Savage Garden by Denise Hamilton

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Back of the book: A new play by a rising Mexican playwright is premiering, and Eve and her lover, Silvio Aguilar, are there — the writer is Silvio’s friend from their barrio days. When the lead actress is a no-show, Eve quickly uncovers that Silvio has complicated past ties to the missing diva. But there is no time for hurt, betrayal, or suspicion — not when there are signs of a struggle at the actress’s bungalow. To make matters worse, an eager young reporter, whom Eve is mentoring, keeps insinuating herself into the case at every turn, crossing ethical lines that could bring Eve down with her… or get them both killed.

This mystery kept me guessing to the last pages. I really didn’t know who did it until it was spelled out. Savage Garden is the 4th Eve Diamond book I’ve read. I enjoyed it. Publishers Weekly wrote “Like Raymond Chandler, Hamilton describes California in gritty, lyrical prose; like Sue Grafton, she shows a tough-skinned, tenderhearted heroine breaking a few rules.”
I recommend this entertaining series.