FROM THYSHELF - Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned

The weather seems perfect for eating cake and reading. Don't you just love it when you can cozy up in a corner with a book on one hand a slice of cake on the other? Hahaha. But seriously though, the weather just makes me curl up and read my socks off.

I got a copy of this novel from Netgalley which is a great website for book bloggers and professional readers. It lets you borrow advance reading copies of recently published or yet to be published books and in return you have to write a review about it. Pretty good deal, right?

So it's the prefect reading weather and what else to read than a great mystery novel. Here is what I thought about Peter S. Fischer's Pray For Us Sinners:

Pray For Us Sinners is the seventh book of Peter S. Fischer's The Hollywood Murder Mysteries. In this novel, Fischer uses a classic 1953 Alfred Hitchcock movie to tell the story of a murder. We get to know Joe Bernardi, a Warner Brothers public relations executive who gets entangled in a crime brought about by love, philandering, plunder and murder. Joe is in the middle of the production of  "I Confess" an Alfred Hitchcock movie that stars Montgomery Clift and Anne Baker.  The artistic difference between Clift and Hitchcock is evident and its up to Joe to make sure the press does not get wind of this behind the scene drama. However, when Joe meets the Quebec Film Institute directress, Jeanne, sparks flew but Joe gets caught between Jeanne's own troubles. Jeanne gets arrested for murder and it's now up to Joe to prove that Jeanne is innocent and make sure she gets acquitted or the movie suffers from bad publicity.

 "I Confess" was dubbed as the most catholic movie of Alfred Hitchcock. It was a finalist in the Cannes Film Festival though it was snubbed because of the religious intrigues involved in the story. A priest, who after hearing a confession about murder becomes the suspect for that murder, and bound by his vow of silence, cannot prove himself innocent and cannot say who the real murderer is. Montgomery Clint was a superstar in the fifties. He is known for his introversion but brilliance in acting. His dedication in his craft is so commendable. For "I Confess" he even lived inside a seminary in Quebec so that he learns how to live as a priest. Though, "I Confess" didn't get Monty Clift his Oscars, (he got them from "From Here to Eternity") he still did a brilliant job.

Alfred Hitchcock was known for his mind-boggling thrillers such as Psycho, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Murder and a whole lot more. He was known for being a straight forward director. Possibly this is what he and Clift has been disagreeing upon as Clift was known for being very unconventional when it comes to acting. Though I Confess" was not a major success, Hitchcock did other fabulous films such as "Dial M for Murder", "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", "To Catch a Thief"  and "Rebecca" which won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1940.

It's amazing how one could pen a fictional story within a reality of making a fictional story. It's not as "inceptiony" as you would think but that's pretty much how it is. Peter S. Fischer is one of the most talented screenwriters there is. He created "Murder, She Wrote", a television series that aired for 12 seasons, starring Angela Lansburry. Also, his Hollywood Murder Mystery series were best sellers.

Another thing I liked about this novel was that it presented a new side of film making. When I read that involves actors and such I thought they would be an integral part but I was wrong. The mains stars in the movie became accessories to the main story of the novel. Also, it showed a perspective of film making from a point of view of the publicists and press relations. Also, it was a very gripping tale, very fast-paced and right amount of action and drama.

Pray For Us Sinners was the prefect book to accompnay me on this rainy weekend. It was thrilling that sends chills up my spine but warm enough to keep me from shivering in cold.

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