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Kathryn Leigh Scott
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From brunch in Bel Air to homeless in Hollywood…

Former actress Meg Barnes used to have it all: tony Beverly Hills address, Amex Black card, Manolos for every day of the month. Not to mention a career as a popular TV detective that made her glittering life possible. But her lifestyle of the rich and famous has turned into a reality show for d-listed starlets. Lost in her Louboutins, she has one man to thank: her con man of a husband.

Handsome FBI agent Jack Mitchell knows a suspect when he sees one—even if she’s as beautiful and gutsy as Meg. Meg’s ex “made off” with half of Hollywood’s wealth in an epic real estate scam. And Jack thinks Meg may have been involved.

Determined to prove her innocence Meg teams up with her quirky, movie-mad best friend to track down her fugitive husband and exact justice. But getting her life, and her career, back on track is harder than auditioning for Spielberg. Especially when her life is threatened. Meg has to trust Jack, the man who may want her behind bars…or as his leading lady for life.

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Kathryn Leigh Scott starred as the doomed fiancée of vampire Barnabas Collins in the original Gothic daytime drama series Dark Shadows, and in the 1971 film House of Dark Shadows. She also appears in a cameo role in Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collis, directed by Tim Burton. She is the author of several books about the series, including Dark Shadows Memories. Katherine is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and launched Pomegranate Press, which publishes books about the entertainment industry. She is the author of The Bunny Years: The Surprising Inside Story of the Playboy Clubs: The Women Who Worked as Bunnies, and Where They Are Now. Katherine lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Writing and Acting have always been twin careers. Kathryn has a recurring role playing George Segal's girlfriend Miriam in The Goldbergs, and appears in the 2015 mid-season launch of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She has launched the mystery/thriller JINXED and completed the memoir, LAST DANCE AT THE SAVOY. Kathryn, who wrote the novel DARK PASSAGES based on Dark Shadows, appears in a cameo role in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp. Her latest nonfiction title is DARK SHADOWS: RETURN TO COLLINWOOD.
Kathryn grew up on a farm in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Upon graduation from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kathryn landed the ingénue lead in the classic Gothic daytime drama Dark Shadows (ABC, 1966-1971), and starred in the 1971 MGM feature, House of Dark Shadows. Kathryn played four roles in the series: Maggie Evans, Josette du Pres, Lady Kitty
Hampshire and Rachel Drummond. Kathryn wrote Dark Shadows Memories to coincide with its 20th anniversary and Dark Shadows Companion as a 25th
anniversary tribute.
Kathryn launched Pomegranate Press, Ltd. to publish books about the entertainment industry, including guide books, biographies, textbooks and coffee table art books. She wrote The Bunny Years (the 25-year history of Playboy Clubs told through
the women who worked as Bunnies), optioned by Disney for a feature film, and acquired by Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer. She also co-produced a two-hour special for the A&E Network, and a one-hour documentary for BBC-1 and Canadian TV, based on the book. Pomegranate has published over 50 nonfiction titles, including Scott's books, Lobby Cards: The Classic Films (Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Coffee Table
Book) and Lobby Cards: The Classic Comedies.
Kathryn's theatrical credits include a lengthy run with James Stewart in Harvey in London's West End. She has appeared in many television series and mini-series, including Barbara Taylor Bradford's Voice of the Heart, Dan Travanti's wife in Murrow, George C. Scott's mistress in The Last Days of Patton, Philip Marlowe's girlfriend in Chandlertown, and series regular with Brian Dennehy in Big Shamus, Little Shamus. Feature films include Providence, The Great Gatsby, Brannigan, The Greek Tycoon, Assassination, 187 and Parasomnia, Dr. Mabuse, Dark Shadows, etc.
Kathryn maintains homes in Los Angeles and New York. She issued a Tradepaper edition of Coya Come Home, with a Foreword by Walter F. Mondale, in August 2012. Kathryn has written three novels, Dark Passages (2012) Down and Out in Beverly Heels (2013), Jinxed (2015) and a memoir, Last Dance at the Savoy.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written detective/love story 12 Aug. 2013
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This story follows Meg Barnes, an actress who has lost everything. She is living in the back of a car "down and out in Beverly Hills". This is because her husband was a con-man and faked his own kidnapping, and is now presumed dead. Meanwhile Meg had to stamp up the ransom and the rest was taken from debts he built up in her name. When the FBI get involved she meets handsome agent Jack.

Meg's most famous character from her acting days is that of detective side-kick Jinx, and after running away for a year or so she decides to take a leaf out of Jinx's book and go on the hunt of her husband. But with people being killed around her and an FBI agent warning her off things get dangerous.

The book was well written and the actor sensibilities of Meg came through, probably because the author is an actress herself, whilst not writing books. The cover was a bit misleading as I imagined Meg as a 20-something woman into high heels but she is in her 40s/50s, and probably prefers flat shoes. But you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover as they say.

Thoroughly entertaining read with the beginning being better than the end in my opinion, with the coming together of all the parts being out of character for someone. But overall really good and definitely worth reading.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read to put down and pick up again 28 Feb. 2013
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I enjoyed this as a read to accompany the last 20 mins at night, drying my hair and in the bath! It would be an ideal beach read.
Following the story of Meg - a one time Hollywood starlet we follow her life after her husband has 'disappeared' supposedly kidnapped. The same husband that has swindled a lot of money out of Hollywood on dodgy property deals.
The story is fairly formulaic and you can guess what is going to happen at the end - but there is a mini twist with another player entering last minute.
I enjoyed it but don't expect your brain to be stretched. It was a pleasant read and made a change from the normal chic lit out there. A bit of romance but more intrigue makes a pleasant change.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cozy Mystery? 30 July 2013
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I got the feeling from the synopsis and from the cover art that this was a Chick Lit romance but this felt more like what is known to some as a 'Cozy Mystery'? I'm not too familiar with this genre but it seems to have all the hallmarks, I think.

I liked the story though. It wasn't as funny as the blurb's would have me believe but it did have it's moments. It did feel like there was a bit too much name dropping in every chapter but since the character is an actress I suppose that might be expected, I just didn't know who half of them were so they didn't really add much for me.

The little catch phrases got a bit tiresome but maybe in a world like Hollywood something that gets you remembered is going to be milked for everything it's worth.

It's mostly about the sleuthing though. She played an amateur sleuth as an actress and now she's trying to get to the bottom of a mystery surrounding her ex husband. It's all a bit predictable but it's still enjoyable. I liked feeling as if I was getting behind the scenes to see how the Hollywood set live off screen and it was the fun to see it all laid bare.

To be fair, there is a tiny bit of romance too but not much.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable light hearted book 28 Aug. 2013
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I have to say that i actually really enjoyed this book.

It is not my usual genre of choice but i found it very light, in parts amusing and i think it would make a good movie.

I pictured the lead character meg as Sally field for some reason but this helped me to visualise the book better.

I think this would make a great beach read or sunday afternoon read, its not a book you pick up and dont put down, but one that you can read one chapter at a time just before bed that wull always put a smile on your face.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When you're down at the bottom, the only way is up! 10 Sept. 2014
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Returning from three weeks filming away on location, the heroine of this story expected to find her husband waiting to wine and dine her but there's no sign of him - till the phone rings. That's when he tells her he has been kidnapped whilst on a business trip to Mexico. He gives her precise instructions what to do to pay the ransom demanded and tells her not to contact the police or mutual friends!

This is the start of a drama packed story as she learns more about her husband, his schemes and suffers the impact of his disappearance on her own life. Throughout this she has to learn who to trust, what true friendship is and helps solve an international crime!

This story involves duplicity, murder, drug cartels, Russian mafia, FBI agents and much much more! A great story with just a hint of romance to sweeten the tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and likeable. 22 July 2014
By Emily R
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I expected this book to be a bit of light-hearted fluff that would occupy some downtime I had coming up. It turned into a fun romp through the behind-the-scenes aspects of Hollywood, with a mystery to be solved and a heroine that surprised me.

Meg Barnes made for a likeable character. She was smart, sympathetic to other's plight (despite being in no small way worse off) and genuinely just trying to get back on her feet. After a stressful run-in with the paparazzi due to her con-man husband taking off with half of Hollywood's money, she opts for self-preservation instead of status and returns to find that she has nothing. No house, no career, no money.

Making the best of a bad situation, she continues on with her life. The book gave an interesting view on a scenario of homelessness that just doesn't measure up with the glamorous portrayal of Hollywood's perfection.
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