Friday, May 22, 2015

Beyond a Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery)

Author:  Nancy Cole Silverman
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press, ISBN 9781941963732; 244 pages

Five Stars

When reporter Carol Childs is called to the scene of a body dump she has no idea she's about to uncover a connection to a string of missing girls.  Young, attractive women drawn to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood via an internet promise of stardom and romance have been disappearing.  A judge's daughter leaves behind a clue and a trip down Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame reveals a connection to a high-powered real estate mogul and to a cartel targeting girls for human trafficking.

Old Hollywood has its secrets, its impersonators and back door entrances to old speakeasies and clubs where only those with the proper credentials can go.  And when Carol Childs gets too close, she finds herself politically at odds with powers that threaten to undo her career and like the very girls she's seeking, disappear.


Carol Childs is a reporter for an AM radio station.  When she is called to the scene of a death by her boss, Tyler, she notices something about the dead girl.  She was dressed for clubbing - and it appears she's fallen from a great height.  Suddenly suspicious about the death, Carol decides to start digging.  But the fact that she's doing so isn't popular with certain people, and it could put her in jeopardy.

The next day Carol is called to Hollywood's Walk of Fame where Marilyn Monroe's star has been stolen.  She is confronted by a group of Marilyn impersonators and a flash mob decrying the theft.  When the impersonator pushes a business card into Carol's hand, it could help her solve the murder.  And when Carol's friend Gabi, who works in television, also disappears, then things begin to become personal.  But not as personal as when the life of her daughter, Cate, is threatened, too.

What we have here is a novel of dark secrets, missing girls, human trafficking, and more.  Ms. Silverman has given us a story of suspense, raw emotion, and peril which builds up to a satisfying climax.  People are not who they seem.  Situations are not what they seem.  Carol begins investigating what appears to be a missing Walk of Fame star and winds up fighting for human lives.  Luckily, she has the support of both her best friend Sheri and her boss Tyler, who not only has her back, he quietly lets her know he supports everything she's doing.  

I hesitate to say more because each action of each character is tied in with something else that somehow all comes back together in one big circle.  When you know the answer to one thing, it bleeds into something else that completely permeates that situation and turns into another.  To summarize: A whole lot of whys and only one answer.

Ms. Silverman has given us another book that we can sit down and get our teeth into, and I look forward to the next in the series.  Highly recommended.

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds wonderful. I am usually up on knowing what Henery Press books are coming out but somehow I missed this one with being on vacation I guess. Every author from Henery Press that I have read so far has had great books and I would love to read Ms. Silverman's book as I am sure it will be as good as all the others. The story sounds so unique and intriguing. Thank you for the information on this author and her release.

    Cynthia B.


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