The Case of the Singer and the Showgirl

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Book 2 of The Hotel Hollywood Series
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Pub Date Jun 20 2024 | Archive Date Jun 10 2024

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Description

Murder and scandal in the heat of 1950s Las Vegas: can Lily Jones stop a murder that happened before she was born?

Lily Jones can’t forget her incredible time-slip adventure back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and the friends she made there - especially a handsome barman by the name of Louis, with whom she felt such a strong connection.

Back in 2020, life isn’t going so well for her and Lily is idly googling when she is horrified to discover that Evelyn, Louis’ ex-girlfriend, is brutally murdered in 1953.

She is compelled to go back to the 1950s and try to save Evelyn’s life, but this time it isn’t just the gilded stars of Tinseltown she will have to contend with, but The Mob as she finds herself in the seedy glamour of Vegas and learns that Evelyn’s future depends upon her first solving the murder of a Vegas showgirl.

Thankfully she has Louis and his sister, Tilda, to help her, but her own life is in danger as she tries to find the killer and change Evelyn’s fate.

What will she risk to save a life?

A page-turning, inventive time-hop mystery perfect for fans of Stuart Turton and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

Murder and scandal in the heat of 1950s Las Vegas: can Lily Jones stop a murder that happened before she was born?

Lily Jones can’t forget her incredible time-slip adventure back to the Golden Age...


Advance Praise

A fabulous, sweepingly glamorous book – I was completely caught up in 50s Vegas and the mobsters, movie stars and murder that kept me turning the pages until the small hours.' Amanda Lees

‘Brimming with wonderful characters, cracking dialogue, exquisite description and an intriguing mystery that kept me guessing all the way… quite simply a joy.’ A.A. Chaudhuri
'Crime, glamour and love - Lisa Hall's latest time-slip novel is an absolute joy' Annabel Kantaria
‘Full of Las Vegas glamour, thrills, nostalgia and vivid characters. I loved it!’ Louise Swanson
‘Fresh, fun and full of suspense. Crime-solving, time-hopping Lily Jones is a brilliant character and 1950s Vegas, in all its glamour and seediness, springs to life through her eyes.’ Joanna Dodd

A fabulous, sweepingly glamorous book – I was completely caught up in 50s Vegas and the mobsters, movie stars and murder that kept me turning the pages until the small hours.' Amanda Lees

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It was wonderful being back with the gang in the 1950s (we start the story on my birthdate, a lot of years before I was born but fun non the less). I loved Lisa's last book in this series, I went in blind that time but was pleasantly surprised with the story and when the second book came out I ran to NetGalley to request it.
I had a blast reading this second installment and seeing all the old friends and famous names was just great. This time Lily is send back to save Evelyn from a horrible marriage but when Lily wakes up in 1950 she is confused, why has she been send to a moment 3 years before the news article she read about Evelyn? What does this mean? I loved that Tilda and Louis just took Lily back like nothing happened and she didn't disappear for 6 months in their time (about 18 months in Lily's).

Once again this was such a great read and everything felt so real and the things Lily knows about the future were weaved into the story really well.
Thank you to NetGalley, Herabooks and Lisa Hall for this advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

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I loved the mixture of fact and fiction in this 1950's based book.
Lisa has once again used her writing skills to create another addictive read.
Loved the characters, the description of Las Vegas and the use of history to scaffold the theatrical theme.
We're left wondering will Lily stay with her true love Louis in 1950 or go to her lonely modern day life.

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Overall, this was a thoroughly enjoyable and suspenseful read. Lisa Hall's writing is sharp and engaging, and she has a true knack for keeping you on the edge of your seat.

If you're looking for a book that will transport you to another time and place while also providing a thrilling mystery, then I highly recommend picking this one up.

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A good, twisty read. My first read of Lisa Hall’s, but not the last! Would definitely recommend if you like that 50s glamour vibe with a bit of murder mystery.

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Lily Jones returns for another time-hop back to LA circa 1950.

In the first book she made a number of friends who were mystified by her sudden disappearance. In the 18 months or so that have elapsed in her own time she has often thought about them and always steered away from reading too much about their lives that had continued in the past without her.

But the news that one of the people she knew is potentially in danger of losing her life she tries to re-find her way into the earlier time to try to save another life.

Being a second book this is always a difficult enterprise, especially when the original novel was such a success.
The author plots a clever and mostly trouble-free course in re-introducing time travel and avoiding the inevitable questions, “Where have you been?” “How could you just leave without staying in touch.”

In this second episode Lily quickly re-establishes links with the principal characters from before and that element of continuity enhances the story. The story leaves LA for a newly emerging location, Las Vegas. Gambling, Showgirls and The Mob.

I again enjoyed the elements all time travellers needs to be wary of, and thought the free thinking, modern woman, who is Lily Jones overcame the slip in time. Bemoaning her loss of a mobile and wi-fi connection whilst confronting issues around male and female roles.

At times quite gritty and with a real sense of violence and corruption. The story rattles along at a pace with little time to waste words or back stories. Also delightful in name dropping of A-listers and plotting the growth of this unique place in the desert.

Above all I find the writing quite absorbing and the simple revealing of plot, action based scenes and drama led story telling makes this a book to remember and appreciate.

You wonder if a third outing for Lily could happen and the paradox of time travel can be resolved to keep her memory alive in both eras. I would read book three in a heartbeat and in an accomplished writer like Lisa Hall greater wonders and adventures can follow.

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