Sunday, July 23, 2023

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: Dame Alice Hits Hollywood (Dame Alice Mystery, #1) by Allie Mahoney


Dame Alice Hits Hollywood
A Cozy 1930s Mystery
Featuring Author-Turned-Sleuth
Dame Alice Cartwright
Dame Alice Mysteries
Allie Mahoney

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting - Old Hollywood and Beverly Hills, circa 1937
Publisher: ‎Wrenfield Books
Publication Date: May 23, 2023
Digital Print length: 139 pages
ASIN: B0C666Z731



April 1937: When Penelope Greenleigh, assistant at Ten Spot Press, learns she'll be heading to Hollywood to supervise script changes on the set of Lady Irwin's Diamonds, she should be thrilled. Who wouldn't want to mingle with movie stars in sunny California?

But there's a catch: Penelope, 29 and from Cape May, New Jersey, has been asked to impersonate Dame Alice Cartwright, the world's bestselling mystery author, who's 47 and lives in Copley-on-the-Wold, England. 

On the night Penelope arrives in L.A., Lady Irwin's lead actress disappears and a Harry Winston necklace goes missing. Soon, gossip columnist Hattie Holiday threatens to expose Penelope's deception, mobsters are coming after the film's boozy director, and worst of all, Dame Alice's script has gone from murder mystery to Fred and Ginger-style musical! 

The action unfolds at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Trocadero, and hotspot Chasen's as Penelope works to solve the crimes alongside a handsome detective and a hapless studio flunky. Can she find the diamonds, the actress, and survive a wild week in Hollywood?





5 stars!

A fun and glamorous story lifted straight out of the middle of the Golden Age of Hollywood!

Dame Alice Hits Hollywood, the debut book in author Allie Mahoney’s new historical cozy mystery series, the Dame Alice Mysteries, is a fun and glamorous story lifted straight out of the star-studded Golden Age of 1930s Hollywood. This short novel introduces the four main characters of the series as they team up to solve the mysteries surrounding a publicity stunt gone sideways.

Although the series is titled for Dame Alice Cartwright, this initial story is truly an ensemble effort, with publishing assistant Penelope Greenleigh impersonating the fictional mystery writer for much of the book. Penelope often takes a backseat to her take-charge home girl, Molly Lopez, in the case of a missing diamond necklace. However, Toby, the former producer’s assistant, quickly became my favorite member of the investigative team with his youthful enthusiasm, unbridled optimism, and smile-inducing antics.

The author did a great job re-creating the time period: late 1930s Hollywood, smack in the middle of its Golden Age of Film. There is a ton of celebrity name-dropping that added to the look and feel and fun as did the inclusion of iconic spots like The Brown Derby.

The mystery of the missing diamonds is just the tip of the jewel theft iceberg, the latest in a string of well-publicized thefts from the rich and famous in the neighborhood. There are plenty of suspects for the trio of Penelope, Molly, and Toby to investigate and rule out. The red herrings were all so plausible I never pinpointed the actual thief until the big reveal. I loved the final resolution and look forward to the next adventure of Dame Alice and her new associates.

I recommend DAME ALICE HITS HOLLYWOOD to readers of historical cozy mysteries, especially those with a soft spot for the Golden Age of Hollywood.


A longtime magazine journalist, Allie Mahoney has written for Town & Country, Time Out New York, and Cosmo. A lifelong Agatha Christie fan, her shelves are also filled with the books of P.G. Wodehouse, Dave Barry, Sophie Kinsella, and Carl Hiaasen. Additional guilty pleasures: Classic Hollywood movies, fashion, dogs, Bravo tv, BritBox, Phillies baseball, and the beach.

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1 comment:

Allie Mahoney said...

Thank you so much, Paula!
Toby is my favorite character too! I'm so happy you liked Dame Alice Hits Hollywood
Thank you, Allie Mahoney