Hollywood Homicide (Midnight Ink, August 8, 2017) is an 85,000 word lightweight mystery novel that draws on my experiences working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. I often encountered the various people chasing fame, be it a sprint, a marathon or a journey that never quite reaches the finish line. These are the people who populate Hollywood Homicide. If you’d like to meet them, read on.
Actress Dayna Anderson takes on the deadliest role of her life: Homicide Detective
Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. After witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash.
But what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full-on investigation. As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life, she wants more than just reward money. She’s determined to find the poor woman’s killer too. When she connects the accident to a notorious Hollywood crime spree, Dayna chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes and movie premieres. She loves every second—until someone tries to kill her.
And there are no second takes in real life.
“Veteran TV writer Garrett uses her Cold Case experience to inform her debut, which sets up more than one charming character and isn’t afraid to go cynical on all things LA.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Fun, smart, endearingly flawed and impressively determined, Dayna Anderson is a heroine readers will fall in love with immediately. I relished every unexpected twist and turn of this highly entertaining mystery!”—Kyra Davis, New York Times bestselling author
“Hollywood Homicide is a non-stop fun read with humor sharp as a stiletto heel. Heroine Dayna Anderson . . . is smart, self-deprecating and flat-out hilarious.”—Ellen Byron, Agatha-nominated and USA Today bestselling author of The Cajun Country Mysteries
“Hollywood Homicide has a heart as big as Los Angeles, a plot as twisty as the 110 Freeway and a heroine just as complex as the burger battle between In N Out and Fatburger. Kellye Garrett makes you laugh and then, hits you in the gut—like a great novelist should. Can’t wait for the next adventure with Garrett and Dayna Anderson!”—Rachel Howzell Hall, author of critically-acclaimed LAPD Detective Elouise Norton series
“There’s a spunky new sleuth in town: Dayna Anderson takes readers on a madcap ride through the underbelly of La La Land, laced with high fashion, Twitter feeds, celebrities—and murder!”—Lucy Burdette, author of the bestselling Key West Food Critic Mysteries
“Buckle up for a fun, fast-paced joyride through the streets of Los Angeles. Hollywood Homicide is packed with action and suspense, but it’s Garrett’s fresh voice and sharp dialogue that really sets this book apart. A delight from start to finish!”—Marla Cooper, author of the Destination Wedding Mystery series
“Funny, twist, compelling. Hollywood Homicide is the whole package . . . Who knew the seedy underbelly of show business could be this much fun?”—Max Wirestone, author of the Dahlia Moss mysteries
“Hollywood Homicide takes readers for an insanely-paced, wisecracking spin through the glitzy streets and clubs of LA, driven by dead-broke-actress-turned-amateur-sleuth Dayna Anderson in the premiere of Kellye Garrett’s dazzling Detective by Day series.”—Lisa Q Mathews, author of The Ladies Smythe & Westin Mysteries
“Garrett’s hilarious new mystery . . . gets Hollywood so right it hurts. Great new series.”—Jerrilyn Farmer, author of the Madeline Bean mysteries
“Toss in a hit and run, a steep reward and more one-liners than a Marx Brothers marathon, and you’ve got Hollywood Homicide. Dayna, Emme and Sienna text, tipple and bicker their way through this twisty mystery and right into our hearts, via the funny bone.”—Catriona McPherson, Agatha Award-winner for The Reek of Red Herrings
“A terrific debut. Fresh, fun, and filled with twists and turns and kept me glued to the page. I’m eagerly awaiting the next Detective by Day mystery!”—Gigi Pandian, USA Today bestselling author.