A Body on the Hill is the second Mitch O'Reilly Mystery and I expect to release it this fall.
Mitch's story picks up just a few months after A Body in a Bathhouse. Some things have changed in his life and others not so much. When another "big break" comes along, perhaps this will be the time things will really turn around.
Mitch is hired by big time Hollywood director T.J. Mooney to follow his son, Austin, who is trying to start an acting career without riding the coattails of his powerful father. T.J. isn't happy his beloved son has changed his last name and chooses to live in a sketchy Koreatown apartment rather than the family mansion in Brentwood.
To Mitch it's another routine stakeout until a body is found at the Hollywood Sign. Evidence shows the person wasn't killed on the hill. Instead, someone went through the trouble of carrying the victim through the winding trails and dumped them there. Was the killer sending a message? If so, deciphering that message could lead Mitch to solving the crime.
Many of the original characters will return, as well as a host of new suspects, witnesses and informants. Like the first novel, A Body on the Hill will give the reader a tour of several distinctive Los Angeles neighborhoods.
I've been working on this gem and am having great fun. I expect that to show in the finished novel.
It's spring and Los Angeles is full of furry men from across the world for the first Bearfoonery Weekend event. PI Mitch O'Reilly joins the fun and frolic until it comes to a literal dead stop when a popular, thin chaser is found dead by his hirsute boyfriend. Hired to solve the murder, Mitch works through a list of wild and woolly suspects.