Lily Handy has problems. Her agent hanged himself in the shower, her television series has been cancelled, and her self-esteem is badly flagging. When she goes to Brandauers department store to redeem a free cosmetic gift, she finds instead that someone has dropped the twenty million dollar Tanzanian diamond into the pocket of her Lauren Bacall trench coat.
The thief is trying to retrieve it, Lily's acting class, especially the mob connected Richard Bizotti, and the exotic dancer, Casey Bennett are trying to help, but when Lily gets too close for comfort, bodies start showing up and Lily realizes she better find the thief before she ends up in someone's pocket.
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Read, don't scold
It has attractive cover art, which makes it stand out in the lists. There is not much else redeeming. The story is awkward, the heroine is unlikeable, the "mystery" is silly, and there aren't even any memorable secondary characters. Nah, this one is a dud.
What subject matter?
I don't know if S. A. Stolinsky (author) and Stephanie Stolinsky (narrator) are the same person, but if so, I would suggest that she invest in a reader with talent and experience.
The narrator's voice was the "story" here. I have never experienced an audiobook read like this - that voice is so harsh it is cringeworthy. No way does it convince a listener that it represents a pretty, fluffy trophy wife/actress/goofball "detective". Instead it conjures images of bitter, slightly unwell, harping and complaining old aunt-in-law. I am returning this one and getting my credit back.
I don't like these questions that Audible generates, apparently at random. After I previewed my first review, I went back to edit and the questions had changed altogether, so that my responses did not match. How about letting me write my review in my own words?
- AllisonAngier "JackintheBeanstalk"