Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black. This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.
Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black
Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: August 11, 2020
Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black’s Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel.
- The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star―except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability.
But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects one of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer―maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues.
Now, Kate must discover the killer while working on the set of a musical―and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and live the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she’s just chasing starlight?
Wow! I loved this so much more than I expected. Historical fiction and I aren’t always friends. But though a mystery and Hollywood into it and I’m so in.
Kate’s aunt was marrying a man that Kate didn’t like. He found a list she made for her aunt that had reasons why she shouldn’t marry him. He found out and Kate was sent to live with her grandfather in the LA area. Kate barely knew him and she didn’t really want to leave her school in the Bay area. But she went there hoping for a way to leave quickly. Kate had a really rough life except that she had money and things handed to her. When she was 13, Kate was abducted and left in a dark hole for days. She almost died and can’t be in the dark or enclosed places. The man that took her was screwed over by her father and wanted revenge. Kate’s dad ended up killing her mom and then herself.
Things were really strange when Kate arrived at her grandfather, Ollie’s, house. While it was still large, it was also in rough shape. He didn’t know she was coming and had multiple male boarders living there. Kate couldn’t stay with a bunch of young men and asked her aunt to come back and for money. She didn’t get it. Ollie was a famous actor, but he hadn’t even left his house in years. The boys living with him all wanted to be actors. It only took a couple days for Kate to start liking the boys there. That was after a scare the first night. Then one of the men was found dead in the kitchen. Kate knew it just had to be someone in the house. But who? She started working at a movie studio and was good at it. Hugo, a boarder, was opening up to her more and they got close. Both decided to try to figure out who the killer was. But was it Hugo? Kate wasn’t so sure. Her heart said no, but there were a lot of clues leading to him.
The book took place in the 30’s and really showed how women were supposed to act around men. Don’t be too smart and boring. You won’t get a good job in Hollywood. Actress, yes. But not anything higher up. Kate wasn’t ok with being treated as less then and I loved her personality. She even helped her neighbor, Bonnie, stand up for herself more. There was talk of how young women make it as actresses, too. This included messing around with the older higher ups. Kate wanted to get all the boarders jobs with the movie she was working on. She was told that a big part of making it was to have an in. She worked hard on her job while trying to get to know Ollie better. She was still having fears from her kidnapping and needed light to sleep. She was also torn on going back home to school or staying in a strange place full of people that she was starting to care about.
There is another murder and Kate started doubting everyone around her even more.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5. Thank you to Tor Teen and Edelweiss for my review copy.
Warnings for murder, kidnapping, sexual advances on a younger girl, misogyny, blood, fear or dark and small places, and fear/anxiety/ptsd.
Teri Bailey Black grew up near the beach in southern California in a large, quirky family with no television or junk food, but an abundance of books and art supplies. She’s happiest when she’s creating things, whether it’s with words, fabric, or digging in the garden. She makes an amazing chocolate cherry cake—frequently. She and her husband have four children and live in Orange County, California.
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