Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Dial Emmy for Murder - 2nd in the Soap Opera series
Author: Eileen Davidson
Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin)
Release Date: June 2009
Year/Setting: Present day, Los Angeles California
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate+
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Eileen's Website: www.eileendavidsonbooks.com
Being front and center of a murder investigation months ago when she was on soap opera The Yearning Tide was horrible, terrifying even, but when the body of her co-star on The Bare and the Brazen slips and dangles above Alexis Peterson, dripping blood on her as she’s in the middle of presenting an award at the Daytime Emmy Awards, well, she so doesn’t need this…
Her ex has decided to make his unwanted presence known again and it scares Alex spitless. He’s been gone years having skipped out on her and their daughter after embezzling money from not only Alexis, but his clients as well. Now Jackson Masters has been murdered and it may not end there.
Detective Frank Jakes is on the case, which leaves Alex with conflicting feelings. She’s attracted to him, and has been since she met him during the last murder investigation, but she’s currently in a relationship with Paul. Yet Jakes needs her, she’s his in, his connection into the soap world. He’d like her to keep her eyes and ears open, find out a couple of things for him. Shouldn’t be too difficult, or perilous to her health. And to tell the truth, the Nancy Drew in her is still alive and kicking.
As Alex is on the threshold of learning something, possibly something significant, she finds another body. There’s obviously a link with these two murders. Acting. The soaps. And Alex wants to know why. But when more murders with the same or similar MO come to light it seems as if there’s a race to find the killer before another person becomes a victim lying in the morgue.
Danger slithers after Alex...someone isn’t happy and is out to hurt her. Whether it has to do with the investigation or something else remains to be seen.
Ms. Davidson has obviously drawn on her years of experience and embellished them with colorful and troubled characters. The good are fun, off the wall, enjoyable. The bad are disturbed, miserable, dangerous. Alexis is very likeable. She’s amusing and compassionate. Jakes has a compelling presence. He’s easy-going yet tough when he needs to be; a perfect companion and sparring partner for Alex. The story is interspersed with surprising clues, an elusive motive, all tied in with sharp and edgy dialogue.
The dialogue brings me to my only complaint. We have the "F" word in life around us (movies, music, cable/satellite, at work, etc.), do we have to have it in our books, too? In my opinion it doesn’t add a thing to this series or the characters, it was overused and just didn’t seem to fit select scenes and my perception of certain (Alex and Jakes) characters. If it must be used, please, either dial back the number of times used, or use the slang to tone it down.
Despite my complaint Dial Emmy for Murder is a gripping, intriguing, fast-paced mystery full of surprising and complex clues. It has everything a soap has--a love triangle, family melodrama, murder, fashion, and plenty of danger and action. It’s an engaging read, well worth your time. I can't wait for Alex's next adventure!!
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