Up Next : A May Morrison Mystery

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As the new senior producer of the celebrated daytime gabfest Paula Live, May Morrison can barely juggle her time among her job, her two precocious daughters, and a post-Victorian dream house that's coming apart faster than her failed marriage did. But after rival talk-show producers start dropping faster than Nielsen ratings after sweeps week, the police believe May is behind their permanent cancellations. Then things get worse than a bad-hair day: every piece of evidence that criminally handsome Detective Paul ...
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Overview

As the new senior producer of the celebrated daytime gabfest Paula Live, May Morrison can barely juggle her time among her job, her two precocious daughters, and a post-Victorian dream house that's coming apart faster than her failed marriage did. But after rival talk-show producers start dropping faster than Nielsen ratings after sweeps week, the police believe May is behind their permanent cancellations. Then things get worse than a bad-hair day: every piece of evidence that criminally handsome Detective Paul O'Donnell has collected points to her. As the NYPD task force closes in, May realizes that someone has targeted her to take the fall. Now she's going to have to outwit a homicidal maniac who wants her dead, while resisting the arresting charms of one cop who wants her in prison, and another who simply wants her.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If you've ever wanted to kill someone responsible for a TV talk show, this book's for you. Star, a former entertainment-industry executive, ably combines mystery and romance with an insider's look at the high-pressure daytime talk-show circuit. May Morrison, newly promoted executive producer of Paula Live, is a competitive, stressed-out, divorced mother of two daughters with a dilapidated suburban house and a string of unsatisfactory au pairs. When James Barnett, producer of a rival program, is killed, May, who vied with Barnett for guests, tops the police list of suspects. After two more talk-show producers who gave May trouble are murdered, she is forced to clear herself before her ex-husband demands custody of the girls. Meanwhile, the cops investigating the cases are giving May fits: young, pushy Paradiso is determined to prove May guilty; the more experienced Paul O'Donnell thinks she's innocent but knows his judgment may be blinded by the sparks that fly between him and May. Star packs in too many subplotslegal entanglements, nagging mother, child-care disasters, suspicious co-workersbut keeps the reader guessing until the suspenseful climax. A promising relationship between May and Paul should enhance the sequel, especially if Star continues to portray the cutthroat world of daytime TV with the wit and verve evident here. (July)
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May Morrison, a recently promoted talk-show producer, wants to know who is killing the executive producers of talk shows in New York City. Detective Paul O'Donnell at first suspects her, but then a mutual attraction thing kicks in. With two kids, au pair problems, and a house to restore, May has little time for murder. She does squeeze in some sleuthing, though, mostly in self-defense. Consistently steady prose, sturdy characterization, and a bit of humor accompany this launching of a new series. A safe bet for larger collections.
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A debut outing for neophyte sleuth May Morrisonþa divorced, loving mother of two small girls, and the newly promoted producer of the Paula Live talk-show. Mayþs life is hecticþwhat with commuting from Manhattan to her old Victorian house in New Jersey, a money pit in constant need of repair; dealing with a succession of unsatisfactory au pairs; meeting the demands of bosses Paula Wind and executive producer Gil Lee; and doing the ratings battle with rivals like Tell Tanya and Simon Says. Now, James Barnett, a producer on Simon Says, has jumped to his death from the balcony of his lush apartment—apparently a suicide, but Police Detective Paul O'Donnell and his abrasive partner Paradiso are haying doubts. Which is not surprising when Barnett's demise is followed by the strangling of Tell Tanya producer Iris Ehrlick and, soon after, by the discovery of Chuck Mills, fired from Paula Live some months back, whoþs found dead in Paula's studio bathroom. Paradiso, for various insufficient reasons, has pinpointed May as a major suspect, over Detective O'Donnell's objections; but after yet another killing—the victim this time one of the Paula Live staffþMay starts investigating in earnest, with near-fatal results. An over-the-top, overpopulated plot that zigzags wildly, and confusingly, as the author paints an entertaining, gossipy picture of the world behind the cameras. The picture of her heroine—a truly caring mother taking insane risks to trap a killer—is also completely unconvincing. No shortage of writing talent here, then, but it just needs to get real.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671008932
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Series: May Morrison Mysteries Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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