Hollywood Ending
Tinseltown's awards season is in full swing, and everyone is obsessed with dressing up, scoring free swag, and getting invited to the biggest awards shows of the year. But when popular Silver Sphere Awards publicist Lyla Davis is killed during a botched ATM robbery, the celebratory mood comes to an abrupt halt.Dayna Anderson--an actress turned apprentice private investigator--uncovers the killer almost immediately. Unfortunately, what starts as an open-and-shut case turns out to be anything but. Lyla's murder was no robbery-gone-wrong. Someone hired the gunman to kill her. Diving back into the investigation, Dayna gets a backstage look at the worlds of gossip blogging, Hollywood royalty, and one of entertainment's most respected awards shows--all while trying to avoid her own Hollywood ending.

Hollywood Ending Details

TitleHollywood Ending
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 8th, 2018
PublisherMidnight Ink
ISBN-139780738752976
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

Hollywood Ending Review

  • Kellye
    January 1, 1970
    It would be self serving to review my own book, so instead I will include this lovely note from my mother: "Started your book and now can't put it down!...As your mom, I was scared to death I would not like it."Seriously, thank you everyone who took the time to read book 2 in the Detective by Day series. I really appreciate it.
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  • Monica **can't read fast enough**
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for an entertaining and very modern detective story with a smart but still not totally together African American female investigator the Detective by Day series is one that I would highly recommend picking up. Dayna Anderson is very much the millennial finding her way in the world, but she still feels relatable and likable. I'm am so looking forward to being on the journey of her developing her talents and becoming more secure in her abilities. There are only two books so far If you are looking for an entertaining and very modern detective story with a smart but still not totally together African American female investigator the Detective by Day series is one that I would highly recommend picking up. Dayna Anderson is very much the millennial finding her way in the world, but she still feels relatable and likable. I'm am so looking forward to being on the journey of her developing her talents and becoming more secure in her abilities. There are only two books so far and I am already invested in these characters. I'm looking forward to the next case!**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**You can find me at:•(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)•Twitter: @MonlatReaderInstagram: @readermonicaFacebook: Monica Reeds Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase
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  • Julie Holmes
    January 1, 1970
    I received an early release copy of this book, and dug into it as soon as I could. I loved Hollywood Homicide, and had high expectations for Hollywood Ending. The book met my expectations! Dayna Anderson, "retired" actress and now apprentice PI, is dating one of Hollywood's newest A-listers. When he narrowly misses being the victim of a fatal mugging, Dayna is drawn into the case. Besides, she's been doing okay on the PI front. When she learns the victim is also the person behind one of the most I received an early release copy of this book, and dug into it as soon as I could. I loved Hollywood Homicide, and had high expectations for Hollywood Ending. The book met my expectations! Dayna Anderson, "retired" actress and now apprentice PI, is dating one of Hollywood's newest A-listers. When he narrowly misses being the victim of a fatal mugging, Dayna is drawn into the case. Besides, she's been doing okay on the PI front. When she learns the victim is also the person behind one of the most followed online gossips, she follows the trail to a celebrity whose secret will end their career. Dayna tries to track down who would kill to keep their secrets, all during the chaos that accompanies a Hollywood awards show. Publicists, gossips, celebrities--they all have motives, but who did it? This book keeps the reader guessing until the end.
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  • Mark Baker
    January 1, 1970
    It’s awards season in Hollywood and actress turned PI Day Anderson is celebrating when her boyfriend, Omari, is nomination for the Silver Sphere Award. However, after one of the parties he has to attend to mingle with the judges, Lily Davis is murdered. Lily was a publicist for the Silver Sphere Awards, and they have offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of her killer, so naturally Day jumps in to solve the case. This one seems much easier than her first murder case. Is she miss It’s awards season in Hollywood and actress turned PI Day Anderson is celebrating when her boyfriend, Omari, is nomination for the Silver Sphere Award. However, after one of the parties he has to attend to mingle with the judges, Lily Davis is murdered. Lily was a publicist for the Silver Sphere Awards, and they have offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of her killer, so naturally Day jumps in to solve the case. This one seems much easier than her first murder case. Is she missing something?Of course, she is, and the book soon involves plenty of complications that kept me reading as fast as I could. There are some fun twists before we reach the climax. Day and all her friends are back, and I loved spending more time with them and seeing how their relationships have changed. I also really enjoy the insider’s look at life in the Hollywood world. Everything is brought together by humor that had me laughing and smiling the entire way through the book. Those who loved the first book will be equally delighted with this one. And if you haven’t started this series yet, you need to do so today.NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    Hollywood Ending is book 2 of the A Detective by Day Mystery by Kellye Garrett. Award Season has arrived everyone including Dayna Anderson was looking forward to the shows and glamour. However, the murder of Lyla Davis at a local ATM cause the festivities to dampen. Dayna Anderson started to investigate and was surprised what turns up during her investigations. The readers of Hollywood Ending will continue to follow the twists and turns in Dayna Anderson investigations to find out what happens. Hollywood Ending is book 2 of the A Detective by Day Mystery by Kellye Garrett. Award Season has arrived everyone including Dayna Anderson was looking forward to the shows and glamour. However, the murder of Lyla Davis at a local ATM cause the festivities to dampen. Dayna Anderson started to investigate and was surprised what turns up during her investigations. The readers of Hollywood Ending will continue to follow the twists and turns in Dayna Anderson investigations to find out what happens. Hollywood Ending was the first book I have read of Kellye Garrett, and it was an enjoyable book to read. I am looking forward to reading book one in the A Detective by Day Mystery series. I like Kellye Garrett portrayal of her characters and the way they intertwine with each other. Hollywood Ending is well written, and it ensures that I had a laugh at times with the characters and researched by Kellye Garrett. I like the way Kellye Garrett describes her settings and plot. The readers of Hollywood Ending will understand the consequences of being a gossip blogger. Also, the readers of Hollywood Ending will learn how to be apprentice private investigator. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC copy for an honest review. I recommend this book.
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  • Princess
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Midnight Ink for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.When I first started reading this I thought “what in the world?” I am so glad I stuck with it. I loved all the quirky characters and the solving of the crime. Dayna was so determined and funny. I laughed the whole way through. Such a fun book!!
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  • Destiny
    January 1, 1970
    Kellye Garrett has done it again! Hilarious and suspenseful, I'm so glad I had a chance to pick up an early copy of Hollywood Ending! The voice of Dayna is so distinct you can't help but fall in love with her and because of that, this whole series.
  • Robin St. Clare
    January 1, 1970
    If you're wondering if the follow-up to last year's multi-award-winning HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE will live up to its predecessor, the answer is a definite YES. Just as funny with endearing characters, good character development, and an engrossing mystery that I did not guess the ending to (a situation that's becoming less and less common). I especially appreciate the supportive friendship between three women that never turns catty or involves falling out over silly reasons. I could use much more of th If you're wondering if the follow-up to last year's multi-award-winning HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE will live up to its predecessor, the answer is a definite YES. Just as funny with endearing characters, good character development, and an engrossing mystery that I did not guess the ending to (a situation that's becoming less and less common). I especially appreciate the supportive friendship between three women that never turns catty or involves falling out over silly reasons. I could use much more of this in the books I read. In short, highly recommended!
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  • Jeanie Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excite to see the sequel to the frequently nominated and so far Agatha winner Hollywood Homicide. Author Kellye Garrett has a unique style and it is one that works SO well. Hollywood Ending had me rolling with laughter but has an intelligent plot. I can so relate to Dayna which is a bit surprising when you consider how different we are. She is so adorable and but she is also smart enough that she actually takes time to think things through instead of diving into trouble blindly…well, mo I was so excite to see the sequel to the frequently nominated and so far Agatha winner Hollywood Homicide. Author Kellye Garrett has a unique style and it is one that works SO well. Hollywood Ending had me rolling with laughter but has an intelligent plot. I can so relate to Dayna which is a bit surprising when you consider how different we are. She is so adorable and but she is also smart enough that she actually takes time to think things through instead of diving into trouble blindly…well, most of the time. I didn’t get as much of a feel for secondary characters as I did in Hollywood Homicide but I still enjoyed the time I spent with them.Ex-actress Dayna Anderson has passed her 15 minutes of fame as a commercial actress and is not working to earn her private investigator license under an ex-police detective, talk about unique! It would sure help if he had his license, oops. Her first case brought in a nice bit of change but cases that she can handle have been a little thin so when a Hollywood blogger is murdered at an ATM, she figures that this one will be a breeze, witness, camera, what could be easier? Naturally nothing is easy but Dayna is not one to give up; she likes to eat too much.Thanks to NetGalley and Midnight Ink for the chance to jump into this ARC! I love Dayna and Hollywood Endings and look forward to seeing what she gets into next time.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    Read this fast paced novel, now!Talk about your reading you can’t put down. I started it this morning, and finished it in less one day.Let’s get to the scoop.The characters were all well developed. Except for Aubrey. I wish I knew more about him. But with the ending, he’s not going anywhere, so stay tuned for more. I can’t decide if I like Dayna Anderson or Sienna Hayes better. Dayna is the main character, and a bit of a power player, with just enough uncertainty to make her real. But Sienna… wh Read this fast paced novel, now!Talk about your reading you can’t put down. I started it this morning, and finished it in less one day.Let’s get to the scoop.The characters were all well developed. Except for Aubrey. I wish I knew more about him. But with the ending, he’s not going anywhere, so stay tuned for more. I can’t decide if I like Dayna Anderson or Sienna Hayes better. Dayna is the main character, and a bit of a power player, with just enough uncertainty to make her real. But Sienna… what a fun character. Her personality is the one friend you have in your life that makes things way too wacky. Come on, we all have one of those, right?The descriptions were out in full force. They made me feel like I was in LA. Not the LA we all read about, the living in the real world LA.The red herrings and clues were planted everywhere. I was wishing I could see the author’s chart of everything, to see how she made all the twists and turns in the story. Keep in mind, there wasn’t a single clue or red herring not needed. They all fit, and kept me guessing! I had no clue who was the killer until the reveal, because of all the planted clues and red herrings and Dayna’s guessing game. Nice job!Dialogue was funny as all get out! I caught myself laughing out loud.It moved extremely fast. Like action packed fast! Like I couldn’t keep up with it fast! Could be a good thing or bad thing. I leave it up to you to decide.
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  • 3 no 7
    January 1, 1970
    “Hollywood Ending” by Kellye Garrett is written as a first person narrative by Dayna Anderson aspiring actor and up-and-coming private investigator. Readers get to know her well in the first few pages. “You’d probably cast me in a group of black friends getting together for a fun vacation movie. I’d play the cute, annoyingly sweet girl currently dating the object of the main character’s affections.”The story starts with a series of encounters that explain what she is doing. “I’m here for the fre “Hollywood Ending” by Kellye Garrett is written as a first person narrative by Dayna Anderson aspiring actor and up-and-coming private investigator. Readers get to know her well in the first few pages. “You’d probably cast me in a group of black friends getting together for a fun vacation movie. I’d play the cute, annoyingly sweet girl currently dating the object of the main character’s affections.”The story starts with a series of encounters that explain what she is doing. “I’m here for the freaking reward money from the LAPD. I’m not a snitch and I’m not an actor. I’m a private investigator.” Of course, an apprentice former cop turned-investigator Aubrey S. Adams-Parker apprentice, but an investigator nonetheless. She was serious about becoming an investigator and was anxious to work her way up in the profession. Of course, needing money, she checks the LAPD Crime Stoppers tip line page for new cases. If there was a reward, she had a case.The tone of Dayna’s narrative is irreverent and casual, and it reflects her devil may care attitude. Underneath that superficial public persona is someone who really cares about her friends. Every page is filled with Hollywood geography, people characters, and attitude. The paparazzi, social media, and “show biz” are shown at their best and worst. Only in a book about Hollywood, would there be a red-carpet celebrity tour bus and swag bags as clues. I received a copy of “Hollywood Ending” from Kellye Garrett, Midnight Ink and NetGalley. I know show business has a sordid side, but it can also be hysterically funny. The pace is quick, and there is never a dull moment with Dayna Anderson on the case. Sometimes one just needs a book with laughs to go along with the crime and murder.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    I received an early copy to provide my honest review. This book is like putting on your favourite comfy sweatshirt. It makes you feel comfy and at home. I came across the first book in the series by Kellye during a book launch party for another author. I read an excerpt which had me laughing and knew I needed that book right away. It jumped to the top of my list and when I found out she had another one and that I had to wait to read it I couldn't believe it. Then I was able to get an advance cop I received an early copy to provide my honest review. This book is like putting on your favourite comfy sweatshirt. It makes you feel comfy and at home. I came across the first book in the series by Kellye during a book launch party for another author. I read an excerpt which had me laughing and knew I needed that book right away. It jumped to the top of my list and when I found out she had another one and that I had to wait to read it I couldn't believe it. Then I was able to get an advance copy that hadn't been edited and loved every minute of it. The characters were like old friends I was reuniting with like no time had passed. I could still remember what happened in the last book and found the pace matched the previous book. This was a book I wanted to finish because it was so fun to read but at the same time I didn't want it to finish too soon because I loved it that much. If you're looking for a fun read that throws curve balls at you while making you laugh and helps you forget your own bad days then this is the book for you. I have this book in my wish list so when I launches I can buy it in paperback. Sad to say bye for now to Dayna but I know I'll see her again.
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  • Divena
    January 1, 1970
    I did not expect to like this sequel as much as the original but I may have liked it even more. Dayna has come into her own as a heroine and she's funnier than ever. Dayna's life has changed since we last met with her. She's now dating Omari and has taken on some smaller cases since solving her first. But she's growing bored and ready to expand her new business, When Silver Screen Organization publicist Lyla is murdered Dayna decides to take on the case. Solving the case is rather easy or so it I did not expect to like this sequel as much as the original but I may have liked it even more. Dayna has come into her own as a heroine and she's funnier than ever. Dayna's life has changed since we last met with her. She's now dating Omari and has taken on some smaller cases since solving her first. But she's growing bored and ready to expand her new business, When Silver Screen Organization publicist Lyla is murdered Dayna decides to take on the case. Solving the case is rather easy or so it appears until Dayna is ready to collect her reward money and join Omari and Sienna at the award ceremony. Dayna is very much the bumbling amateur at times, still continuously making rookie mistakes. However her quick wit is endearing and her colorful cast of associates keep things interesting. There's characters like Nina who you'll despise with a passion, Sienna the sometimes ditzy best friend who always has her back, Emme who is living in her own online world, and the chill and serious Omari among others. For those who like their mysteries with alot of laughs Hollywood Ending is must!
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  • Ami
    January 1, 1970
    Hmmm... it started quite interesting -- a publicist was murdered during a botched robbery attempt , Dayna tried to find out who did it, and instead she found out that the publicist was moonlighting as (view spoiler)[this famous gossip blogger that was mentioned quite a lot in the first book (hide spoiler)]. But after hitting around half mark, I began to lose interest.The only explanation I can offer is that maaaaybeee I didn't really care about the victim at all. Or the scandal surrounding the p Hmmm... it started quite interesting -- a publicist was murdered during a botched robbery attempt , Dayna tried to find out who did it, and instead she found out that the publicist was moonlighting as (view spoiler)[this famous gossip blogger that was mentioned quite a lot in the first book (hide spoiler)]. But after hitting around half mark, I began to lose interest.The only explanation I can offer is that maaaaybeee I didn't really care about the victim at all. Or the scandal surrounding the people involved, which included some famous Hollywood names. I guess it's getting old for me quick. Or I prefer mystery that deals with non-famous people...I also thought that Dayna didn't really learn a lot from the first book; she confronted possible blackmailer slash murderer face-to-face. Like she didn't understand how dangerous the plan was. I don't have enough patience for that kind of stupidity.I'm still giving it a three because it's not completely a failure for me; it's passable as my 'okay' category. However, I'm not sure I'll be checking out the next book *shrugs*The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    I think I'm getting a little tired of the escapades of Stephanie Plum-like characters. Although Kellye Garrett's second Detective By Day mystery,Hollywood Ending, is set in Hollywood, apprentice private eye Dayna Anderson and her best friend, Sienna, are a little too Stephanie and Lulu for me.After solving a hit-and-run case, former commercial spokesperson Dayna Anderson wants to become an apprentice in training to cop turned private investigator Aubrey Adams-Parker. She thinks she’s found the p I think I'm getting a little tired of the escapades of Stephanie Plum-like characters. Although Kellye Garrett's second Detective By Day mystery,Hollywood Ending, is set in Hollywood, apprentice private eye Dayna Anderson and her best friend, Sienna, are a little too Stephanie and Lulu for me.After solving a hit-and-run case, former commercial spokesperson Dayna Anderson wants to become an apprentice in training to cop turned private investigator Aubrey Adams-Parker. She thinks she’s found the perfect case when Lyla Davis, spokesperson for the upcoming Silver Sphere Awards event, is killed at an ATM. Dayna’s boyfriend, hot actor Omari Grant, had been at that ATM just minutes earlier. Dayna teams up with her best friend, Sienna Hayes, a reality star wannabe, and uses her wiles and connections to probe the social media secrets of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Some people have secrets worth killing for, and Lyla Davis seems to have known them all. Dayna’s soon caught up in Hollywood gossip, while trying to push Aubrey to become licensed as a PI so she can continue her own adventures. Dayna’s schemes are sidetracked when she realizes she’s picked the wrong person as a killer. In Hollywood, what’s one more false story?In Hollywood, everyone has an angle. Sienna always wears red, and even hires a paparazzi to follow her around and take pictures. It's all about publicity, gossip blogging, who's dating who. And, so much of the world is pretend. All the deception makes it hard for Dayna to get an angle on the killer. Then, there's the mysterious Z who keeps showing up "to help" as Dayna's investigating.Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum will feel right at home with the outrageous mistakes and sexy men. Garrett spent eight years working in Hollywood, including writing for Cold Case. The author’s insider knowledge of Hollywood adds to the humor. Maybe I'm just not interested in clothes and shoes and makeup and Hollywood celebrities. I'm the wrong audience for Hollywood Homicide.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Hollywood Ending is the second book in the Day Detective series and I enjoyed this book as much as the first one. Dayna has found her footing as a budding Private Investigator solving small cases and her personal life has come full circle as she and Omari are now in a relationship. I like that Dayna is learning her new profession and makes mistakes as she learns. She is intelligent, compassionate, and quick witted. I even loved her sort of ditzy but endearing friends. I look forward to more of D Hollywood Ending is the second book in the Day Detective series and I enjoyed this book as much as the first one. Dayna has found her footing as a budding Private Investigator solving small cases and her personal life has come full circle as she and Omari are now in a relationship. I like that Dayna is learning her new profession and makes mistakes as she learns. She is intelligent, compassionate, and quick witted. I even loved her sort of ditzy but endearing friends. I look forward to more of Dayna's adventures.
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  • The CurvyJones
    January 1, 1970
    TBH I got to 60% and skimmed to the end. I was just... tired and wanted to know how it ended. I don't know if there were too many characters or the story line just feel apart for me. Kellye is a fresh face in mystery writing, so I'm excited to see where these books take her.
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  • Sheryl
    January 1, 1970
    RTF
  • Teisha
    January 1, 1970
    Hollywood Ending begins with Dayna, now a PI-in-training and the girlfriend of an A-list star, cashing in on her first case (literally picking up her $1,000 reward). She becomes involved in another murder case after her boyfriend, Omari, is almost the victim of an ATM robbery. Lyla Davis, a well-known publicist, is found dead scene. Dayna is able to solve the “open-and-shut” case fairly quickly until she realizes that there’s more to the story then she first believed. It will take delving into t Hollywood Ending begins with Dayna, now a PI-in-training and the girlfriend of an A-list star, cashing in on her first case (literally picking up her $1,000 reward). She becomes involved in another murder case after her boyfriend, Omari, is almost the victim of an ATM robbery. Lyla Davis, a well-known publicist, is found dead scene. Dayna is able to solve the “open-and-shut” case fairly quickly until she realizes that there’s more to the story then she first believed. It will take delving into the world of Hollywood gossip and secrets to find the true murderer and the real reason behind Lyla’s death. I’m not gonna lie, I was very excited when I found out I was approved for an ARC of this book because I loved the first so much! I love Dayna’s character and Garrett’s ability to bring her to life. When I read mysteries, I often look for how the author is able to portray characters and how “real” their personalities/relationships appear in the book. It felt as if Dayna was sitting next to me the entire time relaying the story in her own words. Her mannerisms and thoughts were peppered throughout the story and seemed so genuine to the character! I found myself laughing (cackling at times) at some of the things she said because it seemed like something I or my close friends would say. There was one passage that made me laugh out loud when I first read it: “For some reason, I found it impossible to remember to select the button letting my email keep me logged into the account. I could remember Oprah’s entire ‘All my life I had to fight’ monologue from The Color Purple yet had to fight to remember that.”Even after continuing with the rest of the book I would laugh to myself when I thought about it. It fit perfectly with Dayna’s character and is something I deal with on a continual basis. I can’t remember important passwords for the life of me but can recite random speeches from movies I love (including Oprah’s monologue!) The excellent character development is seen in other secondary characters as well. Garrett does a great job of providing insight into their personalities without including too many unnecessary details. The tidbits that she did include fit perfectly with the plot of the story. Speaking of the story….There were so many side stories that were happening I was nervous about how it was fit together to solve the whodunit. I don’t know how she did it, but Garrett found a way to take the side stories (from Emme’s birthday present to Dayna’s complicated relationship with Omari’s assistant, Nina) and incorporate them into the main mystery. Each story played a role in putting together the puzzle pieces necessary to solve the mystery by keeping the reader guessing as to how each piece fit into the story. I also enjoyed Garrett’s description of Hollywood’s gossip machine. She included so many behind-the-scenes details about how publicists try to keep relationships secret, how words can be manipulated to portray a “truth”, and other tidbits that kept me interested. If you’re looking for a great cozy mystery with a lot of laughs, great characters, and a story that will keep you intrigued, you may want to try Hollywood Ending!As for me…well…I will be waiting for the next installment of the series! ;)I want to thank NetGalley and Midnight Ink for an ARC of the title.
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  • GSMC Book Review Podcast
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series. The main character, Dayna is hilarious, likeable, and relatable, and Garret''s writing is engaging and fun. Here are just a few things I loved:-Garrett's writing. She's hilarious, relatable, and can turn a phrase like nobody's business.-Dayna. First, we need more people of color represented across genres, so I love that Dayna is a black woman who solves mysteries. She's also how I imagine many of us would be if we were to find ourselves suddenly in the role of private investi I love this series. The main character, Dayna is hilarious, likeable, and relatable, and Garret''s writing is engaging and fun. Here are just a few things I loved:-Garrett's writing. She's hilarious, relatable, and can turn a phrase like nobody's business.-Dayna. First, we need more people of color represented across genres, so I love that Dayna is a black woman who solves mysteries. She's also how I imagine many of us would be if we were to find ourselves suddenly in the role of private investigator: she doesn't quite know what she's doing, but she asks questions, she sticks with it, and she's not afraid to run AWAY from danger (and sometimes toward it).-The secondary characters who all have their quirks and who we are getting to know a little better with each book. The way Garret weaves in bits of Hollywood into the story: she describes people by what type of role they might be cast in, and situations in terms of what kind of movie they'd be a part of.If you like mysteries but like them on the lighter side (you know, without the gory details or the scare-the-pants-off-of-you moments) then this is a series you should definitely check out.
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  • Mary Keliikoa
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this amazing book through Net Galley. Dayna Anderson, a retired actress turned apprentice PI, takes on a case to uncover who killed Lyla Davis, a reputable publicist, during a botched ATM robbery. Finding out the killer doesn't take long, but Dayna quickly realizes that the killer didn't act alone. Just like in Book 1 of this hilarious series, the relationships between Dayna and her friends, Sienna and Emme, are a fun element in this book. But th I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this amazing book through Net Galley. Dayna Anderson, a retired actress turned apprentice PI, takes on a case to uncover who killed Lyla Davis, a reputable publicist, during a botched ATM robbery. Finding out the killer doesn't take long, but Dayna quickly realizes that the killer didn't act alone. Just like in Book 1 of this hilarious series, the relationships between Dayna and her friends, Sienna and Emme, are a fun element in this book. But there are many more characters that are equally fun. Gus the Gossip. Dayna's boyfriend's publicist, Nina. Aubrey, the PI she works under. And many more. The whodunnit factor is amazing. The insider view of Hollywood, the music industry, and the award season, make me feel like I'm spending time with a friend in the know which keeps me turning the pages. The author had me guessing literally to the end. Such a great read and I'm already excited for the next Dayna adventure!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for an honest review!The first book in this series, Hollywood Homicide, won the author an Agatha for best first novel, and it was well deserved. I really loved Hollywood Ending, as well- Dayna is still a somewhat inept aspiring PI, learning as she goes with help from a disgraced detective and often aided by her super-computer-savvy friend Emmy. I so love what this series is bringing to the cozy mystery genre- not just diversity, but Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for an honest review!The first book in this series, Hollywood Homicide, won the author an Agatha for best first novel, and it was well deserved. I really loved Hollywood Ending, as well- Dayna is still a somewhat inept aspiring PI, learning as she goes with help from a disgraced detective and often aided by her super-computer-savvy friend Emmy. I so love what this series is bringing to the cozy mystery genre- not just diversity, but some sassiness and irreverence that a genre like this really could use. I feel like cozy mysteries are getting a bit of a revival these days with some younger heroines and writers who aren't afraid to shake things up a little bit (while still staying true enough to the conventions of the genre, even if it's just to toe the line) in terms of tone and plot. For those interested in trying cozies, this would definitely be one of the series I'd recommend starting.
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  • Debra Oliva
    January 1, 1970
    Hollywood Ending is the second book of the A Detective by Day Mystery series by Kellye Garrett. It is just as funny as the first with amusing characters, excellent character development, and the murder of Lyla Davis at a local ATM just minutes after Dayna’s boyfriend had been at the same ATM. So Dayna springs into action!Dayna and her two friends have a very supportive friendship that never turns catty or mean which is in itself enjoyable.The twists and turns are hilarious and never cease to sur Hollywood Ending is the second book of the A Detective by Day Mystery series by Kellye Garrett. It is just as funny as the first with amusing characters, excellent character development, and the murder of Lyla Davis at a local ATM just minutes after Dayna’s boyfriend had been at the same ATM. So Dayna springs into action!Dayna and her two friends have a very supportive friendship that never turns catty or mean which is in itself enjoyable.The twists and turns are hilarious and never cease to surprise; they go from the hijinks of an apprentice private investigator to who is the mysterious Hollywood gossip blogger.Definitely a highly enjoyable book!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Midnight Ink through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Rachel Mans Mckenny
    January 1, 1970
    What an absolute joy of a book. Dayna returns in book 2 of Kellye Garrett's Detective By Day series with a whole new set of Hollywood problems. Day's funny musings and strong cast of supporting characters (both familiar and new) drive this book to an even better conclusion than the first in the series. Day, already a whole six months into her detecting career, gets tapped to investigate the death of a popular publicist. Even when it seems that she's worked everything out in the first fifty pages What an absolute joy of a book. Dayna returns in book 2 of Kellye Garrett's Detective By Day series with a whole new set of Hollywood problems. Day's funny musings and strong cast of supporting characters (both familiar and new) drive this book to an even better conclusion than the first in the series. Day, already a whole six months into her detecting career, gets tapped to investigate the death of a popular publicist. Even when it seems that she's worked everything out in the first fifty pages, the plot thickens. No spoilers here, but this was a fun read (and I dare you to take more than three sittings to finish it). I love Garrett's voice with these books-- Day is hilarious, a little naive, and Hollywood-smart. These cozies are a real pleasure to read, and I can't wait to see what Garrett pens next.Thanks NetGalley for the ARC!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Dayna used to be an aspiring actress--now she's an aspiring investigator, working with former deputy Aubrey. He doesn't have much to do with this case, probably as well, since his methods are more by-the-book than the giddy, social media-centered world of Dayna and her friends. When a publicist is killed, Dayna has an entry into the woman's life because her job was with an awards organization, and Dayna's boyfriend Omari is up for one of their awards. In fact, Omari's own nasty publicist steps i Dayna used to be an aspiring actress--now she's an aspiring investigator, working with former deputy Aubrey. He doesn't have much to do with this case, probably as well, since his methods are more by-the-book than the giddy, social media-centered world of Dayna and her friends. When a publicist is killed, Dayna has an entry into the woman's life because her job was with an awards organization, and Dayna's boyfriend Omari is up for one of their awards. In fact, Omari's own nasty publicist steps in to fill the publicist's shoes temporarily. I wanted to like this a bit more than I did, as it was blurbed by some authors I like, but the 24-7 online gossip celebrity culture is really not my dish.
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  • Jaclyn
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining cozy mystery with fun Hollywood adventures. The only (admittedly minor) niggle for me is the multiple erroneous tips the heroine calls in to the police, which just got annoying after a while -- like, with all your false leads, how can you be so confident you're right THIS time? But then, to be fair, she doesn't have the benefit I did of knowing how many more pages the investigation actually still had to go. :-) And TBH, this is probably more realistic (and much safer!) than other co Entertaining cozy mystery with fun Hollywood adventures. The only (admittedly minor) niggle for me is the multiple erroneous tips the heroine calls in to the police, which just got annoying after a while -- like, with all your false leads, how can you be so confident you're right THIS time? But then, to be fair, she doesn't have the benefit I did of knowing how many more pages the investigation actually still had to go. :-) And TBH, this is probably more realistic (and much safer!) than other cozy mysteries where an amateur detective waits until she has a super airtight case (which often involves putting herself in major danger) before involving the cops. Still, overall, a fun and funny mystery series. I enjoyed all the celebrity events, and I didn't guess the killer at all.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    The second installment in the 'A Detective By Day Mystery', starring Dayna Anderson --former actress , now an apprentice P.I.-- carries on with the fast paced story line, humor, and quirky characters. Dayna is someone who enjoys food as much as I do, though she is far more clever with verbal skills than I; a character who could be one of your friends. The mystery is challenging and will hold one's attention to the end. I was very fortunate to win an ARC of this book, so there was little waiting The second installment in the 'A Detective By Day Mystery', starring Dayna Anderson --former actress , now an apprentice P.I.-- carries on with the fast paced story line, humor, and quirky characters. Dayna is someone who enjoys food as much as I do, though she is far more clever with verbal skills than I; a character who could be one of your friends. The mystery is challenging and will hold one's attention to the end. I was very fortunate to win an ARC of this book, so there was little waiting for me when the first book ended--- though now, I am anxiously anticipating book #3. Anyone who enjoys lighthearted, humorous mystery will want to read this series.
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  • Kathy Miller
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this humorous cozy, it had all of the elements of a good story and I hated to have it end. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood in SoCal I can resonate with the cardboard and glitter of the industry.It sparkled for Dayna when she was drawn into the case as a P.I. (now a retired actress)The big question?? Who would be willing to kill someone just to squelch down their secret - someone who doesn't want to risk their career?This romp with Dayna amid celebrities, bright lights and excitemen I loved this humorous cozy, it had all of the elements of a good story and I hated to have it end. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood in SoCal I can resonate with the cardboard and glitter of the industry.It sparkled for Dayna when she was drawn into the case as a P.I. (now a retired actress)The big question?? Who would be willing to kill someone just to squelch down their secret - someone who doesn't want to risk their career?This romp with Dayna amid celebrities, bright lights and excitement of the awards, she really nails it with this whodunnit.Find out for yourself and come along for the bumpy ride, Truly enjoyable from cover to cover.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This mystery is so fun, voicey and twisty that before I was halfway through, I was already googling to find out if the series would be continued. I love it so much, and the combo of Hollywood details with solving mysteries (usually with a very contemporary mixture of social media and networking) is so unique that I know if this series didn't exist, I couldn't find anything else to scratch that particular "itch". The mystery kept me guessing, the characters and witty turns of phrase kept me laugh This mystery is so fun, voicey and twisty that before I was halfway through, I was already googling to find out if the series would be continued. I love it so much, and the combo of Hollywood details with solving mysteries (usually with a very contemporary mixture of social media and networking) is so unique that I know if this series didn't exist, I couldn't find anything else to scratch that particular "itch". The mystery kept me guessing, the characters and witty turns of phrase kept me laughing, and I want Book 3 SO BAD.
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  • Leslie Karst
    January 1, 1970
    A lively, laugh-out-loud, insider’s look at Hollywood award shows and what it takes to make the Tinseltown A-list. Would that include murder? In HOLLYWOOD ENDING, Kellye Garrett’s second Detective By Day mystery, actress-turned-PI Dayna Anderson is on the trail of whoever killed celebrity publicist, Lyla Davis. If you love fast-paced writing, clever dialogue, and hip, snarky characters, you’re sure to love this book.
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