Dangerous to Know  (Lillian Frost & Edith Head #2)


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Featured on NPR's 2017 Summer Reading List!

Seen on Turner Classic Movies' Noir Alley!

A Seattle Times Best Crime Novel of 2017!

Nominated for the Agatha, Macavity and Left Coast Crime Awards for Best Historical Mystery!

reviews for dangerous to know

"Patrick’s sassy second series novel takes the reader on an exhilarating ride through Hollywood in its heyday ... Real-life celebrities such as Billy Wilder, Dorothy Parker, Errol Flynn, Jack Benny, and George Burns populate this meticulously researched book, in which the most outlandish incidents are verifiably true. Lovers of old movies, fabulous gowns, and historical gossip will be enchanted."
Publishers Weekly

"Reach for the popcorn ... as much fun as a Saturday matinee at the long lost Bijou ... A brightly written tale of how Hollywood simmered while Atlanta, or at least David Selznick's simulation of it, burned."
Kirkus Reviews

"Jaunty and delightful ... The authors are cheerfully shameless name-droppers, beginning with Marlene Dietrich ... Other celebs dropping in, all deftly portrayed, include Jack Benny, Dorothy Parker, Errol Flynn and George Burns (sans Gracie, alas). Crime, espionage, fashion and the movies — what’s not to like?"
Seattle Times

"Four stars. Patrick's book is a perfect blend of Hollywood glamour, old-school intrigue, history, and even some social commentary ... impressively entertaining ... manages to put a fun and fresh twist on the historical stories we've long forgotten."
—Romantic Times Book Reviews

"Have I got a book for you ... a new mystery novel that deliciously captures the flavor of Old Hollywood ... the combination of a fictional mystery with real Hollywood stars and celebrities is just irresistible."
TCM Backlot

"5/5 stars. There is something incredibly soothing about the Lillian Frost and Edith Head novels. They draw you in to 1930s Hollywood, seamlessly blending fact and fiction ... Lillian Frost is an indelible character."
San Francisco Book Review

"The mystery is suspenseful, but as in the first outing, the strength of the story is in its characters and atmosphere."
Historical Novel Society

"Fun all around, whether you are a fan of Hollywood's Golden Age or not."
Reviewing the Evidence

"A mystery for those who think that cocktails, and conversation, should sparkle ... Dangerous to Know is an immensely entertaining book, cleverly written and with enough surprises to keep you on your toes ... full of fabulous zingers, the sort of witty asides you might expect from an in-the-know party guest at a glamorous affair."
Classic Movie Blog

"... like the first novel, it’s a terrific, fun read."
Saturday Evening Post

"The story is intricate and surprising, and the partnership between Head and her good friend Frost sets the stage for many further adventures."

praise for dangerous to know

“Effortless, absorbing, entertaining from page one, surprising to the last. Lillian Frost has earned her sidewalk star as one of the great, fast-talking, plucky, funny girls of the Hollywood Golden Age.”
—Catriona McPherson, award-winning author of The Child Garden

“Sleuth Lillian Frost and legendary Hollywood costume designer Edith Head triumph again in Renee Patrick’s star-spangled second outing. This time, though, the stakes are higher. . . still, the ladies persevere with their usual wit, glamour, and aplomb.”
—Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author

“The book is just plain fun to read, especially if you love movies and old Hollywood.  Patrick doesn't skimp on research, and the book's packed with details that ring absolutely true because they are.  Since both Frost and Head are at the beginnings of their careers, I hope we can look forward to many years of sequels to come.”
Bill Crider, Edgar Award-nominated author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series

interviews/guest posts

TV: Book Lust with Nancy Pearl

TV: TCM's Noir Alley, hosted by Eddie Muller - introduction and closing comments to Phantom Lady (1944)

Los Angeles Review of Books interview by Christa Faust

Kirkus interview with Renee Patrick

Seattle Times: Best Crime Fiction of 2017

NPR/KUOW: Noir at the Bar reading, January 2019

The Strand Magazine: The Top Ten Edith Head Movies

Podcast: Old Hollywood Realness on This Gun for Hire (1942)

Podcast: Old Hollywood Realness on Phantom Lady (1944)

Podcast: Writer Types, Live from the Floor at Bouchercon 2017

Podcast: Noir Talk on Edith Head - When Facts Become Fiction

The Rap Sheet's The Story Behind the Story on Dangerous to Know

The Traditional Mystery: A Roundtable Discussion with Agatha Awards Nominees at CrimeReads

Wicked Cozy Authors: Agatha Best Historical Nominees

Writers Who Kill: An Interview with Renee Patrick

Jungle Red Writers: Bad Movies We Love

Mysteristas Interview: Renee Patrick

My Favorite Bit with Mary Robinette Kowal

Literature & Libations: History with a Twist, for Shelf Awareness

Will Viharo's Author of the Week: Renee Patrick

Dangerous to Know featured at Go Fug Yourself

A Day in the Life of Edith Head at Dru's Book Musings

The Rap Sheet's The Book You Have to Read: The Origin of Evil, by Ellery Queen

Blog Q&A with Jorie Loves A Story

Podcast: True North Story, also with Eddie Muller