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NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
by Larissa Reinhart
About the Book
NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
Cozy Mystery/Women’s Detective Fiction
3rd in Series
Past Perfect Press (December 4, 2018)
Paperback, 370 pages
ISBN13 – 9781732351660
Digital ASIN: B07HFVV7V7
As an ex-star of a hit teen detective show, Maizie Albright gets the youth demographic. Or so she thought. Now that she’s adulting, today’s kids make Maizie feel out of date. At least the youth she meets while doing community service at Black Pine’s exclusive healing resort, the Wellspring Center. When these teens aren’t vlogging their attempts to track down Big Foot, they’re trying to prove the Center is up to no good. Starting with the disappearance and possible murder of their not-as-young commander. A murder the police find as likely as Big Foot.
Maizie has her own suspicions about the new celebrity retreat. Particularly when she learns her ex-fiancé has been hired to run the Center. Kind of an issue when she thought Oliver was in prison. Kind of an issue when Nash, the man of her dreams, is out of commission.
Wait, not man of her dreams.
Boss of her fantasies. Professionally speaking, of course.
While Maizie’s helping adolescent Youtubers detect a disappearance, she’s wrangling her mother’s wedding, assuaging an overzealous probation officer, and struggling to keep Nash Security Solutions solvent. Conspiracy theories collide with real-life catastrophes beginning with murder and possibly ending with Maizie’s life.
Guest Post by the Author
YouTubing For Mystery Writers
My character, Maizie Albright, is an ex-teen TV star, who returns home to Black Pine, Georgia, determined to start a new career as a private investigator, modeled after her childhood starring role as a “Julie Pinkerton, Teen Detective.” In each of the books, I’ve explored a different aspect of celebrity entertainment from reality TV to big Hollywood movies and centered the mystery around it.
Maybe because I’m a mystery writer, I believe anywhere there’s money, you can find (or create) crime. And when it comes to money, the entertainment industry is huge (and also fun to poke). Plus, the Maizie Albright series gives me the chance to poke at the current cult of celebrity in our culture, particularly from different points of view. It’s good fun.
In NC-17 (for the rating, No Children under 17 admitted), I used YouTube. It may seem a strange choice. But it’s become a huge industry and has changed the entertainment environment.
There are YouTube “stars” — celebrities who never needed to go through the process of agents, auditions, and contract negotiations — who make millions a year from their YouTube channel. And of course, YouTube has gone from funny cat videos to professional “channels” and streaming “real” paid TV and movies, as well.
This change in culture, I think, particularly affects young people and Maizie’s working for teenagers in NC-17. She’s only twenty-five, but as a former network star (not even ten years prior), she’s a little horrified that these teens only watch YouTube or other streaming apps. I find that funny. But then, I’m a little horrified that my children are the same.
We’ve probably all watched YouTube videos. I use them sometimes as research or to binge watch funny animal videos. But my choice in using YouTube comes from my two teenage daughters (13 and 15) who watch YouTube more than anything else. In fact, they eschew satellite/cable (particularly major network) TV, which is very telling about the iGeneration.
My oldest listens to music on YouTube. My youngest watches “satisfying” videos that she calls ASPR, although she doesn’t even know that stands for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response” because the videos please that part of the brain. They learn how to do crafts from YouTube. If the need to fix something, they watch YouTube. Because they’re so busy with school work and activities, they don’t have a lot of time for entire TV shows. And they mainly watch on their phones.
It feels like a Pandora’s box. It’s too easy to “watch” than “read” when it comes to learning, I feel. (I’d still rather “read” than “watch” but that’s how I’ve always learned.) I worry about how “watching” may change the map of their brains. But then, they’re overloaded with more school work than I ever was. Their textbooks are online. Their homework is online. The school gives them Chromebooks, for heaven’s sake.
My parents used to worry about me watching too much TV. My daughters don’t have time to come home from school and watch shows, like back in my day. Or experience getting up early on Saturdays to watch cartoons. (There’s no delayed gratification in entertainment anymore, which I think might be a bigger problem than the “watching” versus “reading” issue.) For the most part, actual TV shows are background noise for my daughters. We sometimes watch TV as a family or do a weekend movie night, but the girls are not real TV viewers. At least not real in my generation’s sense.
It’s so strange. Technology has changed so quickly, I can’t wrap my head around it. But here we are with on-demand everything. I have girls who love to cook and bake and who never open a cookbook because they’d rather get the recipe from a video.
What do you think of this YouTube phenomenon? Are you also boggling at your children or grandchildren’s TV habits?
About the Author
Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author, Larissa Reinhart writes humorous mysteries and romantic comedies including the critically acclaimed Maizie Albright Star Detective, Cherry Tucker Mystery, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. Her works have been chosen as book club picks by Woman’s World Magazine and Hot Mystery Reviews.
Larissa’s family and dog, Biscuit, had been living in Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, and join her newsletter for a free short story.
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