Friday 27 July 2018

Book Review: Who Killed the Movie Star? by Lily Malone

Title: Who Killed the Movie Star?
Author: Lily Malone
Series: Book #2
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 7th July 2018
Pages: 170
Format Read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the author

It’s Sunday morning on a long weekend in the quirky little town of Cowaramup and Cally Minter and her best friend Sienna are about to host a new murder mystery game, Who Killed The Movie Star?

But before an arrow can be shot from its bow, the girls are in a pickle. The Sheriff of Nottingham has gone rogue; they’ve lost a Maid Marian, and someone keeps reporting them to the local police for shooting their guests.

In all the confusion, Lovely First Class Constable Daniel Reardon becomes a regular visitor to Butterfly House, and if Cally plays her cards right… whoever murdered the movie star might not be the only one in handcuffs by sunset.

Who Killed The Movie Star, the sequel to Who Killed The Bride, combines cozy mystery and comedy with a romantic twist.

Who Killed the Movie Star is the Second Butterfly House story by Lily Malone.

I absolutely loved Who Killed the Bride. It was a fun read with just enough action to keep the reader turning the pages.

Book two is just as much fun with plenty of laugh out loud moments. Cally is gorgeous and unquestionably a romantic at heart. You can’t help but like Cally, she says exactly what she’s thinking and quite often it’s something awkward, embarrassing and a bit odd.

Cally’s dad Paul Minter, a well known author, is staying at Butterfly House whilst he attends a local writers’ festival and an overzealous fan gives for some hilarious moments and disastrous misunderstandings which have the lovely First Class Senior Constable Daniel Reardon visiting Butterfly House on more than one occasion.

There is a bit of tension in this story as a long held secret is revealed but all ends on a good note making you see that the world really is filled with lovely people.

I love this book it gives you a nice warm feeling about life and love.

Thank you Lily for writing book 2, they are both books I will read over and over.

My rating 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is book #19 in the Australian Women Writers challenge
and part of the Book Lover Book Review Aussie Author Challenge.

Following is my review of Book #1 which I read before I started this blog.

Who Killed the Bride? Is a cozy mystery with laugh out loud moments and characters I’m sure Malone has grabbed straight from the streets of her own home town.

Cally has her heart set on starting her own business, a Cluedo style show and dinner combination. Her father thinks she is writing the next prize winning literary fiction.
Cally and best friend, Sienna, have been planning their first play, Who Killed the Bride, for months. Finally it’s the opening day, what could possibly go wrong.

I fell in love with the gorgeous Cally. What a wonderful, genuine character she is. She blurts out whatever is on her mind before she has time to think about it which is cause for some funny situations. The town of Cowaramup sounds like the most fun place ever, even though I have no idea how to pronounce it. Malone has included some real town events to colour this fictional world which gives it an added level believability.

Who Killed the Bride is filled with mystery, twists, suspense, some one sided romance and lots of humour. I think this would make a fantastic stage show.

I’m looking forward to the next Butterfly House mystery, Who Killed the Movie Star, and maybe a little more insight into the characters of Sienna and Tyson.

I would recommend this easy read to anyone that likes a bit of fun. 

Lily Malone might have been a painter, except her year-old son put a golf club through her canvas, so she wrote her first contemporary romance novel instead.

Lily loves wine,walking, gardening, (and walking in gardens, sometimes with wine) and many of her romances are set in the vineyards and wine regions of Australia, particularly in Margaret River and the Great Southern in Western Australia, and Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia where she spent most of the 2000s.

Lily lives in Cowaramup with her very handsome husband, and two sons who take after their dad.

On a last note I would like to say how beautiful the covers are and how fantastic they look together.
Cover art by Kerry Sibly. You can see more of her work at Mukau Gallery


  1. This series sounds so good! I am immediately adding both to my TBR and reading them ASAP.

  2. Those covers are such fun and I do like a cosy mystery.

  3. Every time I see these covers I fall in love with them all over again - and I am so very lucky and proud to see them here on The Burgeoning Bookshelf. Thanks for reading both Butterfly Books, Veronica, and thank you for loving Cally and her ramshackle ways. xx

    1. My pleasure Lily. Thank you for taking the time out to write these two fun books.

  4. I’m just starting to get into this genre! These sound fun.

  5. So funny story, I was reading the first sentence a little bit too quickly and thought you wrote "nude murder mystery" and was like "huh?!" and did a double take when I realized I didn't read it right. Wouldn't that be an interesting concept? Haha.

  6. Morning Veronica

    I am waiting for both of these books to arrive so as I can read them and I am looking forward to them, great reviews :)

    Have Fun


    1. Hi Helen,
      You will love them. Looking forward to your reviews.

  7. The covers look so fun, but not really my kind of book. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    1. It is nice to stop and have a short read that is just for fun.

  8. I've never heard of the series before. You have written a review that makes the book sound like a lot of fun. I might have to give the series a try sometime.

    1. They are a couple of fun books that the author wrote and published herself.

  9. Oh goodness, just from you review I can tell I'd find Cally just a little too relatable 😂😂😂 thank you for sharing!!

  10. Great review, these books looks and sounds like a really fun book series. I am really glad you are enjoying the series so far in, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book series on my radar.