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Monday, July 20, 2009

Dial Emmy for Murder by Eileen Davidson

Dial Emmy for Murder by Eileen Davidson
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (284 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Cholla

Soap operas can get so dirty

Tabloids and fans are stunned when daytime soap opera star Alexis Peterson leaves her show. She’s too busy with her new job as presenter at the Daytime Emmy Awards to even notice. But when a co-presenter goes missing on award night, Alexis is determined to find who is killing Hollywood’s biggest and brightest before another burns out...

Real drama on the set of a soap opera? Who knew it could happen? Aside from Alexis Peterson, that is. After having been accused of murder and losing her job on The Yearning Tide, Alexis has picked herself back up and moved on. Only to find another dead body.

Alexis can’t catch a break. She thought that her first murder was going to be her last. No such luck as the body of her co-star and co-presenter at the Daytime Emmy Awards is dropped onto the stage beside her. For most women, this would cause a fit of the vapors and cause them to run screaming in the opposite direction. But not Alexis. She can’t help but ‘get her Nancy Drew on’. Intelligent, adventurous, and wise-cracking even in the gravest of moments, she fights her way through the clues and bodies to find the murderer.

Enter Frank Jakes, the detective that cleared her of the previous murder. He has a big soft spot for Alexis that leaves him willing to do anything and everything to keep her near and on the case with him. Despite his rule-breaking on her behalf, he’s a solid cop whose only goal is to catch the bad guy and put him away. He’s just the right sort of man for Alexis. While she has a tendency to be a bit flighty, he’s very grounded and straightforward. A nice balance between the two.

Depsite not having read the first book in the series, Death in Daytime, I wasn’t lost or confused in the least. The author does a good job of supplying details from the first murder that are pertinent to the current one without rehashing the first story excessively. Dial Emmy for Murder is an enjoyable, light-hearted murder mystery with a solid story and very likable characters. Go pick up your copy today and read, read, read!