This is my first encounter with Stewart Hoag (Hoagy) and his sidekick….an anchovy-eating Bassett Hound named Lulu. And I loved it! This is number 9 in the series! Number 9! This means I have 8 more books that I need to read in order to complete the mysterious adventures Hoagy and Lulu. Here is a rundown of who Hoagy is:
In the past, Hoagy wrote one best-seller and was the talk of the town…he had it all. However, this was followed by an extreme case of writer’s block and a second novel has not come to be. He lost his fancy home, the fancy life, and his marriage to movie star Merilee. He now lives in small apartment in New York with Lulu and spends his time ghostwriting. His new career has provided him not only with the opportunity to write fascinating and interesting stories, but to use another of his skills…amateur sleuthing. He natural ability to deduce and reason helps him solve some fairly scary and dangerous cases…all that start with a new ghostwriting assignment. Who knew writing could be so dangerous?
The Girl with the Kaleidoscope Eyes reunites Hoagy with Reggie….a beautiful, yet wounded poet who he spent three passionate and wild years with. Reggie’s father is a famous author who has become a recluse (think a bit J.D. Salinger). No one has heard from him in years….not since his wife committed suicide. That is no one has heard from him until now — twenty years later. Reggie and her sister Monette (who have not spoken in 20 years) receive letters from their father….or someone pretending to be their father. He wants something from his daughters. The public is intrigued.
Enter Stewart Hoagy. He has been hired to author the story of the reunion of Richard Aintree (recluse author) and his two daughters. Hoagy flies out to Monette’s home in LA and discovers that Monette’s empire is crumbling away after a Hollywood scandal. Hoagy gets thrown into the scandal when bodies begin to pileup in Monette’s LA mansion. Hoagy immediately tunes into the detective part of himself and starts to uncover the truth.
Fun, witty, fast-paced….I recommend this for an rainy weekend read…make sure you have some coffee and pastries to keep you fueled through the read.