Created on Sunday, 31 July 2016 Written by Larissa

Maizie Albright Star Detective #1

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Released January 24, 2017!

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"Child star and hilarious hot mess Maizie Albright trades Hollywood for the backwoods of Georgia and pure delight ensues. Maizie’s my new favorite escape from reality.” 

— Gretchen Archer, USA Today bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Caper series

I was already a huge fan of Larissa Reinhart’s “Cherry Tucker” series, but in her new mystery series, FIFTEEN MINUTES, she had me at the end of the first line: ‘Donuts.’ 

Maizie Albright is the kind of fresh, fun, and feisty “star detective” I love spending time with, a kind of Nancy Drew meets Lucy Ricardo. Move over, Janet Evanovich. Reinhart is my new “star mystery writer!


Maizie Albright is the accidental detective—a child star and Reality TV has-been—who’s desperately seeking a new career in her sleepy southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, out of the spotlight (and away from the judge's mandate that she leave LA and showbiz after her bad behavior landed her once again in trouble). With the best of intentions but the most haphazard of techniques, Maizie's instincts actually prove solid, and she manages to unearth salient clues to solve the disappearance of a local muckety-muck's wife...with the help of hunky detective Nash, her reluctant boss.

Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list celeb Maizie Albright's waning star—even as it's reborn in a spectacular collision with her nightmarish stage mother, her deer-pee-scented-apparel-inventing daddy...and a murderer. Sassy, sexy, and fun, 15 Minutes is hours of enjoyment—and a wonderful start to a fun new series from the charmingly Southern-fried Reinhart.” 

— Phoebe Fox, author of The Breakup Doctor series

Larissa Reinhart’s newest heroine, Maizie Albright, is at once naïve and worldly. As a former child star, she craves life in the real world by becoming a PI, just like the TV character that made her famous. Armed with humor, charm, and stubborn determination, Maizie is a breath of fresh air. I adored every second of 15 Minutes. Viva la Maizie!

— Terri L. Austin, author of the Rose Strickland mysteries and the Null for Hire series.


When ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie’s costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to a California prison.

By entangling herself in a missing person's case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly. ISBN:

ISBN (Trade Paperback): 978-0-9978853-2-3

(Hardback) 978-0-9978853-3-0

(Ebook) 978-0-9978853-1-6

(Kindle)978-0-9978853-0-9 (ASIN) B01N77ZK94

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What Readers/Reviewers Are Saying:

"Looks like Larissa Reinhart has done it again. I am in love with Maizie Albright." --Angie P, Goodreads and Amazon reviewer

“There is a good mystery mixed in with all the craziness surrounding Maizie. I would recommend this book if you're a fan of the chic lit genre. I think you'll really like the authors writing style and Maizie. Plenty of suspects/characters to keep you guessing and entertained.” —More Than A Review (PG-13 rating)

“Celebrity gossip fans, reality TV fans, and of course mystery fans are going to love Maizie Albright. She is determined, quirky, and lots of fun. A former child actor who played a detective on TV, Maisie returns home to Black Pine, Georgia seeking an apprenticeship with a real private investigator. Will Maisie be able to convince her unwilling mentor that she’s more than a Hollywood has-been? Full of humor and romance, this is a great start to a new series.” —The Book’s The Thing

“I love this book. Maize has been ordered to get a job and since her TV persona played a detective, that’s the job she finds and that’s when the fun begin. I love her determination as she takes on her new role with some missteps along the way. The author did a great job in staging this mystery keeping me involved in all that was happening on the pages. Maize is a wonderful character and I love her vulnerabilities which help take her to a different level all to the betterment of her personal growth. This is a great start to a new series that boasts a quirky cast of characters, engaging dialogue and the liveliness that befits this delightfully amusing and fast-paced drama.” — Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings

"Maizie Albright's first outing is outstanding. Hilarious, suspenseful, sexy, and successful." -- Barbara S.

"Enjoyable and entertaining cozy with a kick. Hollywood with a Southern twist. I eagerly await her further adventures." -- Barbara T.

"I absolutely love this book. Beware you will crave donuts. I can't wait to read what happens next." -- Kristine, A Cozy BookNook

“Talk about sitting on the edge of your seat reading. This book kept me on my toes on what was going to happen to Maizie next. Maizie is a mess – she just wants to do something different with her life, outside of the controls of her 'momanger' but it seems that every time she starts on her detective path, she makes a little mess that her new boss does not seem too thrilled about. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!” —Book Lover in Florida

"With a zany cast of characters who keep the reader in stitches with their witty dialogue and hilarious interactions; a storyline filled with enough drama, suspense and twist and turns that keeps the reader guessing; and a richly detailed setting that transports the reader to a quirky Southern small town; 15 Minutes is an entertaining new cozy mystery interwoven with Southern charm and humor that leaves you wanting to go on more crazy adventures with sassy Maizie Albright!” — Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“15 Minutes is a raucous and addicting read. Maizie is delightfully quirky and flighty – but also witty and sharp; I couldn’t help but love her and root for her. There is a wonderful, crackling chemistry between her and Nash, who is every opposite to Maizie in all the best ways. Where Maizie is sweet and sincere, Nash is cranky and cantankerous; they make an outstanding pair! I truly enjoyed this debut mystery and I’m eager for Maizie’s next adventures! A grand slam hit!” — Girl With Book Lungs

“15 Minutes abounds with humorous moments…I can assure you, you'll never think about jeans, thongs, and flare guns the same way, after reading 15 Minutes. I recommend 15 Minutes to all fans of cozy mysteries, especially to those partial to mysteries with Southern settings. I think it will have special appeal to readers who are fans of child actors, teen detectives, reality shows, and Author Larissa Reinhart's Cherry Tucker Mystery series.” — Jane Reads

“Maizie has what the late actress, Mary Tyler Moore had, she has SPUNK! These three characters drive this story and they are surrounded by a great cast.

Ms. Reinhart has struck gold with these characters and she has written them into a fabulous and funny mystery story. Twists and turns, romantic tension, great dialogue full of humor and fast quips, along with some Southern flair had these pages absolutely flying. I was sorry the story had to end.

A smashing debut for this series! I want more Maizie A.S.A.P.!!” 5 stars — Great Escapes


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