Film editor Margaret O'Banion and director Max Skull find themselves in the middle of a mystery when a famous celebrity-chef's body is found in a freezer. - (Baker & Taylor)
A humorous look at the Hollywood scene, which includes agendas, the seamier side of movie-making, and Margot O'Banion's metamorphosis from retiring film editor to amateur sleuth. A delightful read, and Sloane's characters cry out for an encore. Midwest - (NBN)
In their fifth adventure, film editor Margot O'Banion and movie director Max Skull investigate when Max's consultant on his new movie, celebrity-chef Robert Madrid, dies in the same manner as a character in the film. Complicating matters, Margot's good friend Loretta Rose Cinefucco, who has come to L.A. to manage the film studio's executive dining room in preparation for opening her own restaurant, was seeing Robert at the time of his death. Another murder follows at the new wine bar connected to a hot restaurant owned by Madrid's brother, Carlos Estrella. Are the deaths connected? Details of the restaurant business, insight into why dinner at a trendy restaurant "provides an evening of theater," and a behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking frame the story. Well-developed characters and a further developing romantic relationship between Margot and Max make for an enjoyable addition to a too-little-known series. ((Reviewed March 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.