Murder At The Palace
Welcome to the Palace movie theater! Now Showing: Philandering husbands, ghostly sidekicks, and a murder or two.When Nora Paige's movie-star husband leaves her for his latest co-star, she flees Hollywood to take refuge in San Francisco at the Palace, a historic movie theater that shows the classic films she loves. There she finds a band of misfit film buffs who care about movies (almost) as much as she does.She also finds some shady financial dealings and the body of a murdered stranger.Oh, and then there's Trixie, the lively ghost of a 1930's usherette who appears only to Nora and has a lot to catch up on. With the help of her new ghostly friend, can Nora catch the killer before there's another murder at the Palace?

Murder At The Palace Details

TitleMurder At The Palace
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 12th, 2019
PublisherHenery Press
ISBN-139781635114638
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

Murder At The Palace Review

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It was a well-written mystery that classic movie buffs will really appreciate. I didn't guess whodunnit right away, although I had my suspicions. I hope to continue reading this series.Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.
  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    Murder at the Palace by Margaret Dumas was an intriguing mystery by a "new to me" author.Nora Paige comes to San Francisco from Hollywood to hide out from the paparazzi after her movie-star husband leaves her for his current co-star. She takes over the management of the Palace movie theater for her best friend, Ronni. I liked Nora and found her to be smart, curious and intuitive. The staff at the Palace are quirky individuals who all seem to fit in this historic movie theater. A smoothly paced p Murder at the Palace by Margaret Dumas was an intriguing mystery by a "new to me" author.Nora Paige comes to San Francisco from Hollywood to hide out from the paparazzi after her movie-star husband leaves her for his current co-star. She takes over the management of the Palace movie theater for her best friend, Ronni. I liked Nora and found her to be smart, curious and intuitive. The staff at the Palace are quirky individuals who all seem to fit in this historic movie theater. A smoothly paced plot, possibly more than one murder, Columbian money men, a legal marijuana shop nearby and the big question - where do you hide $7 million dollars led me down a twisted path until the reveal. I enjoyed reading the story; but I do have one small thing that bothered me while reading. Whenever Ms. Dumas named a classic film, the title of the film was always followed, in parenthesis, by the year the film was made and the principal cast members. I found this to be distracting. I would rather see this type of information in a list at the beginning of the book rather than it breaking up the story. All in all, a complex mystery with some great characters.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Henery Press via Edelweiss. All of the above opinions are my own.
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  • The Library Lady
    January 1, 1970
    I am very cool with mindless fluff. But it has to be GOOD mindless fluff. This isn't that.In a better writer's hands (I think of Jennifer Crusie, one of the best chick lit authors out there) the characters would have had snap and wit. The premise--the put upon wife of a superstar actor tries to start over at a lovely old theater that shows old movies, and gets entangled in a real life mystery--has lots of potential. But Dumas isn't a very good writer, and things just don't gel.Then there's the m I am very cool with mindless fluff. But it has to be GOOD mindless fluff. This isn't that.In a better writer's hands (I think of Jennifer Crusie, one of the best chick lit authors out there) the characters would have had snap and wit. The premise--the put upon wife of a superstar actor tries to start over at a lovely old theater that shows old movies, and gets entangled in a real life mystery--has lots of potential. But Dumas isn't a very good writer, and things just don't gel.Then there's the movie element. She gigglingly warns about "spoilers" at the beginning of the book, but tons of people who will read this are not Turner Classic devotees, and giving away plots isn't going to help that, and the way every reference to a film has to have the film date and its stars noted in parentheses is both condescending and annoying. Oh, and the book connects to a blog that is supposedly written by one "Sallie Lee." SPOILER"Sallie Lee" is really the nom de guerre of the lead character in this book, so, in other words, it's the author's own blog. Go and read "Sallie Lee"'s blogposts, and you'll get an idea of the writing in this book. If it floats your boat, good on you. But I'd rather watch Cary Grant than read Dumas going on about him. Then again, watching Cary Grant is pretty high on my list of great things to do.This book isn't.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    “Murder at the Palace” Earns 5/5 Classic Films…Clever and Totally Engaging!Day 1—Nora is introduced to the vintage Palace Theater as its new manager, but notices it needs some TLC…there goes the ice machine! Down in the basement, set to haul up ice from the back-up machine, she finds a body…frozen…dead! Authorities suggest the body had been dead for about two weeks…right around the same time Kate Winslow, the previous manager, had her deadly “accident.” In the light of this dead body, the circum “Murder at the Palace” Earns 5/5 Classic Films…Clever and Totally Engaging!Day 1—Nora is introduced to the vintage Palace Theater as its new manager, but notices it needs some TLC…there goes the ice machine! Down in the basement, set to haul up ice from the back-up machine, she finds a body…frozen…dead! Authorities suggest the body had been dead for about two weeks…right around the same time Kate Winslow, the previous manager, had her deadly “accident.” In the light of this dead body, the circumstances surrounding Kate’s death become curious, if not downright suspicious. And then there's the rumors of hauntings? The Palace was even the subject of one of those ghost-hunting reality shows, but other than some flickering lights and cold spots in the balcony, nothing was caught on film. Nora doesn't believe in ghosts, of course, but when she suffers a concussion after falling off a ladder, she sees…Trixie?I always enjoy a little paranormal in my cozy, and this first-in-a-series is just what I wanted…it all works brilliantly! Margaret Dumas has penned an excellent cozy with more than one mystery to explore with secrets, surprises, classic film references, wonderful quirky characters, and a ghost! Everything…everything was fascinating from the movie references linked to the plot, highlights of San Francisco, pasts coming back to haunt, and each character having the strength to let another person in. It was a page-turner extraordinaire with a well-written first-person narrative sharing Nora’s inner thoughts, vivid descriptions to fill the senses, and entertaining banter that illustrated personality and emotion. Nora is an injured soul, who isn't, but she may just have found the right place to shine and find her strength. I loved it! Ooooh, is that a cliffhanger prefacing a book two?I also love the bonus that many authors incorporate in to the story: tips, ideas, or extra information on a particular subject or the theme of their series. With Margaret’s focus on an old theater and classic films, she includes facts to provide a connection to the drama or educate the reader. In the Author’s Notes at the beginning of the book, Margaret does alert readers to some spoilers when discussing some old films. Every few chapters or so, she includes a blog-like post written by a mysterious character. “Movies My Friends Should Watch by Sally Lee” focuses on a specific film by giving facts, plot details, and insights. Don't skip those parts, they are fascinating!"Disclosure: I received an ARC from Edelweiss+. My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments."
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  • JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
    January 1, 1970
    First off, I'm going to state that I am a huge classic film fan. There isn't one I haven't seen, I own thousands of them myself, hundreds of biographies of actors from silent film right through the Golden Age of Hollywood (including those on directors, producers, studios and genres). I don't even watch newer films (aside from Christmas TV flicks) and haven't been to the theater in years. They just don't compare in either quality nor acting. (Oh, to have another Humphrey Bogart!) In fact, when I First off, I'm going to state that I am a huge classic film fan. There isn't one I haven't seen, I own thousands of them myself, hundreds of biographies of actors from silent film right through the Golden Age of Hollywood (including those on directors, producers, studios and genres). I don't even watch newer films (aside from Christmas TV flicks) and haven't been to the theater in years. They just don't compare in either quality nor acting. (Oh, to have another Humphrey Bogart!) In fact, when I first read the list that Kate had left behind - Win, M, Lace, Sorry, Gas - I knew exactly what it was and its meaning. Therefore, I was able to piece everything together easily.Having said that (as a heads up, of course) I was excited to read this book. Anyone who's a classic film buff would feel the same as I do, if only to read the many references strewn about. And trust me, there are many.When Nora Paige's marriage implodes she finds herself at a loss. What is the ex-wife of a famous actor to do, when her life has been centered on her husband? As his unpaid manager and I-know-where-everything-is-and-what-to-do-about-that person, she's at odds and ends and feeling pretty sorry for herself. Luckily, she has a best friend who knows exactly what to do: She installs Nora as manager of her San Francisco classic movie theater, whose last manager, Kate, was killed in a tragic accident.But while Nora is willing to take over, and most of the employees are fine with having her, the projectionist isn't. Marty is a big guy who thinks he should have been manager, that because he loves the theater and knows more than anyone about classic film, he was the logical choice. What Marty doesn't know is that Kate probably has a greater knowledge than him, and she's not letting on, which keeps him at arm's length.But when Nora goes to get ice in the basement since their upstairs ice maker isn't working, she comes across something frozen that doesn't belong there: a body of a man. When it appears that he died around the same time as Kate, Nora gets as suspicious as Marty that Kate's death might not have been an accident. The dead man is identified as Raul Acosta, but his connection to Kate isn't apparent. It's also apparent - at least to Nora and Marty - that this was no accident. Then there actually is an accident - Nora, trying to fix a light fixture, gets hit by it instead and blacks out. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending upon how you look at it) when she wakens, not only is she surrounded by employees, but by one she's never seen - a young woman in an usher's costume.When the woman tells Nora her name is Trixie and that she's a ghost, Nora resists until she's given evidence that she can't refute, even if she still doesn't want to believe it. Then a man shows up insisting that he was working on a film festival with Kate, Nora needs to figure out if he's telling the truth; Raul's brother shows up telling her he wants to find out who killed Raul, Kate's best friend Monica is definitely mysterious, and Nora is feeling overwhelmed.But it's not long before being overwhelmed takes second place to feeling threatened, and Nora finds herself smack into the middle of a modern day real life murder mystery...and doesn't know if she'll survive long enough to figure it out. If she doesn't get things right, and soon, she might be the next accident just waiting to happen...I have to tell you that I absolutely loved this book. I will also tell you - for those who aren't movie buffs - that there are a lot of film references, so you may find yourself heading to the nearest computer to look everything up (I do suggest watching the films, though; you'll enjoy yourself immensely and see what real films are).The mystery is tight and the writing done well, the story line is plausible and the characters likable. Marty was a hoot; even though he's anti-social, he loves the old theater and everything that comes with it, and you can tell that even though he's not happy he wasn't chosen manager, he's beginning to like Nora.Nora is a solid character, and her personal insecurities make her a real person. While I think (and hope) she'll grow a real backbone, she manages to keep her own within the story line, and that's important. I do like Trixie; she gives just enough paranormal without going over the top, and seems a little unsure of herself every now and then. The other characters fall into place exactly where they're supposed to, and the enigmatic Hector Acosta is quite an intriguing character who has more facets than a diamond. I look forward to seeing more of him in future books.There were plenty of red herrings in the story and it even seemed like a scavenger hunt at times, which made for part of the fun of it. Weaving classic film plots with the search for the reason for Kate and Raul's death seemed not only natural, it was delightful to follow and made me almost wish I was right along with the rest of them, offering up my opinions on what everyone was looking for.The only thing I didn't understand is why Nora didn't share with Marty the fact that she knew so much about classic film. If she had, he might have seen a kindred soul in her, and it really didn't make sense that she didn't. In the end, Kate's resolution of the problem was most ingenious indeed, and I loved every minute of it. There was only one thing I didn't care for, and while I won't state what exactly it was as it is too much of a spoiler, (it's a personal peeve I have). Anyway, aside from this, I can't state enough how much I was captivated by this book and hope to see more in the future. Highly recommended.
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  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    An entertaining cozy mystery with an chatty ghost!Nora has been her husband’s unpaid manager for years. He thanks her by leaving her for a much younger woman. The old movie theater in San Francisco provides a new start for her. But on her first day… yep, you guessed it! The story was good! I was drawn in completely. I really liked all the main characters. But Trixie stole the show for me. I LOVED HER!!! The ghost of a 1930’s usherette. And she’s so excited because finally - finally! - someone ca An entertaining cozy mystery with an chatty ghost!Nora has been her husband’s unpaid manager for years. He thanks her by leaving her for a much younger woman. The old movie theater in San Francisco provides a new start for her. But on her first day… yep, you guessed it! The story was good! I was drawn in completely. I really liked all the main characters. But Trixie stole the show for me. I LOVED HER!!! The ghost of a 1930’s usherette. And she’s so excited because finally - finally! - someone can see her and actually talk to her! Her lonely days are over. I am not a huge connoisseur of old movies, no, I’m sorry: classic films. But that didn’t matter at all. The references were well explained. And those little blog thingies: I didn’t really care for them. For me, they took the flow out of the story, but by first skimming through them then skipping them altogether that was easily remedied. But if you’re a fan of old movies, you will love these blogs. And I’m happy to say I was wrong about whodunit and about some important clues. I like being wrong in a murder mystery. I like being surprised! Yes, I will definitely want to read more by this author.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.First, housekeeping: I'm not reviewing this on Edelweiss. The reason is that I downloaded this about two months ago and read it soon thereafter. I went to Edelweiss to review it and it had disappeared. It wasn't here at GR or at Amazon either. So, I made a note of it and moved on. Now, we're almost 2 months later and I don't remember a whole lot about this book. I read a LOT and they tend to run together. In a strange coi I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.First, housekeeping: I'm not reviewing this on Edelweiss. The reason is that I downloaded this about two months ago and read it soon thereafter. I went to Edelweiss to review it and it had disappeared. It wasn't here at GR or at Amazon either. So, I made a note of it and moved on. Now, we're almost 2 months later and I don't remember a whole lot about this book. I read a LOT and they tend to run together. In a strange coincidence, I'm also reading an ARC right now about people who work at an old movie theatre, though this one is YA. Odd.So, I gave this a B- and I remember than I liked it. It was a basic cozy mystery with ghosts. It was quirky and I liked the referencing of old movies. I even made a list of the ones I hadn't seen so I could go back later and check it out. I'd definitely read more of these if I came across them, but I'm not sure I'd seek them out.
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    When Nora Paige’s husband leaves her for an actress, she becomes the focus of paparazzi. All she wants is to get away from Hollywood and the notoriety. Her friend loans Nora her vacation home in San Francisco and gives her the job of managing a historic film theater, the Palace, she co-owns. The Palace plays old films from the 1930s. She eventually meets Trixie, the ghost of an usherette from the 1930s. When Nora finds the body of a stranger, Trixie helps Nora find the killer.Dumas over uses cli When Nora Paige’s husband leaves her for an actress, she becomes the focus of paparazzi. All she wants is to get away from Hollywood and the notoriety. Her friend loans Nora her vacation home in San Francisco and gives her the job of managing a historic film theater, the Palace, she co-owns. The Palace plays old films from the 1930s. She eventually meets Trixie, the ghost of an usherette from the 1930s. When Nora finds the body of a stranger, Trixie helps Nora find the killer.Dumas over uses clichés and, annoyingly, every time she cites a film, she provides the year it was made and the stars. Not only was it annoying, it takes the reader out of the story. If she felt it important to give her readers the information they could find on their own online, perhaps she should have put the information in an index.The premise of the book was an interesting one and perhaps, if this is the first in a planned series, her writing will improve in future books.
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  • Sheila L. Harrell
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful OriginalIf you like mysteries and classic films, this is the story for you!Our heroine starts over after her husband's affair, in a movie theater in San Francisco. It is a grande dame from the old days, and fittingly, only shows classics from the Golden Age of film.I read cozies for relaxation, but this one had me enthralled. I stayed up to finish.The theater employees are endearing, even the spectral one! Do yourself a favor, and grab this book for the plot, and its descriptions of th Wonderful OriginalIf you like mysteries and classic films, this is the story for you!Our heroine starts over after her husband's affair, in a movie theater in San Francisco. It is a grande dame from the old days, and fittingly, only shows classics from the Golden Age of film.I read cozies for relaxation, but this one had me enthralled. I stayed up to finish.The theater employees are endearing, even the spectral one! Do yourself a favor, and grab this book for the plot, and its descriptions of the classics of yesteryear.
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  • Glen Cheatham
    January 1, 1970
    Divine start of a new seriesThis book gives you the feeling you had when you started to read another Agatha Christie - you knew it was going to be a puzzle + it was going to be good. Ms. Dumas has such a way of describing the Palace that makes it almost like watching a movie. Wish I had read slower because now the waiting begins for book #2. Maybe I'll watch some of the old movies mentioned in this book.
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  • Bishonen
    January 1, 1970
    Lighthearted Mystery for Old Movie Buffs ...Of course, if you don't know old movies, this is also quite a good primary list for you to look for and watch. But let me get back to the book. The cast of characters is unique, but with a touch of recognize -ability, just enough to let the reader form opinions that may or may not prove true. The twist, I don't do spoilers. Not what I expect but what I wanted.
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  • Jeannie Hasenkamp
    January 1, 1970
    Very good book. It is one of those books you can hardly put down. Can't wait for the next one.
  • Jaymie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Loved this! Loved the setting and the characters. Great mystery. There's a little paranormal thread with a ghost that I found a lot of fun. Can't wait to read more of these!
  • Susan W
    January 1, 1970
    I did enjoy this book. It was a fun read filled with quirky characters and dead bodies, in the ice machine, lots of classic film info. Well worth waiting for it to be released. Enjoy!
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