The Woman in the Movie Star Dress

The Woman in the Movie Star Dress by Praveen Asthana

A young woman comes to Hollywood to escape her past. She starts working in a vintage dress shop that has gowns all the way back from Joan Crawford.

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There is one special dress however, that is beautiful and the woman desires it.

One day she discovers that it has the power to transform human character from the previous owner into the clothing-changing from an insecure girl to a bombshell heartbreaker.

One day someone comes asking about a red dress, the special one. She starts looking into the history of the dress and stumbles on a secret and a mystery.


Thoughts After Reading:

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. Let me say that I could not stand this book.
The book cover and story line was so appealing that I could not wait to read the book, but once I started I found it impossible to continue.


  1. The characters were boring
  2. There is no action or movement
  3. They introduce so many characters in confusing ways that you find yourself unsure who is who
  4. There are so many flashbacks it makes it hard to follow what is current and what is past.

I was sorely disappointed.

For more not in a series mysteries, go to Let Me Call You Sweetheart
For more mysteries, go to The House on Foster Hill

Murder at Hobcaw Barony


Murder at Hobcaw Barony (Eleanor Roosevelt Investigates #3) by Elliot Roosevelt

The third book in this series, Eleanor Roosevelt finds herself in the charming home of Bernard “Bernie” Baruch’s Hobcaw Barony. When she gets there she is surrounded by famous movie stars and producers; Humphrey Bogart, Joan Crawford,  Tallulah Bankhead, Darryl F. Zanuck, Robert Partridge, and Colleen Bingham.

It appears nobody is a friend of Partridge as he has burned a bridge with everyone. So it is no surprise when he winds up dead, being blown up.

Now which one did it? And will Eleanor figure it out before she has to return home.

Thoughts After Reading:

I did not like this book at all.

That’s the problem when you use famous people in your story instead of made up ones, we know who isn’t going to die or be the murderer. As we only have three made up characters it is easy to see who will die and who is the killer.

Predictable and boring. I’d skip if I were you.

For more Eleanor Roosevelt Investigates, go to The Hyde Park Murder

For more mystery reviews, go to Death by Darjeeling