Rockstars, Joe Harris & Megan Hutchinson
Ever find yourself wondering that the lovechild of Almost Famous and The Exorcist would look like? If I were to hazard a guess, I’d say the answer is Joe Harris and Megan Hutchison’s ongoing series, Rockstars. I think it’s safe to say that everyone reading this will have heard of at least one conspiracy theory or urban legend that goes hand-in-hand with rock music. In case you’re struggling to think of any there’s the Forever 27 Club, “Paul’s Dead”, and that whole thing about Ozzy Osborne biting a bat’s head off mid-concert. Harris and Hutchinson have turned the idea of these rock ‘n’ roll urban legends into a music fueled mystery that is an absolute blast to read.
When a dead body turns up in present day Los Angeles, no one seems to make the connection to a string of gruesome, and incredibly strange murders that took place during the 1970s. No one except for Jackie Mayer, that is. Jackie has an encyclopedic knowledge of rock ‘n’ roll, a cat called Skydog, and a strange (possibly supernatural) to the music’s urban legends. With the help of hopeful investigative reporterDorothy Buell. But Jackie and Dorothy discover that they’re in over their heads when they accidentally discover a conspiracy involving a legendary rock band and possible demonic possession.
(Hopefully you read this Weekend Reads while humming Sympathy for the Devil to yourself the whole time. I certainly would have.)
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