The Midnight Show Murders
A Billy Blessing Novel
Publication Date: November 23, 2010
Categories: Mystery & Detective - General
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Beloved TV personality, trusted weathercaster, and all-around Renaissance man Al Roker continues his newest successful career with the thrilling sequel to his dynamite mystery debut, The Morning Show Murders. Professional chef turned amateur sleuth Billy Blessing once again finds himself in hot water, when a brutal killing cancels a TV show—and its host—during its debut.
Billy has never liked going to the West Coast, but when he runs into high-energy comic Desmond O’Day, he reluctantly agrees to play second banana on the funnyman’s new late-night talk show. Los Angeles holds bad—and bloody—memories for Billy. Twenty years ago, he had suspected obnoxious chef Roger Charbonnet of murdering his ex-starlet girlfriend there, and told the cops. A tricked-up alibi freed Roger, who vowed vengeance. And now Billy might be on the verge of getting burned.
After a horrifying explosion during a TV taping kills more than Desmond O’Day’s chance at high ratings, Billy believes that he was the intended target—and that Roger Charbonnet was somehow involved. And when politics, infidelity, and high finance are sprinkled in, the case turns out to have more ingredients than Billy could ever have imagined. Soon a beautiful female TV producer convinces Billy to find the culprit himself—on camera. And the table’s set for a conspiracy with too many cooks and far too many killers.
Filled with the high-style hilarity, insider info, and surefire suspense that are Al Roker’s series trademark, The Midnight Show Murders is a four-star feast for any fan of top-flight mystery fiction. As James Patterson says, “Maybe Al Roker should quit his day job!”
Al Roker is known to more than thirty million viewers for his work on NBC’s Today show, a role that has earned him ten Emmy awards. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Stop This Car!: Adventures in Fatherhood and The Morning Show Murders, the first novel in the Billy Blessing mystery series. An accomplished cook, Roker also has two cookbooks to his credit. Al Roker lives in Manhattan with his wife, ABC News and 20/20 correspondent Deborah Roberts, and has two daughters and a son.
Dick Lochte is the author of many popular crime novels, including the award-winning Sleeping Dog, named one of “the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century” by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. His crime fiction column ran for nearly a decade in the Los Angeles Times and earned him the 2003 Ellen Nehr Award for Excellence in Mystery Reviewing. He lives in Southern California.
Praise for Al Roker’s and Dick Lochte’s The Morning Show Murders
“This is a funny, funny, very funny mystery that really gallops along and has several cool twists.” —James Patterson
“Dazzling . . . If you like your crime with a brilliant plot, crackling dialogue, a dash of celebrity and plenty of suspense, then The Morning Show Murders is an absolute must-read.”—Linda Fairstein
“Who needs Perez Hilton when you’ve got the beloved morning-show host dishing out his own gossipy novel about the world of news, glamour, and ratings? This novel follows Billy Blessing, a celebrity chef who suddenly finds himself the prime suspect in a murder.”—Redbook
“Roker brings his A-game to the table when it comes to giving readers a birds-eye view into the behind-the-scenes action on a television show.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Great fun! Al pulls back the curtain to reveal what really goes on when the cameras go off.” —Harlan Coben
“Terrific plot, fast, funny, and full of action and adventure with even a touch of steamy romance.”—Janet Evanovich
“Action-packed, fast-paced, and fun to read.”—The Oklahoman
“Required reading.”—New York Post