Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Reel Murder - 2nd in the Talk Radio Mystery series
Author: Mary Kennedy
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Cypress Grove FL
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Mary's Website/Blog: www.marykennedy.net
She has loved her time at WYME. She loves her radio talk show, On the Couch with Maggie Walsh. What she doesn’t love is her newest ratings. They’re at the bottom. B-O-T-T-O-M. Below Swine Report with Bob Figgs. It’s nothing short of embarrassing, even humiliating!
Vera Mae (Maggie’s producer) thinks there may be a way to boost the ratings. It’s confirmed that a movie production is coming to town. What better way to grab an audience’s attention than a few on-set interviews with celebrities? It could work…her mother, Lola, has a part in it and she knows many of the production staff and actors.
When Maggie is offered the job as a script consultant for the forensic psychologist role, she jumps at the chance. As the saying goes, two birds (a desirous temporary supplemental job, on-set interviews), one stone. Yet things change, dramatically, when the first scene being filmed results in the death of the leading lady, Adriana. Not just on camera, but in reality. Someone tampered with the prop gun.
Now Maggie has more to be concerned with than low ratings and possibly losing the consulting job due to a closed set. She feels she must delve into the secret lives of some of the cast and crew, because of course, the police, namely one Rafe Martino, are seemingly focusing on the wrong person. With the help of Nick, a friend and local reporter, Maggie unearths some secrets.
But are the secrets the cast and crew are harboring career-damaging should they be leaked to the public? Damaging enough to cause someone to murder? Evidently so as attempts are made to scare Maggie from investigating. She must be on to something but she has no idea what. The clues aren’t definitive, they don’t point glaringly to one suspect…
I love the diverse group of characters that surround Maggie offering her support and suggestions and help; Lola, who is unique unto herself, wise-cracking Vera Mae, peace-loving Lark, and go get ‘em Nick. Even Rafe supports her, sort of. (Grrrr!--If you’ve read Dead Air you know what I mean)
There is no doubt. With characters who often frustrate Maggie yet make her shine even brighter, a mystery with lots of misleads and missteps, and an iffy potential romance, Reel Murder is nothing but a win win for the reader.
I totally enjoy Ms. Kennedy’s writing. She informs and entertains and captures the attention; she drops clues so deftly you don’t know what to look for or who to point the finger at.
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