"Frasier Meets Murder She Wrote"--that's how people have described the Talk Radio Mysteries. It's all about a NY psychologist who moves to sunny Florida to become a radio talk show host. Of course, she solves a murder in every book! Start with the first release, DEAD AIR and you'll be hooked on Dr. Maggie.
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Dr. Maggie Walsh, a New York psychologist, has recently moved to Florida after she accepted a job at a radio station. Maggie has a radio call-in show called On the Couch with Dr. Maggie Walsh. She has a very quirky group of callers that call in to discuss their troubles on a variety of topics. Occasionally she will have a special guest to interview and discussion topics to do with psychology. One of these guests was Guru Sanjay, he was in town to host a retreat. Guru Sanjay was a popular author and public speaker but he had some controversial, almost cult leader type ideas. Guru Sanjay had his loyal follower but he also had a lot of enemies. Shortly after appearing on Dr. Maggie’s show Guru Sanjay was found dead in his hotel room. Maggie’s roommate Lark, a huge fan of the Guru’s, was spotted shortly before his death talking to him in his hotel lobby. Once evidence was found of Lark having been in the Guru’s hotel room she became the prime suspect in his murder. Dr. Maggie with the help of her actress mother is determined to clear Lark’s name. Author Mary Kennedy introduces us to a variety of lovable quirky characters. Maggie an intelligent well-educated doctor of psychology but she sometimes lacks confidence and common sense. Her mother is an actress that is determined to become a star seem self-absorbed, but in time of need, she is there for Maggie and Lark. These are just two examples of the wonderful characters in the book. These characters like real people have great qualities as well flaws; these flaws make them seem more realistic. The mystery has great pace and several twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. I was completely surprised at who the murder was in the end. This is the first in the series but actually my second book. I really enjoyed seeing how these characters began which helped me get to know the characters better. This is a great start to the series, I would recommend this one to cozy mystery fans looking for a cozy with a little humor. I was provided with an ARC of this book with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Dollycas’s Thoughts Talk radio is all my husband listens to but I don’t think he has ever tuned in to a program like “On the Couch with Maggie Walsh.” She gets some very unusual callers. First time and long time callers call in to talk about a variety of topics. She even has special guests like the controversial Guru Sanjay Gingii. He has his followers but he also has his enemies. Maggie has even received a threat at the station to scare her from having him on the show. Shortly after appearing on her show the guru is found dead in his hotel room. Maggie is surprised when the police show up at her door, but they are not there for her, they are there for her roommate, Lark. What that’s crazy! Lark wouldn’t kill anyone or would she??? Mary Kennedy introduces us to a variety of characters. Maggie, of course, who seems to be a very intelligent woman but not a lot of common sense at times, which was funny in a book, wouldn’t be so funny in real life. Her roommate Lark has a past and Maggie finds out she didn’t know her as well as she thought. Her producer, Vera Mae Atkins, is a hoot, the first chapter is just the start of radio romp. The guru’s followers, staff, and exes make for a large pool of suspects. Maggie’s mom, Lola was my favorite character. She wanted to help Maggie investigate and she was crazy funny. Maggie is also trying to impress a certain detective which adds to the fun. The radio show theme was unique for me. It did remind of the Frasier television show, his relationship with Roz was very similar to Maggie and Vera, only with a dead body added. The behind the scenes complete with a foreign receptionist who is learning English to a pompous sports announcer all blended together to make this a very interesting read. The mystery plot was full of twists including the final one that was a total surprise. I was sure I had it all figured out and you guessed it, wrong again. This was a good debut for this series. I want to see how these characters evolve in the next 2 books, Reel Murder and Stay Tuned for Murder.