Dial H For Hitchcock – Susan Kandel

Title: Dial H for Hitchcock
Author: Susan Kandel
ISBN: 9780061826672
Pages: 320
Release Date: October 27, 2009
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

Comments

  1. Yes, I am OCD about those series. I’ve stumbled into them midway and it makes me crazy, no matter how good I find the book.

  2. Yes, I am OCD about those series. I’ve stumbled into them midway and it makes me crazy, no matter how good I find the book.

  3. This is a new-to-me author. I cannot stand reading series out of order!

  4. This is a new-to-me author. I cannot stand reading series out of order!

  5. I just added the first book in the series to my wish list. Sounds like it’s worth a try! And I agree, it’s quite frustrating to read a book from the middle of a series without having read the earlier books, especially without realizing it’s from a series!

  6. I just added the first book in the series to my wish list. Sounds like it’s worth a try! And I agree, it’s quite frustrating to read a book from the middle of a series without having read the earlier books, especially without realizing it’s from a series!

  7. This would have been great to read during the summer of Hitchcock. I know exactly what you mean about character development in series.

  8. This would have been great to read during the summer of Hitchcock. I know exactly what you mean about character development in series.

  9. The synopsis sounds great! too bad it was mid series 🙁

  10. The synopsis sounds great! too bad it was mid series 🙁

  11. I can’t stand to read a series out of order, either. Always feel like I’ve missed something.

  12. I can’t stand to read a series out of order, either. Always feel like I’ve missed something.

  13. I read the first book in this series a little while ago (I Dreamed I Married Parry Mason), and unfortunately I couldn’t sympathize with the main character either. So that’s not something that’s limited to the later books.

    However, like you, I really did enjoy the mystery and the plot twists kept me reading. Also, I *love* the covers of all the books, which might be enough to make me forget that I didn’t love the books themselves 🙂

  14. I read the first book in this series a little while ago (I Dreamed I Married Parry Mason), and unfortunately I couldn’t sympathize with the main character either. So that’s not something that’s limited to the later books.

    However, like you, I really did enjoy the mystery and the plot twists kept me reading. Also, I *love* the covers of all the books, which might be enough to make me forget that I didn’t love the books themselves 🙂

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