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Killing Kelly (MIRA) by [Graham, Heather]
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"Kelly smiled deeply at that, a full, rueful grin." "This is Sam," she said ruefully. "Sorry." Sam is a dog and maybe the only character who doesn't do rueful in bestselling Graham's (Night Heat, etc.) clunky romantic suspense tale. Soap actress Kelly Trent, who plays bitchy advice diva Marla Valentine, is given a lengthy, unsought leave of absence after a number of death threats, some near-lethal "accidents" and the murders of three real-life advice therapists. Her consolation prize is a starring role in a music video for the rock group Kill Me Quick, to promote their new song "Tango to Terror." Filming will take place on a private Florida island—Dead Man's Key. Can it be that Kelly's in danger? She doesn't think so, but her manager does. Enter Doug O'Casey, not-quite-retired private eye and tango instructor. Kelly resents his insistence that she needs his protection, but she's attracted in spite of herself. "One of the very slow, rueful smiles she found so appealing curled onto his lips." Graham introduces enough red herrings to make a seafood salad, while the ending leaves no doubt that Doug and Kelly will exchange rueful smiles forever after. Best moments: the tango scenes. (Mar.)
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From Booklist

Kelly Trent may play malicious Marla Valentine, advice therapist, on a television soap opera, but they have completely different personalities. A nearly fatal accident on the set is the excuse the soap's major sponsor uses to get back at Kelly for spurning his advances. Once Kelly is in a coma on TV and out of work in real life, her agent figures that now is a good time for her to dance in a music video for a new band. Kelly is teamed up to tango with bodyguard/dance instructor Doug O'Casey, who is more than a little concerned about Kelly's safety since a serial killer seems to be targeting advice therapists. Unfortunately, it seems that a fan of the soap opera doesn't really get the distinction between television and reality, and may have picked Kelly to be his next victim. Graham's writing appears effortless, creating a comforting and undemanding read, the perfect respite from everyday demands. Diana Tixier Herald
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  • File Size: 1421 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; Reprint edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2006
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000MAH9YI
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By Elaine C McTyer on February 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Kelly Trent is a soap opera actress, who has an accident on the set. She could have been killed. So the producer of the soap puts her character in a coma so she can be protected (IF) someone is trying to kill her. It seems she plays an advice giving ballbuster on the show. (Her character reminded me alot of Susan Lucci's) When a television advice giver is murdered, her husband is arrested. Then somewhere in Ohio another radio advice giver drowns in her tub. Is this a coincidence? On the basis of these two deaths she is encouraged by her manager, agent and producer to take a vacation and do a music video for a group called "Kill Me Quick". The vacation is endorsed by the sponser of the soap,( maybe because she would not jump into bed with him). Anyway she has to dance a tango in the video.

Doug O'Casey is a dance teacher/private investigator who used to be a cop. WOW. He is hired to teach her to dance and also to be a kind of bodyguard. When he is not dancing in competitions he works with his brother who is married to a dancer who owns a dance studio. His brother is a PI.

With all this background which makes me a little nausous. The book gets somewhat better, and the romance and romantic scenes are some of her better work. I was really getting into it and thinking she was going to pull it off. But the resolution was the pits. Totally unsatisfying. It seemed to be something out of a soap opera. I wonder if she wrote herself into a hole and needed a quick fix to get out. This is not the worst book I have read, but I encourage you to get it from the library or wait for the paperback.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Killing Kelly seems to be #3 of a series starting with #1 Picture Me Dead and #2 Dead on the Dance Floor but it also continues the stories of Long, Lean and Lethal, Conar and Jennifer's story and Dying to Have Her, Liam and Serena's story. I have read many of Graham's books and really enjoyed her Civil War stories as well as some of her contemporaries. Her latest mysteries of Picture Me Dead and Dead on the Dance Floor aren't bad but Killing Kelly had several errors that should not have gotten past her proof readers at all. First of all, at the end of Dead on the Dance Floor, it stated that Quinn went back to work for the FBI but in Killing Kelly, he is still a PI. Then it is obvious in book two that Doug was having an affair with Jane at the end of the book but in KK, suddenly he would never get involved with a coworker, etc. again after what happened to his lover who was murdered in Dead on the Dance Floor and he and Jane were just dance partners all of the time.

Then Serena and Liam have a year old son and Jennifer and Conan have a 3 yr. old daughter and twin babies but by the middle of the book, suddenly Liam is up walking the floor with his twin baby and later mention is again made of his twins. Plus Kelly refers to Liam and Serena having 3 children and several pets too. What a mixed up mess! Seems that not only the proof reader missed the boat but Ms. Graham also got her story all balled up too. This is the kind of error that just about ruins a book for me as I hate it when the author doesn't seem to know her own storyline or characters. I hope Ms. Graham either writes fewer books so that she can really concentrate on her story or have someone who pays attention do her proof reading so these kinds of errors can be corrected before the book is published.
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"Killing Kelly" uses characters from two previous books "Dead on the Dance Floor" and "Dying to Have Her". If you haven't read either of those, I highly recommend them as both mysteries and romances!

Kelly Trent who plays viciously sniping advice columnist and younger sister of Serena McCormick on the soap opera "Valentine Valley" has had death threats and during the filming of a scene is nearly killed when a mound of dirt gives way pitching her towards a cliff. Her manager, Mel, and Joe Penney, the soap producer, decide to write her out of the show for now and put her character in a coma. Kelly is not happy with this and feels the shows sponsor, Matt Avery, may have had undue influence on Joe and since she had dated and rejected Matt, maybe he is out for revenge.

Mel signs Kelly up to do a rock video with an up and coming group. As part of the video Kelly needs to do a tango and since it will be shot in the Florida Keys, Mel hires Doug O'Casey (former cop and brother of Quinn from "Dead on the Dance Floor") to teach her and be a bodyguard.

As the story progresses there are more near-misses on Kelly's life and sparks of all kinds between Kelly and Doug. There are also several suspects so the final climax is definitely a surprise both who and why. I felt the mystery was the best part and the romance a little jerky and not as consistent as Ms. Graham's usual romances.

This is still a fun read if just to meet Kelly's dog Sam!
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I am an avid reader of Heather Graham books.
I'm anxiously awaiting her next book coming out in July.
This was yet another great book by Heather. Even though they pretty much all follow the same story line it's always fun to try to figure out who the culprit is.
I've been given names of other authors but just can't seem to break away from Heather.
I highly recommend her books to people who like whodunits. She's actually written a few that have scared the neck out of me.
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