The basis of the investigation centers upon was it live or was it Memorex moments that lead to little sex, plenty of lies, and yes, videotapes and DVDs. Oh yeah, and a big money payout that sets Dayna hot on the trail of Davis' killer.
Back as Dayna's unofficial sidekicks are Omari, Emme Abrams, the Internet shorthand speak and computer whiz, Sienna Haynes, the vain sidekick and still shooting-for-the-stars girlfriend, though some of her tolerance of those high-profile entertainers made me want to slap some respect into her, and of course, Day's partner-in-crime-busting, Aubrey S. Adams-Parker.
Concurrent to the investigation, Danya and Aubrey pursue official private investigator documents so when she hands out business cards, it reads who they say they are. This thread takes on a bit of mystery as well when the humorless and straight arrow Aubrey discloses other career plans. With this pursuit, however, drama and comedy follow.
Who killed Lyla Davis and why takes the reader through a labyrinth of interesting characters including the married duo Mack and Janet Christie, Silver Spring Award President Gus 'The Gossip' Ortiz, Omari's high-strung publicist Nina Flynn, Nina's stressed assistant Kitt, mechanic limo driver Dante Brooks, Dow Jones couple Javon Junior Reid and Regina Jones, and lastly the mystery friend or foe Z, who possess an uncommon knack for phantom manifestations alongside one creeped out Dayna Anderson. Girl, pepper spray might not be enough! She expresses her fear with a Hollywood nod when she internally thinks if captured by Z: "...I'd have to hope someone tweeted my pic and it somehow went viral. That would be my only chance of escaping from the hole in Z's basement. I made a promise to myself I would not put the lotion in the basket. No matter how melodic his voice was."
With these characters, author Garrett casts a wide net of blackmail and betrayal that had this reader pointing at every one of them at some point or another. Once more Garrett's depiction of Anderson rules the day. Her exasperation phrases like, 'Fudge' or 'Blurg' or 'At All' and other one-liners with that LA insider's knowledge peppered throughout the book like its predecessor, Hollywood Homicide. Garrett provides additional growth to her characters since the first book too. Dayna's relationship with Omari steps up to another level, the Dayna/Aubrey investigation status, and the novel concludes with a clear open door for the third story in A Detective By Day Mystery series. I know I'm walking through it. Come on and join me! Four and half stars.