Maizie Albright Star Detective series

"Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list celeb Maizie Albright's waning star. Sassy, Sexy, and Fun." -- Phoebe Fox, author of the Breakup Doctor series

Ex-teen TV and reality star, Maizie Albright, returns home to Black Pine, Georgia, determined to start a new career as a private investigator, modeled after her childhood starring role as a "Julie Pinkerton, Teen Detective.” Unfortunately, Maizie's chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher and her learning curve includes becoming her own person after spending a life under the thumb of managers, directors, and producers, particularly her stage-monster mother. 

“Celebrity gossip fans, reality TV fans, and of course mystery fans are going to love Maizie Albright.” —The Book’s The Thing

“Larissa writes a delightful book. Suspense, romance, and some funny situations. Maizie’s a teen star grown up to new possibilities” — Sharon Salituro, Fresh Fiction

“Ms. Reinhart has struck gold with these characters and written them into a fabulous and funny mystery story. Twists and turns, romantic tension, great dialogue full of humor and fast quips, along with some Southern flair had these pages absolutely flying." — Great Escapes

Books in the series:




NC-17 (Dec. 4, 2018)

18 CALIBER (2019)

More about the books below!



Past Perfect Press, January 2017

Hot Mystery Reviews pick for "2017 Top 10 Mysteries for Book Clubs"


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"Child star and hilarious hot mess Maizie Albright trades Hollywood for the backwoods of Georgia and pure delight ensues. Maizie’s my new favorite escape from reality.” — Gretchen Archer, USA Today bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Caper series

#WannabeDetective When ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie’s costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to a California prison.​

By entangling herself in a missing person's case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly. 

16 Millimeters


Past Perfect Press, October 2017

2018 Silver Falchion Best Cozy Mystery finalist 

2018 Silver Falchion Cozy Mystery Reader's Choice finalist

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"I love seeing Maizie grow as a character, and I absolutely adore the behind-the-scenes glimpses into celebrity culture. I encourage readers to delve into this lively, funny, and genuinely satisfying series.” — Cynthia Chow,  Kings River Life Magazine

When a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.

A View to a Chill #2.5

Past Perfect Press, January 2018

First published in The Wall Street Journal bestseller THE 12 SLAYS OF CHRISTMAS, a Christmas cozy mystery box set, December 6, 2017.

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A Cherry Tucker  & Maizie Albright Star Detective Interconnected Mystery novella

“It was like having the best of both characters in the same story, yet separated by their roles. I look forward to more adventures together or separately with these lovable characters.” —Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musing​

In this Rashomon-style Christmas mystery, while Cherry Tucker suffers from flu-induced visions of murder, Maizie Albright’s on the hunt for a missing granddaughter whose criminal stockings have long been filled with coal.

NC-17 #3

The kids aren't alright. And apparently, neither is Maizie Albright.

“NC-17 is simply fabulous. Fans of cozy mysteries, southern chick lit, hick lit, crime capers, and humorous mysteries will love it.” — Jane Reads

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While Maizie’s helping adolescent Youtubers detect a murder and coverup, she’s wrangling her mother’s wedding, assuaging an overzealous probation officer, and struggling to keep Nash Security Solutions solvent. Conspiracy theories collide with real-life catastrophes beginning with murder and possibly ending with Maizie’s life. 

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Past Perfect Press, March 4, 2019 

Maizie Albright Star Detective Box Set 1

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"A great mix of Hollywood with Southern charm.” 

“Part romcom, part murder mystery, they are the perfect weekend read.”

From The Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa Reinhart, the first three books in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series. ​

Books in the first box set:





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