The Dead and the Beautiful

The Dead and the Beautiful

eBook - 2013
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A top realtor to the stars, Nikki Harper is often privy to the kind of celebrity secrets the tabloids would kill to hear. Not that she would ever kiss and tell. These days, Nikki puts her Hollywood inner circle status to good use by acting as hometown amateur sleuth. Nikki thought she'd seen it all, but the latest murder case to rock Tinsel Town is darker than anything she has seen so far. Ryan Melton is well-known around town as the arm candy husband of former child star Diara Elliott. Beautiful and ambitious, Diara is now featured on the TV series Casa Capri, which stars none other than Nikki's mother, Victoria Bordeaux. In fact, Nikki recently met Ryan and Diara at one of her mother's partie'. But just days later, Ryan's lifeless body is found by his swimming pool, and the security tapes that captured the crime have been mysteriously erased. The prime suspect in Ryan's murder is the last person to see him alive: his dog walker Alison Sahira, who is also the sister of Nikki's own boyfriend. Nikki is sure Alison is innocent; it'' hard to imagine the mousy mom killing a fly, let alone a buff young man like Ryan. But Alison is harboring a dirty little secret, one that could implicate a set of A-listers more accustomed to People than perp walks. Sorting through a tangled web of lies and innuendo, Nikki is racing to find the truth before she becomes the next target on Hollywood's deadliest new hit list...

Kensington Books

Cheryl Crane brings Hollywood to life in the latest installment of her mystery series featuring realtorturnedsleuth Nikki Harper, and her mother, celebrated movie star Victoria Bordeaux.

A top realtor to the stars, Nikki Harper is often privy to the kind of celebrity secrets the tabloids would kill to hear. Not that she would ever kiss and tell. These days, Nikki puts her Hollywood inner circle status to good use by acting as hometown amateur sleuth. Nikki thought she'd seen it all, but the latest murder case to rock Tinsel Town is darker than anything she's seen so far.

Ryan Melton is wellknown around town as the arm candy husband of former child star Diara Elliott. Beautiful and ambitious, Diara is now featured on the TV series Casa Capri, which stars none other than Nikki's mother, Victoria Bordeaux. In fact, Nikki recently met Ryan and Diara at one of her mother's parties. But just days later, Ryan's lifeless body is found by his swimming pool, and the security tapes that captured the crime have been mysteriously erased.

The prime suspect in Ryan's murder is the last person to see him alive: his dog walker Alison Sahira, who is also the sister of Nikki's own boyfriend. Nikki is sure Alison is innocent;it's hard to imagine the mousy mom killing a fly, let alone a buff young man like Ryan. But Alison is harboring a dirty little secretone that could implicate a set of Alisters more accustomed to People than perp walks. Sorting through a tangled web of lies and innuendo, Nikki is racing to find the truthbefore she becomes the next target on Hollywood's deadliest new hit list. . .

Praise For Cheryl Crane's Nikki Harper Mysteries

Imitation Of Death

"Crane clearly has fun playing with established mystery tropes and upsetting expectations. Fans of entertaining light fiction are in for a treat." Publishers Weekly

"Nothing like the zip code 90210 to increase the sensationalist appeal of Crane's latest. . .an addictive read. Perfect for movie star fans." Library Journal

"Who knows the back doors of Hollywood better than Crane? Not only does Crane know what the rich and famous want hidden, she's good a pretty good handle on the lengths they'd go to hide it." RT Book Reviews

"Thus far, the Nikki Harper books have been incredibly well written and most definitely memorable. . .enjoy!" Suspense Magazine

The Bad Always Die Twice

"Cheryl Crane has written a superb mystery: rich in milieu, deep in plot twists, constant in the exercise of suspense and surprise. This book is a veritable primer on why people read and love crime fiction." James Ellroy

"Plot twists keep the pages turning, and the Hollywood lifestyle constitutes an engaging frame." Booklist

"In The Bad Always Die Twice Cheryl Crane has written what should have been the final role of her mother Lana Turner's career. Bravo! I sure hope they make a movie out of this very entertaining book." John Waters



Baker
& Taylor

When Ryan Melton, husband of television star Diara Elliot, is found murdered, realtor and amateur detective Nikki Harper sorts through a tangled web of lies to find the truth before she becomes the next target.

Publisher: New York : Kensington Pub. Corp., 2013
ISBN: 9780758291462
0758291469
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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