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Pretty As A Picture - compelling mystery especially entertaining for cinephiles.

Marissa is a talented motion picture editor and an impressive student of film. She’s shy and socially awkward. Her friendship with Amy, her best friend/work associate/movie star, has become strained. She needs a change and a new job. She’s offered an interesting opportunity to work on a secretive film being directed by a legendary director who has a reputation for being tough and demanding. Filming has already begun on a true crime story about an unsolved murder of a young woman decades ago on a remote island off the coast of Delaware. Marissa is replacing the original editor who was mysteriously fired. She isn’t allowed to read the script, she has to sign a multi-page non-disclosure agreement, her cell phone is confiscated and the shoot is on the same isolated island where the murder took place. And people involved, including the primary suspect who was never arrested because of lack of evidence, still lives there. As production continues, strange and dangerous incidents start to happen. The book starts slow and takes time to get into. Happily things pick up nicely as the mystery of the murder and additional occurrences unfold. The author offers some humor which adds to the enjoyment of the book. The process of movie-making detailed was interesting. The sleuthing of Marissa and her cohorts make it entertaining. A bit Nancy Drew. A bit Scooby Doo.

Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.

Fiction / Crime / Mystery / Thriller.

Published on February 25, 2020.

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