Pretty as a picture : a novel / Elizabeth Little.

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      Summary: Marissa Dahl, a shy but successful film editor, travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary--and legendarily demanding--director Tony Rees on a feature film with a familiar logline. Some girl dies. It's not much to go on, but the specifics don't concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She'll spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best: turning pictures into stories. But she soon discovers that on this set, nothing is as it's supposed to be--or as it seems. There are rumors of accidents and indiscretions, of burgeoning scandals and perilous schemes. Half the crew has been fired. The other half wants to quit. Even the actors have figured out something is wrong. And no one seems to know what happened to the editor she was hired to replace . . .
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Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1

Film editor Marissa is talented and hardworking, but her social awkwardness makes it hard for her to find a new job once she and her best friend, a lauded movie director, part ways. Growing desperate, she takes a gig on a movie set with a high-strung director and revolving-door staff at a mysterious location. Marissa, who doesn't bother much with the outside world, much less Hollywood gossip, doesn't know anything about the film before landing on a remote island off the coast of Delaware. It's gradually revealed (but not explicitly stated) that Marisa may be more than just quirky; she may be on the spectrum. Her anxiety level and her attention to detail could be the key to cracking not only a stunning recent crime, but also the decades-old murder that's haunted the residents of the island and is the basis for the film. The plot is thin and there are too many side characters to keep track of, but readers who stick with figuring out Marissa's personality may find her to be an interesting new kind of amateur sleuth. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 December

Film editor and cinephile Marissa accepts a job working with a legendary director and quickly discovers it's no ordinary gig. Whisked away to the film shoot on a remote island, she's not allowed to read the script, her phone is confiscated, and no one will tell her why the previous editor was fired. The film is based on an unsolved murder that occurred decades earlier on the island, and strange incidents on set seem to hint that the murderer may be interfering with the shoot. When Marissa finds herself in the middle of a new murder investigation, she uses her observational skills to put together the pieces of both crimes. VERDICT Little (Dear Daughter) once again delivers a dark, witty thriller. Movie fans will be delighted with the behind-the-scenes setting and the numerous cinematic references. While there are some twists, this character-driven whodunit is mainly propelled by Marissa, an intelligent, charming protagonist whose neurodiversity is well portrayed. Recommended for mystery fans drawn to amateur sleuths and quirky, realistic protagonists.—Anitra Gates, Erie Cty. P.L., PA

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 November #4

When film editor Marissa Dahl, the misfit narrator of this smart, cinematically steeped page-turner from Little (Dear Daughter), agrees to replace the most recent crew member canned by megalomaniacal auteur Tony Rees from the hush-hush true crime mystery he's shooting on a tiny island off the Delaware coast, she has no idea what she's in for. But once she arrives on location at the stately hotel where, in 1994, 19-year-old aspiring actor Caitlyn Kelly was found dead on the beach in a case that was never solved, it doesn't take long for even someone on the autism spectrum like herself to spot alarming danger signals. Then again, it's tough to miss the explosion of a bank of lights on that set that showers the leading lady with shards of broken glass—in what the editor learns is just the latest in a string of ostensible freak accidents that have plagued the production. The twisty plot becomes overly convoluted, but Little scores with the achingly vulnerable Marissa, whose specific set of skills enables her to see the big picture before anyone else. Psychological thriller fans will be well satisfied. Agent: Kate Garrick, Karpfinger Agency. (Feb.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.