Archive for 'Jordan, R.T.'
Remains to be Scene is about an aging actress and television star named Polly Pepper, who hasnâ€™t worked in a while. While she isnâ€™t hurting for money, she does want to be back in the spotlight. She has mixed feeling when offered a small part in a movie when the previous actress dies. It is a very small part and the character is a grandmother, but when the role is snatched away from her by Sedra Stone, her lifelong rival, Polly is really steamed. When Sedraâ€™s body is found on the set, Polly finally gets the role. Except the more she finds out about the movie and the cast, the less excited she is about the role that she got over the dead bodies of two actresses.
Helping and supporting Polly are her adult son Tim (who still lives at home, to the apparent delight of his mother) and her trusted maid Placenta (yes, you did read that correctly). By Hollywood standards, the three of them lead only slightly dysfunctional lives and are very happy together. This book has a lot of name-dropping and can be quite catty. The characters are tremendously self-absorbed, egotistical, and you wonder just how nice Polly Pepper really is. But Jordan somehow keeps from going completely over the top and the characters are enjoyable, if somewhat unusual.
I thought the solution of the book was obvious from pretty early on, but there is an editing error on page 226 (hardcover) that may lead you astray if you donâ€™t recognize it as an error. In spite of the knowing whodunit, I found the book interesting.
Favorite character? Placenta, who has a lot of latitude. Did I guess it? Yes. Will I read another? Yes.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com Â©2007