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

Tash Bell
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

TV producer Tess Darling is a gorgeous, grubby blonde who skids across bars, and slides under men, to escape the shadow of her famous father, eminent broadcaster Darcus Darling.
When a presenter on her show is murdered, it’s Tess who is thrust into the spotlight however. To save the jobs of her TV crew - including her best friend and worst cameraman Miller – she’s forced to turn investigative reporter.
Probing the dark underbelly of daytime TV, Tess encounters bloated stars, bristling talent agents and vicious competition from her own father. Will Tess prove the failure he’s always held her to be? Or can she stop the killer before they strike again? As the stakes rise, inhibitions drop: Tess may have Miller by her side, but it’s hunky Detective Selleck she’s got her eye on…
If you intend to spend any part of this summer on a beach/ hungover/ trying to duck flashbacks from the night before, DEATH ON DAYTIME is the book for you.

Editorial Reviews


"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'.

Product Details

  • File Size: 924 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bemerton House (July 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic who-dunnit with a British twist August 12, 2014
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Originally posted on my book review blog:

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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overing coming life August 3, 2014
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great mystery for fans of cozy mysteries July 31, 2014
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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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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately, this is horrible August 23, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great mystery October 18, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars romp and mystery August 1, 2014
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a fun romp and a good mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious October 19, 2014
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I found this book genuinely hilarious. It is clearly written by someone with an insider's knowledge of the world of tv production which makes extremely fertile ground for scathing satire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's a Star September 27, 2014
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Who's doing whom. A murder mystery with more twists and turns than a mountain road. An imaginative story flavored with the spices of life.. entertaining read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous first book!!
Tess Darling is a daytime TV producer for a gardening show and there is nothing glamorous about it. Her ragtag group travel around England fixing gardens and creating chaos. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ldub
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I just can't get into this book. This characters are not likeable. The storyline is confusing. Definitely won't buy any more of this author's work.
Published 4 months ago by vamunchkin
4.0 out of 5 stars different view of daytime talk shows backstage
Life as a segment producer for a morning talk show would never be the same after her presenter turned up dead. Complications abound before the resolution of that initial crime. Read more
Published 4 months ago by annefitza
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
Maybe it's because I didn't understand all the British jargon. And maybe because I couldn't keep the boat load of characters straight. Read more
Published 5 months ago by copmom
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking fun ride of a murder mystery satire
So fun! This is a proper murder mystery - and I haven't read one that I enjoyed so much in a long time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathryn Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent and truly funny novel
A brilliant read - witty, gripping and highly entertaining. The author has such a great grasp of words, such a playful and clever use of the English language - making it a delight... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MR E P ARRIENS
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't even read any further than the first few pages as the writing...
Death on Daytime: A Tess Darling Mystery's blurb used to purchase it was more interesting than the actual story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by angelpeaches
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The characters are not very believable.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun reading, and you get caught up in the chase...
Published 7 months ago by Tina Fredette
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This book desperately needs editing to make it a worthwhile read.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Tash Bell is a bit of a failure. After a fitful career in television (where she touched upon producing, directing and presenting, but never really got touched back) Tash tried to write a book. The manuscript for DEATH ON DAYTIME won her an agent, a handful of celebrity reviews - and rejections from some the best publishers around.

This made Tash feel crap. But what were her options? Be crap, then die? No. She was going to be crap and live!

So Tash has re-written DEATH ON DAYTIME. More importantly, she's paid for a really cool cover design. Now she's putting the book on Amazon in the hope someone, somewhere, enjoys it. (Here's hoping it's you!)

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