The Hollywood Murder Mysteries

13 books in series
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Jezebel in Blue Satin Publisher's Summary

WWII is over and Joe Bernardi has just returned home after three years as a war correspondent in Europe. Married in the heat of passion three weeks before he shipped out, he has come home to find his wife Lydia is a complete stranger. It's not long before Lydia's off to Reno for a quickie divorce which Joe won't accept.

Meanwhile, he's been hired as a publicist by third-rate movie studio, Continental Pictures. One night, he enters a darkened sound stage only to discover the dead body of ambitious would-be actress Maggie Baumann. When the police investigate, they immediately zero in on Joe as the perp. Short on evidence, they attempt to frame him and almost succeed. Desperate to clear himself and uncover the identity of the actual killer, Joe enlists the help of Russ Parmelee, the studio's chief of security.

There's no shortage of suspects: May Britton, over the hill actress trying to make a comeback. Brick Baxter, whose brief career as a leading man is being threatened by the return of real stars like Gable and Power and Stewart. Kingman Krug, a hack director who would rather be helming his next epic film instead of this movie trash. Dave Clancy, who claims to be a reporter from Chicago but is someone else altogether. Leo Blaustein, studio hatchetman who may have been keeping Maggie in a plush apartment. Al Kaplan, an ex-husband still carrying a red-hot torch. Sal Maggio, a man of many interests, most of them illegal, who has a highly personal reason for wanting this film to succeed.

The story moves headlong toward an exciting and unexpected ending, weaving it's way through a web of blackmail, betrayal, and extortion.

©2016 Peter S. Fischer (P)2017 Peter S. Fischer
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  • Book 1

    • Jezebel in Blue Satin

    • The Hollywood Murder Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Peter S Fischer
    • Narrated by: Ben Tyler
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Joe Bernardi's been hired as a publicist by third-rate movie studio, Continental Pictures. One night, he enters a darkened sound stage only to discover the dead body of ambitious would-be actress Maggie Baumann. When the police investigate, they immediately zero in on Joe as the perp. Short on evidence, they attempt to frame him and almost succeed. Desperate to clear himself and uncover the identity of the actual killer, Joe enlists the help of Russ Parmelee, the studio's chief of security.

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  • Book 2

    • We Don't Need No Stinking Badges

    • The Hollywood Murder Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Peter S Fischer
    • Narrated by: Ben Tyler
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Joe Bernardi was the new guy in Warner Brothers Press Department, so it was no surprise when Joe was given the unenviable task of flying to Tampico, Mexico to bail Humphrey Bogart out of jail without the world learning about it. When he arrived, he discovered that Bogie wasn't the problem. So-called accidents were occurring daily on the set, slowing down the filming of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and putting tempers on edge.

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  • Book 3

    • Love Has Nothing to Do with It

    • The Hollywood Murder Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Peter S Fischer
    • Narrated by: Ben Tyler
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
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    Joe Bernardi's ex-wife Lydia is in big, big, trouble. On a Sunday evening she gets a panic call from one time lover Tyler Banks to bring an envelope from his beach house safe to his office. When she arrives he is visibly frightened and orders her to leave but once outside the building, she hears a shot. She runs back inside and finds Tyler dead on the floor and the envelope missing. She races from the office into the night, fearing for her life and unwilling to trust the cops. She goes into hiding even as the police instigate a city wide search for her. Even though Joe has found a new love in reporter Bunny Lesher, he feels he cannot abandon his former wife.

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