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The Talk Show Murders: A Billy Blessing Novel Hardcover – December 6, 2011

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PRAISE FOR AL ROKER’S AND DICK LOCHTE’S
 
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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Billy Blessing
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385343701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385343701
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By Boo on January 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By avid reader on January 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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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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By ferris on June 23, 2012
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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. He also has a way of keeping the killer's identity hidden until the end. Made me want to read the first and second books also.
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Once again, we see a side of the television business that few understand. The impact we have on other's lives is oftentimes forgotten in our actions. Al Roker did another great job on a good, fast read.
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By Amazon Customer on February 1, 2013
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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. Billy Blessing is a very likeable (and falleable) character!
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By C. Castrro on August 20, 2015
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Poorly researched. Washed in on the tide of Lake Michigan? Highest tide of the year is 5 cm.

Sharks in the lake? Highly unlikely. Couldn't make it far into the book with this ridiculousness.
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