Friday, November 22, 2013

Book Review: Pray, Us Sinners by Peter S. Fischer

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Grove Point Press, via NetGalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Got a movie buff in the house?

I have a mystery series that will delight them! Read on!

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Joe finds himself in Quebec but it's no vacation. Alfred Hitchcock is shooting a suspenseful thriller called "I Confess" and Montgomery Clift is playing a priest accused of murder. A marriage made in heaven? Hardly. They have been at loggerheads since Day One and to make matters worse their feud is spilling out into the newspapers. When vivacious Jeanne D'Arcy, the director of the Quebec Film Commission volunteers to help calm the troubled waters, Joe thinks his troubles are over but that was before Jean got into a violent spat with a former lover and suddenly found herself under arrest on a charge of first degree murder. Guilty or not guilty? Half the clues say she did it, the other half say she is being brilliantly framed. But by who? Fingers point to the crooked Gonsalvo brothers who have ties to the Buffalo mafia family and when Joe gets too close to the truth, someone tries to shut him up… permanently. With the Archbishop threatening to shut down the production in the wake of the scandal, Joe finds himself torn between two loyalties.


This is actually the first of the Hollywood Murder Mystery series by Peter that I have read, and this novel is book seven in the series! How I missed this series, I have no idea! My mother and I used to love watching old movies together (back when we didn't have 500 satellite channels- LOL), so I love reading about the stars that were in the movies, and reading about Montgomery Clift and Alfred Hitchock was pretty neat! I can't wait to go back and read the other 6 books! 

I should have known I was going to LOVE the book, as I adored Murder She Wrote as a kid! This was a very quick and enjoyable read, and it has so many twists and turns, that you can't stop turning the pages to see what new problem will arise! peter does a great job in putting the reader in Canada in the earlier 50s, and how different police work was back then- no DNA, no scientific study of bullet paths, etc! If you love historical mysteries and old Hollywood, you'll really love this book!

Check out the trailer for the series, and you'll see just how cool these books are!

About the Author:

Peter S. Fischer is a prolific writer producer with over 25 years of experience in network television. Among his many credits is "Murder, She Wrote" which he created with the well known television team of Richard Levinson and William Link. He also served as Executive Producer for the first seven years and contributed over 50 scripts. He was also involved for many years with "Colombo" starring Peter Falk. His other credits as a writer-producer include the nine-hour miniseries "Once an Eagle" starring Sam Elliott, the 5 hour miniseries "Black Beauty", as well as several movies-of-the-week. His writing credits include, among many others, "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "Kojak", "Barreta", "Mac Millan and Wife" and "Ellery Queen". 

In 2011, Mr. Fischer released book one of "The Hollywood Murder Mysteries", "Jezebel in Blue Satin". The series continues in book two, "We Don't Need no Stinking Badges". Update: "The Unkindness of Strangers", Book Five in "The Hollywood Murder Mysteries" just recieved the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award for best Mystery/Suspense novel of 2012. A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, he is the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and currently lives with his wife Lucille in the Monterey Bay area of Central California. Find out more at

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