“The early days of American cinema come vividly to life in this delightful new series.” —Publishers Weekly on The Edge of Ruin In 1913, Emily Daggett Weiss is left stranded and destitute. Film tycoon Carl Laemmle comes to her rescue with a job offer directing a film in Hollywood, provided she can track down and bring back Laemmle’s own missing star actor. . ....
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The Brink of Fame Reviews
First Line: When Emily Daggett Weiss boarded the Twentieth Century Limited in the spring of 1914, bound for a brief sojourn in the West, one or two old biddies gave her the hairy eye.Women just don't travel without a chaperone in those days, so Emily gets more than two hairy eyeballs looking in her direction along the route. Her husband has been out in Flagstaff, Arizona, scouting for a location to shoot their next picture and trying to locate some camels to use in the movie. When Emily inquires at the hotel registration desk, she finds out in no short order that her husband has lost their movie company in a poker game-- and he's taken an actress down to Mexico where he can get a divorce and marry the new love of his life. For Emily, the earth has just shifted on its axis.Left penniless and alone, the former chorus girl is looking for ways to gather up enough money to return East on the train when she meets Holbert Bruns, who's in Flagstaff investigating something for movie mogul Carl Laemmle. Bruns persuades Emily to head West on the train instead. The case he's on is proving difficult, and Bruns thinks Emily can get information that he can't. Once he explains this to Carl Laemmle, Laemmle will be sure to hire her-- and once the case is over, Emily can concentrate on becoming a director of moving pictures.In California, everything works out as Bruns predicted. Emily is hired as an additional investigator, and Laemmle is very interested in having her direct one of his films-- as soon as she helps locate his missing leading man. Once actor Ross McHenry is found, Emily's career as a director can begin.Emily is a very winning character, and in trying to overcome her abandonment and in her reactions to various people and places in Los Angeles, she's often quite funny. I enjoy this series-- not only for Emily-- but for all the information about the early days of the film industry. If I have any complaint about The Brink of Fame, it's that most of the secondary characters are two-dimensional and never quite come to life. However, the setting and the main character are strong enough for me to overlook that for the most part.Do you need to read the first book in the series in order to make sense of this second book? No. There's enough information given where everything makes sense, and not so much that it will spoil the plot if you decide to read the first. Fleming has struck gold in this mystery series that takes place during the early days of the movie industry, and I'm looking forward to reading more of her adventures in Hollywood.
“The Brink of Fame” by Irene Fleming, published by Minotaur Books.Category – Mystery/ThrillerIn 1913 Emily Daggett Weiss and her husband Adam were owners of a prosperous motion picture studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Emily is on her way to Flagstaff, Arizona where she is to meet her husband who is working on a picture.Arriving at their hotel in Flagstaff she finds that her husband has left and lost their business in a poker game, and to make matters worse he has run away with the star of their studio.Emily, with very little money, finds herself heading to Los Angeles with Holbert Bruns, a private investigator. Bruns, knowing the plight of Emily, hires her on as a partner in helping him solve a crime of a famous movie personality.“The Brink of Fame” is a nice mystery that would be very suitable for anyone who likes a mystery but does not want the sexual content, strong language, or the blood and gore that seems to be the norm for most mysteries. The book is a part of a series and is evidenced by the ending of the book. Although the reader finds out who the killer is and their fate, the book leaves Emily in Los Angeles examining the choices for her future.
While I only gave the first book 3 stars, it has remained in my memory so I was delighted to discover there was a sequel. I found the book to be a bright and entertaining read up until the last few pages when it felt like the author rushed to wrap it up. Too many things were left unfinished. When I like a character I want to know how that character's life is progressing as much as or more than I want to see the mystery solved. The period color and clothing descriptions were well done and I liked the look at the early movie business and how much sway the early moguls had over reality vs. publicity. The silent film era is particularly fascinating so I wish there had been even more film-making content than there was. I am sad that over 5 years having passed with no further volumes, a new adventure is unlikely.
What happened? The first book in this series - The Edge of Ruin - was a fun historical mystery with a plucky heroine (who didn’t read like a modern woman dropped into 1909). I adored it.The Brink of Fame has all of the same pieces that made the first book fun, but it's ... not good. Poor writing, weak characters ... I can sum up this book in one question: how is it possible to make 1913 Los Angeles and Hollywood boring?As bad as this book was, if there is a third book in this series (and given how bad this book is, I doubt it), I would still check it out in hopes that this was simply one heck of a sophomore slump. Not recommended.
This was a quick read but I was still entertained. I liked the characters and the setting (Flagstaff and Hollywood). I enjoyed the first book in the series - The Edge of Ruin - and it was great to read the further adventures of Emily Daggett Weiss.
Poorly written mystery that takes place when talking movies are just beginning. Time period is interesting and that is it. Book by New Jersey author.
do not waste your time on this stupid, poorly written, ridiculously silly book.
I think these Irene Fleming stories are charming and fun. If you're in the mood for some light entertainment, these are worth a try.