There is murder. There is a mystery.
Okay, let me explain. The book is Nine Black Lives by Resa McConaghy. Many of you know Resa for her blog that features beautiful graffiti and murals, as well as for her costume design work. YES, she’s also a writer. SURPRISED much? I know I was. And then, once I read her debut novel, I was impressed by her writing quality too. She’s got so many talents I’m in awe xo
In Nine Black Lives, the main character is Nicky, a famous actor who is tired of the usual Hollywood fluff scripts. He is searching for something deeper that stretches his talent more. He lives in New York and has a beautiful girlfriend, as well as a chef and a personal assistant. He has played many detectives in movies; in fact, that’s become what he is typecast into being.
When he is offered the script for a movie called Nine Black Lives, he takes it (you will have to read the book to learn why he took that role). When costume designer Lucille is found dead in her “Shrine,” there are a slew of suspects, including her cheating husband.
As Nicky vaguely recalls working with Lucille on the very first movie where he had a lead role, he takes a personal interest in her death and trying to find her killer. Yes, it is clever that author Resa McConaghy has the two roles for Nicky of actor-detective and wanna-be detective in real life.
Cue the action in the book! There were hints dropped throughout the plot about who could have killed Lucille, with possible motives from other people in the cast of Nine Black Lives. Soon, however, the danger ramps up as Nicky’s love Lara and her unborn child have their lives threatened by a stalker.
Is Nicky’s stalker related to Lucille’s death? Why did Lucille die, and how did the murderer get into her home to commit the ruthless act?
Note – when you get to the scene about the dinner party, where there are ten or so characters at the table, you won’t be able to put the book down! Also, you might lose your appetite, along with the dinner guests! Oh and there is funny dialogue at the table too. I was completely fooled by who turned out to be the killer in Resa McConaghy’s Nine Black Lives.
Get Nine Black Lives for Free
I won’t use the stars rating system for Nine Black Lives by Resa McConaghy because I know Resa personally so it wouldn’t be totally objective. If you haven’t checked out her blogs, find them via the top two links in this post. She also has the writing blog Queen’s End, which is where you can get Nine Black Lives for FREE!
YES, you can read it for free – how generous of Resa! Download the PDF at >> Queen’s End. << Just click the download icon in the upper right-hand corner of that linked page to get your copy of the book. Also, Resa asked: could you please leave her a note in the comments section of the page you download it from if/when you do so. That way she has an idea of the number of downloads. Thanks!
OH and if you missed the collaboration that Resa and I did recently, in which I wrote poems to complement her art gowns, you could read that now too (there’s no murder involved there!)
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