Intrepid pioneering San Francisco rock and roll reporter Rennie Stride finds herself once again as the Angel of Death's groupie, in the middle of plans, plots and playlists at the famed Monterey Pop festival of June 1967. Where she runs into music and murder, not necessarily in that order. And when friends (and enemies) start turning up dead in the psychedelic crossfire, she goes looking for justice---or vengeance---for them all...
Patricia Morrison is an amazing storyteller and knows how to hook you into the world and keep you guessing. I got hooked on this series with the first book, Ungrateful Dead, and I've stayed hooked. Rennie Stride is caught up in the world of rock again--fast gaining the reputation of "Murder chick." As friend and foe alike start dropping around her, it's up to Rennie to solve the crime and pin the tail on the murderer. Ms. Morrison has that uncanny ability to weave a great story with excellent plotting and pacing. Her characters are so real--even the fictional ones--and I feel like I know them from the moment I "meet" them. I get so caught up that I can't put it down, and especially with this one, I miss a lot of sleep until I know who dun it. This is a great series of books, one that Dame Agatha Christie would enjoy reading and they certainly invoke her with the style and the writing. I truly believe Patricia Morrison will be joining her like in the annals of... More > "classical" literature with these books. A must have for your library!!< Less
Second installment in the Stride series by Patricia Morrison. Just as well written and engrossing as the others in the series, with more characters added and another good mystery, not dead easy to figure out. The 60s ambience remains solid and the characters are interesting and fun to read about, and of course justice is done. I do recommend this and the other two books highly. Please buy them and help to spread the word about this series. It is a worthy entry into the mystery field.
Patricia Morrison makes you wish you were there. Her characters and stories are wonderfully written. Using her knowledge of music and musicians of the time period she gives you a world completely fleshed out and keeps you wanting more. Rennie Stride is an intelligent and worthy heroine. The plot of this book keeps you guessing and wanting to know what is around every turn. The Monterey Pop festival is a wonderful backdrop and her descriptions of the music that was played makes you long for a time machine so you could be there yourself. I highly recommend this and any of her books!
"California Screamin'" Where were you during the "Summer of Love"? Possibly at the Monterey Pop festival? Patricia Morrison's new Rennie Stride mystery takes you there in a story that is evocative of the time period and yet as fresh as today. Rennie and friends are ready to mix with the big guys of music at Monterey, but before that happens there is an "anti-festival" festival to attend and a murder to investigate. Drawing on her knowledge of music and musicians, Patricia Morrison gives the reader a privileged place where we can see what really happens and learn what the makers of the music think and feel. Rennie is a sympathetic and intriguing main character, and her friends become our friends as we move through the music scene together. For anyone who lived in the day, and for all those who appreciate the music of the time, I guarantee you will be singing along to a soundtrack in your head as you read. There is so much in this book to enjoy with places... More > one can visualize and characters that we care about, and the humor, the realistic friendships plus a great story make this a completely satisfying adventure.< Less
"Pick this up. You won't put it down." I loved this book. I love Patricia Kennealy-Morrison's Rock & Roll Murders series, and strongly recommend it to anyone-- but particularly to readers who love murder mysteries, rock history, or, like myself, both. I particularly love what Ms. Kennealy-Morrison does with characters, settings, details; and what a setting she gives us in this novel: Monterey Pop! With gloriously rendered portraits of music titans-- Hendrix, Joplin, Who, Airplane, Dead-- and their legendary Monterey performances, the rock nerd part of me would want to read California Screamin' even if I didn't enjoy murder mysteries. Fortunately, though, Ms. Kennealy-Morrison is as dab a hand with plotting as she is with the rich touches that make her worlds come alive. I really wanted to figure out that murderer! I enjoy the subtle, witty ways in which Ms. Kennealy-Morrison both nods to and subverts the tropes familiar to any lover of murder mysteries-- for example,... More > the Agatha Christie-style huge house with many possibly evil guests is given to us, yes-- but then that comforting standby is expanded into the entire Monterey Pop festival. Characters are a particular strong point in the book. Turk Wayland makes his first appearance, and is absolutely real-- relaxed, talented, confidently interesting. Can't wait to see more of him. We get to meet our old friends Prax and Tansy again, too, as well as a host of other new faces, including a nice Gothic touch: a girl damaged by acid, who may or may not be the catalyst for murder. It's also remarkable how well Ms. Kennealy-Morrison blends her own, imagined bands in with the actual groups. Also wanted to add, here, that I adore Rennie Stride, the intrepid heroine of this series. It is so refreshing to read a female protagonist who is unashamedly smart. It's key to note here, though, that Ms. Kennealy-Morrison is quite matter-of-fact about this; she simply lets Rennie be smart and tough, without calling attention to it, justifying it, or defending it. SO nice not to have the intellect and guts of a woman character repeatedly gestured to as a marvel, as in "Hey! A talking dog!" Well done, Ms. Kennealy-Morrison.< Less
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