Skip to main content

Murderous Haircut of the Mayor of Bel Air - Book Review

“The Murderous Haircut of the Mayor of Bel Air” is a trippy new mystery novel from Phillip Mottaz. It captures the grit and gilt of the City of Angels with the flair of a contemporary Raymond Chandler. The brisk pace and wit are reminiscent of Douglas Adams’s entries in the detective game. Flourishes of Fletch and “Medium” also spring to mind.

However, Mottaz has added a psychic/mutant/superhuman touch and his own comedic voice, structure and internal monologues to the proceedings that help the author announce his own style and the arrival of a literary heroine for a new generation. Hairstylist and budding private investigator, Danica Luman is the perfect character to convey the irony, angst and sarcasm needed to tell a 21st century L.A. crime story. Danica also represents anyone who thought it would be neat to get tangled up in a mystery and the darkly comic cautionary tale that follows. The genre is recognizable, but Mottaz offers a fresh take on the not-ready-for-prime-time-hard-boiled detective.

Totally fun for fans of the aforementioned Chandler and Adams and for those looking for a new kind of P.I. to embrace. Here’s to many more adventures and appointments with Mr. Mottaz and Ms. Luman.

#review #bookreview #phillipmottaz  #mystery

Buy it here: https://phillipmottaz.wordpress.com/


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

3rd Shipment Of Talent On The Way

That means the 2 nd shipment to CDBaby sold out! Yow! Thanks, y'all! You're making my weekend very bright. It's such a blessing knowing that you are all gonna be grooving to the sounds of A Talent For Loving this week. I've been asked by a few of the fans in the UK about the disc and I want to encourage you to buy the disc now from CDBaby . I appreciate that you want to wait to get one in person. But, they're actually less expensive now versus what I'll be charging at shows (even with int'l shipping). And yes, I will autograph any copies brought to the shows. No fear. Plus, you'll get to hear the CD and learn the songs long before I return. LOL . Fans of iTunes and digital downloading, you can download from CDBaby . Although, if you must get it from iTunes , it will be available through there (and other digital services) in a few more weeks. You know I'll be sure to broadcast that! Peace & Disco Beats

Well, I Left My Jag In Kansas City

Hey Soul Mates, that's one of my all-time favorite movie lines. On occasion in real life, I've been able to say it. That bit of dialogue is from Silver Streak . My buddy Mike told me to say something about Richard Pryor . That man was funny. How about that? I always looked forward to going to his movies as a kid: Bustin' Loose, Wholly Moses!, Brewster's Millions, The Toy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil . Plus, if you got to see his latest movie, you were "cool." We'd watch the rest on TV: Car Wash, Bingo Long, Greased Lightning and The Wiz to name a few [I know one of Bryan's all-time faves is Moving ]. Just last month, I caught his big scene in Uptown Saturday Night on BET. These are not necessarily classics, but Mr. Pryor's performances were all enjoyable and there was a feeling of rebellion in watching him work. As a kid, it was like you were given a peek into the absurd, adult world through his humor. He was showing us how messed up Ameri