I read a review of this on Kittling Books and was pleased to find it still offered on NetGalley. Since I've recently had a run of books that ended up in the DNF pile, it was nice to find a book that caught and held my interest. I haven't read any of the Alafair Tucker mysteries by Casey, but The Wrong Girl was an enjoyable historical mystery.
What is it about?
A young girl is fascinated by Hollywood and the film industry which is still in its infancy in 1926. Blanche is fifteen when a predator pretending to be a producer finds her in a small Oklahoma town. Charming and skilled at the seduction of young women, Graham Peyton persuades Blanche that he loves her and that he can get her into the movies. Blanche doesn't take a great deal of convincing and agrees to run off with him, but it doesn't take long before Blanche must confront her mistake.
Luckily, Blanche is more than a silly, star-struck adolescent; she has skills from growing up on a farm with brothers and is able to escape a "fate worse than death" and find friends that support and encourage her.
Withing six years, Blanche becomes Bianca LaBelle whose character Bianca Dangereuse is the adventurous heroine of several silent films. Blanche has been inordinately lucky in her friendships. In fact, Mrs. Gilbert and Alma Bolding are a rich part of the story.
Private investigator Ted Oliver has been hired to investigate the death of a man who disappeared five years ago and whose skeletal remains have recently been discovered. What does this have to do with Bianca and her friends?
An interesting beginning to a new series.
NetGalley/Poisoned Pen Press
Historical Mystery. Nov. 11, 2019. Print length: 256 pages.
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