Trope Tuesday: Feisty Heroine – Chasing Starlight

Feisty Heroine

Again, I am doing a review for the Trope Tuesday Link-Up. I This week’s trope is feisty heroine, and I will be reviewing Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black.

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Feisty Heroine

The feisty heroine trope is one of my favorites. The female lead is smart, brave, and independent, basically the opposite of a damsel in distress. This trope can be found in just about every genre there is. as I was reading Chasing Starlight I knew that the main character Kate was a perfect fit for this trope.

Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black Review
Chasing Starlight

Mystery, Historical Fiction


Rating: 5 out of 5.


1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star―except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability.

But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects one of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer―maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues.

Now, Kate must discover the killer while working on the set of a musical―and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and live the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she’s just chasing starlight?

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Since I found out about Chasing Starlight I have been excited about this book, and I was correct to be excited.  This historical mystery is just what I was hoping for. 

It has a feisty before her time, a very glamorous setting, and a pretty decent mystery.  It was set in the 1930s in Hollywood and while a lot of the book focused on the moving making aspects of the time, I really enjoyed learning about it.  Living in Southern California myself it was fun being able to recognize the place.  Especially when the clue that cracked the whole case was located in the very city I live in.  I will admit that at times the mystery took a backseat to the movie-making and character interaction, but I didn’t mind that at all.  For me the mystery wasn’t the main attraction, rather the characters were! 

I loved Kate.  As I mentioned she was very ahead of her time wanting to blaze her own trial in a time when most women were happy being housewives.  I loved her grandfather, Ollie, seeing him grow was probably my favorite part of the story.  And of course, Hugo was a wonderful hero. I loved these characters so much, that I am hoping that perhaps this could somehow become a series.  

If you love mystery and old Hollywood you will love Chasing Starlight.

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