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A stunning literary thriller in which an investigative journalist in modern Los Angeles attempts to solve the Golden Age murder of a Hollywood starlet. 1940s Hollywood was an era of decadence and director Theodore Langley was its king. Paired with Eleanor Hayes as his lead actress, Theo ruled the Golden Age of Hollywood. That ended when Eleanor's mangled body was discovered A stunning literary thriller in which an investigative journalist in modern Los Angeles attempts to solve the Golden Age murder of a Hollywood starlet. 1940s Hollywood was an era of decadence and director Theodore Langley was its king. Paired with Eleanor Hayes as his lead actress, Theo ruled the Golden Age of Hollywood. That ended when Eleanor's mangled body was discovered in Theo's rose garden and he was charged with her murder. The case was thrown out before it went to trial and Theo fled L.A., leaving his crawling estate, Windhall, to fall into ruin. He hasn't been seen since. Decades later, investigative journalist Max Hailey, raised by his gran on stories of old Hollywood, is sure that if he could meet Theo, he could prove once and for all that the famed director killed his leading lady. When a copycat murder takes place near Windhall, the long reclusive Theo returns to L.A., and it seems Hailey finally has his chance. When Hailey gets his hands on Theo's long-missing journals, he reads about Eleanor's stalkers and her role in Theo's final film, The Last Train to Avalon, a film so controversial it was never released to the public. In the months leading up to her death, something had left her so terrified she stopped coming to work. The more Hailey learns about Avalon, the more convinced he becomes that the film could tell him who killed Eleanor and why she had to die. But the implications of Avalon reach far beyond Eleanor's murder, and Hailey must race to piece together the murders of the past and present before it's too late.


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A stunning literary thriller in which an investigative journalist in modern Los Angeles attempts to solve the Golden Age murder of a Hollywood starlet. 1940s Hollywood was an era of decadence and director Theodore Langley was its king. Paired with Eleanor Hayes as his lead actress, Theo ruled the Golden Age of Hollywood. That ended when Eleanor's mangled body was discovered A stunning literary thriller in which an investigative journalist in modern Los Angeles attempts to solve the Golden Age murder of a Hollywood starlet. 1940s Hollywood was an era of decadence and director Theodore Langley was its king. Paired with Eleanor Hayes as his lead actress, Theo ruled the Golden Age of Hollywood. That ended when Eleanor's mangled body was discovered in Theo's rose garden and he was charged with her murder. The case was thrown out before it went to trial and Theo fled L.A., leaving his crawling estate, Windhall, to fall into ruin. He hasn't been seen since. Decades later, investigative journalist Max Hailey, raised by his gran on stories of old Hollywood, is sure that if he could meet Theo, he could prove once and for all that the famed director killed his leading lady. When a copycat murder takes place near Windhall, the long reclusive Theo returns to L.A., and it seems Hailey finally has his chance. When Hailey gets his hands on Theo's long-missing journals, he reads about Eleanor's stalkers and her role in Theo's final film, The Last Train to Avalon, a film so controversial it was never released to the public. In the months leading up to her death, something had left her so terrified she stopped coming to work. The more Hailey learns about Avalon, the more convinced he becomes that the film could tell him who killed Eleanor and why she had to die. But the implications of Avalon reach far beyond Eleanor's murder, and Hailey must race to piece together the murders of the past and present before it's too late.

30 review for Windhall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    About the book: “A stunning literary thriller in which an investigative journalist in modern Los Angeles attempts to solve the Golden Age murder of a Hollywood starlet.” Windhall is a book you simply have to discover. It is a literary thriller with a historical backdrop. It’s sophisticated and fancy; alluring, but also dark. The protagonist is arrogant and unlikable at times, but that didn’t stop me from being drawn into his obsession with a cold case from old Hollywood. Check this one out if you About the book: “A stunning literary thriller in which an investigative journalist in modern Los Angeles attempts to solve the Golden Age murder of a Hollywood starlet.” Windhall is a book you simply have to discover. It is a literary thriller with a historical backdrop. It’s sophisticated and fancy; alluring, but also dark. The protagonist is arrogant and unlikable at times, but that didn’t stop me from being drawn into his obsession with a cold case from old Hollywood. Check this one out if you are looking for a mystery with the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood! I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  2. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    DNF I only made it about a third of the way through this before I gave it up. The main character was too unlikable (cocky/know-it-all/sarcastic/mean) and just made it irritating to read instead of enjoyable. Nothing of the mystery felt compelling and the main character’s obsession was as of yet unexplained and just unappealing in its irrationality. Besides writing the character as an asshole, description was lacking. I started off thinking the main character was a guy, then when someone called hi DNF I only made it about a third of the way through this before I gave it up. The main character was too unlikable (cocky/know-it-all/sarcastic/mean) and just made it irritating to read instead of enjoyable. Nothing of the mystery felt compelling and the main character’s obsession was as of yet unexplained and just unappealing in its irrationality. Besides writing the character as an asshole, description was lacking. I started off thinking the main character was a guy, then when someone called him “Hailey” adjusted it to a woman, only to find out later that it really was a man. It’s also mentioned at one point how his growth was stunted as a child, but later on he’s very tall. Just not interesting enough to push past all the negatives.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    The book opens with echoes of Rebecca, but not for any obvious reason. Max Hailey works for an online newspaper and relates the story in the first person. He is an unreliable narrator, not because of his narration, but because of his character. He does, and freely reports, some very questionable behaviors. He is obsessed with a murder that happened 70 years ago which involves Eleanor, a famous Hollywood star and Theo, her equally famous director. Eleanor was murdered, and although everyone is su The book opens with echoes of Rebecca, but not for any obvious reason. Max Hailey works for an online newspaper and relates the story in the first person. He is an unreliable narrator, not because of his narration, but because of his character. He does, and freely reports, some very questionable behaviors. He is obsessed with a murder that happened 70 years ago which involves Eleanor, a famous Hollywood star and Theo, her equally famous director. Eleanor was murdered, and although everyone is sure that Theo did it, he got off. Theo, still alive and in his 90s shows up at his old mansion (scene of the crime), and Hailey becomes obsessed with proving that Theo was the murderer. Hailey is helped by some friends and does eventually figure out what happened on that long ago night. The timeline of the plot is quite short, especially for someone investigating such an old crime and clues appear rather conveniently, but Hailey, for all his faults, did grow on me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Geonn Cannon

    I liked the mystery of this book, and the female characters were great, but the narrator was *such* an asshole. I legitimately hated the guy by the time the book was over. Petra would’ve been a much better character to follow for the duration. I also found it odd that it took most of the first chapter to establish he was even male. First person, plus being called Hailey... I was picturing a woman until someone said “he”. Very strange. That guy aside, it was an excellent book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Becky Bird

    Ava Barry’s debut novel is a five-star read. It has a sophisticated plot and larger than life characters wrapped in an exhilarating mystery. Anyone who loves a good murder mystery (on the darker side) and a protagonist that takes you along for the ride, this is the book for you. I can’t wait to see what Barry writes next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Plucky investigative journalist Max Hailey has been obsessed with a Hollywood cold case his whole life. In the late 1940’s, famed director Theo Langley was accused of murdering his leading lady Eleanor Hayes during a party as his estate, Windhall. But Theo was acquitted and disappeared from the public eye. When a copy-cat murder takes place near Windhall, Max is determined to prove Theo’s guilt, but his obsession clouds his judgement and he finds he’s in over his head. I found Max’s investigation Plucky investigative journalist Max Hailey has been obsessed with a Hollywood cold case his whole life. In the late 1940’s, famed director Theo Langley was accused of murdering his leading lady Eleanor Hayes during a party as his estate, Windhall. But Theo was acquitted and disappeared from the public eye. When a copy-cat murder takes place near Windhall, Max is determined to prove Theo’s guilt, but his obsession clouds his judgement and he finds he’s in over his head. I found Max’s investigation a little inconsistent and there were little gaps in the narrative that didn’t flow well. The secondary characters, both historical and present, were muddled and forgettable. The premise was good, but the execution lacked finesse. I felt that I didn’t get the whole picture, like watching a film with missing scenes. One example was Max’s background, his arson charge, and his obsession with old buildings. While I enjoyed the overall concept and the film noir style that the author conveyed, I was a little disappointed on the route Max took to uncover the truth of the decades-old murder. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    Sigh. Why can’t books like this be easier to review? There’s so much to like about Ava Barry’s debut novel Windhall…and so much that grated on my nerves. I really wanted to push this to a charity first-book-4-star review and I just couldn’t. The book kind of feels like the version of the decaying mansion at the center of the story: beautiful and glamorous but uninhabitable and far past its prime. Probably easier with this one to pull out the old good/bad formula: Good: -The book definitely brings old Sigh. Why can’t books like this be easier to review? There’s so much to like about Ava Barry’s debut novel Windhall…and so much that grated on my nerves. I really wanted to push this to a charity first-book-4-star review and I just couldn’t. The book kind of feels like the version of the decaying mansion at the center of the story: beautiful and glamorous but uninhabitable and far past its prime. Probably easier with this one to pull out the old good/bad formula: Good: -The book definitely brings old Hollywood to life in a real and interesting way. -It has a solid knowledge of Los Angeles neighborhoods and deftly highlights the perpetual contrast between past and present in the city. -Parts of the mystery were well-written and unpredictable. -It definitely gets the nuances of the crumbling indie journalism industry. -Has all the makings of a classic LA mystery tale, which is absolutely my bag. Bad: -Absolutely could not connect with the lead character. He wasn’t good or bad, he was just…present. It’s a glaring weakness of the whole book. -The dialogue was wooden and uninspired. -While the mystery had many twists, the ending was overdone. -I can usually suspend my believability radar for any fiction but this one really pushed me hard. I guess overall, I really liked the setting but couldn’t connect with the story…except when I could…but then I didn’t. Seriously, if Barry had a more interesting lead, I could overlook the other flaws but I just don’t really know what Max’s deal was or why I should care. Check this out if you like Old Hollywood tales and don’t mind them fictionalized.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    "Everyone loves a beautiful dead girl." Windhall is a novel about Hollywood, the way men treat women, fame, obsession, and Los Angeles. Hailey is an antisocial journalist at a counterculture zine turned blog (I think) in LA. He is obsessed with the decades old murder of a Hollywood star at the home of an infamous director. His obsession weaves in with his own family’s story, as well as the DNA of modern day Los Angeles. It’s hard for him to separate the glamour and allure of the city with the fac "Everyone loves a beautiful dead girl." Windhall is a novel about Hollywood, the way men treat women, fame, obsession, and Los Angeles. Hailey is an antisocial journalist at a counterculture zine turned blog (I think) in LA. He is obsessed with the decades old murder of a Hollywood star at the home of an infamous director. His obsession weaves in with his own family’s story, as well as the DNA of modern day Los Angeles. It’s hard for him to separate the glamour and allure of the city with the facts, and isn’t that the point of Hollywood? While Hailey is obsessed with the historical murder, the mansion where it occurred is not much more than a tour-bus destination these days. However, all of that changes when someone murders two women at the foot of the mansion. The murders grab the city’s attention, and some of the players aren’t as keen as others to be back in front of the public’s eye. Hailey finds himself simultaneously drawn closer to the truth and repelled from the few friends he has. If you like the following in at least some combination, I think you will probably like this book: Sunset Boulevard AND The Lady from the Black Lagoon AND neo-noir AND true crime podcasts. If those things are your jam – this would be a fun read for you. By the way, I was curious about the author’s association with Los Angeles and the movie industry, and it looks like Ms Barry used to read scripts and work for Francis Ford Coppola’s magazine Zoetrope. I hope she continues writing about these themes because this was a fun read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John Charles

    Journalist Max Hailey is obsessed with the late 1940s murder of movie star Eleanor Hayes, whose body was discovered in the garden of director Theodore Langley. Almost everyone believed Theo killed Eleanor, but the case was thrown out on a technicality and Theo then seemingly vanished into thin air. Now, decades later, the body of another young woman is found outside Windhall, Theo’s old mansion, and Max is certain the director may be back. Barry’s cinematically captivating, satisfyingly sardonic Journalist Max Hailey is obsessed with the late 1940s murder of movie star Eleanor Hayes, whose body was discovered in the garden of director Theodore Langley. Almost everyone believed Theo killed Eleanor, but the case was thrown out on a technicality and Theo then seemingly vanished into thin air. Now, decades later, the body of another young woman is found outside Windhall, Theo’s old mansion, and Max is certain the director may be back. Barry’s cinematically captivating, satisfyingly sardonic debut brilliantly captures the glamour and greed of Golden Age Hollywood while at the same time delivering a twist-rich plot with a killer ending.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Hollywood in the 1940's was glamorous and full of secrets. During a party at a director's home, a woman is murdered in the garden. The evidence pointed to the director, but the court hearing didn't have enough evidence and he disappeared. Decades later, Max Hailey is an investigative reporter who was always fascinated with the murder in the 1940's and was obsessed with the actress that was killed. As Max uncovers more evidence, he loses his job and lands in jail. This cold case is brought to lif Hollywood in the 1940's was glamorous and full of secrets. During a party at a director's home, a woman is murdered in the garden. The evidence pointed to the director, but the court hearing didn't have enough evidence and he disappeared. Decades later, Max Hailey is an investigative reporter who was always fascinated with the murder in the 1940's and was obsessed with the actress that was killed. As Max uncovers more evidence, he loses his job and lands in jail. This cold case is brought to life with Max's obsession and depth of character. Well executed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I would have totally given this book 5 stars if not for the author's political views being inserted into the book. This book was AWESOME aside from that. I couldn't put it down and the ending doesn't disappoint. The writing is phenomenal, the characters real and I felt like I was there. Fantastic book. Just leave the politics out next time. I would have totally given this book 5 stars if not for the author's political views being inserted into the book. This book was AWESOME aside from that. I couldn't put it down and the ending doesn't disappoint. The writing is phenomenal, the characters real and I felt like I was there. Fantastic book. Just leave the politics out next time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carly Thompson

    Did not finish at about 20%. I was expecting/wanted to read a historical mystery set in the 1940s not a contemporary mystery about a person obsessed with an unsolved murder. I found the main character really unlikeable and annoying and after I read the description of the new editor (and the protagonists' journalistic hero), I gave up since I found it too unbelievable a character. Did not finish at about 20%. I was expecting/wanted to read a historical mystery set in the 1940s not a contemporary mystery about a person obsessed with an unsolved murder. I found the main character really unlikeable and annoying and after I read the description of the new editor (and the protagonists' journalistic hero), I gave up since I found it too unbelievable a character.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Martelli

    I must first say that I respect the effort an artist spends in creating. But that doesn't mean I should read it. This is a tired retread that reads as if the writer is looking for a movie deal. I wasn't expecting War and Peace when I picked it up just a little light entertainment. All I got was annoyed. The plotting seems contrived, the narrative voice was not true and the ending protracted. I must first say that I respect the effort an artist spends in creating. But that doesn't mean I should read it. This is a tired retread that reads as if the writer is looking for a movie deal. I wasn't expecting War and Peace when I picked it up just a little light entertainment. All I got was annoyed. The plotting seems contrived, the narrative voice was not true and the ending protracted.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    So disappointed - loved the idea of the book but not the writing style. Also, the plot, however unique, was at times too weird .. who is hung up on a murder from so many years ago? I couldn't finish the book. So disappointed - loved the idea of the book but not the writing style. Also, the plot, however unique, was at times too weird .. who is hung up on a murder from so many years ago? I couldn't finish the book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gilion Dumas

    Ava Barry’s new novel WINDHALL brings the Golden Age of Hollywood back to life through a film noir lens. Barry tells the story well, with plenty of twists and turns, Old Hollywood atmosphere, interesting characters, and an exciting finish. Fans of old movies and good mysteries will love Windhall.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Grauschopf

    I really enjoyed this read, which takes place in the present but evokes a lot of old Hollywood glamour. I also found the mystery satisfying -- not easy to solve, but also not so "out there" that it felt like a gimmick. Overall, highly recommended. I really enjoyed this read, which takes place in the present but evokes a lot of old Hollywood glamour. I also found the mystery satisfying -- not easy to solve, but also not so "out there" that it felt like a gimmick. Overall, highly recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue Gerth

    I wasn't wowed by the cover, but throughly enjoyed this novel! Here's my review: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... I wasn't wowed by the cover, but throughly enjoyed this novel! Here's my review: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    3.5 stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becka

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An excellent novel of suspense for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Atmospheric, full of twists and turns, with a lovely last minute twist at the end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Satiated my craving for a mystery novel with the luster of LA and film.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alistair

    Loved it. Intriguing plot, vibrant characters, a lot of detail, and a most satisfying conclusion. I devoured the book in 3 days. A top-drawer mystery that gets 5 solid stars from me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Terri Walker

    This is a very good mystery set in current time but concerning a mysterious death of a 1940’s actress. Great sense of place and time. It was a compelling story, with lots of red herrings.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Doria

    Only if , the reader is interested in “old Hollywood” (1940’s) and a good mystery should read this book and they will LOVE this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

    3.5. A really interesting and alluring plot + an incredibly frustrating/not very likable main character + ok execution = a nice snowy day read!

  25. 4 out of 5

    lynn

    would not recommend taking the time to read thyis

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    4.5 stars. An engrossing mystery centered around a murder in 1940’s Hollywood.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robert Swanson

    Fun, clever old Hollywood whodunit. Didn't see the ending coming and it was the perfect ending! Fun, clever old Hollywood whodunit. Didn't see the ending coming and it was the perfect ending!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Amazing twists and turns with a glorious ending!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    3.5

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Lunsford

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