I’m Suzanne Gates, and I write historical mysteries.

My first book, The Glamorous Dead, is available from Kensington Books.

Come on in and click around! You’ll find out about The Glamorous Dead (set in Hollywood, 1940) and about my current writing project, with the working title of Gangster Island (set in downtown Los Angeles, 1934).

Please share with me some of the reviews the book has received so far:

“Gates’s impressive first novel…skillfully evokes a Hollywood era when the studio chiefs wielded enormous power over the lives of everyone in their orbits and would go any lengths to protect their stars and big-budget movies. Glamour takes a back seat to lust, lies, and greed in this well-wrought mystery.” – Publishers Weekly

“Gates’ first novel is full of the cameos and factoids that fans of Hollywood’s Golden Age will enjoy. From the girlie reviews at the Florentine Gardens to a rumored tunnel that married producers would use to visit their ingenue mistresses, the book is a treasure trove of movie lore. Full of moxie, Penny is the perfect leading lady for this entertaining mystery.” Karen Keefe, Booklist

“Surrounded by the rich and famous, this mystery is never cut and dry. There are no clear villains, but the mood and ambiance of the era are front and center. Recognizable names are dropped with glee throughout. While the motive for the crime(s) takes time to develop, this is an entertaining piece of work that will keep readers engaged until the end.”– RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

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