Fallen Star by Allison Morse


Fallen Star by Allison Morse
Published by The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical (1970s), Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full (315 pgs)
Heat: Sensual
Rated: 4.5 stars
Review by Snapdragon

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

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.

The long-ago life and love of a Hollywood star feed this ’70s era mystery.

Kate Bloom found out about violence–and desperation–first hand, as well as getting too close to some of the worst of Hollywood. But, it made her strong.

Gripping and gritty, honestly, the opening violence was a little of a turn-off for me, but played so into character development, that I came to see it as central to the story. Is Kate Bloom a victim or a fighter? Her plight, as well as her determination, captures reader’s hearts and interest from the first.

Before we have the details of her quest or grasp her determination, we find ourselves hoping that she will somehow recover the sweet, well-meaning girl that started the story. The crime, men in her life, the competition to get into the Hollywood world or ‘compete’ with successful all fall second to that.

Dylon Nichols is quite a different story. He is successful. He also seems an opinionated piece of the Hollywood structure. When he fails to recognize her talent and her creativity, we can already tell these two will not hit it off.  At first, we don’t even want them too. However, his insight might be useful, especially as Kate pursues proof about grandmother, Gloria Reardon’s death. While we are pretty sure Kate is right about him being a jerk, he’s useful and she has an agenda…and somehow, we readers find ourselves mirroring the thought process of our main character. It makes the story all the more believable, as does the great inside look at the industry; at how scripts and talent are acquired.

This is an unusual mystery as Kate is chasing down proof of who killed her grandmother. She has strong suspicions (and some special access to info) from the start.

Filled with fear, anger, frustration: Fallen Star delivers action in an unpredictable, fast-paced fashion. A great read.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Allison Morse says:

    Wow! Thank you for your wonderful and penetrating review. You hit spot on with what I’d hoped to achieve. I’ll admit I struggled on whether to include the opening prologue because I too find scenes like that upsetting to read and to write. But it in the end I kept it, and in you your review you capture why. This is book is not just a mystery, or a Gothic but is whether Kate will be a victim of male violence or an avenger of it. Thank you again for your review. (Spoiler for potential readers: Young Kate does get out of that bad opening situation in the prologue.)

    • Allison Morse says:

      Oh, I’m so embarrassed about all my typos in my heartfelt comments above. My only excuse is I’m on west coast time and I haven’t had my first cup of coffee yet. Despite that, I am happy dancing about the review. Thank you again.

  3. I love the excerpt. Sounds like a great book.

  4. Sounds like a great read.

  5. Marcy Meyer says:

    Sounds like an interesting story. Enjoyed the review. Thanks for the giveaway chance too.

  6. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Tammy Dalley says:

    congrats on the tour, thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Cathy French says:

    Two of my favorite genres in one read…old Hollywood and mystery. Sounds good

  9. shannon fowler says:

    This sounds so good! I love mystery books, and I have always been intrigued by books having anything to do with hollywood. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I like the Hollywood milieu. Reminds me of great unsolved mysteries like the William Desmond Taylor murder.

  11. Audrey Stewart says:

    I can’t wait to read this book. I love everything I have read so far.

  12. Judy Thomas says:

    I loved the excerpt and can’t wait to read it!

  13. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I like the time setting for the book. Sounds like a good read.

  14. I love mysteries and this will be my first about old Hollywood. I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing and the giveaway.

  15. This looks like a really good read ! Thank you for sharing this giveaway with us 🙂

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