Title: Dial H for Hitchcock
Author: Susan Kandel
Release Date: October 27, 2009
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Rating: 4 out of 5
CeCe Caruso is a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock. In fact, she’s writing a biography of him, which leads her to a theater that is showing his classic movie Vertigo. But what CeCe doesn’t expect is that this innocuous trip to the movie theater will embroil her in a Hitchcock-esque mystery of her own.
When I accepted Dial H for Hitchcock for review, I didn’t realize it was part of a series. Usually, I don’t like reading series books out of order, and this was no exception. Because mystery series like this one assume that the reader has read the previous books in the series, there is little, if any character development. As a result, I couldn’t really sympathize with the main character, CeCe. Additionally, I had no idea what was going on with her situation, so it hampered my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
However, the mystery in Dial H for Hitchcock was very well done. Though I would have appreciated this novel much more if I had watched the movie Vertigo recently, I thought the plot was expertly crafted. I really felt like I was in the middle of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. I had no idea what was going on (in a good way) and the mystery baffled me more and more at each turn. Kandel’s homage to Hitchcock was incredibly well done and I really enjoyed reading it.
If you’re a fan of mysteries, I definitely recommend this book for its captivating plot. However, if you’re particular about reading series books in order, I’d definitely recommend starting at the beginning of this series – it seems promising.