The Detective by Day series are lightweight mysteries that draw 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 Dayna Anderson’s world. If you’d like to meet them, read on.
Book 1: Hollywood Homicide
- Agatha Award for Best First Novel
- 2018 Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery Novel
- 2018 Independent Publisher Award (Ippy) Gold Medal for Best First Book – Fiction
- Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel
- Barry Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original
- Macavity Award Nominee for Best First Mystery Novel
Release: August 8, 2017
The Surprise Hit of the Season!
Actress Dayna Anderson’s Deadly New Role: Homicide Detective
Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semifamous, mega-broke actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. So after witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she pursues the fifteen grand reward. But Dayna soon finds herself doing a full-on investigation, wanting more than just money—she wants justice for the victim. She chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes, and movie premieres, loving every second of it—until someone tries to kill her. And there are no second takes in real life.
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“[A] winning first novel and series launch . . . Garrett writes with humor and insight about the Hollywood scene. Readers will look forward to Day’s further adventures.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“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
“Funny, lively characters populate this new Detective by Day series . . . this will be an entertaining entry into the amateur sleuth genre.”―RT Book 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.
Book 2: Hollywood Ending
Tinseltown’s awards season is in full swing, and everyone is obsessed with dressing up, scoring free swag, and getting invited to the biggest awards shows of the year. But when popular Silver Sphere Awards publicist Lyla Davis is killed during a botched ATM robbery, the celebratory mood comes to an abrupt halt.
Dayna Anderson—an actress turned apprentice private investigator—uncovers the killer almost immediately. Unfortunately, what starts as an open-and-shut case turns out to be anything but. Lyla’s murder was no robbery-gone-wrong. Someone hired the gunman to kill her. Diving back into the investigation, Dayna gets a backstage look at the worlds of gossip blogging, Hollywood royalty, and one of entertainment’s most respected awards shows—all while trying to avoid her own Hollywood ending.
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One of Book Riot’s 2018 Mystery & Thrillers to Be Excited For!
“I’ve been looking forward to this since I finished Hollywood Homicide because I loved the characters so much. I am here for more of this cozy mystery/women’s fiction and look forward to seeing what Dayna Anderson and her friends get into. And it looks like this time around Dayna is a P.I.’s apprentice so I’m excited to see her evolution from amateur sleuth.”—Book Riot