Way, way back when I started writing the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels, I knew there was plenty of giddy goings-on to write about in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s: the arrival of sound, the end of Prohibition, the coming of war, the threat (perceived or real) of anti-Communism and subsequent blacklisting. There was no end of possible plotlines and events to incorporate into the narrative. But the 1950s? Hmmmmm, I thought, not so much. What am I going to write about?
How wrong I was.
In writing book seven in this series, it soon became apparent that the final trilogy of books that will take us through to the Garden of Allah Hotel’s closing in August of 1959 had more than enough chaos and turmoil and upheaval for me to wind around the lives of Marcus Adler, Kathryn Massey, and Gwendolyn Brick. 1950s Hollywood dealt with the precipitous growth of television, the concurrent death of radio, the wide-screen-ing of theatrical releases, the rise of post-war European cinema, unscrupulous tell-all magazines, and the meteoric starburst of both Marilyn Monroe and Joseph McCarthy.
But for now, let’s just deal with the early 1950s when Hollywoodites were only starting to become aware of what lurked on the horizon.
I am very happy to announce that my new novel:
is now available.
As America embraces the 1950s, that brash upstart called television is poaching Hollywood’s turf, inch by inch. If the studios don’t do something drastic, they may lose the battle.
When screenwriter Marcus Adler fell afoul of the blacklist, Europe offered sanctuary. Hollywood lures him back, but the specter of Joseph McCarthy forces Marcus to fight for a final chance to clear his name.
A charismatic figure rises to intimidate the entire film industry, and Hollywood Reporter Kathryn Massey realizes that she knows a secret that just might topple this self-appointed savior. If Kathryn fails, will her neck land on the chopping block instead?
A new kiss-and-tell magazine splashes onto the scene—but it isn’t playing by the rules. Gwendolyn Brick figures she doesn’t need to worry about a scandal rag until she spots someone lurking around the Garden of Allah during Marilyn Monroe’s birthday party. Suddenly, Confidential threatens to expose everything.
Tinseltown Confidential is the seventh installment in the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah saga. If you like richly woven details, the Golden Age of Hollywood, and characters who come to life, then you’ll love Martin Turnbull’s captivating historical fiction series.
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The Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels:
- Book 1 – The Garden on Sunset
- Book 2 – The Trouble with Scarlett
- Book 3 – Citizen Hollywood
- Book 4 – Searchlights and Shadows
- Book 5 – Reds in the Beds
- Book 6 – Twisted Boulevard
- Book 7 – Tinseltown Confidential
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