For all of its elegant veneer, Hollywood is a nest of vipers. The queen of the vipers is none other than Lenora Danmore, an eighty-seven year old diva of the first water intent on remaining forever young and beloved. To accomplish this, Lenora is ready to put the finishing touches on her interactive museum. But museums cost money. So Lenora became the principal investor of a reality show call Starbash – where has-been actors face off in absurd competitions to win a ten million dollar movie deal. The show is known for making its once famous contestants appear foolish; some have even had the remnants of their reputations destroyed.
Hollywood A-Lister Cassandra Moreaux doesn’t need to expose herself on Starbash but she is seeking revenge against Lenora Danmore who had Cass’s mother blacklisted back in the 1950s. Lenora has deep dark secrets to protect and has an ingenious plan wherein Cass will become a murder vicitim. Secondary character Brandi Bonacore – her own reputation ruined because of Cassandra, is an enemy to be reckoned with while Micah Bailey, host of Starbash and Lenora’s manager/illegitimate son, provides an erstwhile romantic interest for Cass.
Set in the year 2020, Death of a Movie Star exposes the machinations of Hollywood with humor and pathos. A real page-turner; you won’t look at reality-tv the same way. A terrific commentary on the entertainment industry.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Rating: 5 stars