Once Upon a Crime. It's a series featuring Cece Caruso as a bibliographer of detective writers. This book features Dashiell Hammett as Cece is hired to help a popular actor prepare for an upcoming role.
This is the third installment in the Cece Caruso series and the first one I have read. Finally a female lead that is not wacky or so dysfunctional. I got a kick out of Cece and thought she was developed and I was interested in how she was going to solve the mystery. I enjoyed the background information on Dashiell Hammet since I've read "The Maltese Falcon" and I have the "Thin Man" in my to-be-read pile. I felt like I was reading a biography and a mystery at the same time.
My only issue is that the other characters were not very strong. I liked Cece's family and friends and it's not surprising since it's probably the third time they have been featured in a book. But the characters that would appear just in this story did not hold my attention. I figured one of them to be the bad guy and just wanted Cece to catch them so I could read more about Hammet and Los Angeles.
The knitting project? A mohair cowl, which I thought when I finished it on Friday night I would pack away until Winter. But, no, the weather was cool enough in Chicago that I wore it all weekend and received many compliments.
This is the 20th week of the year and I've read 11 books. So not as on track as I would like but I think I'm going to have two more knocked out this week. They are novellas so that will help. I am trying to get back to the 50s for the year so wish me luck!