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Promised her first screen credit in years by Marathon Studios, script doctor Lauren Atwill is promptly loaned out to second-tier Epic Pictures. And she's not one bit happy about it.

No Broken HeartsHave the superstitious Marathon bosses been spooked by the grapevine gossip that bodies start to fall whenever Lauren Atwill signs on to a picture?

Her first Epic assignment electrifies her: Bring a thrilling, scandalous novel to the screen, a sensational story of betrayal, greed, corruption, and a vicious killing. Yes, things are looking up. Until fiction turns into real life.

Lauren finds a beautiful young actress brutally murdered, and she begins to wonder if she really is a harbinger of disaster. Then she discovers just how far the studio and even the police will go to cover up the killing and protect a star. If she won’t lie, her career is over. And maybe her life.

In Hollywood, telling the truth is the most dangerous thing a woman can do.

arrowReviews for No Broken Hearts:

NO BROKEN HEARTS finds screenwriter Lauren Atwill solving mysteries in the thick of 1940s Hollywood ... highlighted by [Sheila York's] very real characters and an excellent sense of place. The pace is breakneck, the plot twists unexpected. If you love a terrific mystery, York is a must read!
Charles Todd, author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge series and the Bess Crawford series.

A new Lauren Atwill mystery? Count me in! [Sheila York] transports me to a time and place I wish I knew firsthand but can always read about in her finely wrought mysteries. NO BROKEN HEARTS is no exception. A strong woman living in a man's world, Lauren Atwill knows murder and will stop at nothing to get the answers she needs and deserves...in spite of the costs.
Maggie Barbieri, author of the Maeve Conlon series
and the Murder 101 series

— On Sale Now

Death in her Face coverMala Demara, sultry European beauty and box-office goldmine, has vanished; Mickey Triton, her gangster boyfriend, lies dead in the burned-out hulk of their secret love nest, shot through the head.

Marathon Studios needs help, fast, and they know just where to get it: Screenwriter Lauren Atwill and her lover, P.I. Peter Winslow. Peter has to find Mala. If the police discover she was Triton's mistress and she's still missing, the publicity will destroy her even if she's innocent. And business being business, the studio signs Lauren to rewrite the script for another star should Mala be a killer in more than looks.

But on Lauren's first night on the lot, she discovers another man shot dead, and suddenly she finds herself threatened by the police, the FBI and a vicious mobster, who demands she find Triton's killer or else she'll will never work in Hollywood again. Or breathe.