Friday, June 26, 2009

Dial Emmy For Murder - Eileen Davidson


Dial Emmy For Murder
A Soap Opera Mystery
Eileen Davidson
Obsidian

Mystery

Following her last brush with death (DEATH IN DAYTIME) soap actress Alexis Peterson has changed jobs – from The Yearning Tide to The Bare And The Brazen – and is scheduled to be a presenter at this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards. Following a full day of preparation, Alex is ready to go on stage, but her partner in presentation is missing. Jackson Masters, the hunk du jour, is known for skipping rehearsals, so no one thought much about it then. But it’s airtime and he’s nowhere to be found. Ever the professional, Alex goes on alone, determined to make the best of it.

To her shock, Jackson joins her on stage. Contrary to expectations, however, his body plunges from the catwalk over the stage, and hangs, tangled in a chain, right next to Alex. Clearly, the show does not have to go on, and everything screeches to a halt as the police arrive and attempt to question everyone in the Kodak Theater. Detective Frank Jakes is one of the first to arrive. Alex knows Frank from their last case, and might just like to get to know him a little better. But finding dead bodies is not the method she had in mind.

This is the second in a delightful series. The author is an Emmy-nominated actress who ably gives the reader a real insider’s view of the world of daytime drama, both in front of and behind the cameras. The murder case is structured and paced very well, and takes some very satisfying twists and turns. Alex’s love life takes a few turns, as well. There’s clearly more in store for Alex, and I’ll be tuning in next time to find out what happens next.

Rating: 7 ½
June 2009
ISBN# 978-0-451-22825-3 (paperback)

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