Meet the Benningers, an unlikely wealthy couple in the midst of constant emotional chaos, who find themselves investigating the world of murder in opulent Coldwater Canyon, a mystery that takes them inside the darkness that can often pervade ‘Hollywood' life. With the most unusual set of characters and a nod to the The Thin Man, Bradley Lewis takes us into the rich, dysfunctional, world of Beverly Hills, where Sheila Benniger's pet schnoodle's life is even in danger inside the disordered world. Sheila schleps around her husband, Dr. Brantley Benninger, the local root canal specialist, to help investigate her amateur sleuthing hunches. Like Nick and Nora Charles, the Benningers enjoy all the perks of wealth, such as country clubs and eating in the finest Hollywood and Beverly Hills chichi locations, but unfortunately too often with Sheila's Borgia-like parents, the Stirlings. With the help of Irv-The-Shrink, the Bennigers manage to keep their marriage alive – and want to – especially since Sheila is trying to become pregnant. The perfect-imperfect couple, Sheila and Brantley are still in love, and their elegant condo provides refuge from the strange world that the Stirlings constantly try to invade. They enter the realm of macabre murders, toxic sushi poison, and police cover-ups. With lively dialogue and uniquely authentic settings, the author, a Beverly Hills resident for twenty-six years, demonstrates that he knows his subject from every angle, and exposes the extraordinary perverse insider details of wealthy families. The Benningers rub elbows with the rich and famous, while trying to solve what proves to be an off-beat, often funny, tale of mystery and socially-impaired Beverly Hills life.
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