The Talk Show Murders
A Billy Blessing Novel
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Al Roker returns with his most tantalizing mystery to date—as celebrity chef turned sleuth Billy Blessing finds his plate full of danger and secrets from his long-buried past threaten to make a comeback.
Before Billy Blessing was tapped to co-host the morning show Wake Up, America!, the celebrity chef lived a totally different life under a very different identity: as wily con man Billy Blanchard. Caught trying to run a scam on a shady Detroit businessman, Billy did time for his crimes, and has successfully kept that part of his past covered up ever since. But when Eddie Patton, a nosy ex-cop with a long memory, tries to blackmail him, Billy may have to pay up or to see the embarrassing truth blogcast to the world. And when Patton winds up dead, it’s just the first in a string of killings that has America’s most beloved TV host scrambling for clues and desperate to clear his name. Throw in a budding romance with a visiting movie star, and Billy Blessing may have finally gotten himself into one sticky situation even he can’t talk his way out of.
“Great fun! Al pulls back the curtain to reveal what really goes on when the cameras go off.”—Harlan Coben
“Great fun, full of nifty twists and turns.”—Carl Hiaasen
“An engaging performance . . . The Talk Show Murders has all the charm and depth of a network morning show. The characters are pithy and colorful.”—Mystery Scene
“As well-paced and thoughtfully prepared as an Alice Waters tasting menu.”—Kirkus Reviews
“For fans old and new, The Talk Show Murders is a book not to pass up.”—The Philadelphia Tribune
- Random House Publishing Group, December 2011
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