All My Suspects: A Daytime Crime Mystery

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Brooklyn-born-and-bred Angie DaVito, the feisty producer of TV's "Bright Tomorrow," knew that the network's Daytime vice president, Gregg Whitehall, had few fans. She'd even had serious run-ins of her own with him. But despite his having so many enemies, Angie never expected Gregg's dead body to turn up on her set: cold and naked save for the single clue of a strategically placed gold-lame rose. Suspects abound, most of them cast and crew of "Bright Tomorrow." So with more at stake than the beat cops assigned to ...
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Overview

Brooklyn-born-and-bred Angie DaVito, the feisty producer of TV's "Bright Tomorrow," knew that the network's Daytime vice president, Gregg Whitehall, had few fans. She'd even had serious run-ins of her own with him. But despite his having so many enemies, Angie never expected Gregg's dead body to turn up on her set: cold and naked save for the single clue of a strategically placed gold-lame rose. Suspects abound, most of them cast and crew of "Bright Tomorrow." So with more at stake than the beat cops assigned to the case can fathom, Angie begins to untangle a web of intrigue spinning back into her past. Along the way, she forges a strong partnership with the female detective assigned to the case. And she resolves once and for all her feelings for an old lover: the head writer of the show, who left her for someone considerably younger, blonder, and dimmer.

A network executive with a knack for making enemies is found dead on the set of Bright Tomorrow. Nearly everyone, from star to stagehand, has a motive for killing him. With ratings at stake, it's up to TV producer-turned-sleuth Angie DaVito to figure out who in the cast or crew was pushed far enough to commit murder.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This urbane, charming debut introduces Angie DaVito, newly rehired executive producer of the soap opera Bright Tomorrow, who loves her job-until she finds the nude body of her boss, dead of a gunshot, in the star's dressing room. Suspects with motives abound since almost everyone in the cast and crew had tangled with egotistical, womanizing Gregg Whithall. Tough-as-nails Angie, whom readers know has a heart of gold, keeps the show going amidst gossip and rampant rumors. She copes with Whithall's successors, to whom murder might be just a career step, and the anxiety of her former lover, a writer for the show whose wife might have been having an affair with the victim. On the case is equally competent NYPD Detective Teresa O'Hanlon, unawed by cast and management. The Bright Tomorrow staff chooses to tell Angie, rather than the cop, what they know; as unofficial investigator, Angie becomes the repository of information which endangers her life. Shaffer's snappy pacing, intricate plotting and recognizable characters are likely to enchant even those who don't watch soaps. (Sept.)
Ilene Cooper
Veteran soap actress Shaffer (perhaps best known for her role as Rae on the now-defunct "Ryan's Hope") takes a shot at mystery writing and turns out to be pretty good at it. Naturally, Shaffer has chosen a soap setting, which will prove a hoot for daytime fans. The premise is appropriately splashy: the roundly disliked president of daytime programming for the ABN network is found dead in a dressing room on the set of "Bright Tomorrow"--not just dead, but naked, with a gold lamé rose laid on his penis. Angie DaVito, the show's producer, soon finds herself attempting to solve the crime. Of course, there is a police presence here, too, in the character of steely NYPD detective Teresa O'Hanlon, but as in so many mysteries, it's the amateur sleuth who gets to have all the fun. Shaffer's bright, witty, first-person narrative works particularly well, and the story has a sly ending, less expected than many soap-opera story lines. This is the first of a series; tune in tomorrow for more Daytime Crime Mysteries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399139659
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/21/1994
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Shaffer
Louise Shaffer
Actress-turned-writer Louise Shaffer has appeared on Broadway, in TV movies, and in daytime dramas, even earning an Emmy for her work on Ryan's Hope. Her novels The Three Miss Margarets and The Ladies of Garrison Gardens have earned her praise from the critics and fellow authors alike, including Adriana Trigiani, who called her "a magnificent storyteller."

Biography

Louise Shaffer, a graduate of the Yale Drama School, has written for television and has appeared on Broadway, in TV movies, and in daytime dramas, earning an Emmy for her work on Ryan's Hope. Her debut novel, The Three Miss Margarets, was released in 2003. Shaffer and her husband live in the Lower Hudson Valley.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Shaffer:

"I'm a prude. That's not a good thing -- in fact, when I was younger I used to worry that it would stunt my creativity. But I'm lazy, and debauchery takes tons of energy -- if you're going to do it right. I'm proud of the fact that my husband and I have rescued and adopted thirty-seven animals since we got married – thirty-eight if you count the pig. His name was Hubie and he wasn't a cute little pot-bellied number, he was a full-fledged 750 pound hog who played football -- his rules and we didn't argue. Beyond that, the only other thing anyone needs to know about me is, I've had more dumb luck when it comes to family, friends and work than any one person deserves."

"My big break came when I landed a gig on a soap opera that went on and off the air in six months. In those days a show had to be really bad to tank that fast. The crew in the studio where we were shooting wanted a game show in there because it would have meant a lot less work for them, so they were always forgetting to do things like nail down the sets. I played one love scene while holding up the bedroom wall and when I had to do one of those endless coffee scenes in the kitchen, there was a prop guy hiding in the fridge. He hadn't moved fast enough when they yelled action. We didn't do retakes on this show because they were canceling us and trying to save money."

"My best writing inspirations always come when I'm cleaning the kitty litter. Don't ask me why. I'm serious, please don't ask me, because I don't want to think about it."

"The things I dislike most are bullies, prejudice, people who have all the answers, and CEOs who go on national television to explain why they had to cut jobs for twenty thousand workers while they just picked up a forty million dollar bonus."

"The things I love are puppies, kittens, roses, Pavarottis's voice, birthday cakes, fancy dress, the glint in my mother's eye when she's just put one over on her solicitous kids, and my husband's smile when he's really happy."

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