(Review) Dangerous To Know: A Lillian Frost and Edith Head Novel, Book 2 by Renee Patrick

Publisher and Publication Date: Forge Books. April 11, 2017.
Genre: Mystery.
Pages: 304.
Source: Free copy from Forge Books.
Rating: Good.

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Renee Patrick is the pseudonym for married authors Rosemarie and Vince Keenan. Rosemarie is a research administrator and a poet. Vince is a screenwriter and journalist. Both native New Yorkers, they currently live in Seattle, Washington. 
reneepatrickbooks.com and on Twitter as @RPatrickBooks.

Pre-World War II. Los Angeles, California. 1938. 
Lillian Frost is a friend and protege of Edith Head. Edith Head works at Paramount as a costume designer. At one time, Frost was an actress. Some of Frost's current duties as secretary to a society millionaire is attending swanky parties. At one of the parties, Hitler is insulted. People who are pro-Hitler are angry. A murder happens.

The tone of the story is not something I'm used to. It's a mix of strong wit versus a serious back drop of a world war looming along with its dangerous ideology.
Frost and Head get together often for Hollywood gossip. Actors drop in to Head's office. They mingle together at parties and clubs. It literally is its own world. Several Hollywood stars are mentioned and apart of the story: Errol Flynn, Hedy Lamarr, Marlene Dietrich, and Dorothy Parker. One of the conversations the two women talk about is who is going to portray Scarlet O'Hara in Gone With The Wind?
My favorite time period is the 1930s and 1940s. I love the films, music, and clothing. I love reading about the history of the Great Depression and World War II. Dangerous To Know is not a history piece in itself. It uses Hitler's ideology, and the looming war, and makes it the backdrop and focal point of why the murder happened. I do feel the story is believable because of strong references to the era. Even the language of the characters reflect the time period.
Dangerous To Know is a great vacation read. It's an entertaining mystery piece without becoming too heavy to digest.


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