Stay Tuned for Murder: A Talk Radio Mystery

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Maggie's radio show has been getting a boost in ratings ever since Madame Chantal, who claims to talk to dead people, started her regular guest appearance. But when two women are killed after a séance, it's up to Maggie to catch the culprit before she winds up on the other side...

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Overview

Maggie's radio show has been getting a boost in ratings ever since Madame Chantal, who claims to talk to dead people, started her regular guest appearance. But when two women are killed after a séance, it's up to Maggie to catch the culprit before she winds up on the other side...

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  • ISBN-13: 9780451232359
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Series: Talk Radio Mystery Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 305
  • Sales rank: 431,563
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Mary Kennedy is a clinical psychologist and the author of forty books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Third novel is not a charm

    this book is not up to par with Ms Kennedy's first two novels

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    good read

    You feel like your really know these people, or their type anyway - we have all worked with people that have similar ambitions as the characters at the radio station. The feeling of a small town in a nice climate comes across very well also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Fantastic read

    This book is a great read. The part that I really love about reading this series of mysterys is that you get to know and care about the characters. But but one of Mary Kennedy's stong points is that you don't have to read them in order or all of them to enjoy her writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Very fast paced book

    This book is very well written, and the plots are very good. The author keeps you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. Very fast paced book.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    A Great Relaxing Read!

    A very with-it author that I will definitely be reading more of.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Enjoyable but . . . .

    This book was much slower than Mary Kennedy's previous ones in this series. The plotting is somewhat convoluted but the characters are still great.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Holds you til the end

    Stay Tuned for Murder - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

    'I ran down the list of suspects, feeling more frustrated by the moment. Chantel Carrington was the first name that leap into my mind. Why did I think of her as a suspect? I wrote down everything I knew about her. She was here in town under an alias, her background was murky, and somehow she'd made a name for herself in the motivational field. Could Mildred or Althea have suspected who she really was, or maybe they uncovered some dark secret from her past? Did they threaten to reveal it? I thought of Althea and Mildred. I couldn't picture either one of them as a blackmailer. Irina said that Vera Mae told her Chantel reminded her of someone. Did she mean a celebrity? Or someone close to home? Could Chantel have relatives living in the area? Maybe there was a family resemblance that Vera Mae picked up on? Why had Chantel come to Cypress Grove? Yes, I knew the standard answer, but I didn't buy it. My gut instinct told me she would never choose Cypress Grove as a place to kick back and pound out her memoirs. She'd lived all over the country, and I found it very hard to believe that she'd chosen our little town as a retreat. I put a star and a question mark next to her name. Chantel was still in the running, even though I was drawing a blank as to her motive.'

    Maggie Walsh, talk show psychologist for radio station WYME is pondering the murder of two longtime Cypress Grove residences, Althea Somerset from the Cypress Grove Historical Society and Mildred Smoot the town's librarian. Both have were murdered but for no apparent reason. Nothing was stolen and there was no abuse. Other than them being friends, the only thing Maggie can find in common between the two women was their excitement about the upcoming opening of the time capsule and their attendance of a séance given by Chantel Carrington. But, as Maggie questions others in town, her list of suspects starts to grow.

    Trevor McNamara is on her list due to her feeling that his story about scouting out vacation properties in Cypress Grove is bogus. Mark Sanderson wants to build a towering condo project on the grounds where the court house stands. Why? Candace Somerset is the sister of Althea and she stands to inherit her sisters estate, which Maggie learns is quite substantial. Bob and Shalimar Hennessey are on her list but only because of their suspicious actions after inviting Maggie and a reporter friend Nick to dinner. But what motive would they have? And then there's Chris Hendricks who Althea talked with about reframing a painting that she had found in the basement of the Society building. When Maggie interviewed him, she was disturbed by his high level of nervousness. She feels he has something to do with the murders but can't seem to find his motive either.

    I've had the pleasure and enjoyment of reading Mary Kennedy's books Dead Air, Reel Murder and now Stay Tuned for Murder which is the 3rd in the Maggie Walsh series. After reading Reel Murder, I thought I had the Author's style figured out and would be able to come up with the killer early on in Stay Tuned for Murder. Wrong! There are so many possible suspects with just as many reasons, that she kept me guessing until the very end. This was really a book I hated to not only put down but also to end.


    305 pages
    2011
    Obsidian Mystery
    ISBN# 978-0-451-23235-9

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Entertaining novel - part of a great series!

    This is Mary Kennedy's third Talk Radio Mystery novel featuring Maggie Walsh, a radio talk show psychologist. When the series began, Maggie had just left her clinical psychology practice in New York to host a show at WYME radio in a small town in southern Florida.

    The book begins with Maggie hosting her radio show with guest Chantel Carrington, a flamboyant psychic who claims she can communicate with the dead. While Maggie does not care for Chantel, she agrees to attend a séance Chantel is holding at the local historical society. During the gathering, Chantel warns everyone that they are in grave danger from an evil presence. The next day, one of those attendees is murdered in her own home. Is this just a coincidence or is there more to Chantel's self-proclaimed status of medium and oracle than it appears?

    This is the third book in this series, but there is enough basic information about the main characters for a new reader to enjoy it. One downside to the book is the lack of involvement of Maggie's mother Lola and Maggie's housemate Lark. While they make appearances throughout the book, they aren't involved in the main plot past the first few chapters. Maggie's on-again/off-again boyfriend and police detective Rafe Martino also appears, but the two are definitely in the "off" stage of their relationship. While they do compare notes on their investigations, they don't investigate or even spend time together throughout most of the book.

    Luckily, Maggie's producer and friend Vera Mae have a major role in helping Maggie investigate. The friendship and working relationship between Maggie and Vera Mae is my favorite thing about the book. Vera Mae is a funny, no-nonsense woman who knows the radio business and shares that knowledge with Maggie. Maggie reciprocates this friendship and rushes to Vera's side when she is in need of a friend at one point in the story. It's refreshing to see two strong female characters friendly and supportive of each other. Their camaraderie reminds me of Emma Lord and Vida Runkel in Mary Daheim's Alpine series.

    Author Mary Kennedy has a clinical psychology practice, and her experience gives credibility to the character of Maggie. Maggie occasionally quotes psychological theories that help her in her detecting, which makes the book and the entire series unique.

    I like the conversational style the author uses when Maggie is narrating. Maggie sometimes directs her comments to the reader and this technique works well with the light, humorous tone of the book.

    The light tone of the book is enhanced by several references to current pop culture, such as actors Simon Baker, Robert Pattinson, and television shows " CSI Miami" and "Law and Order." These examples seem natural and don't feel forced.

    The book starts out very exciting with Chantel's guest appearance on Maggie's show and then the séance. However, the book ends up taking another direction and the story loses some steam as the suspect list and possible motives grow. I would have liked to see more of Chantel's psychic talents, whether real or fake, in action.

    I am a fan of this series, and loved the debut novel "Dead Air." Although I didn't enjoy "Stay Tuned for Murder" quite as much, it's still an entertaining novel. I would be happy to spend more time with these characters in future books.

    This review was originally written for "The Season for Romance" E-Zine. The book was provided to me in exchange for an hon

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