Olivia Winters, the elegant and beautiful star of a popular daytime talk show finds her perfect world begin to unravel when she receives threatening letters from a religious fanatic. In addition, enter Brad Kingman, her ex-lover, intent on blackmailing his way back into her life.
Olivia had recently interviewed artist Peter Brandon and his partner P.I. Jeff Stevens after a magazine had reported their near-brushes with death while investigating criminal cases. Nick-named ‘The Gay Hardy Boys’ they are a hit on her show although unaware that they are partly the reason for the threatening letters.
When Olivia asks Peter to paint her portrait he soon becomes embroiled in the chaotic life of the daytime diva. He also begins to realize that Olivia is not the warm and compassionate woman she appears to be in front of her adoring fans.
As the threatening letters increase in number and the content switches from fire and brimstone judgement to a much more personal attack, Jeff and his business partner, Nick Fallon, reluctantly agree to investigate the matter. They are hampered by Olivia’s erratic behavior and her obsessive need for publicity that just might mean humiliation for their close friends.
A murder, a suicide and an attempted murder may be the catalysts that will bring Olivia’s career to a grinding halt. Who can she turn to in her hour of need? Who indeed…
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About the Author
J.P. Bowie: I was born and raised in Scotland. Moved to London and worked in several West End shows before immigrating to the United States. First port of call was Las Vegas where I worked backstage with the Siegfried and Roy Show at the Mirage Hotel as Head of Wardrobe for the legendary stars. Another move more recently took me and my husband Phil to San Diego where we intend to stay! Love sunny San Diego.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An exellent addition to the Portrait series - great to catch up with Peter and Jeff and their friends and of course Peter's terrific mother! Olivia Winters is a daytime host and a total bitch. She invites Peter and Jeff on her show after she's read in People magazine of Peter's psychic abilities and Jeff's private investigations. She's being threatened by someone she considers a religious nutcase. Things get worse when Olivia has Emily, a friend of Peter's and a victim of child abuse. Won't go into more details as they would be spoliers, but this is a really engrossing read, lots' of humor along with the mystery and some fun characters, specially Winifred and aging movie star who lives in the same building as Olivia and who can't stand her. There's a murder that I felt bad about, but in the end everybody gets what they deserve. Loved it!