Bit Player: A Jeri Howard Mystery

Janet Dawson (Author)


Old movies, old memories, old crimes - and present-day murder. Oakland PI Jeri Howard finds all of these when a chance encounter in a movie memorabilia shop sets her on an investigation into her grandmother's past life in Hollywood. Before marrying Jeri's grandfather during World War II, Jerusha Layne worked as a bit player, an actress who spoke a few lines in movie backgrounds. Her dreams of stardom never came true. But did she play another role, that of suspect in the unsolved 1942 murder of an actor? And Jeri must also solve a current mystery: Are old movie posters so valuable that someone would kill for them?

Product Details

Price: $14.95
Publisher: Perseverance Press
Published Date: April 01, 2011
Pages: 282
Dimensions: 5.66 X 0.63 X 8.45 inches | 0.73 pounds
ISBN: 9781564744944

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About the Author

Janet Dawson is the author of twelve novels about PI Jeri Howard. Kindred Crimes won the St. Martina (TM)s Press/PWA best first PI novel contest, also earning Shamus, Macavity, and Anthony nominations. Another in the series, Bit Player, was shortlisted for a Golden Nugget Award. Dawsona (TM)s short stories include a Shamus nominee and a Macavity winner, and other novels include her California Zephyr series. She is past president of the Northern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and lives in the East Bay region.


.".. a masterful, compelling tale rippling from the golden age of Hollywood to today. Rich in period detail-and a classic movie lover's dream-it deserves a starring role on every mystery-lover's shelf." -- Kelli Stanley, City of Dragons
"Jeri Howard fans will cheer at this latest entry to a beloved series. Dawson expertly weaves a twisty mystery stretching from Hollywood's golden years to the present day and its mania for movie memorabilia. Highly recommended!" -- Ann Parker, the Silver Rush historical mystery series