Set in the golden era of Hollywood, Hollywood Lost (Abingdon Press, 2015), is a fast-paced mystery that is not solved until the last moment and in a unique way that blends the fantasy of the movie set with reality of murder as the actors, of which two are suspects in a string of murders, play the role of two police officers who are attempting to solve the case ahead of the police and as the cameras roll!
With a set of credible characters, Hollywood Lost, also brings to the forefront one of the long standing battles in 20th and 21st century America – between faith (well represented by the firm and rock solid costume seamstress Shelby Beckett) and film (well represented by the dashing and self-centered actor Flynn Sparks) – as the cast of characters battle both their pasts, the blurred line of reality and fantasy, and the moral and ethical battles each fights to maintain their real character or their portrayed character of stardom.
I really liked Hollywood Lost as Collins’ narrative style kept me guessing as to “who done it” though I had an idea about two-thirds of the way through. His descriptions of the period costuming, the Hollywood studio sets and operation of the fictitious Galaxy Studios, and the details such as the Packards and Hudsons driven by some of the cast, add to the story telling and depth of the novel.
This is a great read and worth your time.
I gave this novel Five Stars on Goodreads!
Note: I received a copy of this novel via the Amazon Vine review in exchange for a copy of the novel. I was not required to write a positive review.