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Death on Daytime: A Tess Darling Mystery (The Tess Darling Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 310 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Impossible to read without laughing out loud - black, knowing and funny as hell - 'Sex and the City' for Grazia readers." - Tony Parsons, bestselling author of 'Man and Boy'.

"A genuinely fresh and extremely funny voice. Tess Darling is a hapless joy, and I think we shall be hearing a great deal more of her - and her creator, Tash Bell." - Penny Vincenzi, bestselling author of 'A Perfect Heritage'.

"Cheeky, sassy and very readable." - Lorraine Kelly, star of UK TV show 'Lorraine'.


"A hilarious and compelling debut." -
Toby Young, bestselling author of 'How to Lose Friends and Alienate People'.

About the Author

Tash Bell has enjoyed a colourful career in the UK TV industry, working as a producer, presenter and writer. Highlights include hosting a lads' magazine show, writing for a dating series, and producing sketches for a comedy show.  (Not one of her sketches made it on to the screen. She was that good).

Tash Bell's time in TV was vastly rewarding, and got her nowhere. Having survived the murderous world of the media, she's now keen to tell her tale...

DEATH ON DAYTME offers readers an inside take on the sins and scandals of Soho - and introduces flawed but flamboyant heroine, Tess Darling.  She's a crime-fighter with high-heeled boots and an Oyster card. 


Tempted?

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  • File Size: 1247 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bemerton House (July 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LOA7TVS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tash Bell has enjoyed a colourful career in the UK TV industry, working as a producer, presenter and writer. Highlights include hosting a lads' magazine show, writing for a dating series, and producing sketches for a comedy show (not one of which made it on to the screen, she was THAT good).

Tash Bell's time in TV was vastly rewarding, hugely entertaining, and got her nowhere. Having survived the murderous world of the media, she's now keen to tell her tale...

DEATH ON DAYTME treats readers to a gripping and hilarious view of showbiz, as seen through the eyes of its flawed but flamboyant heroine. Tess Darling has a heart as big as her mouth...and a knack of getting into trouble with both.

Tempted?

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Originally posted on my book review blog: ebooknerdreviews.wordpress.com:

Grab a glass of your favorite wine and dust off your English accent, because "Death on Daytime" is one book you don't want to miss - especially if you like humorous/chick lit mysteries.

The plot is a basic who-dunnit: Tess Darling, a hard-partying twenty-something, is the producer of a garden segment for England's version of the Today show, and the book opens up with the taping of the latest piece.

When the segment's host fails to show up, the crew thinks she's flaking off; that is, until her substitute pulls her corpse out of the ground on live TV. With their careers on the line and enough suspects to fill a baseball roster (Jeenie, the host, was not very popular it turns out), this story is pretty fast-paced.

In my opinion, however, it's the subplots that really make this book.

For example:

Tess is the daughter of a world-renowned journalist, who it turns out is a slime-ball who will do just about anything to remind his daughter of her last attempt at investigative journalism (which is revealed about 60 percent of the way through the book) and her general ne'er-do-well habits.

In addition, the police's main suspect is a lovable loser who followed the crew around in an attempt to woo Jeenie - his idol - but it turns out he's also hiding some skeletons in his closet. Is he really just a harmless fanboy?

This whole book was a wonderful blend of all of these elements which lead to the classic big reveal at the end. It's a complicated case and the players are all circling. Nash does a good job of casting suspicion on each of the characters, while wrapping up all of the loose ends nicely.
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This book was very good; I enjoyed reading it so much I stayed up most of the night. The way Tess gathered the clues was great and with the help of Miller, her life long childhood friend. She helped improve everyone's life she came in contact with in one way or other. I urge everyone to read this.
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Tess Darling ends up trying to figure out who is behind one of the deaths that happened to one of the personalities from the talk show. Could it have been the woman's stalkers or someone else entirely. Can she figure out the story of what is really going on and maybe finally make her journalist father proud of her? And what is going on when another member of the show dies? Is there a serial killer out there or something else entirely going on? This book gives readers a good mystery as well as a little look behind the scenes of a daytime talk show like the Talk.
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Tried several times to read this book. Thought it might be a fun read, but found it full of nasty language that had nothing to do with anything except the character has a potty mouth. Whole concept was boring to me. Sorry. But glad I did not pay for it.
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I wanted to like this. I thought the concept was cute and engaging. Unfortunately, you can't really follow the plot because this is one typo after the other -- at least one in every paragraph. I like sarcastic heroines, but there was nothing remotely believable about this one. The story was middling and really hard to slog through. The typos are what really killed it for me, though. I can put up with a lot, but thousands of grammar errors and typos isn't something I can tolerate.
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By Becky Gulc

I’m always a tad wary of self-published novels, you know someone’s heart and soul has gone into producing the book but will it be as good as a traditionally published novel? Well, in this case I had no need to be wary as Tash’s novel was a delight to read.
Tash is a self-confessed fan of both modern chicklit and old-style ‘whodunits’ and she effectively combines these genres in this novel, it worked for me. I’m not usually into crime novels but I did get into the whole mystery of who killed TV presenter Jeannie, she’s not a likeable character and Tash cleverly managed to create tension and mystery in a light-hearted manner, mainly thanks to our leading character of Tess. Tess doesn’t take life too seriously and like many of the supporting characters she’s an ‘in your face’ kind of person who says it like it is, I liked her. It’s a book which I’d hoped would be witty and it is.
I enjoyed the satirical look at the world of a daytime magazine programme and you can tell Tash has experience of working in TV (although I’d hope it’s not really as eventful as it is in this book!). There are a fair few characters to loathe, laugh at and feel sorry for in this book but all adding to the enjoyment of it. There were various twists and turns in the novel and I was eager to find out who the perpetrator(s) were, I didn’t find this predictable either. I was also intrigued by the romance side of the novel although this was a much smaller part of the plot really.
There is some dialect and swearing in this novel (generally from one of the characters) that may not appeal to everyone but this didn’t bother me. A book deserving of success.
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Loved the storyline and characters but spotted a few grammatical and spelling errors. They didn't distract from the story though, a very entertaining read. Looking forward to more mysteries with these characters! Recommend highly.
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