The Monet Murders

The Monet Murders Hollywood Prohibition is finally over but there is still plenty of crime for an ambitious young private eye to investigate Though he has a slightly checkered past Riley Fitzhugh is well connec

  • Title: The Monet Murders
  • Author: Terry Mort
  • ISBN: 9781605986975
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hollywood, 1934 Prohibition is finally over, but there is still plenty of crime for an ambitious young private eye to investigate Though he has a slightly checkered past, Riley Fitzhugh is well connected in the film industry and is hired by a major producer whose lovely girlfriend has disappeared He also is hired to recover a stolen Monet, a crime that results in two muHollywood, 1934 Prohibition is finally over, but there is still plenty of crime for an ambitious young private eye to investigate Though he has a slightly checkered past, Riley Fitzhugh is well connected in the film industry and is hired by a major producer whose lovely girlfriend has disappeared He also is hired to recover a stolen Monet, a crime that results in two murders initially, with to come Along the way Riley investigates the gambling ships anchored off L.A gets involved with the girlfriend of the gangster running one of the ships, and disposes of the body of a would be actor who assaults Riley s girlfriend He also meets an elegant English art history professor from UCLA who helps Riley authenticate several paintings and determine which ones are forgeries Riley lives at the Garden of Allah Hotel, the favorite watering place of screenwriters, and he meets and unknowingly assists many of them with their plots Incidentally one of these gents, whose nom de plume is Hobey Baker, might actually be F Scott Fitzgerald Evoking the classic hardboiled style, The Monet Murders is a charmingly cosy murder mystery by a novelist whose lucid, beautifully written books are a pleasure to read The Wall Street Journal

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    975 thoughts on “The Monet Murders”

    1. I went the audio book route with this. It was something to pass the time during my commute to work. I found myself rolling my eyes at the male protagonist's need to name drop well known authors and characters. We get it. You read a lot. I also wondered how he got anything done in the book with all thedistractions. Speaking of distractions, the descriptions of the female characters and their personalities made me cringe, quite a few times. I need to do more research about the time period, to see [...]


    2. Private eye Bruno Feldspar (not his real name) gets hired by a woman who is sure her ex-lover has stolen a Monet from her. Bruno is new to the business and new to town. Hollywood 1934. There are dames and mobsters and, of course, skinny dipping. Bruno's client turns up dead and he decides he should try to find out what happened. I wasn't real invested in the whole murder aspect but I loved Bruno and loved reading about his personal life. There's no description of what he looks like, but apparent [...]


    3. A quick, enjoyable romp through 1930s Hollywood. (And I don't use the word "romp" lightly.) The author has a very clear sense of the time period and good comedic timing, and this was a fun noir mystery set in La-La Land that I thoroughly enjoyed.


    4. I enjoyed this, but not as a murder mystery.This book's appeal, for me, was much more for its sense of place, and its very clever and amusing writing, as opposed to the investigation of the murder. The murder mystery part of this fell very flat for me. It just wasn't that interesting.The fun part of this book for me was the Sam Spade-esque detective [who happens to have more names than you can shake a stick at, and all of them are entertaining] and the film-noir, hard-boiled feel of the story. R [...]


    5. I enjoyed this book more than I thought. I liked the slower pace of life and forgotten that a private detective is called a "dick".


    6. Lightweight mystery, fun literary references and entertaining setting of Hollywood's heyday. Nice summer read by the pool.


    7. This book was too sordid for me, and I only read about 1/3 of it. It did have one quote I kind of liked, though: "Beauty may not be truth, but it's a good substitute, and a lot easier to recognize."


    8. Characters are not memorable, plot is boring, the mystery is presented in a boring way. Better writing, descriptions, and editing would have made the story worthwhile. I like almost every book I read, but this was just bad in almost every sense.


    9. I can't believe I actually finished this and sort of liked it - a little. The mystery wasn't really a mystery and I really didn't care if it was solved. The 1930's setting was fun and the narration of the audio version was amusing. Still I liked it for its silliness.


    10. Eh. It was ok. It had great potential, however it just never "took off". I didn't love it, however I didn't hate it either. One of those books I will soon forget.



    11. Terry Mort in his new book, “The Monet Murders” published by Pegasus Books LLC introduces us to Riley Fitzhugh.From the back cover: Private-investigator-to-the-stars Riley Fitzhugh finds himself caught up in the case of a missing Hollywood beauty―and a stolen Monet―in a 1930s hardboiled caper as deadly as it is delightful.Hollywood, 1934. Prohibition is finally over, but there is still plenty of crime for an ambitious young private eye to investigate. Though he has a slightly checkered p [...]


    12. The Clichés Never End…My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my advance reading copy of this book. You ladies rock! Hollywood, 1934. The Nation has shrugged off the uncomfortable bonds that were Prohibition. Bruno Feldspar is a hard boiled Private Eye with a storied past. For example, his name isn’t Bruno Feldspar. Riley Fitzhugh assumes identities as he needs them, discarding the old ones as he goes. To interact with art professor Dennis [...]


    13. I was looking to download a book to my Audible account for a holiday weekend road trip. Mysteries aren't normally my thing but this one caught my eye because a) it was set in L.A. in the 1930s which is a fun era to read about, old Hollywood and all that and b) it was only $3.95.It was ok. The mentions of all of the L.A. locations were fun to hear about and imagine what it was like to live there at that time, but it wasn't the most suspenseful mystery. Also, why are male private detectives or cha [...]


    14. I wasn't expecting much from this book. I bought it when it attracted my attention on sale. I ended up appreciating the perspective and the writing. I thought this would be a stereotypical 'cheap' detective novel and the writing started out reinforcing that thought. As I read, I realized that the main character, Bruno (Tom), was different. He wasn't a failed police officer or a drunk (though there was plenty of drinking) just making ends me. He is an amused, but also engaged observer. He is very [...]


    15. Wonderful cozy mystery. Bright, shiny language throughout. Characters are perfectly exaggerated so that they remain somewhat plausible and yet slightly cartoonish. Lots of snappy one-liners that made me laugh out loud. The weakest part of the novel (the only weak part) is the plot. At various points our detective wonders why he is considering doing X, Y, and Z. We, as readers, wonder, too, because it makes no sense. He's not even being paid by anyone. I will definitely read something else by Ter [...]


    16. I'm not sure why I - even kind of - liked this one. The mysteries are negligible, and I kept waiting for a twist that never came. The classic setting is fun, though, and the narrator is a very horny young man that every woman in the book considers irresistible, so there's quite a bit of (not at all graphic) sex instead of the tough guy fisticuffs that usually pepper a story like this.A pleasant enough light diversion.


    17. This book is a delight. It's a treat. THE MONET MURDERS is an enjoyable, light confection, that leaves one ready to have another one. Terry Mort has given readers a book written in "the classic hardboiled style" ala Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross MacDonald, Mickey Spillane, and the like, only more obviously "tongue-in-cheek" than those.


    18. Not impressed. Forgettable. Having only finished the book two weeks ago, I already forgot the ending. It felt to me that large portions of the story didn't have anything to do with the plot. For example, the backstory/history of the main character's girlfriend seemed unnecessary and overly dramatic. Ending was unsatisfactory.


    19. This book reads like a good film noir. It has enough shady characters to populate a Bogart movie. The ending had a twist I didn't see coming and felt exactly like it should. You could easily picture the people and places in the story and it was a fun, enjoyable read. Not a bad book considering I bought it sight unseen from a bookstore.


    20. Meh. Probably I expected too much. This is not a pastiche of hard-boiled 1930's LA private eyes. The author writes well, but he's cute, not a wise-ass. Too many "perfect" dames, too much "best sex ever," no sense of danger, and a pretty disappointing climax to a meandering plot. L.A. in the thirties looks fun, though. And it apparently was really easy to get into show business.


    21. I'm a little over halfway thru this book and am loving it. The writing is excellent and it's written in the style of old-fashioned, hard-boiled detective novels that remind you of Raymond Chandler or Philip K. Dick. Set in Depression-era Hollywood, it is both amusing and fascinating.


    22. There wasn't much murder mystery to this book. The setting and subject matter weren't greatly appealing either. If you're keen on art and 1930s Hollywood you may enjoy - the author did have a certain flair for the times.


    23. I wish the plot had centered more on the Monet painting rather than Hollywood personalities. The few bits about art forgery were interesting and the murder not unbelievable, but there was too much movie glitz for my taste


    24. A delightful trip back in time to 1930's Hollywood via, dare I say, comedic styled noir? Wisecracking, quick witted cynicism without the heavy darkness, unless you count the murders and a rape!




    25. Disappointing. The story was full of holes and left quite a few loose ends. I kept waiting for everything to tie together and it never did.


    26. I enjoyed it. Different, light mystery with many famous writers references. Takes place just after prohibition in Hollywood.


    27. This was one of the most enjoyable mysteries I've listened to in a long tme. I had it figured out about half way through but


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