Hollywood Buzz

By Margit Liesche
A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery
Read by Christine Williams

9.72 Hours 03/01/2009 unabridged
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Pucci Lewis was used to ferrying fighter planes and to undercover work. But in the dark hours of World War II, she is dispatched to Hollywood, where big stars and studio moguls are working with Washington to merge entertainment and propaganda. A documentary on the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) is underway, and Pucci is stepping in for a sister WASP who has been hospitalized after her plane was sabotaged. When a big-name director dies, possibly murdered by Nazi operatives, military intelligence asks Pucci to learn what she can from the inside. She has her suspicions about the so-called housekeeper of Bela Lugosi, a rising starlet with a history with the Hungarian resistance, but Pucci doesn’t trust the girl. Pucci will have to maneuver through movieland and its narcissistic denizens to find the truth.

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Summary

Summary

Pucci Lewis was used to ferrying fighter planes and to undercover work. But in the dark hours of World War II, she is dispatched to Hollywood, where big stars and studio moguls are working with Washington to merge entertainment and propaganda.

A documentary on the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) is underway, and Pucci is stepping in for a sister WASP who has been hospitalized after her plane was sabotaged. When a big-name director dies, possibly murdered by Nazi operatives, military intelligence asks Pucci to learn what she can from the inside. She has her suspicions about the so-called housekeeper of Bela Lugosi, a rising starlet with a history with the Hungarian resistance, but Pucci doesn’t trust the girl. Pucci will have to maneuver through movieland and its narcissistic denizens to find the truth.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Engaging…Liesche provides plenty of interesting WASP lore while deftly mixing the real and imagined.” Publishers Weekly
“[An] engaging series…Narrator Christine Williams portrays Lewis’ direct, personable manner with Rosie-the-Riveter resolve and capability…the narration is an enjoyable frolic in a time and place sparkling with glamour and intrigue. The story is peppered with details about the patriotic contributions of American women and the film industry in the 1940s.” AudioFile
“Details of the WASP program and Hollywood’s contributions to the war effort add to the story of a patriotic young woman in an unconventional job.” Booklist
“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

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Author Bio: Margit Liesche

Margit Liesche, the daughter of Hungarian refugees who arrived in the United States in 1947 following eight years of missionary service in war-torn China, grew up with her parents’ tales of isolation, escape, and the arduous journey aboard a military ship to America. She lives in Marin County, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English