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The authors of this elaborate thriller-spoof are an odd team: Walsh is a fictional character from the soap opera One Life to Live and Edgar-winner Malone is the ABC show's former head writer. The book has nothing to do with the TV program or its characters. Marcie herself isn't even a character. But on the actual television soap, the character Marcie will be writing a book - this book - as part of the show, and there will be eerie echoes of Marcie's plot - this plot - on the show. The book's heroine is 20-something Jamie Ferrara, a police homicide detective in the small New Jersey town of Gloria. When one of Jamie's high school buddies is killed in what looks like an accident, Jamie is reminded that during her senior year, she and the victim belonged to the Killing Club, in which members designed strategies for killing people they didn't like. When Jamie realizes that the accident victim invented his own murder scenario, she starts investigating. Walsh/Malone craft an interesting plot spiced up by the Peyton Placeâ"like antics of Gloria's residents. At one point, Jamie asks herself, "Was there anybody in Gloria... who wasn't cheating on a spouse?" Kind of like Llanview, where One Life to Live takes place. If "author" Walsh is killed off on OLTL, she can always make a new career writing readable, enjoyable mysteries, as long as she teams up with Malone.
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Murder gets personal for Gloria, New Jersey, police detective Jamie Ferrara when an old friend from high school is killed. In short succession, several other friends follow, all of whom were members of the Killing Club, a high-school group that planned the murders of people who bugged them. Is the killer someone who supposedly committed suicide years ago? The only person Jamie can rule out is herself. This book has an odd genesis. "Author" Marcie Walsh is a character on ABC's One Life to Live (both ABC and Hyperion are owned by Disney), and Malone, along with being a celebrated novelist, is the show's recently departed writer. Cross promotion with ABC Daytime is planned and apparently will take place even though Malone is no longer with the show. Fortunately, the book can stand on its own without the gimmicks. Malone, an Edgar winner, struts his stuff here. The twists twist well, the characters have just the right amount of depth, and Malone's splendid use of detail enables him to create a fascinating, multidimensional community. Ilene Cooper
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The Killing Club by Marcie Walsh is a good mystery book. Went along with One Life to Live soap opera.Published 15 months ago by dusty
Agree with all these reviews, first murder takes place right off the bat but by half way nothing else happens and by then I was bored and uninterested!Published on July 4, 2013 by ggma
So there I was at the library and nothing was catching my eye. Then I saw this book, read the synopsis, and thought "What the heck, I can always dump it if I don't like it. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Hungry_Reader
While there is a gimmick to go with this book, it wasn't that bad. Other than a lot of repetitive descriptions and conversations, it was a fun read. Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Evan the Dweezil
When I saw this advertised on tv, I immediatly went to Amazon.com to see it if was available. I got it as soon as possible because I couldn't wait to read what "Marcie Walsh"... Read morePublished on February 27, 2009 by Jeannine Iles
I bought this book to go along with the story on One Life to Live. I really enjoyed reading the book and seeing how the show played out the storyline. Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by sscheeks
I happened to watch One Life To Live when the book came out and I enjoyed wacthing it. It was so great that the storyline became the plot of the book that Marcie thought up.Published on July 14, 2008 by Paul L. Gartland
Excellent book loved it was better then seeing it on the soap opera. Would love for her to write more books. Keeps you on the edge of your seat and guess who did it.Published on March 11, 2008 by Tammy Sarver
The synopsis of the book made it sound fairly descent, but I was wrong. The first murder took up 50% of the book leaving me to wonder when were these other "murders" going to... Read morePublished on February 13, 2008 by Kristen Vasquez