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Murder Off Mike : A Talk Radio Mystery

A guest review by Jane Davis, of the book by Joyce Krieg.

Good afternoon, Shauna J. Bogart! This Sacramento talk show personality turned sleuth is a welcome newcomer to the mystery scene. Author Joyce Krieg, author of Murder Off Mike was herself behind the mike so she brings considerable knowledge without becoming preachy. One afternoon Shauna J. breaks for the news only to hear the report that friend and fellow talk show host Dr. Hipster has been found dead. The authorities want to call it suicide but Shauna doesnít believe it plus there was something odd about that last promotional bit he taped for her show.

Soon she is investigating along with her intrepid intern, Jeremy, and Glory Lou, the stationís always impeccably dressed Amazon newscaster. They find themselves broadcasting live from a Dixieland festival and running through tunnels under Old Sacramento not to mention confronting the usual threats, intimidations, and narrow escapes of this genre. True the bad guys are easily identified as such however there are a few surprises in the final confrontation. And there are the wacky callers who provide a few chuckles as they attempt to convince the world of great conspiracies and theories revealed to them alone. Would you believe one goes by the name of "Ferretman"?

Dr. Hipster had his enemies but so do most "shock jock" personalities but this time he learned secrets best kept concealed. He was Shaunaís mentor even giving her the name she uses on the air. As she investigates his death fragments of her own past previously unknown appear. Her father was a politician who let her come with him on long car trips across the state. As they drove at night listening to the radio she grew to love the late night DJs and inspired her to become one. In a bin of LPs at a retro store she finds a rare demo album "Behind the Blue Door" her mother made at a jazz club in the 50s which holds a key to part of the mystery. Then strange messages appear on her answering machine and she keeps hearing the 'Jeopardy' theme song.

I enjoyed Shauna J. and the crew at the station and look forward to another adventure. I must admit though that Shauna repeatedly referred to the comfort of her Tevas sandals so much that I wondered if the author holds stock in that company.


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