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Cover Reveal ~ 16 Millimeters by Larissa Reinhart

I’m excited to reveal the cover for the second book in the “Maizie Albright Star Detective” mystery series from Past Perfect Press, coming October 17, 2017.

A word from Larissa. . .
While I was in Japan, Georgia became the number one place to film movies, leaping past California, New York, and Canada. And thanks to Pinewood Studios building their American headquarters a few miles from my home, my hometown has become a mini-Hollywood. I’ve returned to Peachtree City, Georgia, and now have hipsters in my Kroger and movie stars working out in the local gym (not that I would know on the last one, but my BFF saw Thor doing pushups on her way to Zumba). There’s something called Vitality Bowl next to the Kroger. It claims to only make healthy food. And the quaint (old and dirty) BBQ joint I loved has disappeared.

“Georgiawood.” This is what partly inspired my new series, another humorous mystery, but with a heroine who’s about 180 personality degrees different from my other series’ heroine, Cherry Tucker.

In the first book, 15 Minutes, ex-teen TV and reality star, Maizie Albright, returns home to Black Pine, Georgia, determined to start a new career as a private investigator, modeled after her childhood starring role in Julie Pinkerton: Teen Detective. For a license in Georgia, she needs training and there’s only one gumshoe in Black Pine: Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions. He’s got a hard body, Paul Newman eyes, and no interest in having an ex-actress for an apprentice. Unbeknownst to Maizie, the reality show cast of All is Albright and her stage-monster manager also follows her to Georgia.

Maizie’s got a big learning curve to overcome—not only in private investigations but also in life as a non-celebrity—but an optimistic disposition, years of therapy, and donuts will help her become the independent thinker her manager always hoped she wouldn’t become.

Check after my excerpt for a way to win the first book in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series, 15 Minutes! I hope you enjoy it!

Title: 16 Millimeters
Series: Maizie Albright Star Detective #2
Genre: Humorous Mystery
Publisher: Past Perfect Press
Website: larissareinhart.com

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 solutioning 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.

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About the author
A 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery and the Maizie Albright Star Detective series. The first in the Cherry Tucker series, Portrait Of A Dead Guy (2012), is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. The sixth mystery, A Composition In Murder was released November 15, 2016. The debut in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series, 15 Minutes was released January 24, 2017. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, lived in Nagoya, Japan, but just moved back to Georgia. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode.

Find Larissa chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.


EXCERPT

Chapter Three

#BlackPineExclusive #Camtastrophy

Music continued to thump through the porch’s floorboards. I rang, then hammered on the door again, tried the knob, and wondered what Cambria was doing with videographer kits. Maybe they were doing pre-release documentary footage for marketing and the final DVD extras. Or she had another job before Leonard’s movie started. I tore off another lemon poppyseed hunk, popped it in my mouth, and thought about leaving. I glanced behind me to the long, long, long path back to the club. Wiggled my pained toes. Considered sitting on the porch to wait. With the basket of muffins. Noted the recent tightness of my jeans. Then traipsed to the right-side window to see what Cambria was doing.

Light gleamed between the curtains and shone on a California King with rumpled sheets and a spread that had half-slid off the bed. Satin-cased pillows had been piled in the middle. Other para-phernalia had been scattered across the sheets. My lemon poppyseed chewing slowed and I felt heat suffuse my cheeks.

I didn’t want to know what kind of filming Cambria had been doing. Or not doing. I backed away from the window, turned toward the stairs, and stopped.

The kind of filming Cam-Cam might have been doing was the exact kind of “shitting up his movie,” Leonard Shackleton had been talking about. Cambria could be blowing her chance for this epic part if she and her boyfriend were getting frisky in front of a camera. A professional camera, by the look of the kit.

Why in the hell would they make a “home movie” with what looked like the kind of camera a documentary director would carry? This wasn’t a GoPro box or a camcorder. My heart thudded and blood heated to shoot up the back of my neck.

Shizzles, Cambria was going to blow her shot and my shot and Nash’s shot all in one idiotic, depraved video.

Unless I stopped her.

I spun around and pounded on the door. After waiting another beat, I tromped off the porch and circled the villa to the bedroom side window. A slope made the window too high for easy peeking, but the blinds were up and no curtains barred the view. I tiptoed around to the back of the villa. At the far end, a screen door swung out to reveal a locked, windowed door leading to the tiny kitchenette. The bathroom window revealed nothing except Cambria had a crap ton of makeup.

I stepped away, and spied a pile of logs. Found a sturdy looking piece cut evenly on both ends, hefted it against my satin blouse, and walked back to the bedroom window. Dropped the heavy log, missing my toes by an inch, positioned it below the window, and attempted to pull the splinters from my off-the-shoulder ruffles. Gave up on the splinters and cursed Cambria for her stupidity and for ruining my Juan Carlos Obando. Climbed on the log, rose to my toes, and peered in the window.

Saw the body on the floor.

And fell off the log.

Giveaway: Have you ever had a TV show or movie film in your town? What was it like for your community? Leave a comment below for your chance to win a signed copy of 15 Minutes. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends July 15, 2017. Good luck everyone!

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My Musing ~ 15 Minutes by Larissa Reinhart

15 Minutes by Larissa Reinhart is the first book in the NEW “Maizie Albright Star Detective” humorous mystery series. Publisher: Past Perfect Press, January 2017

15-minutesWhen ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie’s costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to a California prison.

By entangling herself in a missing person’s case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly.

I love this book. Maize has been ordered to get a job and since her TV persona played a detective, that’s the job she finds and that’s when the fun begin. I love her determination as she takes on her new role with some missteps along the way. The author did a great job in staging this mystery keeping me involved in all that was happening on the pages. Maize is a wonderful character and I love her vulnerabilities which help take her to a different level all to the betterment of her personal growth. This is a great start to a new series that boasts a quirky cast of characters, engaging dialogue and the liveliness that befits this delightfully amusing and fast-paced drama.

A day in the life with Maizie Albright by Larissa Reinhart

15-minutesOccupation: Former teen (TV) detective

You know that feeling when you’re on Space Mountain after you pass through the flashing lights of hyperspace? Climbing in total darkness, not exactly sure when you’ll hit the peak. Suddenly you plunge and spin. And plunge and spin. And plunge and spin. In total darkness. And then it’s over and some college student in a headset tells you to get out of your seat so someone else can take your place.

That’s how my day has gone.

Yesterday I thought I had taken the first major step to achieving my dream: to become a real-life investigator. I played one on TV—Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective. Yep, that was me, teen star Maizie Albright as Julia Pinkerton, the sassiest, smartest little badass high school investigator since Buffy. Without the vampires.

Julia Pinkerton launched me onto the cover of every teen magazine and swept the Teen Choice Awards three years in a row. And then puberty hit. Big time. Which led to launching me on the cover of Maxim and Maxim Hot 100 lists. I got kicked off the show because they tired of hiding my growing body which does a whammy to the emotional health of an actress (particularly not a very good actress), leading me into multiple rehab stints. The struggle with trans fats, carbs and Pinkberry is very real, although not as sexy as heroin or gambling. My manager, Vicki, segued my hot mess into the reality show, All is Albright. Vicki’s viciously brilliant like that.

Moving home to Black Pine, Georgia, to restart a career, even on judge’s orders, is a real break. An excuse to leave All is Albright and the machinations of TV-land (and Vicki). I know real life is nothing like TV. But I’ve always been interested in private investigations. On the Julia Pinkerton set, we hired real investigators and police detectives as advisors. They took me on ride-alongs, got me into the Kids Police Academy, and let me listen to their stories. Detective Earl King took me out for ice cream every Friday. He said he never met a girl as smart as Julia Pinkerton.

I hoped someday to fill Julia Pinkerton’s shoes. After my last rehab stint, I enrolled myself into U Cal Long Beach’s Criminal Justice program. After graduation, I headed home to find a private investigator to mentor me. There’s only one in Black Pine. Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions.

Turns out, Wyatt Nash does not want an assistant. Particularly, it seems, an assistant who’s a failed TV actress. But I thought I’d prove to Mr. Nash my usefulness and took on an easy surveillance that he didn’t want: watching the wife of a client. It seems the client thought she’s been cheating. But after a month, Mr. Nash couldn’t find any evidence. Mr. Nash wanted to drop the case because he said it was “hinky.” His client (a fan of post-puberty Julia Pinkerton) thought I could give it a shot. According to Mr. Nash, the wife kept to the same routine every day. All I had to do was tail her for a week and prove Mr. Nash right or wrong.

Easy peasy.

Except, I sort of lost her on day one.

That was the first major Space Mountain plunge and spin.

All because Vicki, my manager, caught me during the surveillance, distracting me from the job. Vicki showed in Black Pine with the crew of All is Albright, hoping to get me to sign the latest contract. Even knowing my probation requirements, she’d promised the network I’d be on the show. Judge Ellis clearly stated I had ten days to turn in “a pay stub that had nothing to do with show business.” Vicki’s already putting my probation in jeopardy just by bringing the TV crew to Georgia and filming me on the sly. If I break my probation, I return to California. As in, “Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.”

That’s the second Space Mountain plunge and spin.

And now I have to call Mr. Nash to tell him I just lost his client’s wife. Mr. Nash is not in a good mood as it is. Actually, I’m not sure if he’s ever in a good mood, but it seems I caught him at a bad time. His partner, Jolene, wants to sell Nash Security Systems and yesterday he found out she contracted the Black Pine Group to do it. Mr. Nash’s client works for the Black Pine Group. A conflict of interest. A conflict that will not bode well for keeping his business when Mr. Nash tells the client that his wife has flown the coop.

There’s your third plunge and spin.

Now I’m anticipating getting kicked off the ride. I need this ride. Not just to convince Mr. Nash that I can be a useful assistant. Or to show Vicki and Judge Ellis that I can get a non-Hollywood job. I need to prove to myself that I’m not just some spoiled, (once) rich has-been celebrity B-lister who can’t get her life together unless her mother—I mean, manager—orchestrates it for her.

I need this opportunity. To stay out of jail. And to reclaim my life. So I’ve got to find this missing woman. And I’ve got ten days to do it.


15 MINUTES is the first book in the NEW Maizie Albright Star Detective humorous mystery series published by Past Perfect Press, January 2017.

When ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie’s costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to a California prison.

By entangling herself in a missing person’s case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly.

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About the author
A 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective series. The first in the Cherry Tucker series, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. She loves books, food, and travel in any and all combinations.

Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, live in Nagoya, Japan, but they still call Georgia home. You can see them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, and sign up for her newsletter at here.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Three people selected at random will receive either a Kindle or Nook copy of 15 Minutes. Leave a comment below for your chance to win. The giveaway ends January 26, 2017. Good luck everyone!