Sunday, June 07, 2009

Mystery Book Review: Dial Emmy for Murder by Eileen Davidson

Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of Dial Emmy for Murder by Eileen Davidson. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

Dial Emmy for Murder by Eileen Davidson

A Soap Opera Mystery with Alexis Peterson

Signet (Mass Market Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-451-22825-1 (0451228251)
ISBN-13: 978-0-451-22825-3 (9780451228253)
Publication Date: June 2009
List Price: $6.99

Review: Soap opera star Alexis Peterson is a presenter at the daytime Emmy Awards when she discovers an actor hanging from the rafters over her head in Dial Emmy for Murder, the second mystery in this series by Eileen Davidson.

Alexis has left a starring role in the top daytime drama The Yearning Tide for the opportunity to play two parts in The Bare and the Brazen. Her popularity ensures she'll be a presenter at the Emmys, but when it's time for her to give out the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Jackson Mathews, a young newcomer on the soap opera scene, is found hanging from the rafters above the stage. Detective Frank Jakes, in charge of the investigation, asks Alexis to help out. Her knowledge of the cast and crew would be invaluable. She is, of course, thrilled to exercise her amateur sleuth skills once again. But who would want to kill a relative nobody in the industry? It isn't long after that a hair stylist is killed and Alexis feels her life is in danger. Can she and Jakes find the killer before anyone else, especially someone near and dear to Alexis (i.e. Alexis herself), is a target?

Dial Emmy for Murder is a fast-paced, fun-reading novel. Soap opera fans will take pleasure in the behind-the-scenes look from the perspective of someone deeply embedded in the industry; those who don't follow the daytime shows will still enjoy the entertaining characters and the delightful, if undemanding, murder mystery plot. The engaging interplay between Alexis and Jakes is an added bonus. This is a winning series that makes for a perfect companion to the beach this summer.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Dial Emmy for Murder and to Penguin Group for providing a copy of the book for this review.

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Synopsis (from the publisher): Soap operas can get so dirty ...

Tabloids and fans are stunned when daytime soap opera star Alexis Peterson leaves her show. She’s too busy with her new job as presenter at the Daytime Emmy® Awards to even notice. But when a co-presenter goes missing on award night, Alexis is determined to find who is killing Hollywood’s biggest and brightest before another burns out ...

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