16 Millimeters: A new Maizie Albright mystery from Larissa Reinhart

 

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery
by Larissa Reinhart

October 10 & 11, 2017

Release Date – October 17, 2017

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery/Romance
2nd in Series
Past Perfect Press
Print Length: 320 pages
Kindle ASIN: B074TW9MZ8

#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.

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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 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, LarissaReinhart.com, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.

 

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16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery by Larissa Reinhart

#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.

 


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.

 


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New Mazie Albright Star Detective Spotlight and Character Interview

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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.

“I was already a huge fan of Larissa Reinhart’s “Cherry Tucker” series, but in her new mystery series, FIFTEEN MINUTES, she had me at the end of the first line: “Donuts.” Maizie Albright is the kind of fresh, fun, and feisty “star detective” I love spending time with, a kind of Nancy Drew meets Lucy Ricardo. Move over, Janet Evanovich. Reinhart is my new “star mystery writer!” — Penny Warner, Author of DEATH OF A CHOCOLATE CHEATER and THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB

“Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list
celeb Maizie Albright’s waning star—even as it’s reborn in a spectacular
collision with her nightmarish stage mother, her
deer-pee-scented-apparel-inventing daddy…and a murderer. Sassy, sexy, and
fun, 15 Minutes is hours of enjoyment—and a wonderful start to a fun new
series from the charmingly Southern-fried Reinhart.”
— Phoebe Fox, author of THE BREAKUP DOCTOR series

“Larissa Reinhart’s newest heroine, Maizie Albright, is at once naïve and worldly. As a former child star, she craves life in the real world by becoming a PI, just like the TV character that made her famous. Armed with humor, charm, and stubborn determination, Maizie is a breath of fresh air. I adored every second of 15 Minutes. Viva la Maizie!” — Terri L. Austin, bestselling author of the ROSE STRICKLAND MYSTERIES and the NULL FOR HIRE series.


Q: Maizie, thanks for stopping by Island Confidential. Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

Thanks so much for taking the time to interview me. When you’ve grown up on TV like I have, it seems like everyone already knows so much about Maizie Albright. Everyone loves celebrity news, right? Before my big break on Kung Fu Kate at age nine, I’d been on countless commercials and ads, so my face was already recognizable. And starring role on a hit show like Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective, really felt like everyone knew me. Everyone and no one, but that’s the life of an actor, right? Just ask my manager, Vicki.

Or better yet, my therapist.

But even when I was plastered all over the tabloids, headlined entertainment blogs, and on a reality show, All is Albright, I was holding on to a deeply secreted ambition. Finally, I’ve been able to fulfill it. Sort of. Leaving Hollywood and the celebrity life behind—thanks to Judge Ellis’s probation requirements that goal’s been forced into realization which is how I ended up back in Georgia and living with my father—was part of it, but the actual dream was to become Julia Pinkerton for real.

Without the cheerleader costume.

Which was why I majored in Criminal Justice at So Cal during the filming of All is Albright. And why, now that I’m back in Black Pine, Georgia, I’ve forced myself upon Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions as an assistant. At least I hope to become his assistant. I need two years of mentoring before I can license my own private investigations office. I also need to secure a job and W-4 in 10 days for my probation requirements. So ten days to prove my worth. Which started with surveillance of Mr. Nash’s client’s wife. A wife I just lost.

Or she lost herself and I just can’t find her.

Or something else happened to her.

So that’s probably something your readers might not know…

I guess this dream could come crashing down in a few, so maybe it’s better if they don’t tell anyone about it. Although, the paparazzi does tend to sniff out these big crashes pretty quickly, don’t they?

Q: Who’s the character you get along with the best? 

It’s been a long time since I’ve lived in Black Pine, Georgia. Actually, Vicki moved me to California when I was a preschooler, so a real long time, although I did spend my summers with Daddy. I don’t know a lot of people here other than Daddy, his wife Carol Lynn, and my adorably ornery, six-year-old step-sister, Remi (named after Daddy’s favorite hunting gun). But I did meet these two girls, Tiffany and Rhonda, at LA HAIR.  Met them when Nash wanted me to deliver a subpoena to Tiffany, which didn’t turn out so well at first, but we get along great now.

Q:  Which other character do you have a conflict with? 

I wouldn’t say Mr. Nash, because our conflict is unresolved feelings, at least on my part and maybe his, I hope, and that’s a conflict that could be mutually beneficial…wait, what?

Right, conflict. Mr. Nash’s ex-wife, Jolene Sweeney. She’s part-owner of Nash Security Solutions and for some reason, she “hates my guts.” She’s kind of…well, beautifully bitchy?

Although my ex-therapist, Renata, would say the source of all my conflicts is Vicki. That’s just a fall-back conflict if you need another one. If that one gets resolved, it could do a lot for helping my metabolism.

Q:  Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?

She’s like the directors who set up the scene but lets you figure out how to best draw out the character’s feelings and actions. I don’t hear from her much unless she makes me do the scene over.

Q: What’s next for you?

My next role—I mean next assignment—is in 16 MILLIMETERS, which should open—I mean release—sometime later in 2017. In 16 MILLIMETERS, I get to babysit an actress who’s more of a hot mess than I was. She’s been contracted for a big blockbuster that’s being filmed in Black Pine and insurance dictates she needs watching over. Her producer hired me, I mean Nash Security Solutions, to make sure she doesn’t screw up the production schedule. However, when I went to her cottage at Black Pine Resort, I thought I saw her dead. But then she wasn’t dead. So was she acting? Or was someone else dead? Talk about a hot mess. I’m due on the set now.


A 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery series. The first in the series, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, now 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 http://smarturl.it/larissanewsletter.

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