Rock journalist Rennie Stride has moved to Los Angeles, and rocknroll murder follows her. When one of her close friends is killed, she resolves to hunt down the murderer if she has to blast the hip Laurel Canyon music scene down to bedrock to do it. In the course of pursuing the killer, she meets the love of her life. And risks her own life--and his--in the process.
This was a wonderful read! The thing that I like best about this series of books is how real the settings and characters are written. In every book I find myself saying something along the lines of "I didn't know that about the 60's" and running to Wikipedia to look a fact or a band name up...I think this is awesome. I love to read books that entertain as well as teach you something you didn't know before you opened the book. Rennie and Turk are a fantastic duo and after reading the 1st two novels in the series, I was THRILLED that Rennie and Turk found each other at last. In this book Rennie really comes into her own as a character. Ms. Morrison is a master at crafting strong female leads (hooray!) The mystery element of this book was also really well written. I was completely thrown for a loop when the "solution" was revealed. The mark of any great mystery novel is being completely surprised when you finally get the payoff at the end of the book. This book ranks... More > right up there with my favorite novels. You will not regret spending your time, or your money on this book! Enjoy!< Less
Rennie Stride, rock's Angel of Death, is back in the music scene and finds herself surrounded by death yet again with a body count of friends and associates close to her. And along the way, Rennie finds love at long last in soul mate/rock god Turk Wayland, who quickly finds himself the chief murder suspect when a mutual friend and Turk's former lover is found dead, hanged from a staircase railing at the famed Whiskey a Go Go. Ms. Morrison once again draws on her years of experience as one of the pioneers of the rock critic genre in crafting the story of 'Love Him Madly.' The reader is treated to vignettes about real rockers of the time; Janis Joplin, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jimi Hendrix, and others. Rennie walks through this world of gods and lesser rockers introducing us to old friends and new faces. The characters are multi-layered and distinctive but as close to living, breathing people that you might know on the street. We get to walk in a world that most of us dream about being a... More > part of, and for the space of the pages...we are. Ms. Morrison's story is tight and full of action. Inspired by the best of Agatha Christie and murder mysteries of the time, 'Love Him Madly' keeps things hopping and the reader guessing right up until the denoument reveals the murderer. We see what Rennie sees, hear what she hears, and follow along in her logic until she puts it together. In murder mysteries, the timing is all and the timing here is excellent, working its way to a satisfying conclusion where the murderer is revealed. I give 'Love Him Madly: Murder at the Whisky' a solid two thumbs up for great story, vivid characters, and a satisfying ending that will leave you wanting more. This book is a "can't put it down" thrill ride that kept me up very late at night and happily so.< Less
This is a wonderful book. The third in the Rennie Stride series, it gives us more background material on the 60s and introduces more new characters. The mystery is great too. I highly recommend this book as well as the first two to anyone who loves mysteries and/or books set in the 60s. This is authentic stuff, written by someone who was there. Yes, some people who were there remember it; not everyone under 30 was in a drugged out haze the whole decade. Please support this writer by buying her books. They are worth it, trust me.
As Patricia Morrison's "Love Him Madly" begins, rock reporter Rennie Stride is at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles. She expects to see her friend, Tansy Belladonna, with Tansy's new band, Moonfyre. She expects to decide whether Tansy's jump from her old band, Turnstone, to Moonfyre was a good idea. She expects to share that opinion with the readers who've learned to watch for her work. She does not expect to be on the scene as a close friend is found murdered. (I am very deliberately not telling you who dies.) She does not expect that murder will start a chain of events that will introduce her to the love of her life. And she definitely does not expect those events to lead her into a too-close encounter with murder and to the edge, more than once, of losing another important person and losing her own life. Rennie's still in shock over the first death when she begins to hear the chorus: "Rennie. Baby, you find out who did this to her. I know you can." Grief, a... More > desire for vengeance, a desire to make certain that the culprit is caught and, in time, a desperate desire to deflect police attention from her new love lead Rennie to start looking for a murderer. The body count grows, with deaths that might be related to the first ... or might not. The police arrest Rennie's new love, driving her to search even harder, especially after some of his business associates wonder pointedly whether he should be quite so cozy with Murder Chick. Finally, Rennie takes a gamble to try to flush out a murderer. She succeeds, but the person she discovers is not the one she thought she was hunting. As in the two previous Rennie books, Morrison's knowledge of the '60s music scene (and her love for a lot of the music made then) provides the details that ground the story. (If you were born after that period, take my word for it -- she has it right.) I've said this in previous reviews of Rennie books, but I'll repeat it -- her descriptions of Rennie's life as a journalist are also dead-on, although she throws in a complication for Rennie that would likely be handled differently these days. "Love Him Madly" is Morrison's third Rennie Stride book -- the earlier volumes are "Ungrateful Dead" and "California Screamin'". This is the perfect season to get all three, since you might have the time to spend the hours with Rennie that I suspect you'll want to suspend. (All three books can be purchased from lulu.com.)< Less
Kindly ignore the other "review". It was posted by a troll who cannot possibly have bought and read the book, but who just wants to behave like a little moron. (Note its "screen name". Yeah, right.) Perhaps Lulu will be good enough to remove the troll's little spaz session? In which case, I can take this one down too. The rest of you, carry on.
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