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Death on Daytime: A Tess Darling Mystery (The Tess Darling Mysteries Book 1) by [Bell, Tash]
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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?

Product Details

  • 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
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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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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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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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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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This was an ok read. It was a lot of characters to keep straight and a lot of local dialect from England area. A TV producer named Tess Darling is filming a live show and gardening when a human body is dug up. The body turns out to be a member of her TV crew. Her boss then blackmails Tess into looking into the death and reporting on it on the show. A person from Tess past shows up her famous broadcaster father, he becomes a competitor on the same story. Every chance he gets he one ups her and will stop at nothing to show her up.
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I thought this was well-written, hilarious, and surprisingly compelling despite being a lighter, easy read. It was a while ago but I think I almost read it non-stop, it sucked me in so well. Tess was ridiculously endearing, and after reading this over a year ago (actually probably 2 years ago since I think I bought it right around when it came out on Amazon US in like 2014?) I'm now finally writing this review during my latest compulsive Tash Bell Amazon search, which happens regularly every couple of months to check whether the sequel has been written yet because I still really want to know what happens next with Tess and her adorable giant of a sidekick/best friend (oh my gosh he was the sweetest - how can you not like somebody who apologises when they accidentally trod on flowers?) and the copper love interest. I'm still waiting, having only been rewarded with the 2 Tess Darling short stories that I did appreciate although they were standalones, so I still don't know what happens next with the hint of a love triangle that this book ended on.
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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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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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