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Reviewed by Ruth Castleberry for Readers' Favorite
In Melissa Baldwin's Movie Scripts and Madness, her protagonist, Kendall Whitaker, takes a position as the Marketing Director's assistant at Blossom Studios to get her foot in the door. An aspiring actress, she believes she will get an opportunity to audition for a part in a film by being so close. However, before she gets the chance, there is a murder at the studio and she discovers the body. Then the studio is beset with problems, all film production is halted, her boss is murdered, and a friend who is also a studio employee is attacked and hospitalized. In the middle of all this, she meets a young, well-known film actor who offers to help her prepare for an audition, and the investigating detective who wants to protect her from the threats she's getting because she is asking so many questions around the studio.
Overall, Movie Scripts and Madness is an interesting mystery with a few twists and appropriate misdirection. Ms. Baldwin's skill with dialogue is exceptional and this is where her characters come to life and seem real. The interaction between the characters is lively, but Ms. Baldwin's narrative, from Kendall's perspective, often slows the story down. I enjoyed Movie Scripts and Madness. Ms. Baldwin has created a good foundation for a cozy series and I am looking forward to the sequel because I am curious to see how Kendall's dream of becoming a film actress progresses.