All he wanted was another nice part in a hit TV show....
Instead, he got a murder accusation, a road trip, and a crazy fan-girl....
Johnny Fontana was a handsome 21-year-old actor on top of the world - starring in his own TV show as the brilliant Detective Frank Morelli...until the network canceled the series. After not landing a new part in 10 years, he finds himself working in the construction industry, remodeling houses. Even this is bearable until his old co-star, Lawrence Everett (who is now one of the biggest names at the box office) shows up out of nowhere and brags to Johnny about all the things he is missing out on. Just when everything seems to be settling down into a normal routine again, the worst happens: Lawrence Everett is found murdered, and Johnny becomes the prime suspect.
Enter a beautiful, though overly-enthusiastic, fan of Johnny's old TV show, add a road trip through California to gather clues, and you have a delightful romp of murder, mystery, and hilarity as Johnny tries to figure out what really matters in life.
©2015 Rachel Elaine Kuchar (P)2016 Rachel Elaine Kuchar
Life isn't easy for a has been T.V. star unable to get acting work so forced to labour on a construction site. Even harder when his old co star is now popular, rich and offering him a job - mending a lavatory! But things are about to get a whole lot worse....
When I first started to listen to the complimentary review copy I received, via Audiobook Boom, I had no idea just how much I was going to enjoy The Leading Man. The narrator read the text at a very fast pace, with odd little pauses sometimes breaking the flow. I began to think he was the wrong person to have chosen; but how wrong I was. Within minutes I was used to his slight peculiarities and realised he was the perfect voice for Johnny Fortuna, fast, sometimes angry and often perplexed. Plus the dialogues were superbly done, each conversational voice distinctive and very appropriate. I especially enjoyed the gentle English sounding solicitor and Alice, a fan of Johnny's old detective series, who accompanies him on his real life Leading Man quest.
The book is ingenious, cleverly written, an old style adventure mystery where the hero (Johnny) and quick talking companion (Alice) try to track down the killer in a race against time. And it is a neat little mystery full of colourful characters and an array of locations, all simply but atmospherically described. The constant chatter from Alice and the unlikely situations in which the couple find themselves is great fun and, just occasionally, laugh out loud funny. And just when you think it's all over, well, it isn't. Perhaps the ending is a wee bit predictable but no harm in that as the rest of the book certainly is not.
If you are looking for a well written, fun story with quirky.characters in a crime solving caper, look no further. I can, without hesitation, recommend The Leading Man.
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What fun! Apparently ditzy blonde with a motor mouth works hard to push dodo former actor to take lessons from the character he had been famous for and work at solving the murder he is accused of. As she pokes and prods him to visit one possible suspect after another there is escalating situational humor and comedy. Lots of plot twists and red herrings, and even romance. Publisher's blurb will give a few more clues, but it is really worth the read.
Jack Nolan worked hard to come up with voice characteristics for all of the male characters, and really nailed it as Johnny.
I requested and received this free audio book from the publisher, author, or narrator courtesy of AudiobookBOOM.
I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review and I listened to it again to catch any nuances that may have escaped my notice during my first listen ( and because I really like this story) before submitting my review. I enjoyed the story and narrator, and especially the ending. Though there seemed to be something not quite right about "the fan" it added to the intrigue of the overall story. Good frame-the-good-guy story.
This was a fun, easy listen. It had interesting characters, nice settings, and a good story. Some of it was a little unbelievable and had me scratching my head, but overall a good story. The best part for me - no swearing or sex. I could listen to this without headphones around my daughter without worrying about what she would hear. Good job Ms. Lane!
Ps. The narrator wasn't bad, but read pretty fast & put odd emphasis on some things. I slowed the speed down a little & that helped.
I was given this book at no charge in exchange for my unbiased review.
4 out of 5
Quirky Alice spurring Johnny on to fulfill his destiny as a great detective!!
His fast pace kept you listening hard to catch all the words.
Felt Johnny's embarrassment as he remembered all the things he said to Alice when he discovered she was really Rosalind.
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"An ex-actor turned sleuth!"
This was such a great cozy! Johnny, the lead character is a bit gruff and rough around the edges, but has a lovable heart. When he gets accidentally framed for murder he meets a fan named Alice who takes him on a whirlwind tour around California interviewing witnesses to prove his innocence.
The story kept me interested from start to finish, and in fact towards the end there is a second pretty big mystery and plot twist. It all comes together in the end, but you will really be kept guessing! There isn't a dull moment through through it all.
The narration was also well done, I loved how well Alice's bubbly personality shone through & how I could feel the chemistry between the characters. I was gifted this book in exchange for my honest review.
"Audrey Hepburn/Jimmy Stewart in the 21st Century"
I thoroughly enjoyed the leads Johnny and Alice. Mr. Nolan did a wonderful job distinguishing the cast of characters. I would have liked the overall narration slowed down, but I eventually got used to it. Several areas I think the narration could have been redone (the narrator stumbled with a word or phrase), but again I got used to it.
It's funny, I almost wanted this piece to have taken place in the 50's where the phrases "Darling, Doll and Dame" were more commonly used. I pictured Jimmy Stewart as Johnny and Audrey Hepburn as Alice.
There was plenty of humor and crazyness. I was completely surprised by the ending section. It was a nice surprise and kept me listening. My rating is 4 stars due to the fast narration and stumbling on words/phrases
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"The Leading Man"
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The Leading Man
: Rachel Anne Lane is a funny chase for out of work actor Johnny Fontana to find out who murdered his former co-star, that he is accused of doing. Enter a mystery woman "fangirl" and we are taken on a crazy ride. I'll look for more from this author.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.Jack Nolan made this a fun listen.
"Wacky Comedy, or Just Plain Wacky"
The "Leading Man" almost seemed like two books to me. In the first part the character Johnny Fontana seemed dull and overly combative. Alice, the stalker fan girl, seemed crazy. Everything was explained towards the end and the character traits that I found objectionable were smoothed out. I enjoyed the second part of the book.
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