Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Valentino Mysteries

Valentino, mild-mannered film archivist, just wants to restore a decrepit movie palace to its old Hollywood glory—but a skeleton in the closet prevents progress and the renovation is killing him with debt. That skeleton—and the reel of rare film sitting next to it, starts Val sleuthing not just film, but murder. If he doesn’t solve the mystery of that skeleton, the police would wrench the valuable reels from his eager hands. And if the police take it, conditions would almost certainly ruin the delicate film.  

            Since then, he’s done his amateur sleuthing when he has to—always to save, or to get hold of rare film while trying to finish renovating his beloved white elephant, the once-majestic Oracle. Between his regular job, his new extracurricular activities, his brilliant but possibly insane mentor, the estimable Professor Broadhead and the hangers-on and flaked-out film freaks who want to help him, Valentino has his hands full of murder, mayhem, and maybe some great gems of film history.  

 

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Brazen
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Brazen

Valentino Mysteries (Volume 5)
Loren D. Estleman
Tor/Forge

A killer is reenacting the deaths of Hollywood's blond bombshells, and Valentino must stop him before it's too late in Loren D. Estleman's Brazen.

UCLA film archivist and sometime film...

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Shoot
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Shoot

Valentino Mysteries (Volume 4)
Loren D. Estleman
Tor/Forge

Shoot: the latest in Loren D. Estleman's Valentino mysteries!

Valentino, a mild-manner film archivist at UCLA and sometime film detective, is at the closing party for the Red Montana and Dixie...

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Alive!
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Alive!

Valentino Mysteries (Volume 3)
Loren D. Estleman
Tor/Forge

Bela Lugosi's Frankenstein screen test puts Valentino in the picture for murder

Everyone knows the Frankenstein monster was played by Boris Karloff. His portrayal is so famous that the...

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Alone

Valentino Mysteries (Volume 2)
Loren D. Estleman
Tor/Forge

Alone, the second wacky comedic murder romp for Hollywood film detective Valentino, from award-winning author Loren D. Estleman

Valentino wants to keep The...

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Frames

Valentino Mysteries (Volume 1)
Loren D. Estleman
Tor/Forge

Enter Valentino, a mild-mannered UCLA film archivist. In the surreal world of Hollywood filmdom, truth is often stranger than celluloid fiction. When Valentino buys a decrepit movie palace and uncovers...

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About the author

Loren D. Estleman

Loren D. Estleman is the author of more than fifty novels, including the Amos Walker, Page Murdock, and Peter Macklin series. Winner of three Shamus Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, four Spur Awards and many other literary prizes. He lives outside Detroit with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.

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