Book 5 – “Reds in the Beds”

"Reds in the Beds" by Martin Turnbull - book 5 in the Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels

“Reds in the Beds”

Book Five in the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah series

Hollywood history is more than just colorful. It’s dripping with red.

As World War II ends, a new boogieman emerges: the Red Menace. When a scandal accuses Tinseltown of being riddled with Communists, MGM writing department head Marcus Adler needs to keep his reputation beyond reproach. Unfortunately in Hollywood, nobody’s past is spotless.

While the House un-American Activities Committee prepares to grill the brightest stars in town, gossip columnist Kathryn Massey is doing everything she can to shed the FBI informer mantle she carried during the war. Desperate to avoid tangling with a notorious mobster, Massey may have to take on J. Edgar Hoover himself to secure her freedom.

The war killed Gwendolyn Brick’s dream of opening her own store, but valuable secrets can creep into the strangest of places. From behind the perfume counter at Bullocks Wilshire, Brick makes a shocking discovery that could revive her dream and change multiple lives for good.

In postwar Hollywood, there are reds in the beds, the sharks are circling, and it’s feeding time.

Reds in the Beds is the fifth installment in the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah saga, a series of historical novels set in Hollywood’s heyday. If you like authentic and richly-detailed history, compelling and memorable characters, and seeing fiction and history seamlessly woven together, then you’ll love Martin Turnbull’s authentic portrayal of the City of Angels.

Flip through the pages to see Hollywood’s history come to life before your eyes.


Read now online: Chapter One


Sample reviews from readers (

Not since my childhood have I ever wanted to crawl into a book and live with these people as much as I do when I read Martin’s books! I feel as if I’ve known Marcus, Kathryn and Gwendolyn forever. Martin does an amazing job of bringing these people to life and you love them more and more with each new book. I couldn’t put it down once I started and was sad when I finished and would have to wait to find out what happens to my friends next.

Martin Turnbull scored another hit in this fifth installment of his Garden of Allah series. Set during the dark days of the “Red Scare” and HUAC tribunals, Kathryn, Gwen and Marcus weave their way through the troubling times of Hollywood’s paranoia during the “Commie crackdown” that had everyone looking over their shoulders. … It’s one of the few series I’ve re-read more than once, because while I’m reading these books I’m IN Hollywood’s golden age. Who wouldn’t want to have a drink with Errol Flynn, Dorothy Parker and Humphrey Bogart? Get this book. Get the whole series. You won’t be sorry. It really is a time machine that takes you to an exciting, dramatic and funny time in history. You’ll be glad you did.

Turnbull is a master of the page-turner. I’ve loved rereading the previous books in order to pick up details I’ve missed the first time, and this installment will be no different. Once again, the laugh-out-loud episodes are deftly intermixed with touching drama, suspense, and tests on old friendships. Kathryn, Gwendolyn and Marcus are still incredibly likable characters, this time fighting the postwar witch hunt raised by the U.S. government against Hollywood … I can’t recommend this series highly enough, and can’t wait for the next book.

There’s certainly been plenty written about Hollywood in its heyday, but with carefully crafted characters you cannot help but want to have drinks with after work and the subtle reminder that Hollywood and all that it represents is a carefully controlled image. Even better, it is an introduction to how Hollywood got that way. I recommend this series to any fan of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the glamorous stars who made it their life’s work to transport us to a different world at a time when reality was sometimes hard to bear.


Reds in the Beds

  • Book Five of the Garden of Allah novels
  • Historical Fiction, set in Hollywood immediately following World War II
  • ISBN – 978-1523288458
  • 376 pages
  • Published: 2015

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  • Book 1 – “The Garden on Sunset”
  • Book 2 – “The Trouble with Scarlett”
  • Book 3 – “Citizen Hollywood”
  • Book 4 – “Searchlights and Shadows”
  • Book 5 – “Reds in the Beds”
  • Book 6 – “Twisted Boulevard”
  • Book 7 – “Tinseltown Confidential”
  • Book 8 – “City of Myths”
  • Book 9 – details to be announced



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