cover image Dial H for Hitchcock: A Cece Caruso Mystery

Dial H for Hitchcock: A Cece Caruso Mystery

Susan Kandel, . . Harper, $13.99 (306pp) ISBN 978-0-06-182667-2

Alfred Hitchcock fans should love Kandel's fifth Cece Caruso mystery (after 2007's Christietown ), a terrific tribute that's also wickedly funny. L.A. vintage fashionista Cece, who's just returned from her solo honeymoon after dumping LAPD Det. Peter Gambino, is researching a Hitchcock biography when her life takes a Hitchcockian turn. After watching a screening of Vertigo , she returns home to find someone else's cellphone in her purse. A curious call on the cellphone leads Cece to Beechwood Canyon, where she hopes to return it to its owner, Anita Colby. Instead, Cece winds up witnessing the cool blonde's murder. As Cece gets drawn deeper into a plot with alarming similarities to the celebrated director's noir masterpieces, she fears she's become a victim of identity theft as well as a dead ringer for the Kim Novak character in Vertigo . Kandel keeps the action tight all the way to a delightful denouement that Hitch no doubt would've appreciated. (Nov.)