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Pretty as a Picture

by Elizabeth Little

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Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2020
    352 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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An egomaniacal movie director, an isolated island, and a decades-old murder--the addictive new novel from the bestselling author of Dear Daughter.

Marissa Dahl, a shy but successful film editor, travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary--and legendarily demanding--director Tony Rees on a feature film with a familiar logline.

Some girl dies.

It's not much to go on, but the specifics don't concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She'll spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best: turning pictures into stories.

But she soon discovers that on this set, nothing is as it's supposed to be--or as it seems. There are rumors of accidents and indiscretions, of burgeoning scandals and perilous schemes. Half the crew has been fired. The other half wants to quit. Even the actors have figured out something is wrong. And no one seems to know what happened to the editor she was hired to replace.

Then she meets the intrepid and incorrigible teenage girls who are determined to solve the real-life murder that is the movie's central subject, and before long, Marissa is drawn into the investigation herself.

The only problem is, the killer may still be on the loose. And he might not be finished.

A wickedly funny exploration of our cultural addiction to tales of murder and mayhem and a thrilling, behind-the-scenes whodunit, Pretty as a Picture is a captivating page-turner from one of the most distinctive voices in crime fiction.

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"Readers fascinated with the behind-the-scenes machinations of a movie set will be enthralled, plus there's a frisson of romantic tension between Isaiah and Marissa, and the island setting lends some spooky atmosphere...A quirky and distinctive heroine headlines this fun and fast-paced thriller loaded with cinematic flourishes." - Kirkus Reviews

"[A] smart, cinematically steeped page-turner...The twisty plot becomes overly convoluted, but Little scores with the achingly vulnerable Marissa, whose specific set of skills enables her to see the big picture before anyone else. Psychological thriller fans will be well satisfied." - Publishers Weekly

"Little once again delivers a dark, witty thriller...While there are some twists, this character-driven whodunit is mainly propelled by Marissa, an intelligent, charming protagonist whose neurodiversity is well portrayed. Recommended for mystery fans drawn to amateur sleuths and quirky, realistic protagonists." - Library Journal

"Pre-order this one now...Little has an extraordinary gift for capturing voice...[She] depicts perfectly what it feels like to be a little different and on the outside...I can't recommend this one highly enough." - Crimespree Magazine

"Pretty as a Picture is an atmospheric thriller that sparkles with intelligence and irrepressible wit, anchored by the singular voice of Marissa Dahl, a mega-competent female film editor plagued by anxiety. Elizabeth Little has an impeccable ear for dialogue and a sharp eye for detail, and she's created a page-turner that is as well written as it is captivating. I enjoyed every scene and sentence of this glorious book." - Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay

"Elizabeth Little is part of an exciting new generation of crime writers who have been bending this sturdy genre into new, unexpected shapes. Pretty as a Picture is a glorious buffet—a twisty story, a cinephile's delight, a knockout of a heroine. I loved it." - Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of Lady in the Lake and Sunburn

"I am a sucker for a tough yet vulnerable heroine, and in Pretty as a Picture, Elizabeth Little gives the reader an excellent one, and sets her against a brilliantly toxic backdrop of glitz and entitlement." - Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of The Turn of the Key and The Woman in Cabin 10

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Elizabeth Little

Elizabeth Little is the author of Dear Daughter, which won the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel, and two works of nonfiction, Biting the Wax Tadpole and Trip of the Tongue. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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