Read The Glamorous Dead by Suzanne Gates Online


Set in the dream factory of the 1940s, this glittering debut novel follows a young Hollywood hopeful into a star-studded web of scandal, celebrity, and murder . . . The chipped pink nail polish is a dead giveaway--no pun intended. But when a human thumb is discovered near a Hollywood nightclub, it doesn't take long for the police to identify its owner. Miss Penny Harp wouSet in the dream factory of the 1940s, this glittering debut novel follows a young Hollywood hopeful into a star-studded web of scandal, celebrity, and murder . . . The chipped pink nail polish is a dead giveaway--no pun intended. But when a human thumb is discovered near a Hollywood nightclub, it doesn't take long for the police to identify its owner. Miss Penny Harp would recognize that pink anywhere: it belongs to her best friend, Rosemary. And so does the rest of the body buried beneath it. Rosemary, with the beauty and talent, who stood out from all other extras on the Paramount lot. She was the one whose name was destined for a movie marquee--not for the obituaries. And for an extra twist, now an LAPD detective thinks Penny is the one who killed her . . . Penny is determined to prove her innocence--with a little help from an unlikely ally, the world-famous queen of film noir, Barbara Stanwyck. Penny met "Stany" on the set of Paramount's classic comedy The Lady Eve, where the star took an instant liking to her. With Stany's powerful connections and no-nonsense style, she has no trouble following clues out of the studio backlot, from the Los Angeles morgue to the Zanzibar Room to the dark, winding streets of Beverly Hills. But there's something Penny isn't telling her famous partner in crimesolving: a not-so-glamorous secret that could lead them to Rosemary's killer--or send Penny to the electric chair . . ....

Title : The Glamorous Dead
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9781496708120
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

The Glamorous Dead Reviews

  • Peter
    2019-02-05 23:23

    I'm biased, but I loved this book. A great evocation of the glitz and mystique of golden era Hollywood serves as a backdrop for a compelling murder mystery/psychological suspense. Fans of The Black Dahlia or the podcasts Hollywood & Crime and You Must Remember This will find a lot to love.

  • Obsessed Girl
    2019-01-22 23:09

    Thank you so much to Kensington Books for giving me an ARC of The Glamorous Dead by Suzanne Gates via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I’m sorry but 1/5 I DNF it on 36% and I never DNF any book, but this. I tried, I tried so much, but this just didn’t pull me. I do not recommend this for people who has no idea what’s happened in 1930s/1940s Hollywood. Yes, I know I picked up a book set in 1930s Hollywood. Yes, I know it’s going to deal with things I do not know (aside from brunettes and blondes in curly bob hairstyles). I only knew a bit of that era and wanted to learn more, but I only learned a bunch of words that didn’t make any sense to me. It seemed interesting but the author did not explain what those nicknames are and what they are doing. Obviously they are shooting for some kind of film, and they are extras and all that, but I was still in a loss.Another reason I didn’t finish this was I didn’t feel any suspense or/and thrill that this book promises. It’s a mystery/thriller book after all. The book immediately starts with Rosemary’s body being found told by our narrator and main character, Penny, Rosemary’s best friend. The author lays out possible suspects and try to play and confuse the reader from finding the real suspect, but it just fell flat for me. I didn’t even have any interest to know who the real suspect is. It may be contributed to the narration. I didn’t feel any connection on Penny, she sounded so distant and rigid. I can’t feel any of her hate, remorse, sadness, nothing. I can’t even sympathize with her. She was bland and flat to me.The writing was also odd, for me anyway. I feel like I’m missing something. There are not enough descriptions and it makes you feel lost. The dialogues are weird, the characters talk about two subjects without any pauses and just confuses you. Do they talk like that back then? I don’t think so. Penny is accused of murder and no one seems freaked out. They just hate her, that’s it. And when a cop chases you in a subdivision of rich people when you’re accused of murder, you should freak the hell out, but no, she just chats with drunk Madge about her family and lets the girl puke in a bush of someone popular while she daydreams of her First Mother. I do not get it all. And despite her being a “murderer” she is still able to work? WHAT IS HAPPENING. WHY DOES NOBODY CARES?I never felt any thrill, suspense, or interest. I really tried hard to connect and get myself interested and immersed but I was seriously just in a loss I couldn’t stand it anymore and had to stop reading.

  • Wit & Wonder Books
    2019-01-30 01:10

    ***ARC received in exchange for an Honest Review***Suzanne Gate's debut novel, The Glamorous Dead, brings you back in time to the 1940's Hollywood with the glamour, fame and dark secrets. This is truly a captivating story that has you guessing on who did it and why they did it. It is also filled with OMG that did not just happen moments. This mystery/thriller/historical will have goosebumps rising and you will be gripping onto your tablet or book, yelling don't do it!!!! Penny is a young aspiring Hollywood hopeful. She moves to Hollywood with her best friend in dreams of making a better life for herself. When a human thumb with chipped nail polish is found, Penny’s life turns upside down with full hurricane force. Being the number one suspect in her best friend murder, Penny starts her own investigation to prove herself innocence. Help comes from an unexpected source, world-famous movie star, Barbara Stanwyck aka, Stany. With Stany's connections and take no prisoner attitude, the journey to prove Penny's innocence is well on its way. Penny holds her cards close to the heart not knowing whom she can trust. But when the unthinkable happens, she must decide to trust someone and fast. While I enjoyed reading this, at times it was almost as if there was too much information given. Information that wasn't exactly necessary to the story. There were also times it felt as if the characters were just rambling on and on. These things made it a little difficult to read.I enjoyed this story because of the plot line of the 1940's glamour and the mystery of old Hollywood. The details of the backlots and stage settings made me feel like I was sitting on the stage with them. A bonus to the story line is the use of and involvement of the 1940 popular celebrities. I felt that added to the story of how captivating Hollywood was then and still is today. I started off reading this story and thinking that I wouldn’t be able to finish it, but in the end, I truly enjoyed the overall story line. FOUR glamourous stars.

  • Kevin
    2019-02-05 21:08

    Most of the action in Suzanne Gates's debut mystery, THE GLAMOUROUS DEAD, takes place in 1940, on a Hollywood movie set while Preston Sturges films his classic screwball comedy, The Lady Eve. Between takes and after hours, the film's leading lady, Barbara Stanwyck, plays amateur sleuth to solve the murder of one of the film's extras. While the premise sounds like it will be a lightweight comedic mystery--along the lines of Stuart M. Kaminsky's Toby Peters series or George Baxt's novels featuring real celebrities solving fictional murders--Gates's mystery is deadly serious. THE GLAMOUROUS DEAD will remind genre lovers of Dorothy B. Hughes's darker noir crime fiction, especially the fever dream atmosphere and unreliable narrator in her 1947 classic, IN A LONELY PLACE.When her beautiful roommate disappears on Halloween and is later found buried in a shallow grave, film extra Penny Harp becomes the LAPD's top murder suspect. It doesn't help matters that Penny (the narrator) has a lot of secrets and seems to alienate everyone around her, with the exception of the film's star. Why is Stanwyck suddenly best buddies with this background performer? Was Stanwyck's husband, dashing actor Robert Taylor, having an affair with the murdered girl?THE GLAMOUROUS DEAD alternates between chapters of the two women trying to solve the murder with flashback chapters that begin to explain why neither woman is being completely honest with the other. This moody and retro noir mystery pulls readers along with carefully revealed twists, complex characters and unnerving apprehension In this dark and moody retro murder mystery, actress Barbara Stanwyck turns amateur detective when a beautiful film extra is murdered.

  • Ashley
    2019-02-16 22:30

    I received The Glamourous Dead by Suzanna Gates from Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was a difficult book to read. In all honesty I DNF’d it (which is a once in a blue moon kind of thing for me). I really wanted to like this book too. I loved the cover, I loved the summary, the mystery and the glitz and glam that it promised but I didn’t really get any of that. I’m a huge fan of historical mysteries. The writing style threw me off. I felt like I got whiplash from how quickly and randomly the direction would change. I felt like there was a lot of information we as readers were expected to already know about these characters and how they live their lives. I understood they were filming and that they were extras but okay.Penny, who is the narrator, threw me off. I understood the shock value of Rosemary’s death. But there was something extremely off about her. How she acted, how she spoke, how she was in general. The dialogue was written in a way I would have to go back and read sections over again in order to comprehend what I was reading. I normally read in one pass and everything clicks. This was not that. The thrill factor and mystery failed to hold my interest.

  • Alina
    2019-01-31 03:31

    The story takes place in 1940 in Hollywood. Penny Harp, an actress wannabe, has found herself in a middle of a murder investigation. Two of her friends have been murdered, and Penny suspects that both deaths are somehow connected. Barbara Stanwyck befriends Penny during the making of one of the movies, and helps her to find the truth. During the investigation, Penny discovers non-glamorous and dark secrets about her friends, her brother and her employer - Paramount. The last secret holds everything together. Penny later discovers that Paramount likes to "fix" any problems that come upon the company or people that work there. Penny questions everything and everyone and is eager to learn the truth, but the truth can cost Penny her life. Will she let Paramount "fix" her or will she end up just like her friends?I liked the idea of the story, the place and the time when it took place. However, my opinion only, the books is way too long, too many characters and way too many background stories. I had a very hard time focusing on the book and follow the storyline.

  • Holly Smith
    2019-02-03 02:07

    I think a member of my book club summed it up nicely when she said "This book should be re titled CALL YOUR BROTHER!"First of all I spent a good couple of pages wondering who the hell the main character was until I checked the back of the book jacket to remember it was Penny. This book was not glamorous, it was just one shit show after the other and I found myself frustrated with the main character because she wasn't....urgent about the murder that took place. Also she knew she saw her brother so pick up the phone!Also the whole reason behind the murder in the first place wasn't the robbery or a cover up or anything linear like that. I found it random. And while I enjoyed the first half by the time we came around to Will I started to loose interest and by the time we found out who did it and why I was just disappointed. I will recommend this book to certain people who will enjoy it but I won't read it again.

  • Kristine
    2019-02-03 05:17

    The Glamorous Dead by Suzanne Gate is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early November.As a kind of 40s Hollywood murder mystery, the cheeky guy/dame dialogue shines when it's coming from the likes of Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, but, from its lead narrator, a bit player for Paramount named Penny, it comes off as pensive, worrisome, and insecure. Either way, it's dripping with just-the-facts testimonials, Californian interpersonal critique, and the kind of pervasive pressure and sardonics that you'd expect from the old Hollywood elite, fixers, lawyers, and other people tasked with protecting their studio players' reputations.

  • Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
    2019-01-24 04:18

    I have to be honest, this book just did not work for me. I am a fan of Hollywood and it's heyday, so I was very happy to receive this book. This book left me confused many times. This was due to the style of writing and the narration. It just never flowed. I kept finding myself going back and re-reading parts due to the confusion. The synopsis of this book had me so ready for this book. I had to put the book down and come back to it hoping that it would pick up, but alas, it did not for me. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publsher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.

  • Diana
    2019-02-13 00:29

    I wanted to like this. I'm primed to like this: I'm a huge classic film fan, and I read a great many books about classic film, the people who made classic film, and Golden Age Hollywood. But the protagonist was so unlikeable and made so many stupid mistakes, that I just couldn't. Her unlikeability and stupidity had the plot running in circles, and by the end, I didn't care whodunit or even why. (I also thought the dialogue was too modern - sure, people dropped f-bombs in the 40s, but probably not in every conversation.)

  • Lisa
    2019-01-28 21:14

    I didn't like this book at all. I really wanted to. The description on the back of the book does not match the story. It is not thrilling or suspenseful. The protagonist is mostly an idiot or, at least, mentally unbalanced. I could not see anyone doing the things she did.Although, we realize that sleazy things happened in Hollywood during that era, the book made me feel sleazy just for reading it. I There was no redemption for any of the characters. I will probably not purchase any more of Ms. Gate's titles. I do not see my library patrons enjoying this any more than I did.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-08 22:12

    Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I thought this book was a smart, sophisticated and witty original murder mystery.It was very well written and the author had me actually believing that I was in Hollywood in the 1940’s.I can’t wait to see what the author writes next.

  • Kathleen Gray
    2019-01-22 05:01

    Try this if you have an interest in 1940s Hollywood. Penny enlists Barbara Stanwyck to help her clear her name in the murder of her friend Rosemary. There's a lot of cultural references from the time period as well as movie trivia. It's well written but might not appeal to everyone. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

  • Le Ann
    2019-01-24 05:05

    Thank you Kensington Books for an ARC. I could not get into this book. I found the characters shallow and the setting unbelievable. I could not empathize with any of the characters, and as for the setting, even though it was placed in the 1940's, most of the story felt as if it could have been the present day. Just not a great work of fiction.

  • Connie
    2019-01-25 22:24

    3.5 stars. Most of the action in this book happens while the film, The Lady Eve, starring Barbara Stanwyck is being shot. Penny Harp, a young extra becomes involved in a murder mystery when her friend, Rose is found dead. The timeline is 1940's Hollywood and the writing is OK, not great. I read this on my Kindle while traveling and in between other books.Recommended

  • Renee Smith
    2019-02-07 02:18

    This was an old Hollywood Glam era murder mystery. I won this book off of Goodreads giveaway and I am glad I did. It was a good book. It had a lot of references to that time period, the 1940's. I love a good murder mystery and this was one. Try it, you wont regret it.

  • Sarah Bowe
    2019-01-28 02:10

    I thought I'd like this book more than I did. Murder and lots of cover ups, sounds exciting right? It was in the beginning, but the last half of the book fell flat for me...... didn't end up so exciting as I thought it would.

  • Polly Krize
    2019-02-21 04:28

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.A great story, and a great look at the golden age of Hollywood studios and its stars. Features Barbara Stanwyck and a host of mesmerizing characters, and a captivating mystery.

  • Roxanne
    2019-02-14 21:08

    This is a Goodreads win review. I really liked this book. It is set 1940 Hollywood and a lady is murdered. Then the book gets involved with some celebrities and they follow the clues all over Hollywood to find the killer.

  • Michelle Trainor
    2019-02-13 02:10

    1940's Hollywood. A murder mystery. And an amateur sleuth trying to clear her name in the murder of her friend. I really enjoyed this novel. 3.5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced reader copy of The Glamorous Dead.

  • Paula
    2019-02-01 00:23

    It looks as though Gates felt her MFA entitled her to abuse adverbs. I'd been excited about reading about Hollywood in that period, have read several excellent books set then/there, but I quit after about 30 pages--hated the protagonist, hated the writing.

  • Pamela
    2019-02-21 02:21

    Received as a free book to review.... I did not like this book...I hate to give a book a mediocre review. I found this book confusing, depressing, and not really well written. I feel like the author used famous names to flesh out this story. Sorry Ms. Gates, just not my cup of tea.

  • Zoe
    2019-02-20 02:22

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC.Old Hollywood at its creepest. Murder, intrigue, and villains gallore with a few good ones thrown in.

  • nikkia neil
    2019-02-02 22:01

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC,Hollywood will never seem the same to you again. Corruption, back stabbing, and murder plus glamour, love, and freindship.

  • Wendy
    2019-01-23 01:22

    I'm finished at page 48. I thought it would be good but I'm just not interested. I've tried three times to get into it but it's just NOT for me.

  • Susan
    2019-02-06 01:03

    story was ok, did not really like the heroine, couldnt get into this one.

  • Ashley
    2019-02-19 03:13

    I couldn't finish it. Got about 3/4th of the way through, though. I appreciate the effort the author put into it. It just didn't hold my attention.

  • Kiki
    2019-02-10 02:26

    A great book with snappy dialogue and a decent plot...a cross between a film noir and screwball comedy at times. The ending was a little convoluted but it was a great effort for a debut!

  • Sabiha
    2019-02-17 02:24

    Thank you to Kensington Books for giving the opportunity to win an Advance Reader's Edition of this novel through Goodreads Giveaways. This novel takes readers' back to the 1940's in Hollywood, filled with all the fame and dark secrets. It also showcases the possibility of real corruption in Hollywood. It is about a young woman named Penny Harp who is an extra on a film set and trying to make it in Hollywood. Her best friend Rosemary is murdered and she is accused of the crime. The book goes through all the steps Penny takes to remember the night Rosemary died and track her friend's steps in order to prove her own innocence. All this happens while also being filled with celebrity drama, more murders, and family difficulties. The book is filled with mystery, suspense, and drama. Personally, I really liked and felt for Penny as a character. I got to know her and wanted the best for her. Penny is a strong leading female character who won't let anyone tell her what to do or think. One thing I noticed is the book expects readers to already understand the lifestyle and terms used in this era, as she never explains what the terms mean. I found this hard to follow as I didn't understand much about this time period prior to reading the book. I also found some parts of the book hard to follow as it changed directions really fast and the characters seemed to have massive changes in heart from one chapter to the next. Some characters switch sides too easily without consequence, which can be confusing. This was a heavier read, so I couldn't read too many pages at once without feeling slightly overwhelmed. I would recommend this book for someone looking for a thriller mystery novel set amongst the rich and famous.