The glamorous dead / Suzanne Gates.

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      Summary: "Set in the dream factory of the 1940s, this glittering debut novel follows a young Hollywood hopeful into a star-studded web of scandal, celebrity, and murder... The chipped pink nail polish is a dead giveaway-- no pun intended. When a human thumb is discovered near a Hollywood nightclub, it doesn't take long for the police to identify its owner. Miss Penny Harp would recognize that pink anywhere: it belongs to her best friend, Rosemary. And so does the rest of the body buried beneath it. Rosemary, with the beauty and talent, who stood out from all other extras on the Paramount lot. She was the one whose name was destined for a movie marquee-- not for the obituaries. And for an extra twist, now an LAPD detective thinks Penny is the one who killed her... Penny is determined to prove her innocence-- with a little help from an unlikely ally, the world-famous queen of film noir, Barbara Stanwyck. Penny met "Stany" on the set of Paramount's classic comedy, 'The Lady Eve,' where the star took an instant liking to her. With Stany's powerful connections and no-nonsense style, she has no trouble following clues out of the studio backlot, from the Los Angeles morgue to the Zanzibar Room to the dark, winding streets of Beverly Hills. But there's something Penny isn't telling her famous partner in crime solving: a not-so-glamorous secret that could lead them to Rosemary's killer-- or send Penny to the electric chair..."
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      "Kensington fiction"--Spine.
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    • ABNT:
      GATES, S. The glamorous dead. [s. l.]: Kensington Books, 2017. ISBN 9781496708120. Disponível em: Acesso em: 5 jun. 2020.
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      Gates S. The Glamorous Dead. Kensington Books; 2017. Accessed June 5, 2020.
    • APA:
      Gates, S. (2017). The glamorous dead. Kensington Books.
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      Gates, Suzanne. 2017. The Glamorous Dead. Kensington Books.
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      Gates, S. (2017) The glamorous dead. Kensington Books. Available at: (Accessed: 5 June 2020).
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      Gates, S 2017, The glamorous dead, Kensington Books, viewed 5 June 2020, .
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      Gates, Suzanne. The Glamorous Dead. Kensington Books, 2017. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Gates, Suzanne. The Glamorous Dead. Kensington Books, 2017.
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      Gates S. The glamorous dead [Internet]. Kensington Books; 2017 [cited 2020 Jun 5]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2017 October #1

Weary of the limited prospects awaiting them in 1940s Buena Park, California, Penny Harp and her best friend, Rosemary, head to Hollywood and find jobs as extras at Paramount Studios. Penny befriends Barbara Stanwyck, and Rosemary starts getting some featured screen time. But their luck runs out there. Rosemary is murdered, and an assumed-jealous Penny is the prime suspect. BFF "Stany" runs hot and cold during the investigation, forcing Penny to fend for herself in the City of Angels. Gates' first novel is full of the cameos and factoids that fans of Hollywood's Golden Age will enjoy. From the girlie reviews at the Florentine Gardens to a rumored tunnel that married producers would use to visit their ingenue mistresses, the book is a treasure trove of movie lore. Full of moxie, Penny is the perfect leading lady for this entertaining mystery. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 September #1

When two friends leave their small town for the glamour of Hollywood in 1940, one ends up dead and the other is the primary suspect in her murder. It's the golden age of Hollywood, and Penny Harp and Rosemary Brown are extras in Preston Sturges's comedy, The Lady Eve. Rosemary disappears on Halloween, only to be discovered later buried behind the Florentine Gardens nightclub. Penny, who knows Rosemary's secrets, won't reveal any information, even when the film's star. Barbara Stanwyck "Stany," offers to help Penny solve the mystery. Stany has the power of Paramount behind her, but that won't stop the police from arresting Penny. It's a high-stakes world in which the studios have unbelievable influence and use it to protect their stars; extras are disposable. VERDICT Quotes from the magazine Photoplay begin each chapter in this gritty, noir debut that vividly captures the atmosphere of glamorous parties, movie stars, and influential studios. Readers of Kelli Stanley's "Miranda Corbie" mysteries or Linda L. Richards's "Kitty Pangborn" crime novels will appreciate the celebrity and culture of the period.—LH

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2017 September #2

Early in Gates's impressive first novel, set in pre-WWII Hollywood, a police detective questions wannabe starlet Penny Harp and real-life film star Barbara "Stany" Stanwyck, who has befriended Penny, outside the Florentine Gardens, "the town's best revue." The nude body of Penny's roommate and best friend, fellow wannabe starlet Rosemary Brown, has been found buried in a passageway behind the Florentine Gardens, minus a thumb. When Penny becomes a suspect in Rosemary's murder, she turns sleuth to clear her name. Stany lends support as Penny starts sneaking into studio offices and lurking around back lots. When a second actress winds up dead, Penny knows she's next unless she can uncover the motive behind the murders. Gates skillfully evokes a Hollywood era when the studio chiefs wielded enormous power over the lives of everyone in their orbits and would go to any length to protect their stars and big-budget movies. Glamour takes a back seat to lust, lies, and greed in this well-wrought mystery. Agent: Jennifer Udden, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Nov.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.