Wednesday 5 July 2023

Final Cut by Marjorie McCown

Perfect for fans of Elle Cosimano and Nita Prose, when Hollywood costumer Joey Jessop stumbles across a dead body near the set of a big budget movie, she must find ways to protect her career—and herself—before it's too late.

Joey Jessop enjoys working behind the scenes. As key costumer for the next epic superhero movie, her role is to make others look good while staying out of the spotlight. That means making sure to be professional around Eli Logan, her ex and the First Assistant Director, and Courtney Lisle, Eli's newest love interest and the Second Assistant Director. But this isn't a problem for Joey—especially when the movie is shooting at a gorgeous Malibu location.

All of that changes when Joey finds Courtney's dead body on the first day of principal photography and she soon becomes the primary suspect. When the press takes hold of the story and social media begins to run with it, Joey watches her well-ordered life behind the scenes become front and center for all to see. But that isn't even the worst of it. In the midst of this newfound and unfortunate stardom, she must also contend with the reckless behavior of the movie's predatory director and producer, Marcus Pray, who seems driven to continue his practice of making another blockbuster hit while making sure his crew endures a toxic and potentially lethal work environment. As a result, Joey finds herself embattled both personally and professionally.

With tensions building on set and a murder investigation looming over her life and future, Joey takes it upon herself to clear her name. Will she be able to expose the truth before it's a wrap?  (Summary via Goodreads)

Final Cut by Marjorie McCown is a fun and unique story.  Final Cut draws the reader into the magical world behind the making of a movie and you get to hang around while main character Joey Jessop does more than just work on the costumes for an up and coming super hero movie in the making.

In Final Cut Joey Jessop is a woman in love with her life.  She has a nice, small house on the beach, a job that keeps her on her toes and always doing something different.....unfortunately she never thought that one new thing would be a suspect in a real life murder !!

While on the set of her latest movie set, Joey has to work along side her ex-boyfriend Eli and his new girlfriend, Courtney.  Even though Joey is totally over Eli and their relationship, she doesn't like seeing show affection toward each other, that makes it difficult to work with them.  So Joey decides to be the adult and address the situation with Courtney so that they can put it behind them and focus on their jobs.  Unfortunately after the first day of shooting, Joey is on the beach behind the set they were filming and finds Courtney's body

Even though Joey wants nothing to do with Courtney's murder, she cannot help but dwell on it.  And when she pays her condolences to Courtney's twin brother, Caleb, he provides more information that makes Joey wonder who could have killed her.  And the director/producer of the movie is making the set very uncomfortable for the females working there.  And Joey knows that she should do or say something but doesn't know who to tell or if it would even matter because money talks in Hollywood and Marcus Pray has a lot of it.

Readers will love Final Cut !!  McCown will have you loving the movie set life with all the drama and the murder just adds to the organized chaos !!  Joey Jessop is a character that you will want to be friends with immediately and you will totally want to hang with her on her patio and follow along on the set.  

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