last Stone Barrington novel, I couldn't get an old country song out of my head and I couldn't this time either. It was this lovely song by Hal Ketchum, because, of course, it mentions Bel-Air. I realized while reading this latest Stuart Woods Stone novel, that Barrington books are kind of like Private for grown-ups. Stone is a grown-up Josh Hollis. Arrington is Noelle Lange. Both series go on about the details of the lives of the rich and famous and all that comes with it. In Private you have the girls buying Dolce & Gabbana and Marc Jacobs stuff. In Stone novels folks by Bel-Air mansions and planes. There's a bit of mystery and a lot of fooling around and well, I enjoy reading it all.
In Bel-Air Dead, Stone and Dino are in LA, sent there to vote Arrington's shares of Centurion Studios in order to save the high quality studio from a shady guy named Terry Prince who wants to sell off most of the studio's land and put up a hotel.
People die and Stone has relations with two women. Maybe he is settling down. In the end, all works out well for Stone and his crew. An easy read and worth it if you, like me, love Stone.
The book is dedicated to the memory of Elaine Kaufman, who passed away last year. Most of the Stone stories start out in the same way: "Elaine's, late." I think all of them do, but maybe I'm wrong. The famed restaurant closed this month.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.