by: Larissa Reinhart
Series: Maizie Albright Star Detective
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: April 14, 2020
Publisher: Past Perfect Press
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LUCKY IN LOVE AND LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. UNTIL NOW.
Maizie’s mixing with international stars, spies, and her mother’s dark past in her sixth case in The Wall Street Journal bestselling series.
"Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list celeb Maizie Albright's waning star. Sassy, Sexy, and Fun.” — Phoebe Fox, author of the Breakup Doctor series.
#WannabeDetectiving While ex-celebrity Maizie Albright’s dreams of becoming a for-real private investigator have not exactly been dashed, they have been slightly thwarted. Her ex-manager and still-mother, Vicki Albright, has taken the helm of Nash Security Services while rebuilding her entertainment management company. Sometimes with the same clients. Like Chinese action star, Lili Liang, who’s making the film Unlucky 18 in Georgia.
Thus far, Lili’s living up to her movie title. Her kung fu coach is missing. Her boyfriend’s disappeared. And her director, who gambled on her with the part, might be gambling with her life.
Maizie’s luck is also running out. Maizie and Nash find themselves struggling to balance a new partnership and new relationship between missing persons’ cases, wild goose chases, and tracking a bullet into dangerous places. Sometimes it’s enough to make a girl NOT want to put a ring on it. When it comes to facing an 18-caliber killer, what will Maizie put up as the target? Her heart or her life?
Hi Maizie. Welcome to Read Your Writes Book Reviews. How are you?
I’m great, thank you! Thanks so much for having me here. I used to do a lot of interviews, back in my celebrity days, but I don’t give them much anymore. This is so exciting!
(Do you need my headshot? It hasn’t been updated, although I did recently get my Georgia driver’s license.)
Thank you for granting me this opportunity. I don’t need a headshot, but thank you for the offer to use your driver’s license. Could you please introduce yourself.
I’m Maizie Albright. Originally Maizie Spayberry. Albright was my stage name, but my ex-manager, Vicki, had it changed permanently when I turned eighteen. Albright had more of a “ring,” as she put it. And also that was her name after she divorced my father.
My ex-manager is also my mother. Or should I say, still my mother?
I’m originally from Black Pine, Georgia, a lake resort town in the North Georgia Mountains. I lived in southern California most of my life, though, and now I’ve returned to start a new career. And also because a judge made me.
I wouldn’t call it a living, but my new career is apprenticing a private investigator until I can get my license.
What are your strengths?
Not cardio. Or weights. Also, I’m not good at dieting. I do love creating characters for new roles. It’s helpful as an actress and investigator to get in character quickly. I also have a lot of movie trivia knowledge. I’m not sure if that’s a strength, unless we’re playing Trivia Pursuit. During cases, it usually causes me to jump to conclusions. And I’ve been told, that’s not a good trait in an investigator.
Wait. Strengths…I’m a great friend in need!
Do you have any weaknesses or bad habits?
Not doing cardio or weights, my love of carbs and saturated fats, and jumping to conclusions.
Tell us about a defining moment in your life.
That would probably be my birth, but I don’t remember much about it.
My other defining moment was walking into Nash Security Solutions for the first time and seeing Nash half-dressed…well, meeting him for the first time. I fell in love with the job (and the man) at first sight.
It took him longer. To fall in love with the idea of hiring me as an investigator. And as for falling in love with me as a woman, we’re working on that, too.
So this Nash guy is your love interest. What can you tell me about him?
If Dwayne Johnson and Timothy Olyphant as Raylen Givens from Justified had a baby, he’d be Wyatt Nash. Not literally, of course, because I think it’s biologically impossible. The man has a hard body with Paul Newman-blue eyes and a wicked scar running from chin to jaw. He looks scary until he smiles, then a dimple winks just above the scar. Totally dreamy. Unfortunately, you don’t see the smile or dimple too often. Nash is a Southern gentleman through and through. Sometimes too much so. Like when it comes to developing at-work relationships.
And yes, I am interested in love with Wyatt Nash. You can tell him. But he’s probably figured it out.
What’s your most prized possession?
To be honest, after all my legal trouble in Hollywood, I don’t have a lot of possessions left. A totally rad wardrobe, but I had to sell or return everything else. I’m completely broke.
So I would say my most prized possession is the heart I wear on my sleeve (proudly).
Can you tell me a little bit about what readers can expect from 18 Caliber?
Expect a showdown with my ex-manager and still-mother, Vicki. She’s gone too far. Not only has she bought Nash Security Solutions, but she’s making us work for her celebrity management clients. However, when the Chinese action star, Lili Liang, hires us to find her missing kung fu master, I suspect foul play. Particularly where my mother is concerned. Her ambition for power and prestige (plus the money doesn’t hurt) may have her wading too deep in criminal waters. And murder.
Did I mention murder?
Interesting. You did mention murder. Wow. How do you feel your creator, Larissa Reinhart, has handled writing your story and the situations she's put you into?
I could use more spa time. And lunches. I don’t know why I never have time for sleeping, eating, and relaxing. The cases are always the “solve this mystery in a week or you might get killed” sort. Honestly, it’s exhausting and unnerving.
Maizie, you are definitely a character. Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me.
Thanks so much for having me! It’s been a blast! (Not literally. I’ve had enough bullets for a while.)
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A Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series as well as romantic comedies and women’s fiction. She loves to tell funny stories about Southern women looking for love (and sometimes dead bodies) in all the wrong places. You might have seen Larissa and family with their little dog, Biscuit, on HGTV's House Hunters International "Living for the Weekend in Nagoya" episode, but they’re back in Georgia now.
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