertainment and propaganda. Pucci Lewis is dispatched to Fort Roach where a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots is involved in a suspicious plane crash.
In the dark hours of World War II, Hollywood's biggest stars, moguls, and Washington bureaucrats are merging entertainment and propaganda. Pucci Lewis is dispatched to Fort Roach where a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots involved in a make-or-break documentary has been hospitalized after a suspicious plane crash.