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The Talk Show Murders: A Billy Blessing Novel [Kindle Edition]

Al Roker , Dick Lochte
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

Editorial Reviews


The Midnight Show Murders

“Great fun, full of nifty twists and turns.”—Carl Hiaasen
“Roker and Lochte offer a satisfying entrée to follow the appetizer they provided in The Morning Show Murders.”—Kirkus Reviews
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
“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
“Action-packed, fast-paced, and fun to read.”—The Oklahoman

About the Author

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 co-author (with Dick Lochte) of the Billy Blessing novels, The Morning Show Murders and The Midnight Show Murders. 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1420 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385343701
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (December 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SOQ15C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining mystery December 6, 2011
Wake Up, America! Morning show is on location in Chicago. Retired CPD cop Edward "Pat" Patton, the extreme right wing true crime blogger, guests appears on the show. He accosts the co-host Billy Blessing; whom he knew when the renowned chef was a two bit con artist Billy Blanchard who was sent to prison for fraud and implies he also knows what happened to Billy's partner in that failed Detroit sting from twenty-five years ago.

After prison, Blessing did a complete makeover but concealed his sordid past. Patton threatens to out him on his blog unless Blanchard pays for silence. However, someone murders Patton and soon other homicides associated with the show occur. Still fearing exposure, Blessing investigates hoping to expose the killer.

The latest Blessing amateur sleuth (see The Morning Show Murders and The Midnight Show Murders) is an entertaining mystery in which the protagonist's dark past deftly comingles with his lighthearted asides. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Patton and Blessing have that first heated discussion and never slows down until the final spin. Ironically, though in danger of becoming the tabloid's latest celeb scandal and being assaulted, kidnapped, and shot at, Blessing knows his biggest tsuris is his attraction to the French actress in town filming.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let Roker Read Any More Audiobooks! January 5, 2012
By Boo
I looked forward to listening to this book when I read the blurb. It sounded like a good murder mystery to listen to while doing something tedious like weed the garden, wash the floor, take a long drive. But I couldn't make it to the 2nd chapter. Al Roker is a charming television persona with a pleasant voice. But his rendition of a woman's voice is so horrendous it should be banned from the face of the earth. Try it as a hardback or trade paperback, if you must, but stay away from anything read by the otherwise delightful Mr. Roker. It's not his strong point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried to get into it January 12, 2012
Halfway through this book (a Christmas gift) and can't wait to ditch it. The problem as I see it is that I don't care about any of the characters or what happens to them. Pick it up and read it like homework so I can report to the gift giver that I read it. Now that is a pathetic way to read a book, and I read books constantly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd in series April 2, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
a fast easy read, behind the scenes of television,politics of TV, and the odd
murder too. oh and don't forget the blackmail.
chef billy blessing has developed a rep of being in the wrong place at the wrong
time, murder wise ~ and people are beginning to talk. he's also becoming the go to
guy for interviews related to any murder. just what chef blessing wanted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful relaxing read April 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first book that I've read of Mr. Rokers. I was very entertained with it. Not to "showbiz" and a very good plot. I will read the rest of his books since this one was so good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Never Again October 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
No more novels, please Al. It just is not well written. The dialog is stilted and unrealistic. The plot is thin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Right June 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just right for an entertaining read. Plot is somewhat predictable but entertaining enough to keep your interest. Great for by the pool reading or for a rainy afternoon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You can just SEE Al Roker as the main character. June 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a fun, light read. It is part of a series. It rang just enough true to be believable. It seemed from the first page that I "saw" Al Roker telling the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Very entertaining with interesting plot twists. Who knew the weather man could write so well. I look forward to number 4.
Published 14 months ago by Margaret A. Bowe
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
this book was a really great read and I would say that everyone would like it and it was a great price.
Published 19 months ago by fran eaton
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
I was not sure what to expect with this book but I was pleased with it. It is a good murder mystery.
Published 21 months ago by Jasper the story teller
4.0 out of 5 stars The Talk Show Murders
This was an enjoyable read - a different venue for our Weather Guy. Billy Blessing is a unique character and I look forward to other mysteries.
Published on March 4, 2013 by Mary E, Bois
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I like the Billy Blessing series - they are a little funny, a little corny even at times, but the plot is good, and I always enjoy the story. Read more
Published on February 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Talk Show Murders
Looked like Al was trying to be funny, funny, funny...It didn't work. too much of a good thing. Sorry Al!
Published on January 25, 2013 by T Gayle Tufnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
A very good read! Al did it again! I read this in three days! Once again, a very good read!
Published on January 23, 2013 by Dennis Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery Writing
This was the first of Al Roker's books that I read. I love his writing, very descriptive. Makes you really know who the characters are. Read more
Published on June 23, 2012 by ferris
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