Oscar Season by Mary McNamara

Not All That Glitters Is Gold

I’ve actually bought this book much earlier but I never found time to read it. So, now I’ll try to read 2 books every month, at least.

Meet Mary McNamara (Source: www.latimes.com)

Anyway, I Googled for Mary McNamara and I found some of these info:

  • Mary McNamara is a television critic for Los Angeles Times 
  • A Pulitzer Price finalist for criticism in 2013 and 2014, she has won various awards for criticism and feature writing
  • She is the author of the Hollywood mysteries ‘Oscar Season‘ and ‘The Starlet
  • She lives in La Crescenta with her husband, three children, two dogs and a hamster
(Source: www.latimes.com)

The cover of ‘Oscar Season’ (Source: Internet)


It’s the season of glitz, glamour and glad-handing – but what’s really going on behind the façade?

The Pinnacle is the place to stay during the Oscars, and this year the pre-Awards crises have reached fever pitch: a very recognizable body is found in the hotel pool; Hollywood’s most famous leading man is secretly holed up in the Presidential Suite; and the larger-than-life producer of the Oscars will stop at nothing for higher ratings. 

The Academy Awards, the most prestigious
Hollywood events (Source: Internet)
A consummate professional, the hotel’s PR manager manager Juliette Greyson must do a careful dance to rescue the Pinnacle’s reputation while somehow sparing himself and her famous clientèle in the process. But first Juliette must figure out what is real and what is staged. Who is lying and who is acting? And when does murder stop being murder – and start becoming damn good publicity?

(Source: Back Cover of Oscar Season)

Jessica Chastain seems like my perfect Juliette Greyson (Source: Internet)
After watching ‘Lying to be Perfect’, I think Poppy Montgomery
 is awesome! (Source: www.esquire.com)

This novel is about Juliette Greyson, the PR Manager of The Pinnacle who is now working extra hard to go through another Oscar Season. It is later revealed that Juliette’s ex-husband, Josh divorced her for a British actress Anna while filming a movie written by Josh. 

Weeks before the Oscar Season, a famous actor, Michael O’Connor secretly checked in with his nurse, Rory. It turns out that Michael is undergoing treatment for cancer and does not want the world to know it. In fact he has his body double fly to Morocco to fool the fans. 

I’m so obsessed with Pierce Brosnan, he is my Michael O’Connor
(Source: Internet)
Robert Redford is equally good too (Source: Internet)

Another actor, David Fulbright is later found dead in the Pinnacle’s swimming pool, giving Juliette the shock of her life. Just as she is trying to pull herself together, Juliette later finds out that it was just a gimmick to boost the Oscar ratings. Then, David feels bad about it and tries without success to apologize until he manages to break into her house much later.

At the same time, Juliette is later shaken up when Josh was murdered. During that time of ordeal, somehow Juliette ends up sleeping with Michael and follows him to an event. While away from the Pinnacle, somebody attacks Michael. 

And how much, much later the murderer is revealed and honestly, I was shocked! 

You see, not all that glitters is gold.

So, for those who think they might have read everything thrilling in chick-lit, guess again!

Miss Paris’s Notes

This is my first time reading a novel by Mary McNamara and I liked the way she writes with such details. And since she writes for LA Times, I can imagine how she puts passion and experience in her writing. 

Honestly, I’m impressed with foreign writers who can write with ease and such details. I am so envious, especially those very good writers who can just spin words and turn them into a beautiful story. In fact, the stories are so beautiful, upon reading them, I can envision everything. 

So, Mary McNamara, you inspire me to write better! 

See you in the next confession!

All my love, XOXO,
Miss Paris

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