Very cute cozy set in New York city in 1964. Brought back a lot of memories. Go-go girl Bebe (real name: Elizabeth Bennet) goes to work for a dreamboat in a record company. One of their musical acts' singer gets murdered. Can a naive Southern gal solve the murder before NYC's finest?
Sometimes, books enter my home and wind up on the giant piles around here. This is never good, because it takes me literally years to get around to reading them. Rosemary Martins Its a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod Murder is one of those books. Even worse, it is a Rock Fiction mystery that wound up languishing.
I realized it as soon as I picked the book up and looked at the back cover. Lead character Bebe Bennett works for Rip City Records (which is sometimes written as Rip-City and sometimes not). Aargh. I might have read this sooner if Id known.
But maybe its okay if I dont read everything immediately, and maybe its okay that this is one that got shoved off to the side.
In short: I didnt finish it. I couldnt stand it and skipped quickly to the end to see whodunit, then decided I was glad I hadnt suffered.
The idea is fun. Set in the Sixties, right during Beatlemania, Bebe is a very mod girl. But something about the book comes off as prudish, overly concerned with being proper but then, quite without reason, Bebe throws caution to the wind and acts contrary to what seem to be her values, meeting band member Keith in the bar instead of the coffee shop, for instance. Wheres the introspection a good girl ought to show when her New York music biz life clashes with the conservative way she was raised?
Add in too much dialogue that exists only to inform the reader of something, and Id had enough.
But before I Did Not Finish this one, let me mention the Rock Fiction aspect. Bebe and her boss BraMr. Williams (really, if shes so worried about slipping and calling him by his first name, why doesnt she make herself stop thinking about him via first name?) work for a record label. Rock Fiction, right?
Well, this falls into that same category as other books, where the charisma of the rock industry fades to the point where the magic of rock and roll vanishes. These people could work in any businessand in the second book in the series, they do.
Overall, a big disappointment.
Cute cozy mystery set in New York during the "British Invasion" of the 1960's. I look forward to reading the next two books in the series.
This book is a combo of Marlo Thomas in "That Girl" and Mary & Rhoda in the Mary Tyler Moore show,,,It's alot of fun ...very 60's ..and a pretty great mystery.
Great murder mystery set in the 1960's. I enjoyed it. If you are a fan of the Beatles era or like the 1960's go-go boots and short skirts you'll be in for a treat.