Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).
Summary: Hollywood, California. Three gruesome deaths within two weeks and every one of them a major star — an Oscar winner, an ingénue, and an action hero. A serial killer is working through the Hollywood A-list and celebrities are running scared. Each crime scene is worthy of a classic horror movie, and all three victims share a connection to the powerful scream queen Ovsanna Moore. The stunning and formidable Moore is the legendary head of a Hollywood studio, as well as the writer and star of seventeen blockbuster horror films (and a few that went straight to DVD). She’s also a 500-year-old vampyre…but this is Hollywood, after all, and no one ever looks their age. Beverly Hills police detective Peter King knows a lot about the City of Angels, but he certainly doesn’t know that most of the famous actors in town are actually part of an established network of vampyres. Or that secretive and seductive Ovsanna Moore happens to be their CEO. Moore and King may be from opposite sides of Hollywood Hills, but both have something to gain by stopping the killer whom the tabloids have dubbed the Cinema Slayer. Ovsanna must protect both her vampyre legacy and her production schedule, while King just wants to keep his Beverly Hills beat as blood-free as possible. But when the horror queen and the cop with the movie-star looks form an unholy alliance, sparks fly and so do the creatures of the night.
Wow. I only got through the first (maybe) five lines to realize that I was absolutely, irrevocably in love with this book. Oh my gosh. There wasn’t one chapter that didn’t make me laugh hysterically, either at the irony or puns or general humor. But could I really expect anything less from Adrienne Barbeau, the original scream queen? Honestly, I did expect a little less since she is an actor before writer, but I am glad I did because it made the book even better. And as for Michael Scott, unfortunately I have not read his Nicolas Flamel series yet, but they’re bestsellers so that says something right there. Well done. The only qualm I have is that for some reason I would get confused since the point-of-view switches from Ovsanna Moore to Peter King every chapter. But that’s it. I am really looking forward to reading the second book and hopefully Barbeau (Scott didn’t co-write the sequel) will come out with a third. I can always hope desperately.