May 2016: Renee Patrick


This month’s feature is Renee Patrick, author of the 1930s Hollywood murder mystery novel, Design for Dying.

Here’s a super sweet secret not-so-secret secret for you…ready? ….

Renee Patrick is a wife-husband dynamic duo! That’s right, folks. “Renee Patrick” is a pen name for not a single individual, but rather two people – Rosemarie and Vince Keenan. Relationship goals and writer goals all wrapped up in one! Let’s just take a moment to let the awesomeness of that sink in.

…Take your time.

I’ll give you a minute…

Cool, yes?

Serious mystery buffs, these two have done the genre proud with this book, in my humble honest opinion. It’s got everything you’d want in a classic murder mystery:

  • Murder (duh – first and foremost).
  • Intriguing and mysterious characters! The kind that reel you in with their charisma, charm, and bubbly appeal before you come to your senses and realize that no one can be trusted. And by the time you do realize it – it’s too late!
  • Clever and brave protagonists and their sidekicks equal partners. Teamwork made this book and teamwork is evident throughout.
  • A mystery that actually makes sense! The characters had logical motives, some of which may have been were admittedly desperate and misguided. But hey, as they say, desperate times call for desperate measures. Especially when murder is involved…. I’m assuming.

Synopsis via Renee Patrick’s Website:

Los Angeles, 1937. Lillian Frost has traded dreams of stardom for security as a department store salesgirl… until she discovers she’s a suspect in the murder of her former roommate Ruby Carroll. Party girl Ruby died wearing a gown she stole from the wardrobe department at Paramount Pictures, domain of Edith Head.

Edith has yet to win the first of her eight Academy Awards; right now she’s barely hanging on to her job, and a scandal is the last thing she needs. To clear Lillian’s name and save Edith’s career, the two women join forces. Unraveling the mystery pits them against a Hungarian princess on the lam, a hotshot director on the make, and a private investigator who’s not on the level.

All they have going for them are dogged determination, assists from the likes of Bob Hope and Barbara Stanwyck, and a killer sense of style. In show business, that just may be enough…

So? What are you waiting for? 😛 Be sure to check out Renee Patrick’s website to find out more about the author-pair and their projects and order the book. Happy reading!