The Wrong Girl
They say a life well-lived is the best revenge...
Blanche Tucker longs to escape her drop-dead dull life in tiny Boynton, Oklahoma. Then dashing Graham Peyton roars into town. Posing as a film producer, Graham convinces the ambitious but naive teenager to run away with him to a glamorous new life. Instead, Graham uses her as cruelly as a silent picture villain. Yet by luck and by pluck, taking charge of her life, she makes it to Hollywood.
Six years later, Blanche has transformed into the celebrated Bianca LaBelle, the reclusive star of a series of adventure films, and Peyton's remains are discovered on a Santa Monica beach. Is there a connection? With all of the twists and turns of a 1920s melodrama, The Wrong Girl follows the daring exploits of a girl who chases her dream from the farm to old Hollywood, while showing just how risky--and rewarding--it can be to go off script.
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"Casey's portrait of how stars were born and kept their status during Hollywood's silent era will intrigue film buffs. " - Publishers Weekly
"Casey plays up the melodrama and delivers a silent-movie feel to the story...shocking and amusing by turns, The Wrong Girl starts a new series with great promise. " - Booklist, STARRED review
"With this new series launch, Casey ("Alafair Tucker" mysteries) performs a little genre-bending, penning a coming-of-age tale within the context of a 1920s-set cozy mystery that could just as easily been ripped from today's headlines. VERDICT Old Hollywood, silent film stars, the Jazz Age, and strong female characters all combine to create a solid read for crime fiction fans of all stripes." - Library Journal
"This is the first in an excellent new series by Donis Casey... Highly recommended." - Historical Novel Society