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Talked to Death
     

Talked to Death

by Louise Shaffer
 

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When an ex-producer of the megahit talk show Cee Gee! is murdered, newly hired producer Angie DaVito takes it upon herself to find the killer. But Angie has to search quietly because in tell-all television, talk is cheap--and deadly. HC: Putnam.

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When an ex-producer of the megahit talk show Cee Gee! is murdered, newly hired producer Angie DaVito takes it upon herself to find the killer. But Angie has to search quietly because in tell-all television, talk is cheap--and deadly. HC: Putnam.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Shaffer (All My Suspects) moves from TV soaps to talk shows in the second Angie DaVito mystery. The perky, occasionally caustic 30-something TV producer has caught the eye of mega-personality Cee Gee Jones, who wants to hire her. Angie doesn't think much of Cee Gee's touchy-feely brand of entertainment, but she needs the work. What she doesn't need is a situation. But that's what she gets as she learns that Cee Gee has been receiving threats, and that there's been a rift in Cee Gee's inner circle. In fact, Cee Gee, known for being fiercely loyal, has fired producer Grace Shipley. Then there's a murder, of which Cee Gee herself is suspected. Angie teams up once again with her alter ego, the NYPD's coolly professional Detective Teresa O'Hanlon, to get to the bottom of things. She also teams up in a less professional sense with Teresa's younger brother Patrick. Shaffer's ending may not ring true, and her characters can border on the one-dimensional, but there's nothing flat about Angie or her barbs at talk-TV's expense in this satisfying confection. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Former TV soap writer and actress Shaffer (All My Suspects, Putnam, 1994) takes her New York producer/amateur sleuth Angie DaVito into the world of a popular Oprah-like talk show, where she helps solve a murder. This is a ``polite'' mystery series, along the lines of Lilian Jackson Braun's cat series (e.g., The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, LJ 12/94), but the dialog snaps along, as do the tad-familiar characters and plotting until the rather bulky, guessable denouement. Shaffer suffers an occasional bout of the ``cutes,'' especially in trying to lampoon tabloid news shows, but overall this brisk, entertaining read has a nice sense of detail. DaVito probably won't ever be confused with female sleuths like Kinsey Millhone or V.I. Warshawski, but like them, she's been around the track a few times and is spirited, sassy, and fun. Recommended for large mystery collections.David Bartholomew, NYPL
Ilene Cooper
The last time we saw television producer Angie DeVito ("All My Suspects" ) she was working on a soap opera. Then a real-life murder took the spotlight away from the on-camera turmoil. Since losing that job, Angie has been out of work, but now she is offered a gig on a daytime talk show whose wildly popular host is a cross between Oprah and Kathie Lee Gifford. Angie has barely signed on when the producer she has replaced is found dead in her boss' house on Christmas day. The mystery works if you don't look too closely but more effective is the TV-land setting and Angie herself, who is almost certainly more self-deprecating than most people in show business. With talk shows and soaps under her belt, maybe Angie is ready for prime time in her next adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425154076
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

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."

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Hopewell Junction, New York
Place of Birth:
New Haven, Connecticut
Education:
Yale School of Drama and Connecticut College
Website:
http://www.louiseshaffer.com

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