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Not a Girl Detective I Spent My Entire Youth Idolizing Nancy Drew I M Pushing Forty Now, But Some Fantasies Die Hard Besides Her Beloved Collection Of Vintage Designer Clothing, There Is Nothing Cece Caruso Cherishes Than Her Childhood Memories Of Nancy Drew Her Near Obsession With The Fictional Teenage Sleuth Led Her To Become A Professional Biographer Of Classic Mystery Writers And Now That She S Working On A Book About Nancy S Pseudonymous Creator, Carolyn Keene, Cece S In HeavenAt The L A Home Of Another Rabid Drew Ophile, Cece Finds A Treasure Trove Of Useful Memorabilia, Including One Unique And Somewhat Shocking Collectible Later She Finds A Dead Body And A Puzzle That Would Sorely Test The Skills Of Her Spunky Girlhood Heroine Now She Ll Have To Channel Her Former Idol And Unmask A Murderer, And The Killer May Be Coming For Cece Next


About the Author: Susan Kandel

Susan Kandel is the author of the critically acclaimed, L.A Times bestselling Cece Caruso mysteries, the most recent of which, DIAL H FOR HITCHCOCK Harper, 2009 was named one of the five best mysteries of the year by NPR Her upcoming book, DREAM A LITTLE DEATH, is the first in the Dreama Black series, and will be published by William Morrow s Witness Impulse in 2017.Susan lives in West Hollywood, CA with her husband, Peter Lunenfeld, and her equally handsome dog, Cooper.



10 thoughts on “Not a Girl Detective

  1. says:

    Rating Clarification 1.5 StarsThis wasn t what I was hoping for I was expectingNancy Drew trivia and less vintage clothing, diet cokes and slutty side kicks It doesn t bode well when you dislike the main heroine, her friends, her love interest, the mystery, the writing style and at least for me the confusion of the plot in general.I m bumping my 1 star up to 1.5 because I did enjoy those few and far between references to Nancy Drew Carolyn Keene and the publishing syndicate that creat Rating Clarification 1.5 StarsThis wasn t what I was hoping for I was expectingNancy Drew trivia and less vintage clothing, diet cokes and slutty side kicks It doesn t bode well when you dislike the main heroine, her friends, her love interest, the mystery, the writing style and at least for me the confusion of the plot in general.I m bumping my 1 star up to 1.5 because I did enjoy those few and far between references to Nancy Drew Carolyn Keene and the publishing syndicate that created both the teenage sleuth and her various ghostwriters Otherwise, I ll be leaving this murder mystery series behind with only this one under my belt


  2. says:

    I really liked the premise of this book an author writing a biography of the pen name Carolyn Keene, but it wasn t well written at all the details frankly were confusing and didn t make a lot of sense Also, it was distracting that the main character was supposedly from Asbury Park, NJ there hasn t been a white person living in Asbury for about 50 years, so as a NJ resident, I can say that didn t lend much credibility to this author I kept thinking How would this Italian girl have survived I really liked the premise of this book an author writing a biography of the pen name Carolyn Keene, but it wasn t well written at all the details frankly were confusing and didn t make a lot of sense Also, it was distracting that the main character was supposedly from Asbury Park, NJ there hasn t been a white person living in Asbury for about 50 years, so as a NJ resident, I can say that didn t lend much credibility to this author I kept thinking How would this Italian girl have survived if she had supposedly went to Asbury park HS Why isn t her mom dead if she supposedly lives there For example, I was driving through AP with my friend when all of a sudden, a drive by shooting hit two cars in front of usright with hundreds of witnesses Another time when I was 21, I was there with a friend of mine and we stopped at a red light and a cop pulled up to us and told us not to stop for red lights in Asbury Not exactly a quaint little town as the author portrays Authors should research the towns they write about instead of picking a name off the map


  3. says:

    Another wonderful entry in the CeCe Caruso series I love reading about her wonderful vintage clothes, some little tidbits of information about people, places, things and mystery facts she is working on, all told in her dry sense of humor.Not a rip roaring mystery but it flows along at a leisurely pace and has many side story lines along with CeCe s every day life Perfect combination as far as I m concerned.The only thing that held me back from reading this quickly was that I had to keep checki Another wonderful entry in the CeCe Caruso series I love reading about her wonderful vintage clothes, some little tidbits of information about people, places, things and mystery facts she is working on, all told in her dry sense of humor.Not a rip roaring mystery but it flows along at a leisurely pace and has many side story lines along with CeCe s every day life Perfect combination as far as I m concerned.The only thing that held me back from reading this quickly was that I had to keep checking google images to see what who fashions she was wearing, what the real life Grace Horton looked like and different covers from other vintage mystery series What fun


  4. says:

    Really the ONLY redeeming thing about this book was the series of references to the Nancy Drew books I would love to see a better series of these that focus on various girls series.Trixie Belden, Cherry Ames, Betsy Ray


  5. says:

    Not quite as enjoyable as I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason but still very good If you liked Nancy Drew, you will like this book There was also a lot of interesting factual detail, and, as always, I loved the Southern California settings.


  6. says:

    Cece is doing research for her latest biography, on Carolyn Keene the pseudonym for the authors of the Nancy Drew series In the course of her research, Cece meets an avid collector of Nancy Drew books and ephemera, and the collector invites Cece to use his Palm Springs house while Cece is attending a Nancy Drew conference Alas, the collector turns up at the house, dead There arethan enough suspects, but Cece doesn t believe the police have zeroed in on the right one and sets out to fin Cece is doing research for her latest biography, on Carolyn Keene the pseudonym for the authors of the Nancy Drew series In the course of her research, Cece meets an avid collector of Nancy Drew books and ephemera, and the collector invites Cece to use his Palm Springs house while Cece is attending a Nancy Drew conference Alas, the collector turns up at the house, dead There arethan enough suspects, but Cece doesn t believe the police have zeroed in on the right one and sets out to find the killer before he finds her.Much of the plot revolves around Russell H Tandy, the illustrator of the dust jackets, and his friend Salvador Dalis More about the various authors would have been nice


  7. says:

    This is the second book in this series and the third that I have read Unlike the other two, I knew nothing about the topic that Cece is writing about I never read or watched any Nancy Drew mysteries Because of that it s harder for me to guess where historical fact ends and the author s imagination and poetic license begin.Like the other books that I have read, the protagonist is writing a biography of a fiction icon, in this case the fictional authoress Carolyn Keene Despite my handicap of k This is the second book in this series and the third that I have read Unlike the other two, I knew nothing about the topic that Cece is writing about I never read or watched any Nancy Drew mysteries Because of that it s harder for me to guess where historical fact ends and the author s imagination and poetic license begin.Like the other books that I have read, the protagonist is writing a biography of a fiction icon, in this case the fictional authoress Carolyn Keene Despite my handicap of knowing nothing about Nancy Drew, I enjoyed this volume as much as the ones about Erle Stanley Gardner and Alfred Hitchcock.In this volume we get a littleinto some of Cece s current personal life as well as a little reprise of the character introductions found in the first book Granted they are included to help new readers into the series, but I found itnoticeable than in the first book Before it flowednaturally into the narrative, here I found it a bitheavy handed probably because I had read the same material only a few days ago.This book follows the usual pattern of immersing the heroine and reader in a confusing problem early on and then taking virtually all of the rest of the book to resolve it Along the way there are interesting side plots and obstacles that keep the action flowing and Cece running around.I keep saying that these are lighter fiction and that s true, but they are so action oriented that they seem weightier than a 40ish author and classic fashionista might be Each of these books isthan the sum of its parts, but don t just take my word for it, go out and read them for yourself


  8. says:

    I was looking for a frothy read as I trolled the library shelves and, what could be lighter than a contemporary mystery involving a group of Nancy Drew fans This is my second novel by Kandel and she must somehow channel my quirky interests Her first novel I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason appealed to me as the proud owner of 110 black and white episodes of 1950 s 60 s Perry Mason episodes And the Nancy Drew theme has similar appeal.It was a bonus that some of the book s action takes place I was looking for a frothy read as I trolled the library shelves and, what could be lighter than a contemporary mystery involving a group of Nancy Drew fans This is my second novel by Kandel and she must somehow channel my quirky interests Her first novel I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason appealed to me as the proud owner of 110 black and white episodes of 1950 s 60 s Perry Mason episodes And the Nancy Drew theme has similar appeal.It was a bonus that some of the book s action takes place in Palm Springs and that our heroine is a campy vintage clothing fanatic So, as I sat in Palm Springs in my Lilly Pulitzer capris, I was hard pressed not to enjoy this gal pal mystery Perfect for a quiet afternoon Maybe I should have given it another star


  9. says:

    I was given this book to read by a friend who bought it for a quarter It is a cute detective story, definitely not hard boiled, about a woman who is a die hard Nancy Drew fan As you can imagine, it is light hearted and whimsical even at its most serious At the climax, Cece does the villain in by throwing the Elements of Style at him This book was definitely out of my comfort zone with descriptions of vintage fashions and sling back pumps A little discomfort is a good thing.


  10. says:

    This book was a sad disappointment The premise is great, and could have been truly interesting, but it just doesn t work I read the first 100 pages hoping things would get better, but the writing was so poor, the details confusing, the characters just sort of blah, and the humor so different from mine, that I gave up and just read the last chapter to see who the murderer was.


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