Neo-Noir! If you can’t get to Hollywood, Beverly Hills or Palm Springs get It’s in His Kiss!
Just started Vickie Lester’s It’s In His Kiss yesterday. Some 40 pages in, ‘the crime’ that would become the centerpiece of the plot was discovered. But oddly enough, if it hadn’t occurred, and never did, I wouldn’t have minded at all. Why? Because I was perfectly content and enjoying Lester’s novel so much already, ‘mystery-less’ as it was thus far.
Vickie Lester (lets assume that’s a pen name, but hopefully acquired in a less brusque manner than Janet Gaynor’s Esther Blodgett did in the classic 1937 A Star Is Born) has a way with words. That much is clear from page one…
…I don’t know who ‘Vickie Lester’ really is, but then ‘Kyle Marffin’ is one of several pen names that I use, so I don’t need to know. I’m just glad that I happened to stumble across her blog at WordPress and started following her, that she’s written a damn fine novel here, and that I hope there’ll be more to come.
If you can’t get to Hollywood, Beverly Hills or Palm Springs get It’s in His Kiss! I have read mysteries for over 50 years and this is right up there with a cast of characters intertwined in old studio ways keeping the public unaware of the true lives of the stars. If you’ve been to any of these three areas you know that Vickie Lester has seen it from the inside out. The story unfolds in a true hard-boiled fashion but goes on to give the reader a glimpse into the lives of each of the characters and how they react to the hand they’ve been dealt. All in all, you fall for each of them and secretly hope they will be vindicated in the end. Playing a role in the story is the major church group that many of us know underpins many famous Hollywood elites and keeps them in submission. Intrigued yet? Then go get this in newest releases and I hope this is just the first of many for Vickie Lester!
I just LOVE days like this. Hats off to Kyle and Mary. Your pick—roses or a signed copy—and of course, deepest thanks. V