Author: Larissa Reinhart
Narrator: Joan Dukore
Length: 10 hours 26 minutes
Released: May 28, 2020
Genre: Mystery; Amateur Detective
She played a detective on TV, but now that her life depends on it, can Maizie Albright play a detective for real?
For fans of romantic comedy mysteries like Meg Cabot’s Size 12 Is Not Fat and Stephanie Bond’s Body Movers, The Wall Street Journal best-selling author Larissa Reinhart brings her listeners the first in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series, Hot Mystery Reviews’ “Top 10 Mysteries for Book Clubs”.
”Child star and hilarious hot mess Maizie Albright trades Hollywood for the backwoods of Georgia and pure delight ensues. Maizie’s my new favorite escape from reality.” (Gretchen Archer, USA Today best-selling author of the Davis Way Crime Caper series)
Three Teen Choice Awards, one Emmy nomination, and several Maxim covers later, Maizie Albright was an ex-teen star, stuck in reality show hell, and standing before a California judge. She has one chance for a new life: return home to Black Pine, Georgia, and get a job that has nothing to do with show business. So why not become a private detective – the person she played during the happiest days of her life?
First: She’s got 10 days to get and keep the job.
Second: She has to convince the only private investigator in town to hire her.
Third: She lost the client’s wife on the first day. (And the woman may be dead…)
Fourth: She just might be falling in love with her new boss. And she just might have lost him his business.
But what has she got to lose, other than imprisonment, her dignity, and possibly, her life?
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“Sassy, sexy, and fun, 15 Minutes is hours of enjoyment.” (Phoebe Fox, author of the Breakup Doctor series)
The Wall Street Journal bestselling author Larissa Reinhart writes the award-winning Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. She loves to tell funny stories about women, looking for love (and sometimes dead bodies) in all the wrong places.
Larissa, her family, and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, lived in Nagoya, Japan, but have returned to Peachtree City, Georgia. You can see them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Larissa loves books, food, and traveling with her family. You can often see her adventures on Instagram (and her little dog, too).
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Born in Honolulu, HI, Joan DuKore began her performing career as a ballet dancer, and attended Virginia School of the Arts to continue her education. Her hobby of magic later became her profession, and she continues to perform in Las Vegas and around the world. Her love of reading eventually led to voice acting. She has produced over 30 audiobooks in numerous genres such as thrillers, romances, memoirs, mysteries and fantasies. She loves locking herself in her booth and living in the worlds that authors create.
Of course, Nash Security Solutions would be housed in a donut shop. Time and the elements had nearly scrubbed the painted Dixie Kreme ad from the side of the old brick building and I’d almost missed it. But with my Jag’s top down, the confectioned-carb aroma assaulted my senses. I pulled in a long, exhilarating breath, then pretended I couldn’t taste that sweet mouthful of heaven. My trainer, Jerry, would have accused me of manifesting donut reality through my sheer love of trans-fats. After all my years in LA, delectable like donuts should cause my brain to flash a warning with a similar intensity to the bright red neon “Fresh & Hot” sign hanging in this storefront window. However, my brain’s warning was more of an appetizing apple red. As in Snow White’s “One bite and all your dreams will come true” red. My therapist had an opinion on that subject, something about denied sugar, both literal and metaphorical. Either way, donuts meant trouble.
Movie stars are people, just like everyone else. Yeah, they tend to have to work out more to stay in tip top shape, unlike the rest of us. They always seem to need a diet of some sort. They typically have their privacy invaded most of the day, unlike the rest of us. And they have connections…until something happens like a drug bust or an overdose and then the trouble comes their way. What does a celebrity do to get out of the limelight while they try to get their bearings on reality again? In Maizie Albright’s case, she changes her name back to small town Maizie Spayberry and takes a trip down to Georgia where her dad lives. Reinhart has a fun and entertaining cozy mystery with 15 Minutes as Maizie takes her celebrity role of private investigator…off camera and to the streets of Black Pine.
Maizie’s ex-boyfriend gets caught in some pretty illegal stuff and goes to jail, but the judge takes leniency on Maizie. His instruction is very clear and unwavering. Get off the movie set and get a job…in ten days or go to jail. Moving from LA to Black Pine is refreshing, but what she brings to the town might be too much to handle. Figuring that she’ll start as an apprentice to the only private investigator in town, Mr. Nash of Nash Security Solutions, everyone thinks she’s a complete joke and plays it off as research for a new film. After one assignment of following a client’s wife around…and losing the client’s wife, Maizie begins to wonder if being a real detective is in her cards. It is certainly easier to be one in the movies, for sure! As if this isn’t hard enough, the one person she didn’t want hounding her, her mom and also manager, has come to persuade Maizie to come back to LA for the next signed film. Saying goodbye to the camera was the easiest choice of her life, but establishing some normalcy has proved more challenging. When some of the town’s folk are found murdered, Maizie adds possible death to her “cons for becoming a private investigator” list, but her sleuthing is not over. She knows that if she can find the client’s wife, this may be the key to getting back into the good graces of her skeptical boss, the star-struck town, and the judge who wants to put her away.
Reinhart has some intriguing characters, portraying strength, doubt, desire, mystery, and a healthy dose of discernibly. 15 Minutes appears to be well-written purely by assessment, but lacks some creativity. The narration is clean, steady, and easy to follow. The story did appear to be very predictable, but a fun and light read none-the-less. Dukore’s narration is amusing, allowing the reader to get an accurate sense of the characters and how they react to certain situations. She does stumble over a few words, but not enough to hinder enjoyment. Overall, the story will entertain readers who like cozy mysteries, amateur detectives, and chick lit. Since this is the first installment within the Maizie Albright Star Detective series, the reader is able to dive right in.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to 15 Minutes by Larissa Reinhart.
In the past when my other books became audiobooks, my publisher took care of all the details. Basically, I signed a contract and months later I was given a copy of the audiobook. 15 MINUTES was my first experience working with an actress and producer, and I loved the collaboration. My narrator, Joan Dukore, has been a dream. She’s professional, prompt, and engaging. Fabulously funny, Joan understands comedic timing. I love her version of Maizie Albright and I love the way the book (books, actually, since she just finished the second) sound. I prepared a small character profile with the audition script that accompanied short excerpts from the three scenes I chose. This was all Joan had to go on, so you can see below the challenge presented in her audition. Just the basics for the main characters. And of course, she nailed these voices.
- Maizie Albright: a twenty-five-year-old actress born in Georgia but raised in LA (heroine/first person). She’s insecure but optimistic. A buxom redhead like she walked out of a noir detective novel, but with the personality of rom-com heroine.
- Wyatt Nash: a thirty-two-year-old private investigator from Georgia. Looks like Dwayne Johnson. A little rough, capable and confident, and has a soft spot (and growing attraction) for Maizie that he hides. Mainly because he doesn’t want to admit it to himself.
- Lamar: an ex-police officer and Nash’s friend. He owns the building and donut shop below Nash’s detective office. Lamar’s an older African-American man from Georgia. Confident and curious. He likes Maizie immediately.
- Vicki Albright: Maizie’s stage-monster mother. She’s a beauty queen originally from Black Pine, Georgia (but wouldn’t have an accent). Cool, confident, and ruthless. Her phrases are crisp and often sarcastic.
- Jolene Sweeney: Nash’s ex-wife from Georgia. A businesswoman. Detests Maizie. Mean like a hellcat, thirtyish.
I hope these profiles give you as listeners/readers an indication of the personalities at work in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series. I had a lot of fun creating the characters and hope you have as much fun meeting them! Thanks so much for having me here today.
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