LAPD Detective Kate Sexton and her canine partner, Bernie, are assigned to investigate the murder of Olympic gold medalist Jezzie Rose, a case that had been mishandled by the detectives previously assigned to it. Things become complicated when Kate learns things that lead her to believe the prime suspect, the dead girl’s boyfriend, might not be the killer, and then the chief of police allows the media to become involved in her investigation.
Hollywood Dirty, book four in the Hollywood Alphabet series, by M.Z. Kelly, is a rip-roaring funny story of a woman whose love life is in tatters, and who is also obsessed with finding the man who killed her father, while at the same time having to cope with a houseful of roommates who come across like escapees from a looney bin. At the same time, it has all the elements of a top-flight mystery; clues aplenty, more suspects than you could comfortably fit into a lineup, and action scenes that will satisfy readers who like a little blood in their mystery stories.
Kelly nailed the Hollywood scene square on the head, and has set the bar high for others in the genre. On this Christmas Day I give this book four stars.