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Murder off mike
Krieg, Joyce.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
[Waterville, Me.] : Wheeler Pub., [2003]

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431 pages ; 24 cm
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2002 St. Martin's Press Malice Domestic Award Winner for Best First Traditional Mystery. Introducing Shauna J. Bogart, a small and sassy radio talk show host / amateur sleuth. Shauna J. is used to dealing with the controversial, the contentious, the cranky, and the just plain crazed as the host of the afternoon gab fest on the top-rated station in California's state capital. But nothing prepares her for the day a fellow shock jock turns up with a bullet in his head. The cops say it's suicide, but Shauna J. isn't buying it. She launches her own investigation, putting herself in peril.

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Booklist Review

The winner of the 2002 St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic Contest for Best First Traditional Mystery, Krieg's debut reads like the work of a seasoned mystery writer--in many ways, in fact, it reads better than the work of many genre veterans. To start with, Krieg gives the reader a fascinating backdrop (not merely setting) for the story, the embattled world of talk radio. Her heroine is no Grafton or Paretsky wanna-be, but a quirky, well-fleshed-out creation. And Krieg handles plot twists and turns with panache. Her heroine, Shauna J. Bogart, commands the afternoon news and talk block on Sacramento's only surviving independent radio station. In the midst of fielding calls and promos one afternoon, Bogart gets an especially (and that's saying a lot) strange call in which the caller claims to have witnessed the murder of Dr. Hipster, the star rock dj at Shauna's station. Dr. Hipster doesn't arrive for his show and, hours later, is found dead, with a suicide note that blames Shauna Bogart. Once Shauna discovers that Dr. Hipster's last promo was a coded call for help, she launches her own investigation, which takes her from the subterranean world of ex-hippies to Sacramento's high-profile movers and shakers. Krieg's absorbing mystery couples well with her terrific insider account of talk radio (e.g., "Never take calls from women named after months or flowers" ). Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

Politics, greed and murder combine with an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at contemporary talk radio in Krieg's superb debut, featuring fresh, smart and feisty sleuth Shauna J. Bogart. As the popular host of a radio talk show in Sacramento, Calif., Shauna J. deals daily with a cast of quirky characters, including Lenny from Rio and Ferretman Bob. Rudy from West Sacramento, a first-time caller with an odd accent ("Who does this guy think he is with the phony Iron Curtain accent? Boris Badenov?"), phones to report sinister goings-on in a building near the State Capitol where Shauna's mentor and co-worker Dr. Hipster lives, and Shauna has a colleague alert the cops. At the scene the police find Hipster with a bullet in his head and what appears to be a suicide note. Suspecting foul play, Shauna begins her own investigation, which will lead her into the discovery of long past events that put her, and those around her, in jeopardy. So vividly does the author describe the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and the streets and heat of the city in May, one can hear the music, feel the crowds. Peppered with apt references to popular culture ("Either the entire cast of La Cage aux Folles had set up camp in my bedroom, or Glory Lou was preparing for my makeover for the Jazz Band Ball"), this riveting mystery will leave readers eager for the sequel. (Apr.) FYI: This title won the 2002 St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic contest for Best First Traditional Mystery. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved