There’s something wrong with me.
I mean aside from my usual issues. Like adjusting to my dream job. Some would call my past career a dream job. Not so. I mean acting as Julia Pinkerton: Teen Detective was an awesome experience. I met all kinds of wonderful people, participated in stuff like The Kids Police Academy and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, and there was that Emmy. But it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I know, classic kid actor issues. But now I’m fulfilling my aspiration to become a real private investigator.
However, working for Nash Security Solutions is not quite as dreamy as I thought.
Although my boss, Wyatt Nash’s eyes are. Dreamy blue. That’s another issue.
Nash has me working on accounting and receptionist-ing, whereas I thought he was going to train me in security solution-ing. I understand that after my first debacle of a case, he has some trepidation in letting me do fieldwork. Totally reasonable. But maybe that’s why I need the training?
Also, I get the feeling Nash is avoiding me. Maybe because of the intensity of all the pent-up sexual chemistry between us.
Or maybe because I’m imagining repressed attraction. On his part, that is.
Then there’s the problem with my ex-manager, Vicki Albright. Also with my mother. Who is also Vicki Albright. She continues to film her (once our) reality show, All is Albright, in Black Pine, Georgia. I moved away from Hollywood (by judge’s orders) to start my new career (according to my probation requirements) in Black Pine. Doing my dream job. After convincing Wyatt Nash to hire me (not an easy task, I tell you what).
I’m not supposed to have anything to do with acting or the industry according to my probation. Yet, Vicki continues to think there’s hope for getting me back in. (Not that she wants me to go to jail or anything.) (At least I don’t think she does.)
When Vicki and I did lunch at the Cove and saw Leonard Shackleton — I know! The Lusitania Affair was A-mazing.— with Cambria (or as I used to call her back in our Julia Pinkerton days, Cam-Cam), Vicki was all up in my B about getting Leonard to notice me.
Which he did. A bit uncomfortably so. (But I’m used to that. Men. You do a few Maxim covers. . .)
However, Leonard’s interest in me is not because he’s the producer of the next big hit they’re filming in Black Pine. I take that back. It is for his next big hit they’re filming in Black Pine. Starring Cambria. He’s interested in hiring me (as in Nash Security Solutions) to babysit Cambria. For insurance purposes. She’s kind of a hot mess right now. (Right?! I’m sure you’ve seen Cambria on TMZ or the tabloids in the grocery checkout line.)
Anyway, making sure Cambria doesn’t ruin Leonard’s movie is a total Mary Poppins-body guard mashup role. Which I’m sure is totally cool with my probation requirements. (I hope.) Because we (Nash Security Solutions) totally need the money. After our last big case — AKA the debacle — business has not exactly boomed. It hasn’t even knocked. Like on our door.
Which brings me back to my original problem. I’m not Mary Poppins-ing this case very well. There’s something wrong with me.
I keep finding dead bodies. Including Cambria.
And not like in a Sixth Sense sort of way.
I hope you enjoy Maizie Albright’s second case, 16 Millimeters. Because of the movie characters and film studio setting (in Black Pine, Georgia) this book is full of classic movie references. To win a signed copy of Maizie’s first case (and book), 15 Minutes, leave comment below and please tell me your favorite classic movie! U.S. entries only, please. The giveaway ends October 19, 2017.
Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound. . . Wait, what?
#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show– Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective–does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.
Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.
So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.
“Fresh from Hollywood get ready to bubble along with Maizie Albright Star Detective. She’s #adorbs.” — Jena’s Books
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About the author
Larissa is a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, 2014 finalist for the Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her work also appeared in the 2017 Silver Falchion Reader’s Choice winner, Eight Mystery Writers You Should Be Reading Now. She writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery series, the Maizie Albright Star Detective series, the Finley Goodhart Crime Capers, and various romantic comedies.
Larissa’s family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, have been living in Nagoya, Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, and you’ll find her on Instagram, on Goodreads, on Bookbub, on Amazon, and chatting on Facebook, and be sure to join her newsletter for a free short story.
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