CALLBACK FOR A CORPSE
A Maxi and Moxie Mystery
By Teel James Glenn
Bold Adventure Press
When we first saw the ads for this book, we were excited at
what it suggested; a new mystery series featuring a sleuthing husband and wife
team. Shades of Nick & Nora Charles, or Mr. & Mrs. North, not to forget
McMillan & Wife. All of which were favorites not so much for the mysteries
as for the bantering relationships of the protagonists. At the back of this
book, Glenn also offers up a nice little essay on reporters as detectives. But
again, not what drew us to the series.
Not only are our leads married, they also live in Hollywood during its
golden days of the 1930s. Moxi is a publicity writer for a studio while his
lovely redheaded Maxi is an actress whose career is on the rise. Against this
backdrop, we’re constantly given lots of marvelous movie trivia and none other
than Dracula himself, Bela Lugosi appears as one of the supporting players.
It’s all put forth by a first person narration from Moxie; a wry, sarcastic
soul who is madly in love with his wife.
The central plot revolves around the savage murders of
several movie related personnel and the strange disappearances of three young
starlets. A former newspaper reporter, Moxie can’t help but get involved,
especially when several of the victims were part of the crew working on Maxi’s
new flick. His concern isn’t only to solve the murders, but to make sure
nothing happens to his better half along the way.
Award winning pulp writer Glenn spins a truly colorful, exciting tale with just a touch of the supernatural to spice things up. At the same time, he introduces us to two of the most charming and likeable characters in all of New Pulp fiction today. “Callback for a Corpse” delivers everything it promised…and more. That’s says it all.
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