Mysteries surrounding people we are familiar with are fun.
Stuart Kaminsky was the first author I discovered with this premise when I latched onto his "Toby Peters" mysteries involving movie stars of the 1940s. Now Robert Randisi has done the same... only this time using those Rat Pack idols Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford.
Fly Me To the Morgue is the sixth Randisi book using the memories of one Eddie Gianelli, former pit boss at the Sands Hotel. "Mr. G" seems to have been often called on to help Martin, Sinatra, et al, out of a situation and now he is telling these tales to interesting listeners.
Naturally the Pack's adventurers often incorporate their Hollywood friends, and in this particular tale Bing Crosby stars and is involved due to murders that take place as a result of his interest in a racing horse. In case you didn't know, Crosby founded the well-known Del Mar Race Track and loved horse racing.
Ginaelli isn't beyond dropping names so naturally Bob Hope appears. and Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner have also been in other books. Randisi often adds other known show people as supporting cast. Frank Sinatra Jr., and Jack Jones are mentioned in this edition, for example.
In each event, Gianelli and his Bronx Mafia enforcer buddy Jerry Epstein connect in the stories and a reoccuring cast of characters appears to keep consistency. Gianelli is a likable character, and he and Jerry are as comfortable as Crosby and Hope.
Randisi is a fun writer and his tales flow smoothly and easily... like butter on hot bread. If you have any interest in mysteries surrounding Hollywood and Las Vegas stars, read Randisi's Rat Pack mysteries. I can't wait for them.