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Murder in the Mist Hardcover – January 1, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
The real-life accidental shooting of a Civil War reenactment participant this past July at Gettysburg must have chilled Today show weatherman Scott and mystery writer Crider?for their second collaboration (after 1997's Murder Under Blue Skies) features a similar incident. But the person who fires the live bullet that hits semiretired celebrity weatherman Stanley Waters during a reenactment of the (fictional) Battle of Higgins probably didn't do it by accident, and the bullet that creases Stanley's skull kills local businessman Rance Wofford. Superficially wounded but seriously motivated, Stanley takes it upon himself to find out who in his Virginia hometown pulled the trigger. Neither the story nor the suspects have much depth, but Stanley comes off as an intriguing mixture of innocence and guile, and Scott fans will enjoy the inside references and jokes. "Something in Stanley drove him to seek publicity," we learn. "Even after he had become an established star of Hello, World!, he had gone out and opened shopping centers, visited convalescent homes, marched along in front of high school bands and emceed at balloon festivals." Stanley's comments about Hello, World! cohost Grant Tyler ("Those who thought that television personalities had only the best hairpieces had never seen Tyler, who often looked to Stanley as if he were balancing a squirrel atop his head") indicate that Scott knows as much about vengeance as the villains of this entertaining, if lightweight, novel. Mystery Guild featured alternate.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Stanley Waters gave up his job as a TV weatherman to move back to his small Virginia hometown and run a bed-and-breakfast. Stanley agrees to fill in for the TV show, where, in a stunning turn of events, he is shot, and Rance Wofford, a wealthy local businessman, is killed--all of which is shown live on national television. Stanley joins forces with paramour Marilyn Tunney, the Higgins police chief, to bring the killer to justice. Scott is, of course, the hugely popular weatherman on NBC's Today show. He supplies the show-biz details, but collaborator Crider carries the day. As he does with his beautifully realized Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, Crider captures the subtle jealousies, affections, and motives only small towns can offer. Stir in some priceless humor and the second Stanley Waters mystery is as enjoyable an exercise in mayhem as one is likely to find. Wes Lukowsky
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Top Customer Reviews
The rehearsal turns deadly when someone fires a live weapon in the vicinity of Stanley, who is wounded while another person is killed. Obviously someone wanted to commit murder, leaving Stanley to wonder if he might have been the prime target. Warned off by his lover, police chief Marilyn Tunney, yet unable to leave well enough alone, Stanley begins his own investigation.
MURDER IN THE MIST, the second Waters amateur sleuth tale, like its predecessor (see MURDER UNDER THE BLUE SKIES), is a charming American cozy that genre fans will relish. The story line is fun as small town Virginia seems to come alive on these pages. Stanley is a great character, who cannot resist a camera even if it means placing his life on the line. The support cast brings plenty of Southern hospitality to the novel. The writing duo of Willard Scott and Bill Crider demonstrate the ability to provide sunshine to the audience.
The Higgins, VA folk are in this novel. "Murder in the Mist," as they were in "Murder Under Blue Skies." The romantic interests between Stanley and his high school sweetheart, now chief of police, Marilyn Tunney intensifies. Both Stanley Waters mysteries are fun, light reading. Scott wrote both with Bill Crider a highly acclaimed writer of mysteries in his own right.