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All the Wrong Places has all the enchantment of a Hitchcock thriller

All the Wrong Places (Cara Walden Mystery #1) by Lisa Lieberman Passport Press Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 27 Jul 2017


Lisa Lieberman’s All The Wrong Places is not a traditional mystery. It defies categorization and boldly creates its own path. Cara is a consummate storyteller, deftly painting a vivid picture of her extraordinary life and experiences. Her reminiscences capture the reader who wants to understand the mystery that is Cara.

Cara is a young actress who flees with her brother, a screenwriter, to England during the McCarthy persecution of artists and writers. She and her brother Gray have very different reasons for leaving the US, but they both need the healing distance offers. Cara shares details of her life, the people they encounter and their experiences in a nonlinear fashion. The novel is filled with the glamour of early filmmaking and extraordinary personalities - actors, directors, writers, musicians and revolutionaries. There is a mystery, the reason behind the death of her mother. Although it has a profound effect on Cara’s life, it doesn't take up much of the novel’s narrative.

All The Wrong Places is a difficult novel to describe. It doesn't fit neatly into any one category. It is a novel that will be loved by old film buffs, readers of women’s fiction, and mystery lover’s looking for something unique and just a touch Hitchcockian.

I eagerly await Lisa Lieberman’s follow up novel.

5 / 5

I received a copy of All the Wrong Places from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



Seventeen-year-old Cara Walden arrives in 1950s London with her half-brother Gray‚ a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter and closeted homosexual. Gray has looked after Cara ever since her mother‚ glamorous actress Vivien Grant‚ was found drowned in the pool at their estate. As Cara embarks on a film shoot in Sicily and begins a love affair with a temperamental actor‚ she cannot help pondering the mystery surrounding her mother's death‚ but the questions she asks soon put Cara's own life in danger. Fans of old movies will get a kick out of All the Wrong Places, a historical mystery set in exotic European locales that pays tribute to the films of the forties and fifties, capped off with a thrilling finale straight out of Hitchcock.

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