Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fallen Star by Allison Morse

Fallen Star
by Allison Morse


GENRE:  Pschological Mystery with Strong Gothic Elements



Who killed 1940s screen goddess Gloria Reardon? Her unsolved murder hypnotized the public with its scandalous details and shocked two generations. 

In this coming of age gothic tale, avid feminist and aspiring filmmaker Kate Bloom discovers long lost footage that holds the key to who murdered her grandmother. Legendary movie star, Gloria Reardon, may be dead, but friends and lovers from the Golden Age of Hollywood’s heyday are still very much on the scene, and it seems everyone has something to gain or lose from Kate’s discovery. Enlisting the youthful and brash film restorer Dylan Nichols as her closest ally, Kate becomes haunted by Gloria’s glittering past. Caught between glamorous Old Hollywood and the gritty, exciting New Hollywood of the 1970s, Kate is determined to find out what really happened to her grandmother and in the process, becomes the killer’s new target.


Kate returned to the sealed box and ripped off the tape and flipped the lid open. Light bounced off a container with a shiny handle on top. The premonition of what it might be now solidified into something more than fantasy. Trying to remain calm, she told herself that it couldn’t possibly be what she hoped it was. It had been lost...destroyed...right?

Her heart pounded as she used both hands to lift the metal container. She undid the latches. Inside were two round 35 mm motion picture canisters.

“Lillian!” she shouted.

As she pried off the top of the first canister, she was assaulted by the pungent smell of vinegar. The film appeared brittle. She was afraid to touch it in case it turned to dust in her hands. But she had to know. With the tips of her fingers and holding her breath, she unwound a small piece of film and looked at it. There, captured in the frame, was Gloria––the costume, the set behind her…there was no mistaking it. These reels were from Emperor Smythe. It was the infamous missing footage from the day Gloria was murdered on that film set.

“Lillian! Quick, Lillian!” Kate returned the footage to the canister and closed it up.

Her great-aunt hurried back to her. “What? What is it?” Her eyes widened as she gazed at the canisters. “Is that what I think it is?” Lillian asked.

“The footage. The missing footage.”

Guaranteed to surprise you over and over as you keep turning pages.
Not every ghost is cold and menacing, well, not to all people.
This is a story of many layers, only the surface one being trying to discover the true killer of Kate's grandmother, legendary screen actress Gloria Reardon.
I bet you'll suspectvarious people as the information is revealed.

This is also a study of glamorous old Hollywood versus the changes happening in a newer age of the nineteen seventies. Is it really different? Who has the power and why?
Kate is a very strong main character but we see her flaws and uncertainties. Is she going mad or is her grandmother's spirit taking over? Is there a consciousness beyond death?
It is also a well disguised romance between two people who have many barriers to trust.
You will not regret the time spent exploring the past and working out this mystery.

 Allison is the author of two novels: The Sweetheart Deal and Fallen Star. She lives with her husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.
For book club resources and to learn more about Allison and her new fiction, please visit her Website at http://www.allisonmorseauthor.com/

Twitter ID:  AllisonMorseLA

Buy links:

Barnes & Noble - http://bit.ly/2bnsv8Q


  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. Thank you! Best of luck with the contest :)

  2. Thank you for reviewing and hosting my book. I'm thrilled you liked the story. Thank you!

  3. It sounds like an intriguing book. Thank you for sharing and the chance at the giveaway.

  4. Thanks for sharing your awesome review! I've enjoyed following the tour and I'm looking forward to reading Fallen Star :)


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