South Carolina authors Kathryn Smith and Kelly Durham will be celebrating the launch of their new book, Shirley Temple is Missing (CreateSpace, paperback, $15.99), the first book in their new Missy LeHand mystery series, at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, March 17th, from 3-5pm. This is the debut book in the Missy LeHand Mystery Series, which presents Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s dependable and savvy private secretary as an amateur detective. In this first novel, set in October 1935, she helps recover the child actress Shirley Temple when she is kidnapped from a train en route to San Francisco. Kirkus Reviews praised the debut as a “light, enjoyable visit to the 1930s,” commenting on the “smoothly flowing story,” the colorful characters and the insider details about movie-making in the Golden Age of Hollywood.
This event is free and open to the public.
It’s 1935, and Shirley Temple is the most popular film star in the world, a symbol of hope for millions in the midst of the Great Depression. When the little girl disappears from a train en route to San Francisco, President Roosevelt’s multi-talented private secretary, Missy LeHand, joins forces with FBI Agent Corey Wainwright to recover her – in one harrowing weekend! A devious newspaper reporter, the Irish-American crime boss of San Francisco, members of the Italian underworld, the most notorious madam in the city, and the bombastic head of Shirley’s movie studio, Darryl Zanuck, all have roles to play in this fast-paced mystery.
Kelly Durham, author of eight thrillers set against the backdrops of World War II and the Golden Age of Hollywood, and Kathryn Smith, author of Missy LeHand’s biography THE GATEKEEPER, team up in this debut Missy LeHand Mystery.